Every track on None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive has one if not two guests, who, though underpinned by Mike’s distinctive lyrical flair, usually perform atop a genre or sound not previously explored within the realm of The Streets. “You know that thing where if you wore it the first time round, don’t wear it the second time round? I would never put on Aquascutum at this point in my life. It would be stupid, a pastiche of what I did twenty years ago. For all of us. Whereas now I’m going back and I’m picking things that I didn’t pick before.”
The mixtape is the seventh full length from The Streets, who broke through in 2002 with the Mercury Prize nominated Original Pirate Material – widely regarded as one of the most influential British albums of the decade. Four BRIT Award nominations came that year too, for best album, best urban act, best breakthrough artist best British male solo artist. “Dry Your Eyes”, from 2005 follow-up album A Grand Don’t Come For Free, won an Ivor Novello for Best Song Musically And Lyrically. There was also a BRIT Award win that year, for best British Male Solo Artist.
Since then, and across his other records and guest features, Skinner has collaborated with a whose who of British music – from Kano, to Pete Doherty, to Giggs. In recent years, and with his Mike Skinner LTD label, he’s worked with acts like Flohio, Ghetts and Grim Sickers. When The Streets announced a comeback tour in 2017, tickets for the dates sold out in less than a minute. It’s all testament to the impact The Streets have had, across several generations of musicians.
And so, despite its humble mixtape beginnings, None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive is a precise and very human body of work from a modern UK music pioneer. Emotionally poignant, full of one liners, club ready. More than anything, it’s exciting – a call back to those fun and responsibility free evenings at TONGA. Yet “the result is much more than I thought it would be. It’s become a real album,” says Mike. And so, as the new decade begins, so too does a new era for The Streets...
12" 180G Black vinyl in black polylined inner bag.
1.CALL MY PHONE THINKING I’M DOING NOTHING BETTER (FT. TAME IMPALA)
2.NONE OF US ARE GETTING OUT OF THIS LIFE ALIVE (FT. IDLES)
3.I WISH YOU LOVED YOU AS MUCH AS YOU LOVE HIM (FT. DONAE’O & GREENTEA PENG)
4.YOU CAN’T AFFORD ME (FT. MS BANKS)
5.I KNOW SOMETHING YOU DID (FT. ELIZA & JESSE JAMES SOLOMON)
6.ESKIMO ICE (FT. KASIEN)
7.PHONE IS ALWAYS IN MY HAND (FT. DAPZ ON THE MAP)
8.THE POISON I TAKE HOPING YOU WILL SUFFER (FT. OSCAR #WORLDPEACE)
9.SAME DIRECTION (FT. JIMOTHY LACOSTE)
10.FALLING DOWN (FT. HAK BAKER)
11.CONSPIRACY THEORY FREESTYLE (FT. ROB HARVEY)
12.TAKE ME AS I AM (WITH CHRIS LORENZO)
Catalogue number - 0888558