Making this list was a lot tougher because of the nature of Flvme's projects. On one side, there are solid projects throughout like Red Light District, but at the same time, something like Dead Or Alive has more hits but it also has songs that I didn't enjoy so much. In making this list, I greatly appreciate Flvme as an artist because no one project tackles the same subject matter and they all enter different pockets of sounds. I included his joint projects just to make the list more interesting.
I really love and appreciate what this project did for Flvme on a commercial level but as a fan, this is my '808's and Heartbreak' in his catalogue. There were so many different sound pockets that he entered but some of them I just struggled to connect with. My favourite song on this album was 'Another Interlude, I Guess' because it brought back the sounds and emotions that we fell in love with on Clouds. Similarly, I enjoy 'Cuterlude' and 'Hold You Down' because they share the characteristics of what makes Flvme so dope. The dark production with the moody backup vocals is what Flvme does best. I do want to say that I appreciate his willingness to leave his comfort zone and the risk paid off because Candyman was well received by his listeners and his peers alike.
5. Do Not Disturb
I remember how excited I was to hear this collab project because Zoocci was coming off making Morning Star and Flvme had released Clouds around the same time. I was just excited to see how two melodic artists would sound together. With Zoocci Coke Dope on production, I knew I would enjoy it but I wish that they had taken a more emotional route in terms of the sound. I was hoping for something dark because that's what both artists had delivered in their previous work. Collab projects are very tricky because you have to balance energies and create a sound that both artists are happy with. Ultimately, I think they did a good job with this project.
4. Dead Or Alive
I always associated Flvme with emotional music so I wasn't sure what to expect on D.O.A. but It was pretty dope to hear him tackle a different subject matter. It sounds like Flvme had a lot of fun making this. The project has so much energy and saw Flvme go back to a sound that he feels a lot more comfortable on.
3. Red Light District
In terms of collab projects, this is not only one of my favourites in Flvme's catalogue, but in the country. RedLight District has a very focused sound and the project does not have any filler. As I've said before, Flvme just sounds better on darker and more moody production which is what they went with on this project. Flvme and Die Mondez have great chemistry and they balance each other out as artists.
Germander is like the prelude to the Candyman phase. It saw Flvme take on a 'lighter' sound than that which we had come accustomed to. It still had moody undertones but overall it was a different listening experience to Clouds. The vocal layering and harmonies that he got into on Germander were missing on Candyman.
I was really impressed with Clouds and it's still his best body of work, in my opinion. They say you have your whole life to prepare for your debut and a year for your second and it's for that reason that an artist first album is usually their best. On Clouds, Flvme got to be himself without worrying about things like appealing to a wider audience. His melodic, borderline singing, approach to music wasn't something I had heard in the country a lot. As a hip hop community, we still need to remember that we are in a dance nation. No matter the genre, we all want something lit. Flvme came onto the scene going against the grain and to hear him execute that sort of sound at a high level is what made me a fan of his music.