Flume’s ‘Never Be Like You’ joins the 1 billion stream club

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Flume’s ‘Never Be Like You’ joins the 1 billion stream clubFlume Never Be Like You Feat. Kai

Three years after its momentous release, a glittering staple of Flume‘s sonic catalog, “Never Be Like You,” has amassed a staggering one billion streams across major streaming platforms—a watershed waypoint in an already star-spangled career.

The Kai-assisted cut was one of the lead singles from the avant-garde Australian visionary’s sophomore album, Skin. The cohesively constructed tune foregrounds some of Flume’s artistic strengths: inventive song constructions that derive their eccentricity from glitchy beat arrangements and creative chord couplings.

In acknowledgment of the achievement, The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS) have awarded Flume distinction on the 1,000,000,000 list, a running roster of Australian artists who have eclipsed the coveted benchmark. Flume is the third entity to grace the list: predecessors include Dean Lewis (“Be Alright”) and Nat Dunn, who co-wrote Marshmello and Anne-Marie’s “Friends.”

“Flume’s songwriting and production has had a huge influence on how music sounds, and his success has opened doors for his fellow Australian creators,” APRA, AMCOS chief executive, Dean Ormston, said.

Watch Flume perform stirring version of ‘Rushing Back’ with Vera Blue live from Red Rocks

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Watch Flume perform stirring version of ‘Rushing Back’ with Vera Blue live from Red RocksFlume Live David Wolff Patrickredferns

Flume is one of the lucky ones. He’s been able to prove himself as a generational talent, building a momentous catalog of brilliantly experimental work, without ever having to compromise his creative direction or bend towards mainstream appeal. This year might be the culmination of that effort, with the Australian beatsmith delivering his most head-turning works to date and debuting a stirring, visceral live show, both to heavy critical acclaim.

Flume’s live show has taken on a life of its own, wherein the producer makes use of the full stage by demolishing various objects during his sensory stimulating performance. It has become one of the most in-demand live electronic shows of the year, and recently, Flume brought collaborator Vera Blue to Red Rocks Amphitheater for a live rendition of the pair’s single “Rushing Back.” The captivating performance spotlights the Skin producer at the peak moment of what has been a colossal year. Watch “Rushing Back” live below.

First Listen: CRWNS adds horsepower to a Flume original on new ‘High Beams’ flip [Stream]

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First Listen: CRWNS adds horsepower to a Flume original on new ‘High Beams’ flip [Stream]IMG 0627 Copy

Fresh off a near year-long hiatus, CRWNS applies the heat of his re-imaginative touch to Flume‘s glitchy Hi This Is Flume inclusion, “High Beams.” The highly textured, forward thinking foray into percussive play unfurls at a languid pace in Flume’s original, as English rapper, slowthai, spits his verses.

CRWNS ups the ante, opting for a higher intensity take that sources much of its horsepower from the addition of trap leaning ascents and descents. Whereas these elements substitute some of the more idiosyncratic sonic bells and whistles that accent Flume’s production, slowthai’s fervent vocal contributions remain intact on CRWNS’ flip.

CRWNS’ preservation of this element won’t be surprising to those familiar with his hip-hop engaging approach to electronic production. CRWNS amplifies the low end to craft a bass exerting effort sure to send listeners in the direction of the replay button.

SHAED’s “Trampoline” Is The Latest Pop Hit Smuggled Through Rock Radio

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SHAEDBecause my car is not new or fancy enough to display song titles and artist names when I listen to the radio, I sometimes find myself Shazam-ing while driving. Most recently, while blaring my local Top 40 station, I encountered a minimalist electronic pop song accented with finger snaps, sighing background harmonies, occasional outbursts of … More »

Flume drops ‘Rushing Back’ featuring Vera Blue, announces new Europe tour dates

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Flume drops ‘Rushing Back’ featuring Vera Blue, announces new Europe tour datesFlume Michael Drummond

Flume has dropped a new single, “Rushing Back,” featuring Vera Blue along with an 11-stop tour European tour date for the end of October and November.

“Rushing Back” utilizes a favorite high-pitched vocal synth of his heard at the end of his “Friends” project featuring Reo Cragun and on his single “Jewel” from his big splash Hi This Is Flume mixtape released this year. That specific sound also seems to be distorted on other tracks, along with his most-streamed song this year, “Let You Know,” featuring London Grammar. This high-pitched envelope synth use demonstrates the Australian producer’s unique sound design prowess as the new track dips and dives between the more high-pitched vocals sound and a flute sound for a slight distinct tonal difference that evokes Flume’s attention to detail.

Vera Blue’s voice hovers alongside these high-end melodies and above the mid-range melodies that lay the foundation for the ultra-harmonic work. This is not the first time the two Australian artists have worked together. In 2016, they collaborated on “My Boo,” which also featured Vince Staples, Kučka, and Ngaiire.

In addition to the release of the new single, Flume is also prepping for his upcoming European tour. Click here for details.

Photo credit: Michael Drummond

Lunar Lunes: Luca Lush and Sadkey flip Flume, Bloodtone remixes deadmau5 and Kaskade + more

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Lunar Lunes: Luca Lush and Sadkey flip Flume, Bloodtone remixes deadmau5 and Kaskade + moreLuca Lush Mad Decent

Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

The Highwomen Are The Country Supergroup This Moment Demands

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THE HIGHWOMENA widely publicized study this year confirmed what anyone paying attention to the industry has long known: Country music is a boys’ club. Back in April, USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative published its study No Country For Female Artists: Artist & Songwriter Gender On Popular Country Charts From 2014 To 2018, which found that … More »

Is this a mirage? Flume makes a spectacle of Burning Man performance

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Is this a mirage? Flume makes a spectacle of Burning Man performanceFlume

With Burning Man comes burning questions, and apparently the most pressing among them at this year’s iteration of the Nevadan festival was strewn ever-so-publicly across a fan’s totem:

“Does Flume even eat ass?”

Well, luckily for everyone involved, the future-beats producer, who built his reputation Down Under (go figure), promptly dispelled all ambiguity during his set in the desert this weekend when he, for lack of a better term, made a meal of it. A video posted to Snapchat by Flume’s girlfriend, actress Paige Elkington, was quickly deleted, but not before being captured and shared to the r/flume Reddit corner, eliciting reactions from all corners of the electronic ether. It remains unclear if the woman on the receiving end of Flume’s… generosity (depending on whom you ask) is indeed Elkington.

Earlier this year Flume released his heatedly fawned-over Hi, This is Flume mixtape, featuring originals such as “How to Build a Relationship” and “Wormhole.”

Disclaimer: Clip contains sexually explicit material. Continue to footage here.

Lunar Lunes: Nathan C remixes Flume, Flite takes on RL Grime’s ‘Core’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: Nathan C remixes Flume, Flite takes on RL Grime’s ‘Core’ + moreNathan C Press Photo

Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Flume, Kenny Beats, James Blake and more roast JPEGMAFIA in new album announcement [Watch]

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Flume, Kenny Beats, James Blake and more roast JPEGMAFIA in new album announcement [Watch]Jpegmafia Live Credit Getty

JPEGMAFIA‘s profile has shot into the stratosphere this year. He’s establishing himself as one of alternative hip-hop’s brightest prospects, and his creative crossover appeal has allowed him to reach a continually diversifying fanbase year over year. Now, the LA-based rhymer is preparing to deliver his third studio LP, All My Heroes Are Cornballs, on September 13, and in the spirit of the record’s title, a handful of JPEG’s friends and collaborators put together some …well wishes, ahead of the album’s release.

Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy appears among James Blake, Kenny Beats, Channel Tres, and JPEGMAFIA’s recent collaborator Flume, in a new trailer for All My Heroes Are Cornballs. Everyone offers their own perspective on the upcoming album, and while the general consensus throughout the cameos is that Cornballs is “trash,” something tells us this might be one of the more intriguing hip-hop records of the year. See the trailer below.