FLUME (DELUXE EDITION), MOM+POP MUSIC
When he was 13 years old, Harley Edward Streten discovered a production disc in a box of cereal and decided to try his hand at creating music.
Not even a decade later, in 2012, the Australian beatmaker – now working under the moniker Flume – released his self-titled debut album. The album blew up, sweeping not only the Australian Independent Record Awards (earning wins for Best Independent Artist and Best Independent Album), but also Australia’s more mainstream ARIA Awards, which he walked away from with awards for Best Male Artist, Best Dance Release and Producer of the Year.
Now, a year after the release of his debut album, Flume is releasing a four-disc deluxe edition, which includes the original album, remixes of and by Flume, a 70-minute tour documentary, an Ableton Live 9 Lite disc with stems to three of his songs, and a rap mixtape.
Given the accolades that it received upon its original release, yet another rave review of Flume’s self-titled debut album is superfluous. It should go without saying that Flume is practically flawless, and a must-have for indie electronica fans.
The real story here is the rap mixtape, which features collaborations with Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah, up-and-comer Autre ne Veut, American rapper Freddie Gibbs and others. The result shouldn’t be surprising: combine the textured complexity of Flume’s original tracks with verses from both established musicians and rising stars and what you have is an energetic, exciting album that demands to be noticed.
By Sara Elizabeth Taylor