Skate (song)

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Single by Silk Sonic
from the album An Evening with Silk Sonic
ReleasedJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)
StudioShampoo Press & Curl
Bruno Mars singles chronology
"Leave the Door Open"
"Smokin Out the Window"
Anderson .Paak singles chronology
"Leave the Door Open"
"Smokin Out the Window"
Music video
"Skate" on YouTube

"Skate" is a song by American superduo Silk Sonic, consisting of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, released on July 30, 2021, by Aftermath Entertainment and Atlantic Records as the second single from their debut studio album, An Evening with Silk Sonic (2021). "Skate" was written by Mars, Brandon Anderson, Dernst Emile II, James Fauntleroy, Domitille Degalle and JD Beck, while the production was handled by Mars and D'Mile. "Skate" is a R&B, disco and funk song inspired by the 1970s disco period. Its lyrics include an invitation to the dance floor. Silk Sonic vocals's have been dubbed "vintage vocal exhortations".

"Skate" was well received by music critics, some of whom praised its "sunny vibes", in addition to the "funky" influences of the 1970s. The song charted moderately in various countries, reaching number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, number four on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart, number 12 in New Zealand and reached the top spot in Israel. It also entered the top-20 of the Canadian Hot 100, Mexico Airplay and Belgium (Flanders).

The accompanying music video, which was directed by Florent Dechard, Mars, and co-directed by Philippe Tayag, was released along with the song. It depicts Mars and Paak, as Silk Sonic, performing the song outdoors in a tropical location as several women rollerstake around them. It was described by critics as a vintage '70s feel-good music video.

Background and release

In late February 2021, Mars and Paak announced on social media the formation of their new band, Silk Sonic, and revealed the artwork for their debut studio album, An Evening with Silk Sonic (2021). They also announced the release of the first single, Leave the Door Open, on March 5, 2021.[1] The duo teased new music in the months leading up to the release of "Skate".[2] After their performance of the first single at the BET Awards 2021, they tempted fans with a new song, but it was "a hoax".[3] On July 28, 2021, .Paak and Mars posted a picture, via Twitter, which displays a red car in a street with the phrase, "You've Been Invited To Silk Sonic's Summertime Jam This Friday", hinting at an impending release.[4]

In an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1's New Music Daily, Mars confessed that the track "came about as part of thought exercise in the studio" as he and his team were imagining if they were performing a song "in the middle of a roller rink" and what the bass, the guitar, and the drums would sound like. Mars added, "And I wanted to play congas and that's what you get. You get a song called "Skate". Talking about I'm trying to float. I'm trying to glide."[5][6]

On July 30, 2021, "Skate" was released as the second single via digital download and streaming services in various countries by Aftermath Entertainment and Atlantic Records.[7] On the same date, Warner Music Group also released the track to be added to Italian contemporary hit radio.[8] American adult contemporary radio stations began adding the track onto their playlists on August 2, 2021, through Atlantic Records.[9] "Skate" was released to Australian contemporary hit radio on August 6, 2021, by Warner Music Group.[10]


"Skate" was written by Mars, Paak, Dernst Emile II, James Fauntleroy, Domitille Degalle and JD Beck. The production was handled by Mars and D' Mile. The former played the sitar, guitar, congas and was in charge of the percussion, while the latter provided background vocals and played the Rhodes, piano, and bass. .Paak played the drums, with David Foreman playing the rhythm guitar. Larry Gold did the arrangement and conduction of the strings at Milk Boy Studios in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with co-arrangement by Steve Tirpak. The strings were recorded by Jeff Chestek with recording assistant, Cody Chicowski. Glenn Fischbach played the cello, Jonathan Kim and St eve Heitlingerwere responsible for the viola, Blake Espy, Emma Kummrow and Gared Crawford played the violin with Natasha Colkett, Tess Varley and Luigi Mazzocchi. Charles Moniz, with engineering assistant Alex Resoagli, engineered and recorded the song at Shampoo Press & Curl Studios. Serban Ghenea mixed "Leave the Door Open" at MixStar Studios in Virginia Beach, with John Hanes serving as the mix engineer and Bryce Bordone as mixing assistant. It was mastered by Randy Merrill at Sterling Sound, NYC.[11]


"Skate" is a disco, funk and R&B song.[12][13][14] It has been described as a "silky-smooth jam" and "a groovy track".[15][16][17] Daniel Peters from NME described the track as "characteristically smooth and blissed", with Mars and .Paak vocals's "harmonising on its upbeat refrain."[18] Its instrumentation includes "scrubbing rhythmic guitars, glockenspiel, Latin percussion, back-talking string section and the rising bridge of late" 70's songs, as well as "get-busy congas".[19][20] "Skate" has been described as a "horny track", due to its lyrics, "If being fine was a crime, girl, they'd lock your lil' fine ass up in a tower."[21] Silk Sonic vocals's have been considered "vintage vocal exhortations".[13] The song's lyrics feature a "financial reference" in the first verse, "In a room full of dimes, you'd be worth a hundred dollars."[13] It also includes "pickup lines" and an invitation to girls for the dance floor, "Don't be shy, just take my hand and hold on tight".[20][22]

Jason Lipshutz from Billboard called the song an "uptempo, beach-ready single".[12] Lars Brandle writing for the aforementioned publication said that "Skate" has a "funky throwback '70s vibe."[23] In a similar view, Scott Croker of Idolator affirmed Silk Sonic issued "another dose of '70s nostalgia", describing it as "a funky smooth tune".[14] Clash's Robin Murray affirmed the single was inspired by the 1970s soul-funk and shares "a blissful, sunshine feel, tapping into that uplifting West Coast feeling."[24] Simmiliary, Charu Shina of Vulture, found the track to be inspired by the 1970s, adding that is a "kind of smooth, funky summer jam".[21] Consequence's staff and Mary Siroky described "Skate" not only as a "flashy, '70s jam", but also as an "euphoric groove with an absolutely unstoppable string section."[25]

Lipshutz writing for Billboard compared the track to Mars's "Treasure" (2013).[12] Variety's Jem Aswad compared its sound to the "disco-era acts like Tavares and mid-tempo tracks from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack (1977)."[13] Jon Pareles of The New York Times thought the song was a tentative of "recreating the sounds and structures of the era when 1970s soul melted into disco."[19] Similarly, Sophie Caraan from Hypebeast found the duo taking "structural cues from the smooth tunes of the '70s, adding layers of their harmonic vocals to pay homage" to the aforementioned decade.[26]

Critical reception

"Skate" received critical acclaim from music critics. Variety's Aswad affirmed "Skate" continues to show Silk Sonic's "loving tribute to the mid-1970s", calling it a "pitch-perfect throwback".[13] Althea Legaspi of Rolling Stone said that Mars and .Paak described "Skate" as a "Summertime Jam" before its release, and they also delivered with their promise, due to the song's "buoyant, sunny vibes".[27] Sterogum's Staff praised the song calling it "effortless", and despite not bringing anything new as "it's pure early-disco cosplay", it is "an irresistible late-summer shimmer, a song custom-built for good-smelling barbecues".[20] Croker from Idolator dubbed "Skate" as "the perfect follow-up to "Leave The Door Open"." Croker added that listeners will have the song "on repeat on Spotify all day long."[14] Vibe's Datwon Thomas thought the duo "serve up another dance floor scorcher". Thomas added, "Filled with that same sing-a-long feel of "Leave The Door Open"; ultimately calling the track "stellar".[17] Sabrina Park from Harper's Bazaar claimed that "Skate" could "be our next favorite summer anthem", calling it a "certified bop".[28] Gabrielle Pierre writing for NPR praised the track and Silk Sonic for their "ability to authentically reproduce sounds of Motown for today's contemporary audience, coupling modern melodies with classic retro rhythms and reverting to revered melodies, technique and instrumentation."[22] Under the Radar's Mark Refern called it "another irresistible slice of smooth retro soul."[29] Shina of Vulture also thought the song "holds up to repeated listening".[21] Hypebeast writer Caraan opined that the track was "arguably one of the most infectious musical offerings of the year".[26] Joe Walker, writing for HipHopDX, dubbed the song "infectious".[30] Consequence's staff and Mary Siroky agreed the wait for another track from Silk Sonic was worth it.[25]


Mary Siroky and the staff from Consequence considered "Skate" the Top Song of the Week, on July 30, 2021, saying the single "is the perfect late season bop, all the joyful energy of a cookout, rooftop party, or (naturally) a long skate session under palm trees."[25] Sterogum's Staff placed "Skate" among "The 5 Best Songs of the Week" on August 6, 2021, describing it as "deliriously sunny and specific Philly soul homage".[20]

Commercial performance

"Skate" debuted at number 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100 with 13,000 downloads, 13.4 million streams and 6.9 million radio impressions on its first tracking week.[31][32] The song also debut at its peak of number four on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[31] It peaked at number 16 on the Adult Top 40, number 15 on the Rhythmic chart, and at number 18 on the Mainstream Top 40.[33][34][35] "Skate" entered and peaked at number 19 on the Canadian Hot 100 on the week of August 11, 2021.[36] It also peaked at number 14 on Canada Hot AC and at number 19 on Canada AC.[37][38] The song debuted at number 11 on the US Rolling Stone Top 100.[39]

"Skate" debuted at number 12 on the New Zealand Singles Chart on the week of August 9, 2021.[40] In Australia, the song debuted at its peak of number 32 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[41] In Belgium, the single peaked at number 17 on the Ultratop 50 in Flanders and number 34 in Wallonia.[42][43] It also peaked at number 24 on the on the Dutch Top 40 chart.[44] On the Japan Hot 100, the track reached number 27 and number 29 in Singapore.[45][46] "Skate" reached the top spot in Israel on the week of August 8, 2021.[47] The track peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Mexico Airplay.[48] "Skate" peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Global 200, spending five weeks on the chart.[49]

Music video

The music video was released alongside the song release on July 30, and was directed by Mars, Florent Déchard, and co-directed by Philippe Tayag.[50] The music video features "vintage visuals", depicting Mars and Paak playing drums backed by a band in an impromptu street party in a tropical location outdoors.[50][13][17] At the same time, young women in shorts rollerskate around them.[13] One of the roller-skaters featured in the music video, Cierra Chérie, didn't know who the video they were filming for was until the day of the shoot. She affirmed, “I learned a new level of excellence from Bruno Mars and Andy as well as some of the other roller skaters". Chérie continued, "they were on the whole time...they were ready to perform, they were high energy."[51]

Variety's Aswad dubbed the video as "pitch-perfect" adding the music video is "a carefree welcome tonic in a tough time."[13] Thomas from Vibe felt the music video has "an high energy appeal".[17] Legaspi from Rolling Stone called the video, "nostalgic, feel-good".[27] Walker from HipHopDX also described the video as "feel-good".[30] Writing for American Songwriter, Tina Benitez-Eves, affirmed that the "vintage visuals fit the blissed-out funk and soul of Silk Sonic".[52] USA Today's Jenna Ryu said the music video shows the "'70s feel-good nostalgia", so that people "feel as if they're gliding, slipping and sliding into the summer."[16] Sabrina Park from Harper's Bazaar said the video takes us "into summer with its warm and inviting hues, harboring the familiar feel-good disco-R&B nostalgia with its '70s-inspired fashion and cinematographic moments."[28]


Credits adapted from the liner notes of An Evening with Silk Sonic.[11]


Release history

Release history for "Skate"
Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
Various July 30, 2021 [7]
Italy Contemporary hit radio Warner [8]
United States August 2, 2021 Adult contemporary radio Atlantic [9]
Australia August 6, 2021 Contemporary hit radio Warner [10]


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