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Flume Remixes Arcade Fire Just Months After Band Criticizes DJs

Flume's star continues to rise, as he has released a remix of Arcade Fire’s "Afterlife." The Australian producer morphed the rock song into a slow-burning electronic track that intrigues the senses. It marries chill trap with acoustics, making it a relaxing track to listen to on a quiet day. The 10-minute track begins with soft vocals and eventually builds into a steady beat to put listeners in a trance.

This remix comes as a surprise, considering Arcade Fire's apparent lack of respect for DJs and producers. In April, the band drew the ire of the notorious Deadmau5 due to a comment made by Win Butler, the group's vocalist. Arcade Fire headlined Coachella, where Butler said, “Shout out to all the bands still playing actual instruments at this festival.” 

Deadmau5 responded by saying, “Shit to remember: A computer is a tool, not an instrument. Arcade Fire needs to settle down. Some dudes devote their lives to instruments, others to electronic composition by CPU, dafuqs yer problem?” Then he went on to criticize the band, stating he’d rather attend the opera than “waste a fucking minute of my life with Arcade Fire.”

With the rise in popularity of EDM, many rock musicians have expressed their distaste for electronic music. Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters received a Grammy in 2012, and during his speech, he praised the playing of instruments. He said that “the human element of music is what’s important.” However, that same night, he shared the stage with Deadmau5 and David Guetta in appreciation of EDM. He later released a statement saying, “I love ALL kinds of music. From Kyuss to Kraftwerk, Pinetop Perkins to Prodigy, Dead Kennedys to Deadmau5… I love music. Electronic or acoustic, it doesn’t matter to me. The simple act of creating music is a beautiful gift that ALL human beings are blessed with. And the diversity of one musician’s personality to the next is what makes music so exciting and...human.”

In any case, it seems that Arcade Fire has come around to at least liking Flume. It's ironic because Flume was one of the acts at Coachella who wasn't playing "actual instruments." On his Facebook, Flume wrote, "I got the chance to hang out with Win from Arcade Fire on tour in Aus. He asked me if I'd like to do a remix. I wanted to try something a little more restrained, a slow burner." Despite the remix being a departure from Flume's previous tracks, it's yet another massive success for the producer. Everything Flume touches turns to gold, and we're already looking forward to his next release.

[H/T: Rolling Stone]

Written by Taya-Maria El-Asmar

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