File this one under “better late than never”. Earlier this summer, we gave our spotlight to 21-year-old Australian producer Harley Streten and his rising electronic music project, Flume. After gaining notoriety and topping the charts in his homeland, Flume took his Infinity Prism tour to the United States, appearing at the TLA in Philadelphia on September 12th, and Daily Beat was there to cover the show. Here’s our take, albeit a few weeks late.
Before I get into Flume’s set, I have to give a shout out to Cashmere Cat, the direct support for the show that night. Not much is known about this twentysomething Norwegian producer and DJ, but his track record speaks for itself. He’s been a finalist in the DMC World DJ Championships multiple years in a row, collaborated in the studio with superstars like Maroon 5 and Jeremih, and scored a major hit in the blogosphere and on the dancefloors with his remix of Miguel’s “Do You…” If you haven’t heard of Cashmere Cat yet, do yourself a favor and dig into his material.
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Now let’s get back to the main event. After a brief interlude of setup, Flume finally came out to his blindingly awesome Infinity Prism stage production, working a MIDI drumpad with a pair of drumsticks. Similar to Cashmere Cat’s warmup, the overarching feel of Flume’s set was downtempo electronic hip-hop with a new school R&B sentiment.
Most of the selections were subtle, emotive beats featuring the vocals of fellow Aussies like Chet Faker and Jezzabell Doran. Songs like “Sleepless” and “Holdin On” showcased his impeccable attention to detail with well-sampled, atmospheric synth and percussive elements layered deep into the mix. The laidback nature of Flume’s music didn’t inspire too much dancing from the crowd, but that’s not at all to say the night lacked its high energy moments.
One surprise was when Flume dropped crowd-pleaser “Get Free” before abruptly cutting to a growling dubstep tune. Album cut “On Top” with NY rapper T.Shirt livened things up, transitioning into the raw boom-bap drums of his remix of Matt Miller & Kilter’s “Gravel Pit”. And I definitely can’t forget, in one of the biggest moments of the night, his edit of Rustie’s “Slasherr” that is pure blissed-out energy in musical form. Other favorites of Flume’s set included his self-described “orchestral crunkwave” remix of Disclosure’s “You & Me”, set to some captivating visuals of a lovestruck couple.
From start to finish, Flume put on a great show despite having to adjust to a smaller US crowd from what he’s used to across the pond. The vibes were laid down heavy throughout the night, and you could hear a palpable buzz of excitement from the crowd as they exited the venue. Flume’s US tour has now come to a close but be on the lookout for big things to come from this artist in the near future. Stream his newly released remix of “Holding On” featuring a verse from Freddie Gibbs below.
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Special thanks to the incredibly talented Ryan Farber for all of the photos!