The Australian born DJ, Flume, hasn't released a proper album since 2016's wildly popular Skin, and it's interesting that he delivers this specific project as a mixtape. Mixtapes aren't typically a traditional concept used in the EDM world, but Flume takes it head on and runs with it. Although it plays like a conventional album, nearly half of the tracks are less than two minutes in length, so I can see why he established it as a mixtape.
Flume is one of those rare DJs that can turn noise into tolerable, great-sounding music that's easy to digest. So many EDM artists today have a tendency to be repetitive and their sounds often blend together, but not for Flume. He's able to stand out with his futuristic and experimental tones throughout the mixtape as well as getting support from unorthodox collaborators, such as JPEGMAFIA and slowthai.
With Hi This Is Flume, the producer tries some new things, but still remains true to his roots. He isn't afraid to explore the use of complex time signatures and design sounds that can only be described as a mix of industrial trap and 90s electro-pop. Overall, the mixtape works in the DJ's favor in terms of quality content that will keep his fans entertained until his next full album. I would also be remiss if I didn't mention the 33 second track entitled "╜φ°⌂▌╫§╜φ°⌂▌╫§╜φ°⌂▌╫§╜φ°⌂▌╫§╜φ°⌂▌╫§╜φ°⌂▌╫§╜φ°⌂▌╫§╜φ°⌂▌╫§╜φ°⌂▌╫§╜φ°⌂▌╫§╜φ°⌂▌╫§╜φ°⌂▌╫§╜φ°⌂▌╫§╜φ°⌂▌╫§╜φ°⌂▌╫§╜φ°⌂▌╫§╜φ°⌂▌╫§╜φ°⌂▌", which somehow translates to "cow juice". ★★★½
Key Tracks: "High Beams" | "MUD"
Review requested by Lauren L. of Los Angeles, CA.
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