Mike Skinner - "Know There's No" | New Music

Mike Skinner

The skies have been dark since The Streets packed-up shop back in 2011; no more brash British truths, spaced out '90s infused Garage backdrops or tales of the night before. Everyone's been a bit behaved.

Skip ahead two years and Mike Skinner has been fairly quiet himself with much of his work being channeled through his collaborative outfit The D.O.T.. As expected the sound changed but today we receive a glimmer of light reminiscent of Skinner's early garage work in the form of “Know There's No.” Read more

Mike Skinner unveils "2 Many Whisky Sours" instrumental | New Music

After the release of their last album Computers and Blues, multi-platinum selling British Hip Hop outfit The Street disbanded with lead vocalist Mike Skinner vowing to retire from music altogether and concentrate on writing movie scripts. Well that quickly proved false as he returned with a new musical movement called The D.O.T and it seems as though the hip hop music bug has either bitten the artist again or never left as to the surprise his loyal fanbase Mike took to his Twitter account and tweeted an all new instrumental.Read more

Ghostpoet x The D.O.T collaborate for Rizlab project

Now this is some great news. Mike Skinner from The Streets' latest project The D.O.T is joining forces with Mercury nominee Ghostpoet for a new Rizlab project. The project will be a one-take performance of a new track "Trouble," which the duo have been working on and will be streamed for all to see online.

As well as being able to tune in, viewers will be given the chance to share their feedback and choose what happens next. If you have seen any of the Rizlab projects you will know that things can get very messy very quick. With all the action going down in one take, filmed live and later created into a video, this is one experiment not to be missed.

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The Streets says Drake & Ghostpoet are his favourite MCs + "Close The Book" Free DL

Mike Skinner better known as The Streets has seized control of the Guardian newspaper's music site this week to promote Computers & Blues the final album from The Streets. (Listen to the album in full here)

In the video clip below Mike Skinner breaks down what he has planned for the Guardian site this week, which includes a piece on Drake who Mike regards as his favourite MC alongside the UK's own Ghostpoet and a free download of instrumental track "Close The Book" which was supposed to be The Streets last song on Computers & Blues, But Skinner says "on realising it was Shit, I decided to bin it."

Listen To The Streets "Close The Book"
[audio: http://audio.theguardian.tv/audio/kip/music/series/streets-takeover/1297080595324/3710/CloseTheBook.mp3]

Download The Streets - "Close The Book" Here

The Streets - Computers And Blues | Full Album Stream

The Streets will be releasing Computers And Blues which will be the fifth and final album from British rap act tomorrow.
Mike "The Streets" Skinner has described Computers and Blues as “all about dancing and CHATTING SHIT,” Skinner proclaims on his official Streets website. “45 minutes of 130 bpm style straight spittin. one more banger. dancing music to drink tea to.

“The final Streets album (the fifth one) will be dark and futuristic. This could not be further from the album you’re about to hear, but it’s what is on my mind at the moment. I feel inspired by the synthesizer exhibition we just visited in Graz [Austria] after the gig we just did… It is a ravey album album that bludgeons you over the head with its stick of 1988 Romford, Blackpool and Philadelphia rock. It is an insane album.”

Take a listen to the full album below courtesy of Hypem

The Streets - Computers And Blues interactive film (Video)

Mike Skinner always finds a way to raise the bar with every release and once again I'm seriously impressed.
Freshly unveiled via twitter is this interactive film to accompany The Streets album Computers And Blues which will be The Streets last album release.
Choose your own path via the annotated captions and watch the story unfold below.

Weekly Wrap-Up: Chase & Status, Adele, Diddy-Dirty Money & Liam Bailey

This week on SoulCulture, Cheryl Cole and Kanye West received the remix treatment, with stunning reinterpretations of their songs from soul singer Adele and The Portland Cello Project Orchestra respectively; new music came from Chase & Status, The Streets and more, new music videos came from Liam Bailey, Nicki Minaj and The Floacist, SoulCulture partied with Diddy-Dirty Money and much, much more.


Diddy-Dirty Money London HMV instore x album launch (Jan 20) | Pics x VideoDiddy-Dirty Money hit London town last week as part of their European promotional tour – and of course a party was in order. SoulCulture were invited to attend the group’s intimate album listening session and captured footage and images.

Star Slinger: One of UK Hip Hop’s best kept secrets? ● "Originally from Nottingham, now residing in Manchester, Star Slinger is a Hip Hop producer who makes instrumental Hip Hop or “beats” as we would call them but that’s not even the half of it, he is arguably one of the best and most innovative new artists of 2010 and certainly 2011." - Profile by Ayodele Adepoju

Adele – 21 | Album Review ● "Adele hasn’t lost her touch in creating memorable, anthemic pop choruses. Nowhere is this more evident than on the opening track and lead single ‘Rolling In The Deep.’" - Review by Aamir Yaqub

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The Streets - Cyberspace and Reds | Free Mixtape DL

Britain's biggest selling Hip Hop artist, Mike Skinner, a.k.a The Streets, has released his second official mixtape Cyberspace and Reds, twelve days before the release of his last album, Computers and Blues (February 7th).
There are several words that can be used to describe Mr. Skinner, and one of them is the word "creative" which is the same thing that can be said for the process he thought up to get fans to download his new mixtape. Fans that had access an iPhone had to download the ‘Mike Scanner’ app from the Apple app store, which they then had to use to firstly scan a barcode on Skinner's blog. Once this task was completed they then had to scan of the barcode located on a 300g tin of tomato soup by Heinz.

We at Soulculture thought we'd download it ourselves to save our faithful readers all that trouble. Download link and tracklist below.

Download: The Streets - "Cyberspace and Reds"

1. “Came In Through The Door” (Feat Kano)
2. “4 O’clock”
3. “Don’t Hide Away” (Feat Wiley, Rinse And Ice Kid)
4. “Too Numb” (Feat Roxxxan)
5. “Backseat Barz” (Feat Loudmouth)
6. “Tidy Nice And Neat” (Feat Ghost Poet)
7. “The Morning After The Day Off On One” (Feat Trim)
8. “Cinema Barz” (Feat Jammer)
9. “Breakbat Barz” (Scru Fizzer)
10. “Something To Hide”
11. “Robots Are Taking Over” (Feat Envy And Elro)
12. “Cross That Line” (Feat Fumin)
13. “Minding My Own” (Feat Wretch 32)


According to Hip Hop artist/producer, Loudmouth Melvin, track five, “Backseat Barz”, a song he features on, is not the original mix so he went ahead and uploaded it, which he Tweeted this morning. Don't you young'ns go and get it twisted... no beef, he's just saying.

Download: The Streets - "Backseat Barz" ft Loudmouth [Original Version]

The Streets ft Kano - "UKG ODYSSEY" | New Music

This song just reeks of a f**king great time!
The Streets and Kano reunite for this track from The Streets forthcoming Cyberspace And Reds mixtape and recreate that magic that sonically takes us back to an earlier time in the birth of the thing we now call Grime.
It's great to hear these guys work together again and I'm hearing there might be more to come... *men in black suits rush out of the shadows to gag him*

made in the old way. from my cyberspace and reds mixtape, more lyrical pad work with kano on a bed of beats put together using all the original techniques once prevalent in our world. thanks again to magic for help on the buttons that for many will bring back memories of zed bias era breakstep. set to a series of images taken on my lomography film camera. these images form the background chiaroscuro vibes of my website. Mike Skinner

The Streets unveils final album 'Computers and Blues' artwork, tracklist & UK tourdates

Following the Guardian's insightful interview with Mike "The Streets" Skinner last week - in which he explained that his next album Computers and Blues would be The Streets' last ["I don't want to do The Streets anymore. I should have moved on a long time ago"] - the countdown has commenced on the British rap act's fifth and final album.

Due for release on February 7th, Computers and Blues is "all about dancing and CHATTING SHIT," Skinner proclaims on his official Streets website. "45 minutes of 130 bpm style straight spittin. one more banger. dancing music to drink tea to.

"The final Streets album (the fifth one) will be dark and futuristic. This could not be further from the album you're about to hear, but it's what is on my mind at the moment. I feel inspired by the synthesizer exhibition we just visited in Graz [Austria] after the gig we just did... It is a ravey album album that bludgeons you over the head with its stick of 1988 Romford, Blackpool and Philadelphia rock. It is an insane album."

Out on February 7th via Atlantic Records, Computers and Blues is now available for pre-order via Play and HMV.

See below for official tracklist and full UK tourdates. Read more

The Streets – "Too Numb" (Video)

The Streets are back. “Too Numb” is the latest offering from the forthcoming Computer and Blues album. The release is set to be the final album from Mike Skinner and is reported to be a mix of nu-rave, dubstep, synthy production, rock and everything in between.

"It's all about dancing and CHATTING SHIT," Skinner writes on the record's official website. Watch the video below:

11 DEC: CECILIA STALIN at Southbank Centre, London

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Swedish vocalist Cecilia Stalin gained the attention of the public as part of nu-jazz duo Koop, whose song 'Waltz for Koop' featured in the soundtrack to Woody Allen's Match Point. After playing at Sweden's top jazz venues and making a number of recordings, she has been based in London since 2007.

She has collaborated with producers Daz-I-Kue, Waiwan, Keyon Harrold and Drew Horley, and sung backing vocals with the likes of The Streets, Alysha Dixon, Nate James and Mutya Buena. A recent project - In the Spirit of Coltrane - saw Cecilia set text to and arrange a selection of Coltrane songs. Her voice veers from intimate fragility to intense power: in this not-to-be-missed concert she performs with Kit Downes (piano), Winston Clifford (drums) and Ben Hazleton (bass).

Date: Friday 11th December 2009
Venue: The Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre
(Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX)
Time: 1pm
Cost: FREE

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EVENT REVIEW: OneTaste Festival, London (Sunday 8 Nov)

Inua Ellams at OneTaste Festival '09, by Steve Rutherford

Taking place last weekend was the OneTaste Festival, an eclectic mix of music, spoken word, dance, film, theatre and alternative concepts. The festival brought together some of the best emerging talent in a wide range of genres and styles that sat harmoniously side by side on the One Taste stage. Founded by producer Danni Evans and singer Jamie Woon in 2004, One Taste was created to showcase the best of emerging talent on the London arts scene, giving a platform for artists and performers in a multitude of disciplines.

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