When Flume’s debut album first dropped back in November, it was beaten to the top spot in the ARIA charts hierarchy only by One Direction. At the time, claiming the #2 position behind a worldwide tween-pop juggernaut seemed like a pretty good outcome for a 21-year-old bedroom producer from Sydney. But now, three months on, Harley Streten’s come back swinging: Flume has just hit the #1 spot on the ARIA Albums Charts, booting Justin Bieber down to #2. No mean feat for an album that’s been out for months now – especially given it jumped a whopping 15 places from last week’s position of #16 to get there.
So what helped him shoot up 15 places? Well, Flume hype is certainly as high as it ever was. The chart-climb might be down to the press from triple j’s Hottest 100, where Flume took four spots on the countdown – the highest being Holdin On at #4 . He’s also just kicked off his first couple of slots at Laneway Festival in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne over the weekend, and was announced as part of the Groovin the Moo bill last week. Capping off a very good week, on Friday his album was shortlisted for the 2013 AMP prize, alongside the likes of The Presets and Tame Impala.
Flume’s self-titled debut was crowned ITM’s #1 album of 2012, our reviewer describing it as “music laden with soul, purpose, pathos and hope; sometimes gloomy, sometimes optimistic, but always fucking cool.” Revisit it below, or for a taste of Flume: the selector, dive into Streten’s recent 45-minute mix for Fact Mag. Below is the latest music uploaded on the official Youtube account for you to check out!