Skin (Flume album)

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Studio album by
Released27 May 2016 (2016-05-27)
ProducerHarley Streten
Flume chronology
Lockjaw EP
Skin Companion EP 1
Singles from Skin
  1. "Never Be like You"
    Released: 16 January 2016
  2. "Smoke & Retribution"
    Released: 29 January 2016
  3. "Say It"
    Released: 22 April 2016

Skin is the second studio album by Australian electronic musician Flume. It was released on 27 May 2016 by Future Classic.[6] The album marks the second full-length release since his self-titled debut in 2012, making it four years between releases.

Skin premiered via a Facebook live stream on 26 May 2016, which also included video segments of Phil Taggart interviewing Flume at the album listening party in London.[7] It received generally positive reviews and debuted at number one on the Australian Albums Chart, also peaking at number eight on the US Billboard 200. The album gained international recognition from the album's first single, "Never Be like You", which was nominated for Best Dance Recording.[8]

Skin was named Album of the Year at the ARIA Music Awards of 2016.[9] It also won the Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[12]
The Austin Chronicle3/5 stars[13]
Consequence of SoundB[2]
The Independent5/5 stars[14]
London Evening Standard4/5 stars[15]
The Observer3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[16]
Slant Magazine3.5/5 stars[4]
The Sydney Morning Herald4/5 stars[17]

Skin received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 75, based on 11 reviews.[11] Heather Phares of AllMusic said, "While it could have benefitted from some editing, Skin still shows a lot of growth--it's more mature, and more memorable, than Flume."[12] Kahron Spearman of The Austin Chronicle said, "Skin goes Technicolor and bigger, effectively standing on the shoulders of Disclosure and giant stars including Skrillex, Diplo, and album collaborator/reinventor Beck."[13] Derek Staples of Consequence of Sound said, "Gearing up to be the next EDM crossover talent, Flume's sophomore effort, Skin, showcases a producer at ease with all of the sounds moving tickets at America's major festival events: hip-hop, indie pop, and EDM."[2] The Independent's Justin Carissimo gave the album a very positive review, stating that the album was "the audio equivalent of ecstasy."[14] David Smith of the London Evening Standard gave a similarly positive review, stating that "this is music that can do much more than get feet moving."[15] Luke Fowler of Pretty Much Amazing said, "Skin is the sound of Flume reaching for great heights and almost grasping what he seeks there."[18]

Stacey Anderson of Pitchfork said, "["Wall Fuck" is] short and snappy, gone too fast in an album that could've been streamlined to let moments like it shine. But maybe it's the sound of floodgates opening."[3] Keith Harris of Rolling Stone said, "Restless versatility is all over the LP, generating the emotional crests and sensory overload a festival crowd demands, but with a nuance that'll make it work even if you aren't shirtless in the desert."[16] Jonathan Wroble of Slant Magazine said, "If the burden on electronic producers is to establish personality beyond a dense network of light displays and computer processing, this album gets Flume halfway there: It shows him as unquestionably human (overeager, alternately flashy and timid, sometimes more in awe than in control), but still a bit faceless."[4] The Sydney Morning Herald's Craig Mathieson gave the album a positive review, stating that "the record is intoxicating and eclectic."[17] Ben Thompson of The Observer said, "Distinguished guests—UK nearly siren AlunaGeorge, rapper Vince Staples--are ushered respectfully through a series of viable electronic hinterlands, where a couple of them, notably perennial cameo supplier Little Dragon and Wu Tang vet Raekwon, manage to put down roots in actual songs."[1]

Track listing[edit]

1."Helix"Harley Streten3:30
2."Never Be like You" (featuring Kai)
3."Lose It" (featuring Vic Mensa)3:45
4."Numb & Getting Colder" (featuring Kučka)
  • Streten
  • Laura Jane Lowther
  • Earley
5."Say It" (featuring Tove Lo)4:23
6."Wall Fuck"Streten3:09
  • Streten
  • Will Johnson
8."Smoke & Retribution" (featuring Vince Staples and Kučka)
10."When Everything Was New"Streten2:27
11."You Know" (featuring Allan Kingdom and Raekwon)3:22
12."Take a Chance" (featuring Little Dragon)5:28
13."Innocence" (featuring AlunaGeorge)6:18
14."Like Water" (featuring MNDR)3:13
16."Tiny Cities" (featuring Beck)3:56
Total length:60:34


  • "Say It" features additional vocals by Daniel Johns
  • "Pika" features vocals by WILLS



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[43] Platinum 70,000^
United States (RIAA)[44] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c Staples, Derek. "Flume – Skin – Move over Calvin Harris: Harley Edward Streten is set to claim the EDM throne". Consequence of Sound.
  3. ^ a b c Anderson, Stacey (2 June 2016). "Flume: Skin Album Review | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Wroble, Jonathan. "Flume: Skin". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  5. ^ Jenkins, Nash. "Flume's New Album Skin Is The Gritty Future of Electronic Music". Time. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Skin by Flume (album)". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
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  8. ^ a b "Grammy Awards 2017: See the Full Winners List". Billboard. 12 February 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  9. ^ Brandie, Lars (23 November 2016). "Flume, Troye Sivan, Violent Soho Rule 2016 ARIA Awards". Billboard. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
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  11. ^ a b "Reviews for Skin by Flume". Metacritic. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  12. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Skin – Flume".
  13. ^ a b Spearman, Kahron (30 September 2016). "ACL Fest 2016 – Review: Flume". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  14. ^ a b Carissimo, Justin. "Flume: Skin". The Independent. Archived from the original on 13 June 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  15. ^ a b "Flume – Skin, review: 'does much more than get feet moving'". London Evening Standard. 27 May 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  16. ^ a b Harris, Keith (17 June 2016). "Skin". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  17. ^ a b Zuel, Bernard (27 May 2016). "Flume's new album Skin is intoxicating and eclectic". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  18. ^ Fowler, Luke (31 May 2016). "Review: Flume, Skin". Pretty Much Amazing. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü
Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronic Album