Flume tells us how ‘Tiny Cities’ with Beck happened … in pink board shorts
Flume’s Skin is a sophomore album that doesn’t disappoint, but rather exceeds the expectations the Australian producer set with his 2012 debut with an impressive list of vocalists including Tove Lo, Vince Staples, Vic Mensa, and AlunaGeorge.
Oh, and Beck too. No big deal.
Flume, whose real name is Harley Streten, premiered “Tiny Cities” on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio station on Wednesday, two days before Skin‘s release.
The song begins as ballad of sorts with a sing-songy chorus before it’s put into an electronic blender and transforms into something a little more befitting of the rest of Skin. Streten talked to us ahead of Skin‘s release about how it all happened.
Unlike many electronic collaborations, most of those on Skin happened face to face.
“I called an Uber over to his house. it was kind of crazy. I got there and I was like, ‘Oh my god, I’m in Beck’s house.’ I had my stupid pink board shorts on and a backpack, at a music legend’s house,” he said. “It was quite funny.”
The two recorded the track in Beck’s home studio, he says. “It was quite surreal,” he said.
“Sometimes when people come to new technologies there’s a stiffness to it, it’s a little rigid,” Beck told Lowe on Wednesday. “What he does with these programs is so fluid and natural sounding.”
Flume will premiere Skin in its entirety at 4:30 p.m. ET on Facebook live.
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