Flume and Vera Blue share a new collab, Rushing Back, ahead of Listen Out
The euphoric, experimental moment falls perfectly in-line with Flume's work across the past few months.
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Flume is having his moment. Preluding his year thus far with a mixtape rich with experimentation and forward-thinking electronic craft, the Australian heavyweight has been nothing but brilliant ever since, whether it be collaborative singles with Reo Cragun (and later, a three-track mini-EP), London Grammar and Vera Blue, or on the live stage, where he's smashed printers and potted plants at Lollapalooza and, somewhat infamously now, Burning Man - an institution for any dance music act with the fingers in the experimental pot. The year isn't over yet, either - over the next few weeks he'll headline Listen Out Festival around the country, and as a teaser, he's just shared a new single too, enlisting Vera Blue for a dizzying track titled Rushing Back.
Like the London Grammar-infused Let You Know, Rushing Back is a single that bridges the hyper-experimental world of Flume's beginning - rebirthed again with Hi This Is Flume - and the more pop-centric focus on hooks and guest collaborators that marked his second album Skin. The emphasis is well and truly on Vera Blue here - her vocal shimmers with its signature strength and angelic haze - but it's contested by Flume's rushing instrumental underneath, that makes Vera Blue fight for the spotlight with its warping bass crunches and distorted synth leads; that distinct Flume touch that's been present through much of his career back in the spotlight once again.
Recorded in LA, it's a display of how far Vera Blue's vocal can go when warped and pushed under the guidance of Flume, who as always, seems to bring out the best in collaborators we thought we've heard everything from.
Catch Flume at Listen Out over the next few weeks, with a pop-up store in Sydney and Melbourne flinging merch and other cool stuff across that time - Sydney, at Surry Hills' Honour Store between October 3rd and 5th; then Melbourne, at XO Studios on September 26th.
September 27, Melbourne, Australia - Listen Out
September 28, Brisbane, Australia - Listen Out
September 29, Perth, Australia - Listen Out
October 4, Auckland, New Zealand - Listen In
October 5, Sydney, Australia - Listen Out
October 6, Adelaide, Australia - Listen In
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