Flume is back Wednesday (March 11) with “The Difference,” a collaboration with Toro Y Moi. The song is an effervescent drum and bass-inspired cut with a video that finds Toro Y Moi in deep concentration while Flume sprints through downtown Los Angeles in a red track suit, their worlds connected by the psychedelic visuals of both scenes. The clip is directed by frequent Flume collaborator Jonathan Zawada.
“The Difference” marks the first collaboration between Flume and Toro Y Moi. Premiering the track on Apple music earlier Wednesday, Flume told Zane Lowe, “It’s funny, actually, because I’ve been a fan of him for years. When I started this Flume Project, one of his tracks called ‘Talamak,’ which I think came out in about 2011 or something, but it was kind of one of the blueprint songs for this project. When I heard that I was like, ‘OK, I want to do music that has…some of these qualities.’ It has been amazing to work with such a figure in music that I’ve always had so much love for.”
The track drops alongside an announcement that Flume will headline three nights at Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheater on June 8-10. Each night will find Flume focusing on a different era of his career and will feature guests including Cashmere Cat and Shlohmo on night 1, Mura Masa, Clams Casino and Kučka on night 2 and Sophie and a DJ set from Toro Y Moi on night 3. This third night will find Flume playing his 2019 Grammy-nominated Hi, This Is Flume mixtape, along with the debut of new material.
This new output may also be heard on a forthcoming Flume LP, as he told Lowe of plans to release a new album this year. “I’m just working away,” he said. “I’m trying to do…a beat a day or two ideas a day. I kind of got the blinders on, head down. And yeah, so hopefully put a record out this year. What I’m trying to do is I’m trying to have fun with music. I think sometimes I take it too seriously. And now I’m just having fun and making whatever comes to mind.”
Watch the video for “The Difference” below.