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Six years ago The Streets’ Mercury Prize-nominated debut album Original Pirate Material seemed to emerge from nowhere and established Mike Skinner as a witty and original MC-ing proposition – a motor-mouthed phoenix from the ashes of the UK garage scene.

His follow up A Grand Don’t Come For Free (2004) - a concept album, a hip-hopera, whatever you wanted to call it - took Skinner to a completely new level of success (three million copies sold, a number one single and album, multiple Brit and Ivor Novello awards). It also gave a totally authentic but superbly artful voice to the real middle England – the middle England not of warm beer and cricket, but of Barratt Homes and Bacardi Breezers.

Fast forward to his last album The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living (2006) - perhaps the most action-packed thirty-seven minutes in the history of pop, or rap, or rock and roll come to that – was nothing short of a voyage to the heart of celebrity darkness.

Which brings us neatly to 2008 – The Streets fourth album is complete and set for release on September 15th . Everything Is Borrowed is a reminder of why we all fell in love with The Streets in the first place. It’s a charming, thoughtful and incisive album melding the very best components of the first three albums while managing to, as ever, sound refreshingly new.

In anticipation of Everything Is Borrowed, The Streets will be giving away a free download The Escapist from 30th July. A video made by Mike’s Beat Stevie cohort Ted Mayhem, it sees Mike walking across France. As Mike explains “during a great period of intense mixing we decided that it might be nice to shoot a video. It was totally different from any other video that I've made in that it was something real that we just filmed rather than trying to create something real looking using lots of people and lots of angles. I feel like it's more than a video in that sense.”

THE ESCAPIST WILL BE AVAILABLE AS A FREE DOWNLOAD FROM July 30th VIA www.myfreedownload.co.uk/thestreets

The title track Everything Is Borrowed will be released as a single on September 29th

The Streets will take to the road in October, the tour starts at Glasgow Barrowlands on October 4th and ends at Leeds Academy on Sunday October 19th.

The Streets tour dates are as follows:

October

Saturday 4th GLASGOW Barrowlands

Sunday 5th MANCHESTER Academy

Monday 6th SHEFFIELD Plug

Thursday 9th BIRMINGHAM Academy

Friday 10th NEWCASTLE Academy

Saturday 11th OXFORD Academy

Monday 13th SOUTHAMPTON Guildhall

Tuesday 14th PRESTON 53 Degrees

Thursday 16th NORWICH UEA

Friday 17TH BRISTOL Academy

Saturday 18th NOTTINGHAM Rock City

Sunday 19th LEEDS Academy

Tickets are £17.50 and go on general sale Friday 25th July @ 9am and are available at www.gigsandtours.com 24 hr cc hotline 0871 2200 260.

Full album and single details to follow. www.myspace.com/thestreets 

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