Friday, November 16, 2012


Artist: Flume
Album: Flume 
Genre: Brilliance. 

There aren’t many things that make me feel inferior in life, but when 20 year old Harley Streten, who goes by the alias of Flume, smashes out an album of such genius (that’s already hit Number 1 on the iTunes charts in AUS), I tend to get a little down on myself. I, and the rest of the music community, am completely in shock when it comes to the debut self-titled album Flume, released under Future Classic. For a debut album by someone so young, the level of maturity this album holds is an astonishing rarity. A friend had sent me the song “Sleepless” a couple of months ago, maybe four hours after it was released, and I remember feeling quite a visceral attraction to the track. I had been keeping low to moderate tabs on our friend Flume, and it was when I heard “Holdin On” that I knew his album was going to be unreal. Days later, after I made myself a cup of tea and cleared my mind of all stresses in order to buy the album and give it my undivided attention; I was absolutely blown away. I think the one thing I noticed with the album is how ballsy (for lack of a better word) he was in creating these tracks. He doesn’t stay within one sound, which is the safe route most artists take on debuts, but the confidence Flume exudes on this album is what makes it such a standout. He ranges from the atmospheric and kind of dream pop tracks like “What You Need” and “Star Eyes” to indie sounding tracks that focus on soul wrenching vocals like “Left Alone,” all the way down to alternative hip hop with “On Top” featuring T.Shirt. Tracks like “Insane” and “More Than You Thought” force you into slow motion deep thoughts or like they could score the sequel to the movie Drive. The album evokes a happiness I thought was lost in our generation, not to mention you can dance to the entirety of the album. 

Flight Facilities - Clair de Lune (feat. Christine Hoberg)

Not only is the song the most gorgeous thing to enter my head in quite a minute, but the video makes it even more beautiful. So ethereal. It's a masterpiece in 7 minutes.

Noviembre Tunage Benzel / Jessie Ware / Kris Menace / Mickey / Nicky Romero / Thomas Azier

Benzel & Jessie Ware - If You Love Me

Uhm, I don't know if the bio on Benzel is a joke, about it being two Japanese girls aged 15 and 16 years old who met online and decided to start making music, because how the hell were they able to collab with Jessie Ware...but...this track is absolutely stunning. And if these alleged children came up with this gospel beat then it makes the song like 99% better. I also might print out these lyrics and use them as my mantra. GIRL POWER.

Kris Menace feat. Miss Kitten - Hide

Beats got me moving, vocals got me singing, songs got me happy. I feel good when I listen. Thank God for the lyrics, though. Must. Remember. That I can hide. Phewf.

Mickey feat. Billie - Weekend

Let's see, how many version of this song can be done? Not enough it seems, and THANK HEAVENS because this version rules all. More so than the Scooter version I used to bump in my Tahoe when I was 16 driving around the parking lot of my high school. Love Mickey, still continuously dance alone in my room to "Love for Sale." Gem.

Nicky Romero feat. Nervo - Like Home

Judge me all you want, stupid bitches. This song makes me happy. So shut it.

Thomas Azier - Red Eyes (Mike Luck Remix)

OK I know this is moderately old, but when Kitsune came out with their compilation 14, I heard it for the first time and I'm pretty sure my entire body broke out in chills. The first 20 seconds make me believe I'm in some underwater magic land, and it just becomes a better dream from there.