At the age of 13, Harley Streten was already flying around Fruity Loops. Eight years later, now known as Flume, he’s one of Australia’s brightest new dance music talents. Now he’s taking on the UK, the source of many of his themes. His album certainly isn’t shy of ideas – it flip-flops between styles, from glitchy r’n’b to Rustie-esque 8-bit hip hop to Burial-style post-dubstep sorties. A tendency to overuse the sped-up vocal aside, it’s charmingly alluring. Streten is at his best on the glowing sub-chillwave twinkle of ‘Left Alone’ and the mournful, percussive crunch of ‘Bring You Down’. Tender, beautifully melancholy urban electronica.
File under: Atmospheric glitch-hop and deep, twisted grooves
Download: ‘Holdin On’, ‘Left Alone’, ‘Bring You Down’
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