After 25 years as the drummer of metal outfit Lamb Of God, Chris Adler’s departure from the group has been officially confirmed today, with the group announcing his replacement on social media. Co-founding the band back in 1994, drummer Chris Adler
That’s right, the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) penned open letters to Janet Jackson, 50 Cent, Tyga, Chris Brown and Future regarding their performances at Jeddah World Fest, Saudi Arabia. And they didn’t listen. In a rather sudden last-minute
'That’s right, the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) penned open letters to Janet Jackson, 50 Cent, Tyga, Chris Brown and Future regarding their performances at Jeddah World Fest , Saudi Arabia. And they didn’t listen. In a rather sudden last-minute announcement, the festival added these performers to the concert setlist. The concert itself is funded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is renowned worldwide as one of the world’s worst human rights violators. Last week, festival headliner Nicki Minaj pulled out of the concert , citing the country’s treatment of women and the LGBTQ+ community as a reason for her to not perform, and as a way for her to stand in solidarity with her belief in the freedom of expression. The Crown Prince in response has spent millions to recruit artists such as Janet Jackson and 50 Cent. These artists are confirmed to have seven-figure booking payments for the festival. Janet Jackson at Jeddah World Fest 2019 In response to the sudden influx of artists, who joined Liam Payne, (who remained apart of the lineup), HRF wrote open letters, urging the artists to reconsider. You can read the letters to the artists by clicking on their names here: Janet Jackson , 50 Cent , Tyga , Chris Brown , and Future . In the letters, Thor Halvorssen , president of the Human Rights Foundation, names multiple instances of human rights violations including police brutality and mistreatment of women, and states that if the artist performs at Jeddah World Fest, they are condoning these acts and accepting money from a man who is essentially a tyrant. In a recent statement Halvorssen said: “It’s clear that, after losing Nicki Minaj on the basis of the Saudi regime’s atrocious human rights record and their treatment of women and the gay community, the Crown Prince has chosen to spend whatever it takes to give the appearance that things are normal and that this is just another concert. Except it isn’t.” Many fans placed pressure on the artists to pull out of the festival, putting into question the morals of the singers, yet they remained to perform. HRF has also compiled a list of hypocrisies that the artists would be making if they perform at the festival, including Janet Jacksons Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation ( GLAAD ) Vanguard Award, and her speeches against discrimination against women. You can read the scathing compilation here . Halvorssen took to Twitter to praise Nicki Minaj for leaving the concert, while the others stayed. . @NICKIMINAJ is the brightest star in the darkest night. Meanwhile @LiamPayne @50cent @JanetJackson @steveaoki @tyga @chrisbrown (mega-millionaires) left their morals behind and went to #Saudi to collect money they don’t need at concert where women must’ve permission and gays= pic.twitter.com/oh8nv9vzFs — Thor Halvorssen (@ThorHalvorssen) July 18, 2019'
It goes without saying, we are so proud of Stella Donnelly. Not only has she been making waves here in here hometown of Australia, but overseas as well. Recently, she performed a handful of songs for KEXP, a Seattle radio station specialising in
'It goes without saying, we are so proud of Stella Donnelly. Not only has she been making waves here in here hometown of Australia, but overseas as well. Recently, she performed a handful of songs for KEXP, a Seattle radio station specialising in alternative and indie rock. KEXP also prides itself on its video recordings of live performances, with a rather impressive 1.8M following on YouTube. Watch the full KEXP Live Performance here: In the performance, Stella performs four songs intertwined with interviews with usual spectacular host, Cheryl Waters. All four songs titled ‘Old Man’, ‘Watching Telly’, ‘Beware of the Dogs’ and ‘Tricks’ come from her recently released album Beware of the Dogs. With her usual beaming smile over unsettlingly real and mischievously crafted lyrics, these live performances are without a doubt the best we’ve seen this year. When asked about how she mixes “breezy” soundscapes with intense lyrics, Stella responded: “In my lyrical content, I can be quite harsh and real and I try not to hold anything back, but then I try and create a more inviting sound instrumentally and sonically around that to lure you in and get you with the lyrics.” Watch the video for ‘Tricks’, one of the songs performed live for KEXP It’s been a long time coming for Stella, who has been on the overseas radar for quite some time now. Her new album has already seen widespread critical acclaim all across the world, and we couldn’t be happier. Similarly to her fresh KEXP performance, Stella also performed for NPR Music’s iconic Tiny Desk Concert series, the video being released earlier this year. In the performance, Stella offers up a similarly raw and vulnerable side to the songs we’ve grown to know and love. We can’t wait to see what she does next. Check out Stella Donnelly at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert'
With the power of naming your song titles comes great responsibility. Your sweetest songs can be named anything at all, and nothing can stop you. And some artists have taken this power and have used it to the most entertaining of extents, naming
'With the power of naming your song titles comes great responsibility. Your sweetest songs can be named anything at all, and nothing can stop you. And some artists have taken this power and have used it to the most entertaining of extents, naming their musical outputs in the most ridiculous ways. Sometimes, to our enjoyment, the crazy song title is actually what the song is about. Here are 8 examples of ridiculous song titles that we are so glad exist in the world. 1. ‘I Cannot F*cking Wait Til Morrissey Dies’ – JPEGMAFIA Hilarious name aside, this song is actually really good, and comes from a pretty impressive 2018 album. As of late, it seems everyone hates Morrissey for his not so likeable antics, it was only a matter of time until someone made a song about hating him. 2. ‘A Lap Dance Is So Much Better When The Stripper Is Crying’ – The Bloodhound Gang From the equally comically titled album Hooray for Boobies , The Bloodhound Gang have given us a song for all of our funerals to come. Would this be considered 8-bit country? We think so. 3. ‘Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict’ – Pink Floyd Honestly, this track is exactly what the title says. A punch of animal sounds and a little bit of classic Pink Floyd oddity chucked in. Why is this song so oddly groovy and weird at the same time though? 4. ‘Our Lawyers Made Us Change The Name Of This Song So We Wouldn’t Get Sued’ – Fallout Boy When someone asks what you’re listening to, just respond with this track title in full. And in case you were wondering, the original title was “My Name Is David Ruffin And These Are The Temptations”. 5. ‘You’re The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly’ – Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty Honestly, these two are just perfect together, I mean have you heard ‘As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone?’ Karaoke perfection. And let’s be honest, if the kids are ugly, it isn’t Loretta’s fault. 6. ‘Jesus Saves, I Spend’ – St. Vincent A pretty smart title for a song, even if it has very little to do with the song itself. St. Vincent usually sticks with very straightforward titles, but this one definitely deserves a spot on this list. 7. ‘I Break Mirrors With My Face In The United States’ – Death Grips Well known provocateurs who exist within their own genre, Death Grips, never fail to entertain with their song titles. An honourable mention goes out to their song ‘You might think he loves you for your money but I know what he really loves you for it’s your brand new leopard skin pillbox hat’. 8. ‘≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈’ – Grimes Can you pronounce this song title because we sure can’t. The weirder thing is that the song sounds just like the title looks.'
Korn have released the video to their latest single, with the official clip for ‘You’ll Never Find Me’ dropping today. Late last month, Korn revealed to the world that they would be unleashing their long-awaited 13 album, The Nothing. Their first
'Korn have released the video to their latest single, with the official clip for ‘You’ll Never Find Me’ dropping today. Late last month, Korn revealed to the world that they would be unleashing their long-awaited 13 album, The Nothing . Their first record since 2016’s The Serenity Of Suffering , the album announcement came after a brief period of teasing something big, and was followed by news that their “Korn Kovers” album – which has spent 15 years in the works – is still seeing new songs added from time to time. Now, Korn have unleashed the official video for ‘You’ll Never Find Me’. Co-directed by the band and Andzej Gavriss, and featuring a sci-fi narrative mixed in with shots of the band performing, it appears as though the clip might be attempting to bring to life the explanation the group gave the new record. “Deep, within our Earth lives an extraordinary force,” explained frontman Jonathan Davis. “Very few are aware of the magnitude and significance of this place where good/evil, dark/light, bliss/torment, loss/gain and hope/despair all exist as one – pulling at us every moment of our live. “It’s not something we can choose to navigate, but rather an awareness of this ‘presence’ that surrounds us with every breath, as if we are being watched at every moment. “It’s the place where black and white energies attach themselves to our souls, and shape our emotion, choices, perspective and ultimately our very existence. “There is a miraculous and small realm within this vortex and it’s the only place where balance between these dynamic and polarising forces exists – where the soul finds its refuge. Welcome to… The Nothing .” Check out ‘You’ll Never Find Me’ by Korn: The Nothing tracklist 1. ‘The End Begins’ 2. ‘Cold’ 3. ‘You’ll Never Find Me’ 4. ‘The Darkness Is Revealing’ 5. ‘Idiosyncrasy’ 6. ‘The Seduction Of Indulgence’ 7. ‘Finally Free’ 8. ‘Can You Hear Me’ 9. ‘The Ringmaster’ 10. ‘Gravity Of Discomfort’ 11. ‘H@rd3r’ 12. ‘This Loss’ 13. ‘Surrender To Failure’'
Adelaide outfit Paradise City have hit us with a two-for-one today, sharing the visuals for their single Above Me with one hand, and with the other, announcing the release of a 7″ through beloved Wollongong label Farmer & The Owl. But wait, there’s
'Adelaide outfit Paradise City have hit us with a two-for-one today, sharing the visuals for their single Above Me with one hand, and with the other, announcing the release of a 7″ through beloved Wollongong label Farmer & The Owl. But wait, there’s more – the news comes as the band prepare to load up the van, and hit the highways of Australia in support of their current ditty, Above Me. The word ‘ethereal’ gets thrown around a lot these days, but it’s hard to think of a better use of the phase than Above Me. The track is a tapestry of dreamy beeps and bops with blissed-out minimalism; in short, an elixir for a busy and cluttered week. Above Me, by both name and nature, exists somewhere between the Stratosphere and Mesosphere. The tracks video counterpart is testament to their care as artists. A kaleidoscope of performance, natural scenery, lasers, lights, smoke and moments of stirring nothingness. At its core, Above Me is a story of complexities of human relationships. On its edges, It’s a groove toon from which even the sternest of music lovers will find themselves bopping along to. As they meander throughout this great land, the band will be offering fans a unique 7″ release, via Farmer & The Owl, which will feature Above Me as well as the band’s 2017 single Saturday Night. The release is both limited, and an absolute must have for Paradise City fans. You can immerse yourself in the Above Me visuals below, and peep their Australian tour dates below. PARADISE CLUB – ABOVE ME TOUR 2019 Tickets available now via Paradise Club Friday, 2nd August Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane Saturday 3rd August Vic On The Park, Sydney Sunday 4th August ‘Yours & Owls Sunday Session’ North Gong Hotel, Wollongong Friday 9th August The Old Bar, Melbourne Friday 23rd August Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide'
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have enlisted the help of Donald Trump to release rapper A$AP Rocky, who has been detained in a Swedish jail over an altercation that took place in Stockholm last month. Rocky is currently in solitary confinement and
'Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have enlisted the help of Donald Trump to release rapper A$AP Rocky , who has been detained in a Swedish jail over an altercation that took place in Stockholm last month. Rocky is currently in solitary confinement and has been behind bars for over two weeks, where he has been denied phone call and visitation privileges. The arrest has sparked a worldwide call for the release of the rapper. Now the king and queen of pop culture and the president of the United States have stepped in. As TMZ reports, once Kanye learned that A$AP was behind bars, he urged Kim to get in contact with her connections at The White. Kim got Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, on the dog and bone and actioned a plan to free A$AP. The information has since been taken to Donald Trump himself, who has apparently knowledged that something is rotten in the state of Stockholm. Swedish officials are scheduled to make the decision as to whether they’ll charge Rocky over the assault or release him. However, TMZ has noted that there is “real fear prosecutors might delay their decision … and keep [Rocky] in custody” for another fortnight. Watch: A$AP Rocky – ‘Sundress’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ec3LoKpGJxY Kardashian has since shared TMZ initial report on Twitter, writing “Thank you @realDonaldTrump, @SecPompeo, Jared Kushner & everyone involved with the efforts to Free ASAP Rocky & his two friends. Your commitment to justice reform is so appreciated.” Thank you @realDonaldTrump , @SecPompeo , Jared Kushner & everyone involved with the efforts to Free ASAP Rocky & his two friends. Your commitment to justice reform is so appreciated https://t.co/Ym1Rzo5Z6c — Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) July 18, 2019'
Review: The Streets supported by The Avalanches (DJ Set) at Festival Hall, Melbourne, July 18th, 2019 Back in 2009, a review of The Streets’ most recent Adelaide performance appeared in The Advertiser. Although my memory is hazy, the article
'Review: The Streets supported by The Avalanches (DJ Set) at Festival Hall, Melbourne, July 18th, 2019 Back in 2009, a review of The Streets’ most recent Adelaide performance appeared in The Advertiser . Although my memory is hazy, the article mentioned how the turnout to Mike Skinner’s Monday night show was less than stellar, so much so that talk was specifically made about how much floorspace was visible. At the time, this was stunning news. After all, The Streets were by this point an icon of the English hip-hop genre, with 2002’s Original Pirate Material even being considered a possible winner for the prestigious Mercury Prize that year. It seemed almost criminal for an artist of his calibre to be overlooked at the time. While fans had no idea that just over two years later, The Streets would wave goodbye with one final visit to our shores, they had even less idea that it would be another six years before word of a reunion would come about . Thankfully, this year’s Splendour In The Grass lineup promised fans that after eight years away from Australia, Mike Skinner would be bringing his iconic project back to Australia, and this time, it was clear that fans were not going to be taking his presence for granted. Check out ‘Has It Come To This’ by The Streets: As punters piled into the cosy confines of Melbourne’s legendary Festival Hall, it was clear that this evening would be a special one. With punters sporting shirts featuring the famous Streets’ lighter symbol, and hip-hop shirts of all variety on display, it was obvious what fans were here for. As the lights dimmed on the Thursday night crowd, a cheer from the surprisingly sparse crowd heralded the arrival of Melbourne’s very own legends The Avalanches , with Tony Di Blasi and Robbie Chater arriving to kick off a rare DJ set. With a simple scratch of a record, we were away, with huge beats accompanying older melodies from songs like ‘Feeling Good’, undoubtedly indicating we were well and truly in Avalanches territory. With Chater and Di Blasi tag-teaming the deck, this mesmerising mix of the old and new sounded just as though we were being treated to cuts from a lost Avalanches album. Before long, the energy slowly yet notably began to rise, with the atmosphere becoming almost hypnotic as deep house and funky horns merged together to sound like what you’d think Underworld’s disco period might have been. Throwing in familiar gems like Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song’, INXS’ ‘Just Keep Walking’, and even Yothu Yindi’s ‘Treaty’, it was a musical treat for the senses, with the pair even trotting out their beloved ‘Subways’ for good measure. Undoubtedly though, while we might be waiting for a third album for quite some time , fans certainly won’t say no to receiving DJ sets like this from The Avalanches, an experience which shows the duo at their best and most comfortable. While it felt as though only moments had passed, the pair’s hour-long set had sadly come to a close, with a near-capacity crowd having gathered around to witness the event. For many, they had joined just in time to hear the duo drop ‘Since I Left You’ to serve as their exit music, clearly leaving fans of Aussie music hungry for more. Check out ‘Since I Left You’ by The Avalanches: As the cheers rose from a clearly eager crowd, a three-piece band preceded the arrival of vocalist Kevin Mark Trail, before Mike Skinner’s unassuming face appeared onstage. Yes, The Streets were back, and there was no time to let a single second go to waste. As the sound of a keyboard drone slowly faded out, it was time to get messy, with ‘Turn The Page’ indicating that we’d be starting right back at the beginning of The Streets’ story. As the track flowed into ‘Let’s Push Things Forward’, the casual yet ferocious attitude of Mike Skinner was on full display, with his dazzling lyrics being punctuated by his effortless quips to the crowd, and his vocal interplay with Trail. Only two songs in, Skinner’s trademark humour was already shining through the performance, spraying the crowd with some interstate wine from the Hunter Valley, and requesting some nice champagne in its place. “We don’t fuck with that,” he joked, “Let’s just put that on the floor.” Barely missing a beat, things were off once again, and anthems like ‘Don’t Mug Yourself’ and ‘Could Well Be In’ saw the crowd showing their full-blown appreciation for a long-awaited headline performance from The Streets. Check out ‘Don’t Mug Yourself’ by The Streets: While the hip-hop classics were on full display, and the jovial interactions with the crowd kept coming, Mike Skinner wasn’t going to just leave our ears ringing, he was determined to ensure that we all felt as one. Stopping at numerous points to remind us we don’t need to focus on being cool (considering Instagram likes are off the table , and “we’re all going to die anyway”), the performance felt equal parts like a classic hits showcase and a self-help seminar that truly succeeded in its goal. As we ripped through the likes of ‘Has It Come To This?’, ‘Everything Is Borrowed’, and ‘Never Went To Church’, the vibe dipped between frenetic intensity, and that of a downtempo comedown session, helping to strike a much-needed balance between tracks, and ensuring we all had time to catch our breath. By the time the main set ended with a cathartic rendition of ‘Dry Your Eyes’, fans could easily have believed that time had stood still for the better part of an hour, with the end coming shortly after proceedings even began. Thankfully, the evening’s encore somehow managed to see the intensity raised once again, with Skinner dropping in a track from his The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light project, before covering Grim Sickers’ ‘Open The Till’ to much-warranted applause. Undoubtedly though, the high-point of the night was the closing number of ‘Fit But You Know It’, which resulted in some of the wildest singalongs imaginable, and some of the loudest and most forceful deliveries from Skinner. Ending the night with more alcohol sprayed upon the audience, some crowdsurfing from the back of the venue, and even a search for his lost shoe, the night’s conclusion felt less like an abrupt end, and more the fitting finale to a long-overdue headline spot from one of England’s finest artists. While it had undoubtedly been a long time between drinks for The Streets, Mike Skinner is unequivocally one of the best in the game, with his trademark mix of excitement, lyrical delivery, and endearing humour being something other artists would dream of matching. With two albums on the way over the coming year ( and a new song dropping during the show ), it’s clear fans will be hoping for another return from Mike Skinner before too long. Check out ‘Fit But You Know It’ by The Streets: The Streets @ Festival Hall, Melbourne 18/7/19 Setlist ‘Turn The Page’ ‘Let’s Push Things Forward’ ‘Same Old Thing’ ‘Don’t Mug Yourself’ ‘Could Well Be In’ ‘Has It Come To This?’ ‘Geezers Need Excitement’ ‘Everything Is Borrowed’ ‘Never Went To Church’ ‘Stay Positive’ ‘Going Through Hell’ ‘Too Much Brandy’ ‘It’s Too Late’ ‘The Escapist’ ‘Dry Your Eyes’ Encore: ‘Your Wave God’s Wave God’ ‘Open The Till’ (Grim Sickers cover) ‘Weak Become Heroes’/’Prangin’ Out’ ‘Blinded By The Lights’ ‘Fit But You Know It’ The Streets Australian Tour 2020 (Remaining dates) Friday, July 19th (Sold Out) Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW Saturday, July 20th Splendour In The Grass, Byron Bay, NSW'
Chicago punk slackers Twin Peaks have announced their new record, Lookout Low, set for release on September 13th through Pod/Inertia and Space 44. Lookout Low marks the band’s fourth full-length effort, their first since 2016’s raucous Down In
'Chicago punk slackers Twin Peaks have announced their new record, Lookout Low, set for release on September 13th through Pod/Inertia and Space 44 . Lookout Low marks the band’s fourth full-length effort, their first since 2016’s raucous Down In Heaven. The band have given us a taste of what’s to come with lead single ‘Dance Through It’, a dreamy, horn-infused little ditty. The song was released with an accompanying video directed by Ariel Fisher. “Writing and arranging ‘Dance Through It’ felt like a dive into and embrace of experimenting with a new palette for us,” guitarist Cadien Lake James revealed in a statement. “After having been directly involved in the creation and direction of all of our videos, it felt fitting to allow this song the breath of collaboration in having Ariel Fisher take the helm and run with it.” You can check out the song and the video below. Watch: Twin Peaks – ‘Dance Through It’ Twin Peaks recorded Look Out Low at Monnow Valley with legendary producer Ethan Johns — who has previously worked with Paul McCartney, U2 and Kings of Leon, to name a few. Album tracklist and artwork below. Twin Peaks Lookout Low 1. Casey’s Grove 2. Laid in Gold 3. Better Than Stoned 4. Unfamiliar Sun 5. Dance Through It 6. Lookout Low 7. Ferry Song 8. Under A Smile 9. Oh Mama 10. Sunken II'
Iggy Pop has announced his new record, Free. It is the first full-length release since 2016’s Post Pop Depression. The album is set to arrive on September 6th via Loma Vista/Caroline International. Listen to a teaser below. In a press release, the
'Iggy Pop has announced his new record, Free. It is the first full-length release since 2016’s Post Pop Depression. The album is set to arrive on September 6th via Loma Vista/Caroline International. Listen to a teaser below. In a press release, the Godfather of Punk has revealed that Free is quite the contrast from his last release, describing the record as “uniquely somber and contemplative.” The album was created in collaboration with Noveller and Leron Thomas. “This is an album in which other artists speak for me, but I lend my voice,” Iggy says. “By the end of the tours following Post Pop Depression , I felt sure that I had rid myself of the problem of chronic insecurity that had dogged my life and career for too long. But I also felt drained. And I felt like I wanted to put on shades, turn my back, and walk away. I wanted to be free,” he continued. “I know that’s an illusion, and that freedom is only something you feel, but I have lived my life thus far in the belief that that feeling is all that is worth pursuing; all that you need—not happiness or love necessarily, but the feeling of being free. So this album just kind of happened to me, and I let it happen.” You can listen to a teaser of the record below, with titular track ‘Free’. Watch: Iggy Pop – ‘Free’'
This is certainly one for the history books. Almost 1% of the entire population of Finland attended the Metallica concert at Kantola Event Park, Hämeenlinna on Tuesday night. The heavy metal heavyweights drew in a crowd of 55,000 people — almost one
'This is certainly one for the history books. Almost 1% of the entire population of Finland attended the Metallica concert at Kantola Event Park, Hämeenlinna on Tuesday night. The heavy metal heavyweights drew in a crowd of 55,000 people — almost one per cent of Finland’s 5.5 million population. The gig is officially the biggest concert ever in the country. As is a tradition on the WorldWired tour, guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo banded together midset to perform a cover of “Kuuma Kesä” by hometown heroes Popeda as part of their “guitar doodle.” Metallica commemorated the milestone in the most heartwarming way, by donating one euro from every ticket sold to the Finnish children’s charity Hope. The charity aims to raise money to support the passions of over 200 children each year. The Metallica WorldWired tour is certainly proving itself to be one of the most exciting tours in history. Earlier this month, the band shared epic footage of them playing their classic track ‘Master of Puppets’ during a rainstorm in Manchester, England. Check out Metallica performing ‘Master of Puppets’ during a rainstorm In June, during the Netherlands leg of the tour, Metallica invited 13-year-old drummer Evan Adamson, on stage for his birthday, who sat in on a performance of ‘Seek & Destroy’. “Oh god, Lars shrunk,” frontman James Hetfield jokes upon seeing Adamson. “They put Lars in the wash. Told them not to put him in the dryer.” Metallica will be gracing Australian shores later this year. The band will be bringing along our masked overlords Slipknot. Check out the tour dates and ticket information for the Aussie leg of the WorldWired tour below. Metallica’s WorldWired Australia Tour 2019 With special guests Slipknot Thursday, October 17th Optus Stadium, Perth, WA Sunday, October 20th Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, SA Tuesday October 22nd (Sold Out) Marvel Stadium, Melbourne, VIC Thursday October 24th Marvel Stadium, Melbourne, VIC Saturday October 26th ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW Tuesday, October 29th QSAC, Brisbane, QLD Tickets available through Live Nation'
Fans of Mike Skinner and The Streets are in for a treat, with the English hip-hop icon reportedly set to release two new records in the near future. After forming back in the ’90s, The Streets burst into the mainstream back in 2002 with the release
'Fans of Mike Skinner and The Streets are in for a treat, with the English hip-hop icon reportedly set to release two new records in the near future. After forming back in the ’90s, The Streets burst into the mainstream back in 2002 with the release of their debut record, Original Pirate Material . Featuring Mike Skinner’s spoken-word delivery, and relatable, slice-of-life lyrics, the group went on to release four more albums before calling it quits in 2011 . Now, with The Streets in Australia for this year’s Splendour In The Grass festival, Skinner has revealed to The Daily Star ( via The List ) that he’s been hard at work on not one, but two new records. While the hip-hop legend noted last year that he’s got a film in the works , it seems fans will be receiving both a soundtrack to the upcoming release, along with what Skinner calls a “duet” album. “One of the reasons that I started it again is because I’ve written a film, which is about a DJ,” he explained. “And the album that I’ve written is kind of a musical; it’s part of the film. “While that’s happening, I’m doing a mixtape, which is a collaborations album – and that will be out hopefully at the end of the summer. That’s kind of like a Streets duet album.” Despite the fact that the soundtrack has been done and dusted for quite some time, it appears that the middle of 2020 will be when we can finally expect the first new album from The Streets since 2011. “I did [the soundtrack] about a year ago – but we have to follow the fine line of the film,” Skinner explained. “We’re gonna be shooting that in October and that will be out at the end of next summer.” The Streets kicked off their Aussie tour in Perth earlier this week, and will continue in Melbourne and Sydney, before wrapping up at Splendour in The Grass this weekend. Check out ‘Has It Come To This?’ by The Streets: The Streets Australian Tour 2020 (Remaining dates) Thursday, July 18th Festival Hall, Melbourne, VIC Friday, July 19th (Sold Out) Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW Saturday, July 20th Splendour In The Grass, Byron Bay, NSW'