Flume may have just dropped his best song yet. Big call, sure, but I’m going there.
Following on from his recent new single Never Be Like You (ft. Kai,) the Manly-born producer has just stepped up his game about ten notches, with new track Smoke and Retribution, featuring Perth singer Kucka and rapper Vince Staples.
Opening on a massive beat, the pendulum swings across the rhythm as Staples spits pure fire up above. But before long, the entire track changes – rhythm, atmosphere and melody, with a brief glimpse into a spacey soundscape and Kucka’s almost childlike bridge. I’ll be honest, this is by far my least favourite part of the track; the breakdown feels like a necessity more than a strong addition to the track. But Vince soon returns to the spotlight, and boy oh boy, does he deserve it.
Myself, and much of the music world, have long considered where Flume would take his immediately identifiable sound on his second album. Considering the quality of the two tracks we’ve heard so far, this is shaping up to be one hell of a follow-up.
Flume and Staples are both set to perform at Laneway Festival this year, so one can only assume that lucky attendees will be among the first in the world to hear the pair collaborate on this incredible production live.
Flume will be releasing his new album Skin later this year via Future Classic.
Dates and venues:
Friday 5 February – Harts Mill, Port Adelaide (16+)
Saturday 6 February – Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane (16+)
Sunday 7 February – Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney
Saturday 13 February – Footscray Community Arts Centre And The River’s Edge, Melbourne
Sunday 14 February – Esplanade Reserve and West End, Fremantle