Australian producer Flume is a musical omnivore. His set at the Red Marquee Friday night — the first of the festival’s late night programming — veered all over the place sonically, moving between big neon-tinged dance numbers to hip-hop beats to wonky remixes of chart-topping pop numbers. Flume, real name Harley Edward Streten, doesn’t get lumped under the umbrella term “EDM,” but his music follows the same principle of acts in that orbit — he’s grown up in a world where walls separating genres have collapsed, and it is possible for everyone to like a little of everything, if they want.
Also, despite the occasional twist into heady electronic passages, Flume focused on getting the crowd dancing, and the crowded Red Marquee did just that, while watching his colorful graphics play out behind him.
This all-devouring nature, though, sometimes lead to a scatterbrained set. Flume zipped between styles constantly, and it could be too jarring — one of the night’s better cuts, the original song “On Top” featuring a verses from rapper T-Shirt, showed Flume’s skills as a beatmaker. Less interesting was a remix of Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools (Drank),” a hazy affair that just made one think of the original cut. His reliance on remixes — of Fuji Rock veterans such as Lorde and Disclosure, for example — took a little away, as those weren’t as interesting as his own creations, which were far more interesting (and, like, suited to a dance party) than the above.
Photo: KentaKUMEI Text: Patrick St. Michel
Posted on 2015.7.25 10:31