LISTEN UP: FLUME

 

 

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I’ve been plugged into the sounds coming from this 21-year-old Australian kid’s head ever since I found this gem about a year ago. Admittedly, I assumed he was British and I pictured him to be much older. Or maybe just bald.

So, imagine my surprise when I discovered that the mysterious artist known as Flume looks more like James Franco’s introverted little brother (not Dave) than Moby’s weird cousin Jonathan (a figment of my imagination, as far as I know).

Apparently, Mr. Flume mastered the art of slick, bass-heavy electro at an absurdly young age, allowing the DJ/producer to spend his exodus from teenager-dom out of the dorm room and onto the tour bus with the likes of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and the XX. As it tends to be with the adorable young prodigy type, the oracular forces within the music industry fully expect Flume to be the break-out star of 2013. And I’m not mad about that.

Flume’s latest single “Left Alone” features fellow-Aussie blog-star Chet Faker, an artist epitomizing the insatiable appetite of electronic music, which continues to swallow more and more instruments, aesthetics and vocal styles into it’s swollen gut. In Chet’s case, it’s those bluesy, soulful pipes previously reserved for the mid-2000’s wave of white male singer-songwriters, now available on a meaty plate of heavy progressive beats. So it goes.

For now, download Flume’s Fader Mix and peep the video below. For later, stay tuned for the release of his debut full-length album “Future Classic” (which has already gone GOLD in Australia!) on February 19th via Mom & Pop. The oracular forces within me fully expect it to be better than that suit & tie shit.

LISTEN UP: FIDLAR

FIDLAR

By now, you’re probably well versed in the art of trouble-making. You know how to shot-gun beers in under ten seconds, covertly slap subversive stickers onto innocent street signs, and give the finger when it matters most (like when you’re getting your head-shot taken, obviously).

But whatever level of hooliganary you’re operating at, it probably cannot compare to the antics of LA punk band FIDLAR (an acronym for Fuck It Dog, Life’s A Risk).

What we have here is a rowdy group of guys who have been chronicling their hard-partying behavior via song for a couple of years now, and by the looks of it, they have no intention of leaving the fast lane and taking up crochet any time soon.

Most recently, you may remember FIDLAR opening up this past summer’s FYF Fest, or you may have heard about their personal rendition of “Oh What a Night” at the  Cha Cha Lounge in Silver Lake.

And now, on January 22nd, with the help of Mom + Pop/Wichita Recordings, FIDLAR are finally releasing their first self-titled full length LP, featuring some oldies but goodies and some new tracks to tickle your fancy. The album probably contains your party anthem for 2013, with uplifting tracks like “Stoked and Broke,” and the procedural classic to rival Gym/Tan/Laundry, “Wake Bake Skate.” Here at the LA CANVAS studio, we’ve been favoring the band’s latest single “Cheap Beer.” Being natty-light drinkers ourselves, we can appreciate the message.

Snag a free download of our favorite tune here:

And be sure to catch the guys on January 19th, at the Constellation Room in Santa Ana before they head out on a tour of the UK.