I was lucky enough to get a promo copy of Flume‘s Deluxe Edition Mixtape the other day. I’ve spent some time listening to it since. Initially I must confess, I had my reservations about the concept of a hip hop collaboration, not because the concept wasn’t innovative (it’s hard to ignore collaborations with the likes of Ghostface Killah, Freddie Gibbs, How to Dress Well or Twin Shadow-to name a few), but more so because I liked the original album so much, and the idea of fucking with it sounded like it might not work. I can tell you quite happily though, that I was proven wrong.
After hearing all 9 tracks a few times, I went back to the original album, and discovered I actually enjoyed some of the remix tracks better than the original. Standouts for me included:
Intro ( a moody, piano based track that serves well as an intro)
Holding On (Released a few weeks ago, I’ve listened to it a number of times, still sounds great)
Change (definitely the most commercial sounding for me)
Warm Thoughts (my favourite so far, and I actually prefer it to the original).
To summarize, Flume’s beats are so clean and precise they work great as a base when hip hop rhymes are loosely peppered on top. Flume lovers should appreciate the new dimension the mixtape offers, and hip hop aficionados should feel likewise.
Here’s the lineup:
1. Intro (ft. Stalley)
2. Space Cadet (ft. Ghostface Killah & Autre Ne Veut)
3. Insane (ft. Killer Mike & Moon Holiday)
4. Stay Close (ft. Boldy James, Alexander Spit & Aaron Cohen)
5. Holdin On (ft. Freddie Gibbs)
6. Change (ft. How To Dress Well)
7. Warm Thoughts (ft. Grande Marshall & Goldie Glo)
8. Sleepless (ft. Twin Shadow & Jezzabell Doran)
9. Hyperparadise (ft. M.O.P.)
The album will include the debut record, this mixtape, remixes of and by Flume, a live performance DVD, and an Ableton Live 9 Lite disc with stems to 3 of his songs. Released through Mom & Pop Records and due out November 12. Pre-order it here.
You might also want to check out:
Flume :: New Deluxe Album :: Drops a Remix with Freddie Gibbs
Flume :: Brand New Video :: Insane
Flume :: Debut US Album :: Sneak Preview :: Listen to it Today For Free