In a year full of hotly anticipated new released, Flume‘s new album Skin is undoubtedly one of the most crucially waited-on records in recent electronic memory.
In the four years since young Harley Streten released his debut, he’s gone on to become one of the most beloved producers on the international festival circuit, one of the most influential artists in terms of inspiring countless to create similar, or influenced-by music, and has no doubt played a major, major role in putting Australian electronica on the global musical map.
Flume had a massive challenge ahead. Known as a groundbreaking artist, essentially a genre-starter who became known, through his many remixes as well as his album and collaborations, for a signature sound. Where would he go next? Would his sophomore album continue in the same vein, or would it expand or shift to somewhere new?
The wait is now over. Yesterday, Flume unveiled the album via Facebook video, and it’s now mercifully available across all major streaming services, including Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal. With a phenomenal range of featured guests ranging from Vic Mensa and Vince Staples and Raekwon to Beck, AlunaGeorge and MNDR, this is as much a collaborative record as the recent releases we’ve seen from the likes of Kanye West and Chance the Rapper, obviously influenced by the many collaborations and remixes Flume’s worked on across the last four years.