Mike Skinner announced The Streets’ return earlier this year, sharing the Tame Impala-collab ‘Call My Phone Thinking I’m Doing Nothing Better’. It’s lifted from the UK project’s comeback mixtape, None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive, which is due out on Friday, July 10th.
The tape now has an accompanying documentary film courtesy of Vice media’s Noisey channel. The film begins with a voiceover from Skinner. “My name is Mike Skinner and I did a thing called The Streets,” he says. “Then I didn’t, then I awoke from my slumber and brought The Streets back.
“Touring again was a beautiful thing, but I wanted a new body of work. Collabs and features and that can be a tricky business, but on this, the first Streets mixtape, I wanted to take inspiration from some of my favourite new artists.”
The film includes studio footage and one-on-ones between Skinner and MCs like Slowthai, Dapz On the Map, Ms Banks and UK punk band IDLES. It also shows Skinner Skyping with Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker. “With hip hop I love how you can hear the weather. And I feel like I can hear the weather in your music,” Skinner tells Parker.
Viral star and Skinner progeny Jimothy Lacoste also shows up, revealing that Skinner’s studio is actually housed in a boat. The film also features Flohio, Hak Baker, Ragz Originale, Greentea Peng, Oscar #Worldpeace, Kasien, Jesse James Solomon and Donae’o, who’re all on the mixtape.
“I think 50 Cent invented the mixtape,” says Donae’o. “Other people would just freestyle, but he would actually make brand new songs.
None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive will be the first long-form release from The Streets since 2011’s Computers and Blues. That album was initially deemed the final Streets album, but Skinner rebooted the project with the singles ‘Burn Bridges’ and ‘Sometimes I Hate My Friends More Than My Enemies’ in 2017.