Over the Summer, I spent around a month traveling across Europe and getting into shenanigans. The one consistent theme in every city I visited across the sub-Continent was the overwhelming majority of Aussies and Kiwis at every single hostel I stayed at. By the end of August, “off his/her face”, “mate” and “fuckin’ cunt” were unfortunate staples in my vocabulary. Whenever the topic of new artists came up in conversation (because let’s be real, that’s all I can/will talk about), the Aussies (and the Kiwis, albeit begrudgingly) would without fail bring up Sydney native Flume. Of course he was everyone’s cunt and everyone had smoked a spliff with him in Kings Cross one night, but beyond the bullshit there was a palpable excitement surrounding the 20 year old beat prodigy.
Now Flume isn’t the type of artist who is breaking a new sound or anything. In a way, he’s applying the same concepts that guys like Dabrye and Black Milk have been exercising for the past decade plus. Flume doesn’t retain the subtlety of the Dilla disciples though, opting for a hip hop on steroids approach lacking the quiet precision of the aforementioned beatsmiths. The vocals are cut-and-pasted in a uniform manner, synths and percussion run of the mill, but Flume understands one thing better than most: people usually just want to dance (or at least vigorously nod their head). That understanding and an ever improving pop sensibility has allowed Flume to open for the likes of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and bring his overblown take on hip hop to a number of festivals.
With a nice selection of originals and remixes to his name, it only makes sense that Flume is gearing up to release his self-titled debut album next month (November 9). Whether he’ll be able to maintain the energy for a full album is yet to be seen as is whether your average dance fan will buy an album that is essentially full of instrumental hip hop. While we wait to answer those questions, give “Holdin On” a spin and look out for Flume next month on Future Classic.