The Streets – Call Me In The Morning (feat. Chip and Grim Sickers)

I’ve been following The Streets since my teens (a long time ago now…) so I’ll always have a soft spot for them.

This is one of their better releases recently, and it coincides with some new dates for their reunion gigs being announced.

Mike Skinner and The Streets

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First Watch: Man Like Me ‘Sleaze’

man like me pillow talk

New video from one of my favourite British bands. The single’s out March 18th and is taken from the album ‘Pillow Talk’ which was co-produced and mixed by Mike Skinner (from ex-Streets fame). The album is due for release on March 3rd.

Man Like Me to release new album!

man like me pillow talk

This is really exciting news for me because I love this band so much, even though they’ve been around for what seems like a lifetime. Man Like Me are releasing new album ‘Pillow Talk’, through The Beats / Cartoon Records on March 3rd.

What’s more is it’s co-produced and mixed by Mike Skinner (the man behind the legendary The Streets project), has been recorded over the last two years.

The D.O.T. Influences Mixtape

Listen to a mighty influences mixtape by The D.O.T. (courtesy of Red Bull Studios) to celebrate the launch of their debut album ‘And That’ due 22nd October.

First Watch: Man Like Me ‘London Town VIP’

One big track deserves to get a re-release. Man Like Me will release their new single ‘London Town VIP’ on August 20th The song might be familiar to fans of the band, but it has been given a reboot by Mike Skinner, who is currently working with the band on their new album,The track, which is an anthem lamenting the downfall of a UK garage MC, has been a crowd favourite at Man Like Me’s riotous live shows for years – and is set to become an alternative anthem for London 2012 with this incredible new version.

Live: Man Like Me for The Beats Relaunch at Electricity Showrooms

I was lucky enough to catch a few tracks (including upcoming single ‘Squeeze’) by Man Like Me at Mike Skinner’s relaunch of The Beats label- the same label that first discovered and signed up Professor Green and Example. The man’s obviously got an eye for talent!

First Listen: Man Like Me ‘Squeeze’

One of my favourite new tracks from this month (and trust me, I hear a LOT of stuff every week…) this is the new Man Like Me single, produced by ex-The Streets‘ Mike Skinner. Single’s out May 28th. The band will play a special one-off launch show at London’s Dingwalls on May 24!

Mike Skinner (ex The Streets) to produce new Man Like Me album…


… and this excites me to no end. The band’s new album is due for release later this summer and is produced and mixed by Mike Skinner. Originally on board to mix one or two tracks, Mike loved the music so much he insisted on working the full album and re-launching his record label The Beats to release it on!

The new single, ‘Squeeze’ is an electro/grime sex anthem for the 21st century, featuring Johnny Langer’s trademark observational lyricism. The video will be out soon. Included on the album and re-worked by Mike Skinner is previous single and live favourite ‘London Town’, which will be re-released in time for the Olympics:

The band will play a special one-off launch show at London’s Dingwalls on May 24. More tour dates to be announced.

First Watch: Ghostpoet feat The D.O.T ‘Trouble’

On Wednesday 30th November Ghostpoet and The D.O.T. took to the stage at Village Underground for the third RizLab project to take-part in the world’s first live interactive music video shoot for the collaborative track ‘Trouble’.

After Ghostpoet and The D.O.T. asked fans to send in trouble making suggestions, the online audience voted for various multiple choice options in real time. The artists were faced with a Yeti in a snowstorm, bad disco dancers, a cheerleading quartet, a choreographed boy band and a homage to the Stonehenge scene from Spinal Tap. Watch it and read more here!

Ghostpoet + The D.O.T. = Rizlab

I’ve just come back from this Rizlab event I’ve been writing about, where they got Ghostpoet and The D.O.T. (formerly known as Mike Skinner from The Streets) to create a song called ‘Trouble’, then shoot the video in real time by giving fans online a choice of what kinds of trouble the three of them should go through while filming.

It ended up with some cheerleaders, a bad disco scene and a boyband miming to the words. Yet somehow the whole thing didn’t feel camp…

I had the chance to check it out while it was being filmed in Shoreditch and it was so good. I mean, the whole thing didn’t last more than four minutes but the DJ sets inbetween were immense. These Rizlab kids know how to throw a midweek party.

Ghostpoet and The D.O.T. – Damu remix and final preparations

We’re less than a week away now from the live-streamed, one-take video shoot for Ghostpoet & The D.O.T.’s collaborative track for RizLab, ‘Trouble’. Fans have been voting for ways to make trouble for the artists during the performance, and on the night online viewers will be able to vote and effect what happens on stage in real time. The footage will then be used to create the music video for the single.

Meanwhile, the incredible Damu – who recently released a debut album ‘Unity’ on Keysound – has put his stamp on ‘Trouble’ with a euphoric reworking.  The track can be streamed here.

Win tickets to see Ghostpoet and Mike Skinner this Wednesday

Having announced its third project of 2011 last week, today RizLab sheds more light on the details of Project 3, put together by Ghostpoet and The D.O.T. Now that the recording of their collaboration ‘Trouble’ is complete they have set about creating a truly groundbreaking music video concept. The result is an interactive live-streamed music video.

Performed and shot in one take in front of a small audience, the ‘Trouble’ video shoot will be broadcast live online . Over the course of the track, ‘A or B’ options will be presented to the online audience and the favorite option will happen live in real-time to cause trouble for the artist during their one take performance.

Whether it’s an army of cheerleaders invading the stage or a water cannon fired at the artists they will have to deal with whatever is thrown at them.

With the chaos over, the resulting footage will be used to create a truly unique music video soon after. Learn more about the project or apply for tickets here.

Ghostpoet and Mike Skinner collaborate for RizLab

RizLab today announced its third project of 2011 with Ghostpoet and The D.O.T., the new band formed by Rob Harvey and Mike Skinner.

This is very exciting- as you may know, I might just be one of The Streets/ Mike Skinner’s biggest fans, and this sounds awesome.

Over the course of the last year, Ghostpoet has quietly and quickly become recognised as one of the most exciting new artists in the UK. His laconic flow, razor-sharp lyrical observations and a raw yet melodic approach to beat-making led to a Mercury nomination for his debut album (‘Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam’) on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings and an army of fans, including Mike Skinner.

Mike Skinner’s admiration for Ghostpoet’s work had brought them into the studio together to work on some demos. Following RizLab’s approach, Ghostpoet and The D.O.T. went back into the studio and created the track ‘Trouble’ – a synth-heavy, up-tempo beat from Mike that features Ghostpoet’s trademark lethargic rhymes and Rob Harvey’s distinctive vocals on the chorus.

With the track complete, the next step is the video. Ghostpoet has already created spectacular videos for ‘Liiines’ and ‘Survive It’, while Mike Skinner has long been known for his self-directed videos. Given both their history, RizLab is expecting something truly off the wall.

Click here to watch the first in a series of trailers from Ghostpoet and The D.O.T.; the first being an 80s-style science film shot in Mike’s studio. Learn about the track, the collaboration and the project, and stay tuned for further details over the next few weeks.

The Streets ‘OMG’

Released last week as a single, one of my favourite songs from their very last album. I was at the crowd in Brixton when he did a bit of the crowd surfing in the video. Next single has to be ‘Blip on a Screen’… I hope…!

Live: The Streets at Brixton Academy

You might know that I go crazy over The Streets… I don’t know why but it resonates with me. Last night they played Brixton Academy in London for what will probably be the very last time in their 10 years as a project, so I had to go. While everyone around me was fucked off their faces, I couldn’t help but get emotional- a lot of things have happened to me this last decade with Skinner’s songs playing as a soundtrack.

I felt as though I was 18 again, just coming out of school and freaking out over the future, being in relationships with people I shouldn’t have, and discovering stuff about myself that I never knew.  Anyway, it’s sad that The Streets are over, but it did end in an epic way last night. There’s more pics on my Flickr… They’re mostly shit just because I couldn’t stop moving around.

The Streets has to go to Number 1 on Sunday’s charts… It has to!

So, The Street’s very last album was released this week in the UK. It’s currently on course to make the Top 5 in the album charts on Sunday. But for what is probably the best album to come out of Mike Skinner since ‘A Grand Don’t Come For Free’, as well as the sheer fact that this is THE LAST ONE, I really think everyone should go out and buy a CD or go to iTunes and get a copy… It’s epic, and has that ‘last day of term’ vibe to it. It’s excellent… Trust Me.

First Listen: The Streets ‘Computers and Blues’ (Album Stream)

Click here to listen to The Street’s final album, ‘Computers and Blues’ in full before it’s release later in the month. It’s excellent. I’ll be sad to see the end of The Streets… until their gig in March!

It’s Christmas time, and The Streets want to give you something (free music!)

Titled ‘I Don’t Want It To Be Me’, it’s just what you would expect an Xmas song by Mike Skinner to sound like.

MP3: Scrooge & Marley – I Don’t Want It To Be Me