One of the most exciting and unlikely successes of the recent dance music boom is Flume, a 23 year old Australian producer. With an arsenal of boom-bap beats and mindful remixes, he is poised to take over in 2015.
Flume is one of the most exciting figures in dance-music culture, and it isn't even because he wants to be there. The Australian producer has carved his niche in the beat scene by making tunes big enough to get main stage approval. Not an easy task inn 2014.
Real name Harley Streten, Flume is only 23 this month, but has already worked with the likes of Lorde and Disclosure to bring his unique sound to the masses. He is loved in America, but even more-so in Australia, where he has won a variety of awards and opened the floodgates for Chet Faker, What So Not, Ta-Ku and more to explode in a strangely-Australian-dominated year of electronic music.
He's strangely versatile. His style can range from 2-minute, J Dilla worship to a 10-minute Arcade Fire remix epic. This type of musicianship has gained him respect in the world's of indie, EDM, pop and also hip-hop.
The segue in to the hip-hop world was the deluxe version of his self-titled LP. Inviting the likes of Ghostface Killah, Freddie Gibbs, MOP, Stalley and more was a surefire way to get the hip-hop community to listen to his beats. Released about a year ago, those songs are still hot and worthy of a revisit.
With a style that's more Madlib than Skrillex, let's take a look in to Flume's 10 essential tracks.