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  • Summary: The debut full-length debut from Australian electronic producer Harley Streten includes influences from R&B, hip-hop, and pop music.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 85
    He’s woven a stunning debut which is as scattershot as it is coherent, and his homeland is certainly right to be heralding him as the next big thing.
  2. Feb 12, 2013
    80
    The musical collage approach, is the starting point for a captivating album of pop electronica. [Mar 2013, p.101]
  3. Feb 14, 2013
    80
    This debut album scraps coherence and convention and prioritises the more vital values of music; making songs that are both accessible and rinsed in invention.
  4. Feb 19, 2013
    70
    Flume's debut certainly fits into a post-2000s club vibe and DJ culture that borrows liberally, and often with inspired aplomb, from cut-and-paste hip-hop, avant-garde electronic composition, ambient pop, and contemporary R&B.
  5. Feb 25, 2013
    70
    Laid back beats, a high pitched effect methodically layered within the effects, vocals, bring in the bridge then loop the beat. Arguably this is the pattern to all electronic music yet there is not much variety within this paradigm; luckily there are enough winning moments on Flume to make you forgive this.
  6. 60
    Streton definitely has the production chops to make a solid record. However, if he wants a great record, he needs to edit down that tracklist and sequence it for cohesion.
  7. Mar 28, 2013
    58
    Although it toes a dangerous line of resounding too imitative of its own influences, the young producer is nonetheless well on his way to fully embracing his identity.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. Nov 29, 2013
    10
    Flume is an artist that inspires your soul, chills your heart, and warms it at the same time. His music and songs will be remembered for many generations. Expand
  2. Jul 27, 2013
    8
    Flume's eponymous album is a great piece of work but I won't pretend I didn't like it at first. The opening track "Sintra" originally distanced me, and I felt initially that the tracks were somewhat inconsistent. But songs like "Ezra", "Sleepless Feat. Jezzabell Doran" and in fact, "Sintra", contain a depth belied by much of the rest of the album. Though some songs felt like they were just happy and empty, I can now appreciate that Flume has a definitive style that I have not seen from another artist (maybe I'm just ignorant) that I can liken only to XXYYXX. Give this album a listen, or if you're interested enough, more, because I do think this album and Flume's style grows on you significantly. Expand
  3. Jan 9, 2014
    7
    Flume is an impressive debut from a rising artist, but there is still some room from improvement. Personally, I found the music to be remarkably similar to the more electronic tracks of James Blake. However, unlike the works of James Blake, Flume did not manage to illicit an emotional response, and instead was simply a "fun" album to listen too. However, that does not change that the tracks are very jumpy (almost to fault) and creative, which gives the album a nice energy that makes the album very enjoyable to listen to while doing something else (like exercise or work around the house). Expand