Flume + Tokimonsta at the Mid | Concert preview
Aussie electro wunderkind shares a bill with a Brainfeeder beat maker.
Electronic wunderkind Flume, or Harley Streten, discovered his knack for making beats the old-fashioned way: He found his first music software program in a box of Nutri-Grain cereal. At the ripe age of 13, he was making his own tracks, and he was signed to an indie by the time he was 20. Last year he outsold One Direction and Justin Bieber in his native Australia, and now his phenomenal, self-titled debut is gaining a foothold in the States.
Like trippy groove alchemist Flying Lotus, Flume takes an organic approach to timing, which gives his tracks a slippery quality. Fans of Down Under electronica might notice echoes of sample addicts the Avalanches in the overall moodiness and dreamy layering. The Sydney native’s unique touch comes with drowsy synths delivered at shoegazer tempo. Rhythms are paired impeccably with vocals from the likes of Chet Faker, George Maple and Jezzabell Doran. The result is an epic album of hazy, spacey beauty that may lead to involuntary head-bobbing.
As Tokimonsta, Los Angeles beat maker Jennifer Lee makes hyperdense R&B-infused dance tracks that are off-the-wall enough for both L.A.’s Low End Theory nights and the left-field-hip-hop-loving Brainfeeder crew. Live, she comes armed to the teeth with multimedia and hands-on technology to complete the psych experience.