The staggering electronic music of Flume comes from an unlikely source: 20-year-old Harley Streten. But the Australian producer sounds years ahead of his age, incorporating a multitude of styles into his own melodic, bass-heavy sound.
Flume’s self-titled debut album blows past typical first-time standards and easily puts him in line with experienced producers like Flying Lotus. He swiftly moves from choppy, cut-and-paste beats to hip-hop to slow grooves without ever losing his original edge.
He started making waves in Australia with his first single “Sleepless.” Streten mixes loops, fluctuating pitches and a stomping beat with singer Jezzabell Doran’s voice, but creates something much more than a collage of sounds.
Many of the album’s other tracks mirror the method of”Sleepless” — mixing vocals with loops and beats to create catchy, dancey songs. Even with a rap verse from T.Shirt on “On Top,” Streten fluidly incorporates it into his own sound.
Flume has been receiving substantial attention, both back home and abroad – including being named a “hopeful worth watching at the CMJ Music Marathon” by the New York Times. He’s already opened for the xx and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, sold out two Australian headlining tours, become a mainstay on the iTunes Australian Electronic charts and made a highly anticipated American debut at CMJ, but this is only the beginning for Flume.
This debut album will take Flume from an up-and-coming next big thing to one of the most sought-after producers in the genre.
Flume’s self-titled debut will be out November 12 via Future Classic. Check out “Sleepless” and an album teaser below.