The Streets just debuted a new single, ‘Falling Down’, featuring the East London-based singer-songwriter Hak Baker. The song marks the third release off Mike Skinner’s forthcoming mixtape, None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive, out 10 July via Island Records.
Opening with a piano loop, ‘Falling Down’ is about the tough times in life and making the decision to overcome them. “Falling down is an accident/Staying down is a choice”, says Skinner in the chorus.
‘Falling Down’ marks the third single off Skinner’s hotly-anticipated mixtape, following ‘Call My Phone Thinking I’m Doing Nothing Better’ featuring Tame Impala, and ‘I Wish You Loved You As Much As You Love Him’. The latter song – a collaboration with neo-soul singer-songwriter Greentea Peng and rapper/singer Donae’o – premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1. A collage-like video for the single, created in lockdown by Skinner himself, debuted last week.
None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive marks the first full-length from The Streets in nearly a decade, following 2011’s Computers And Blues. The mixtape features a different artist collaboration on each of the 12 tracks, with such varied guests as the Mercury Prize-nominated punk group IDLES, teenage wünderkind Jimothy Lacoste and Birmingham legend, Dapz On The Map.
One of the biggest themes on None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive revolves around communication (or lack thereof) in this overly-connected modern world. In a recent interview with the NME, Skinner explained that, “Our relationships with people now are filtered through WhatsApp and Tinder and Instagram, and if you’re going to be as specific about stuff as I try to be then the phone’s gonna come up a lot.”
Coming up, The Streets will be among the first artists to perform a drive-in concert in the UK, along with the likes of Dizzee Rascal and the Kaiser Chiefs. While a venue has not yet been announced, fans can catch The Streets in London on 11 August.
None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive is out on 10 July and can be pre-ordered here.