Harley Edward Streten aka Flume, an Australian DJ with a magma-esque following right now, is coming to Southern California this weekend. In a world where Las Vegas residencies, dubstep McDonalds commercials, and single-name producersfilling Top 40 common place, Flume stands out amongst the crowd. His self-titled album came out in 2012 to mostly Australian fanfare, and a bit in the States from those dedicated to what happens in various corners of the world. It started building some hype and when he re-released it and added another 18 tracks in a Deluxe Edition form, it was obvious that the music world needed to pay attention.
Flume's music gets back to the D in EDM: dance. He doesn't make fluttery seven-minute tracks with violin intros and high-profile British songstresses. The beats are firm and tight, the funk is evident from the first step, and his dedication to the flow is second-to-none. It's the perfect escape from that other type of EDM and really wouldn't lend itself to commercial usage.
Anyone that has spent time with "Holdin' On," "Insane," and "You & I" knows why his tent at Coachella was virtually impossible to get into. The low-key producer takes you on a journey akin to a concept album without tying you to a specific narrative. Without big dropping bangers and club tunes (which he saves for his duo What So Not), he's able to explore the sound space a bit more. While the show is sold out, keep browsing Craigslist and the Facebook feed of any of your friends with excellent taste to see if a ticket pops up.