After three years of hype and hearsay, excitement and expectation — and well over a trillion crass copycat Flume-alikes — the young Australian known as Harley Streten finally gave the world what they’d been waiting for this summer: ‘Skin’.
The follow-up to 2013’s agenda-setting, game-changing self-titled debut album, ‘Skin’ came loaded with titanic collaborations with the likes of Beck, Little Dragon, Tove Lo, Vince Staples and AlunaGeorge. And while it maintained his now signature spacy sounds, unhurried grooves, finely balanced songcraft and abstract production aesthetics, it established a whole new benchmark for the 24-year-old with radio-ready hits like ‘Never Be Like You’ and ‘Say It’ clocking up hundreds of millions of streams and tickling the US Pop Radio chart top 10.
Not content with these successes, somewhere along the line this year he also managed to find time to write and produce for both AlunaGeorge (‘I Remember’) and DJ Snake (‘Talk’), and is now presently on the biggest world tour of his career to date.
Covering the US, Europe and his own Aussie stomping ground, the tour has sold in excess of 300,000 tickets and almost every show has sold out: proof, if it’s needed, that Flume really is one of this decade’s most unique and influential sonic success stories whose technique and elements are evident across the widest electronic terrain (he’s even aped by major EDM superstars)
Meanwhile, as a DJ (what with this being a top DJ poll and all) Flume backs up every ounce of these successes and presence with a forward-thinking selection style that remains entrenched in the sci-fi beat roots he originally came through in. With key performances at world renowned festivals such as Lollapalooza, Day N Night and Laneway, his sets during winter and spring were in fact one of the best sources for new material and that hype, hearsay, excitement and expectation that has buzzed around him since he came through in 2011.
WORDS: DAVE JENKINS