We ranked all 48 Flume tracks from worst to best
This month, everyone’s boy Harley “Flume” Streten will release his second album Skin. While the world waits to find out just how the most anticipated dance release of the year stacks up, we’ve gone to work ranking every Flume track so far from worst to best (although when you’re talking Flume productions, “worst” is relative term).
First, a word of note: we’ve only counted songs credited to Flume, meaning you won’t find any What So Not tracks or productions for artists like George Maple here, and for simplicity’s sake we’ve also left out the reworks on the Deluxe Edition of his first album. But everything else – from early remixes to the latest single – is fair game. Question is, do you agree with our #1? [Additional words by NICK JARVIS and LACHLAN KANONIUK.]
#48 Hectic Sausage
“What do you get if you take all the sausages in the world and put them together?” posed a young Harley Streten on one of his first ever productions. Yes, Flume has come a long way from Hectic Sausage, the song he made at 12-years-old, posted to his MySpace page and kindly reminded everyone of in 2014. Practice makes perfect, kids.
#47 Wall Fuck
There’s a reason it was a free download.
#46 New Navy – Zimbabwe (Flume remix)
Believe it or not, Flume’s first ever show was a support set for New Navy at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory. These days he’s closing stages at Coachella and New Navy are…not a thing anymore.
#45 Onra – The Anthem (Flume remix)
Before he was remixing Disclosure and Lorde, Flume cut his teeth flipping his beats-y idols like Onra. The original version of The Anthem is a bona fide classic, but in 2011 Flume hadn’t really cracked the remix golden formula yet.
#44 Aston Shuffle – Won’t Get Lost (Flume remix)
#43 Kilter x Matt Miller – Gravel Pit (Flume remix)
Fun fact: the Gravel Pit remix hold the dubious distinction of being the only track on SoundCloud filed under the tag ‘#ghettotitties’.
#42 More Than You Thought
#41 Chet Faker – Gold (Flume rework)
Last year, Flume did a pair of “reworks” (don’t call them remixes) to promote releases from his Future Classic labelmates Chet Faker and Seekae. He didn’t make huge changes to either track.
#40 Tropical Sun
Tropical Sun was a potential track for the debut album, but ended up being released on a compilation from then-rising label Future Classic in 2012 instead.
#39 Seekae – Test & Recognise (Flume rework)
Here’s that other “rework”.
#38 Flume & Chet Faker – This Song Is Not About A Girl
#37 Anna Lunoe & Flume – I Met You
The origins of the famous synth log.
#36 Space Cadet
#35 Over You
Before Sleepless was one of the star singles on the debut album, it was released on an EP alongside two tracks: Over You, which also featured Jezzabel Doran on vocals, and Paper Thin.
#34 Paper Thin
…Paper Thin wins out by an inch.
#33 Fedde Le Grand – Back & Fourth (Flume remix)
There aren’t many producers who could remix Fedde Le Grand in their bedroom days and end up with something that still sounds good in 2016. Colour us impressed, Flume.
#32 What You Need
#31 Stay Close
Nestled near the halfway mark of Flume’s eponymous debut sits Stay Close, a melancholy little ditty with a signature offbeat, lurching rhythm and lyrics that have perplexed generations of YouTube commenters: is the chopped vocal saying Tuesday or Juice Day? (It’s “Too stay,” for the record.) NME may have sneered that it’s a track you “can’t sing along to without sounding like a broken sex-robot,” but we think its pitched up vocal samples and awkward beat are sweetly endearing. [Nick Jarvis]
I dare you to get that plinky arpeggio riff out of your head once you’ve heard it. You can’t do it. Then there’s the breakbeat sample that’s vaguely reminiscent of M.O.P’s classic Ante Up beat and more pitch-warped vocals than you can shake an Ableton controller at. (It’s also worth seeking out the Deluxe edition edit of Change, which makes excellent use of How To Dress Well’s smooth neo-RNB pipes.) [Nick Jarvis]
#29 Sam Smith – Lay Me Down (Flume remix)
16.6 million SoundCloud streams can’t be wrong.
#28 Flume & Chet Faker – What About Us
#27 Arcade Fire – Afterlife (Flume edit)
Usually a new Flume remix is universal cause for celebration but when the Afterlife edit arrived, the comments weren’t all good. The languid, 10-minute remix wasn’t to everyone’s tastes – a banger this is not – but for those with an appetite for Win Butler’s yelps, it’s got a real beauty.
#25 Collarbones – Turning (Flume remix)
#23 Marlena Shaw – Woman of the Ghetto (Flume’s Jackin House Mix)
In the glory months after his first album was released, Harley Streten spent his time criss-crossing the globe, playing at tastemaking festivals in Europe and the U.S. and making friends with Skrillex. In the midst of all the madness, he put his touch on Marlena Shaw’s Woman of the Ghetto from a hotel room in Miami (while inthemix watched) and fittingly titled it Flume’s Jackin’ House Mix. Three years later, it still stands out as a very different side to the Flume sound.
#22 Warm Thoughts
While Flume funnelled most of his trap-inclined beats into his What So Not releases, a few trappy snare rolls creep into the mix on Warm Thoughts. Otherwise, it’s a fairly sedate breeze, landing on the ambient side of the chill–banger spectrum leading up to a barrage of hammering beats as a breakdown. A curious little excursion on the self-titled LP. [Lachlan Kanoniuk]