Mike Skinner finished up the new and final Streets album, Computers and Blues about a year ago, he says, and now he’s getting bored. As such, he’s been taking to recording videos and releasing them via his blog and Twitter and, most recently, getting depressed and doing an album’s worth of field recordings in his living room.
This new development, announced earlier today on his blog, will be available by the time Computers and Blues drops on February 7. It’s called, charmingly enough, Cyberspace and Reds. The blog post is as follows:
my new album is old. i finished most of it around a year ago. for various reasons they are building up to release it when the ticker times out. apart from having written it and therefore it being a part of me, it doesn’t feel a part of me. its a part of my past. it sits in the machine right now waiting to leak into the cloud. if you are a fan of the streets it will be in your future. ive written blogs like this before. the curiosity of this situation blah blah. the way it is with the internet these days it doesnt have to be like this because as I have demonstrated, i can have an idea and then record it and post it on youstube the same day. i feel negative about everything i’m doing at the moment because ive been doing the same thing for as long as i remember. i’m being creative but I don’t feel any emotion as i do it. it’s nothing new. i lie on the sofa. ipad playing music on my chest, kindle in one hand, with a field recorder in the other recording the sound of the room. i’ve been recording a lot of rooms lately. i can either lie here and just watch james bond or i can get up and make another album from recordings of various rooms. i’ll call the album ‘cyberspace and reds’. it will be available before 7th febuary. it will be painfully repetitive. there’ll be chord changes that have never changed in that way before. the lyrics will make no sense. i’ll post the first song up very soon after this blog. it will be the ‘ragga by way of duran duran’ thing we started last week set to a series of random frost based images. the album artwork will be the first photo that is tweeted to me after this blog is posted that has anything to do with a computer. there will be a whole song on the album that explains the photo that someone is going to send to me. someone else will tweet me a piece of audio after they read this blog which will form the background of the next song I write which will be posted on wednesday. im going to watch live and let die so that i don’t think about the throbbing sensation engorging my inner soul. i will stare at the sleeping pills but i won’t take one. i will record the sound of the tv as i watch it but I won’t turn it into a song as the copyright is owned by EON productions
The cover image is above. As of this writing Skinner had not yet released the new song.
When he first came out with Original Pirate Material, music journalists had a habit of likening Mike Skinner to Eminem, mainly because they were both white rappers. With this new round of online unpredictability, though, it’s seems like he’s trying to channel Kanye West more than anything. We’ll see if that translates to career reevaluation or just a half-baked stab at experimentalism.