Following on from his recent new single "Never Be Like You (ft. Kai,)" Flume 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 favorite 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 will be releasing his new album Skin later this year via Future Classic.