The Streets’ Mike Skinner has today released ‘Where The F_k Did April Go’, the B-Side to his recent single ‘Call My Phone Thinking I’m Doing Nothing Better’ featuring Tame Impala. The new track is a bonus release that won’t feature on The Streets’ forthcoming mixtape, and is available everywhere now. You can check it out below.
Speaking about the new track, Skinner says: “I wrote this last week. It’s a weird time isn’t it. We were looking forward to the Summer just like everyone else, festivals and gigs all there, new music, new stage set – but this has taken the wind from everyone’s sails. And none of us know quite how to cope with it all. I just wrote a tune the same way other people might talk to a therapist!”
The original plan had been to release a TONGA album (the balloon filled rap, grime and dubstep party by 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 Streets 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 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 merky rap track ‘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 on 10 July and can be pre-ordered here.