Flume - Skin (2LP)
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More than any other high-profile release since the new dawn of crossover EDM, Flume's Skin - a 16-track odyssey of drops, booms, and well-crafted bliss - reflects the state and times of the genre. Half of the material is purely commercial, with Flume looking to score his own “Wake Me Up,” “Lean On,” or “Latch,” while the other half buzzes with fascinating, insular experiments.
The signature Flume sound, which pairs frenetic, start-stop percussion with ascending staccato synths, creates the illusion that singer Kai is climbing up a gorgeous, reverberating helix: “I'm only human can't you see/I made a mistake/Please just look me in the face/Tell me everything's okay.”
Most importantly, Flume deserves credit for the varied collaborators assembled here, namely, Beck, Raekwon, MNDR, Little Dragon, and Tove Lo.