The rise of Flume is never-ending. Not satisfied with topping the Triple J Hottest 100 with ‘Never Be Like You,’ the Sydney producer recently took out his first Grammy for best dance/electronica album with the 2016 gem, Skin. Now, we have been blessed with the second ‘companion EP’ to Skin, aptly titled Skin Companion EP II.
The EP starts out with ‘Enough’, a dark track featuring rapper Pusha T that isn’t too distant from previous releases ‘Lose It’ or ‘Smoke and Retribution’. It’s grimy and winding, which works perfectly with Pusha’s menacing verses. The second track ‘Weekend’ builds slowly with the classic Flume distorted bass that we have come to know from Skin. Vocals from relatively unknown LA musician Moses Sumney really bring the song together – his voice is pleasant, yet it doesn’t overpower Flume’s production. However, the best part of this song is the piano solo towards the end. It’s casual and airy, but it manages to stand out to bring the song to a strong close.
‘Depth Charge’, the following track, is reminiscent of earlier Flume tracks like ‘More Than You Thought’. At five minutes long, it’s by far the longest track on the EP and the only one without recognisable vocals. It’s a good showcase of what Flume is capable of but it’s probably the weakest song out of the four. Closer ‘Fantastic’ starts in a similar nondescript way to ‘Weekend’, slowly building layer upon layer until we hear a cough. That cough belongs to Glass Animals’ Dave Bayley, who provides vocals for the track and kills it.‘Fantastic’ is a quirky, off-beat track that would be lost without Bayley’s vocals, and the Glass Animals evident touch.
All in all, Skin Companion EP II is a fitting end to the Skin era. It shows the journey of Skin as an album, and cements Flume’s place as the ground breaker he is s finally being recognised as.