There’s Chillwave in the air as SynthWave master Jordan F takes on electronica producer Flume, resulting in nothing we were expecting. Flume deliver quite a Lo-Fi, reverb drenched take on electronic music to begin with, and Sleepless, in all it’s incarnations, exemplifies their sound. Jordan takes it to the next level, while still retaining a little of the 80s guru we all know and love.
There’s hints of the Jordan’s SynthWave core in this tracks opening synths, and punchy bassline, but this is washed with the spacey Funk of Chillwave. The result is the best of both worlds. Leaning slightly more toward the Lo-Fi, Jordan wraps us up in waves of hazy synths and ghostly vocal snatches. It’s the most experimental thing that Jordan has released to date, and we’re loving it. When a producer like Jordan F becomes comfortable enough with himself, and his talents, to really indulge himself, beautiful things happen.
Future Classic , this week, released the new single from Australian DJ and songstress Anna Lunoe. The single sees her teaming up with fellow Aussie producers to funky effect and is accurately billed under Anna Lunoe & Friends.
The two originals on the single, the A-Side Real Talk and its flip, I Met You see Anna Lounoe collaborating with Touch Sensitive and Flume respectively. Touch Sensitive is Michael Di Francesco of Van She, so you know to expect some Tropical vibes. You may no be prepared for just how Tropical it really is though. It’s like a Bounty advert and Chicago House had offspring. Chopped up vocal and a big piano hook sit nicely alongside the island percussion in a ‘90’s House track that you won’t be able to help your self smiling to. Flume’s team-up, I Met You, brings more of a laid back Disco infused ElectroPop vibe to the EP. Indescribably summery, the twisted Moog synth line and hollow bass making for some seriously chilled Disco vibes. Anna’s intimate vocal draws you in to a pure feel good tune, in fact the whole EP is just about chilled summer good times. Pure part soundtrack stuff. The master of the Disco edit Late Nite Tuff Guy gets in on the action too with a Dub of I Met You. He works his Nu-Disco magic and sends the track straight to the danceflor. Check the EP for a mix from DJ HMC for some jump up party house.
Jazzy, soulful, slightly Chillwavey with a hint of Disco and a touch of Glitch is how you might describe the title track from Flume’s first EP.
‘Sleepless’ (which features Anthony For Cleopatra) is a pretty stunning début for this Sydney based 19-year old producer. Chopped beats and cut-up vocals are pretty standard fare for Glitchy electronica but Flume layers these with a true understanding of Funk and a smooth groove that ties the track together and makes it more than it’s contemporaries.