Mike Skinner has released his eagerly awaited mixtape as The Streets, None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive, which is available on all streaming services as well as standard and gold vinyl LP and cassette via Island Records.
The collection features the singles “Call My Phone Thinking I’m Doing Nothing Better (ft. Tame Impala)”, “I Wish You Loved You As Much As You Love Him (ft. Donae’O & Greentea Peng)” and “Falling Down (ft. Hak Baker)”. As a taster, you can watch a visual sampler Mike Skinner has put together below.
The original plan had been to release a TONGA album (the balloon filled rap, grime and dubstep party by Mike Skinner and Murkage Dave, which had been a series of shoobs to remember). Copenhagen to Manchester to Berlin. Brum to Brixton. Usually arriving with a coterie of legendary UK figureheads and gobby upcomers in tow, like Kano, Giggs, Jammer or Jaykae, the pulsating essence of the nights needed to be immortalised.
But as night moved to day, and day moved along to night, it just didn’t happen. Instead, a new Streets mixtape None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive steps up to take its place. Recorded between work on the accompanying film to the band’s new album, it is the unpredictable sonic continuation of those parties.
Taking in UK Funky and twilight zone UK rap, and with guest spots ranging from Grammy nominated psychedelia sovereign Tame Impala to cult south London rapper Jesse James Solomon, as well as 2019’s key-fiend-friendly drum’n’bass collaboration with Chris Lorenzo, None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive is the most eclectic and highly collaborative collection of songs from The Streets yet. Or as Mike Skinner puts it with characteristic distinction: “it’s really just a rap duets album.”
The inclusion of, say, Mercury Prize nominated punk group IDLES (who perform what Skinner describes as a sea-shanty tinged track inspired by an overnight ferry to Dover) and teenage wünderkind Jimothy Lacoste help ground things firmly in the here and now. But there are familiar faces of the past too. Birmingham legend, Dapz On The Map, pops up on ‘Phone Is Always In My Hand’. While Rob Harvey, previously of The Music and Skinner collaboration The D.O.T, tunes into pensive penultimate track ‘Conspiracy Theory Freestyle’.
None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive is out now and can be bought here.