Sydney’s Harley Streten is the latest producer to do a ‘Calvin’

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Flume - 'Flume'

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Flume – ‘Flume’

Sydney’s Harley Streten is the latest producer to do a ‘Calvin’, making an album and punting it in the direction of the charts. ‘Flume’ bulges with upbeat songs with chopped vocals that you can’t sing along to without sounding like a broken sex-robot (‘Stay Close’, ‘Sintra’). He samples the classics, reaching back to Sam Cooke’s ‘I Can’t Turn You Loose’ on ‘Holdin On’, while blogpop crooner Chet Faker’s turn on ‘Left Alone’ offers a comedown to all the dancing. Flume isn’t concerned with being different. It’s a bit TEED on a beach, or SBTRKT with mask exchanged for a tasteful side-parting. But it made me smile and, unless you’re feeling snobby, it’ll probably make you smile too.
Siân Rowe