The first three previews of Flume’s upcoming album ‘Skin’ - the already-smash-hit ‘Never Be Like You’, the surprisingly aggressive ‘Smoke & Retribution’ and the instrumental oddball ‘Wall Fuck’ - have given little insight as to the flow of the album, with all three disjointed while impressive.
‘Say It’ brings in Swedish party starter and recent Years & Years collaborator Tove Lo, whose contribution falls slightly flat when held up against the insatiable Kai (who sings on ‘Never Be Like You’), and Vince Staples’ spiky verses on ‘Smoke & Retribution’. A large amount of Flume’s existing material finds itself as either a slow-burner or a party starter - ‘Say It’ can’t quite work out which of the two to be, and the middle-ground feels without purpose.
While a lot of ‘Skin’ is set to push Flume forward to bigger places, ‘Say It’ will simply sit comfortably amongst the pack. A shame, as it could have been the standout.