At last, Mike Skinner has dropped the new Streets mixtape, None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive. Two singles preceded the release, the Tame Impala collab ‘Call My Phone Thinking I’m Doing Nothing Better’ and ‘I Wish You Loved You as Much As You Loved Him’ feat. Donae’o and Greentea Peng.
The entire tape is awash with guests. ‘Call My Phone..’ starts things off, followed by the IDLES-featuring title track. Then comes ‘I Wish You Loved You…’ and ‘You Can’t Afford Me’ with South London MC Ms Banks. The remainder of the 12 song track listing features guest spots from Jesse James Solomon, ELIZA, Kasien, Dapz on the Map, Oscar #Worldpeace, Jimothy Lacoste, Hak Baker, Rob Harvey and Chris Lorenzo.
Skinner explained the motivation behind the guest-heavy tape in a recent behind the scenes mini-doc published via Noisey. “Collabs and features and that can be a tricky business,” he said. “But on this, the first Streets mixtape, I wanted to take inspiration from some of my favourite new artists.”
Skinner’s decision to describe None Of Us Are Getting Out… as the first Streets mixtape is curious. Are we to take this as an implicit disowning of 2011’s Cyberspace and Reds? Or has he simply forgotten about it? Either way, he sounds more inspired than he has in years on None Of Us Are Getting Out…, clearly relishing the possibilities furnished by collaboration.
UK rappers Slowthai and Flohio both appeared in the Noisey doc, but are absent from the new mixtape. This is evidence that Skinner’s got plenty more music on the back-burner. In May, The Streets also released the non-mixtape single ‘Where the F*#K Did April Go’, which directly engages with the current global crisis.
The new mixtape is the official follow-up to The Streets’ 2011 album, Computers and Blues. While that was intended as the final Streets album, Skinner rebooted the project in 2017, releasing the singles ‘Burn Bridges’ and ‘Sometimes I Hate My Friends More Than My Enemies’.