The Streets, aka Mike Skinner, shared a collage-inspired video for ‘I Wish You Loved You As Much As You Love Him’. The bouncy single, a collaboration with neo-soul singer-songwriter Greentea Peng and rapper/singer Donae’o, comes off The Streets’ forthcoming mixtape, None of Us Are Getting Out of This Life Alive, out 10 July via Island Records.
Skinner directed and created the video by himself while quarantining at home. Described as, “A multi-faceted visual shot with an unmistakably British backdrop”, ‘I Wish You Loved You As Much As You Love Him’ features all three artists in a variety of local backdrops – all thanks to the magic of green screens.
“This video took me six weeks to make!” exclaimed Skinner in a statement. “I learned a new skill on this lockdown.” The Birmingham, UK-based artist also dropped in a variety of nods to the recent Black Lives Matter protests that have been taking place in the US, UK and in other cities around the globe.
Released earlier this month, ‘I Wish You Loved You As Much As You Love Him’ premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1. “This is a summer club song,” said Skinner in a statement. “Knowing that Donae’o is the king of UK Funky music – match made in heaven. Greentea Peng was the perfect foil for this, her melodies are unique and she’s wicked. I’ve spent the last 3 weeks working on the video for this one. It better be good.”
The collaborative track follows ‘Call My Phone Thinking I’m Doing Nothing Better’ ft. Tame Impala. In May, Skinner also shared a bonus track, ‘Where The F__k Did April Go’, as a response to the worldwide lockdown that occurred, amid COVID-19. “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!”, explained Skinner about the non-album single.
None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive promises to be the most eclectic and collaborative collection of songs from The Streets to-date. As Skinner put it, “It’s really just a rap duets album”. The 12-track mixtape features such guests as the Mercury Prize-nominated punk group IDLES, teenage wünderkind Jimothy Lacoste, Birmingham legend Dapz On The Map, and Rob Harvey, previously of The Music and Skinner collaboration The D.O.T.
None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive is out on 10 July and can be pre-ordered here.