Flume – Insane (Feat. Moon Holiday) (single) (Future Classic)


Sydney’s Flume first came to the attention of Sound Advice via Edith Bowman on BBC Radio 1. Captivated and entranced, we had to hunt down more.

Flume is 21 year old Sydney beatmaker and production whiz Harley Streten who started making music at 11 years old via a musical toy that came inside a cereal box! Flume played his first show just one year ago and quickly went on to secure slots at the Splendour In The Grass festival and Triple J radio House Party tour in Australia.

Following the release of his debut EP ‘Sleepless’ in 2011 and a handful of remixes and singles throughout 2011 and 2012, Flume released his debut self-titled album on 9 November, 2012 shooting straight to #1 on the iTunes chart in Australia and #2 of the ARIA charts during its week of release.

The record itself is a brilliant album that seamlessly incorporates a huge range of sounds and genres including electronica, hip-hop and indie fit for fans of mid-tempo, glitchy, vocal-driven electronica ala Flying Lotus, as well as Mount Kimbie.

“Insane”, however, draws to mind Röyksopp with hints of Air with its shared pop sensibilities and steady hitting beats. Thick calming pads and ethereal vocals create a dreamy atmosphere while at the same time immediately hooky and bountifully melodic.

One of the many interesting characteristics of “Insane” and Flume’s work in general is the vocal warpings and their dominance in the tracks. On “Insane” Sydney vocalist and fellow Future Classic artist Moon Holiday (aka Alex Ward) gets the treatment and the effects range from gorgeous and ethereal to pitch-shifted drones and chipmunk vocals.

A brilliant indie-electronic-pop number, “Insane” is a must hear.

Flume’s self-titled debut album was released 9 November, 2012 and is available now.

Watch the video for “Insane (feat. Moon Holiday)” below: