Editors' Notes At the dawn of the new millennium, Mike Skinner took his atypical attributes—a knack for cinematic production, an ear for the hot rocked suburban realities of British nightlife culture, that Brummie-accented half-spoken flow—and isolated a potent strain of British hip-hop that no one else was looking for. Or rather, as he drawls aboard the snaking horns of “Let’s Push Things Forward”, “This ain’t your archetypal street sound”. Commendably, since debut Original Pirate Material gave garage a thoughtful, kitchen sink overhaul, Skinner has stretched and teased his singular approach to encompass wry party-starters (“Fit But You Know It”) and meditative, orchestral singalongs (“Everything is Borrowed”). Comeback song “Call My Phone…”, with its skipping pirate radio beat, Skinnerian lyrical minutiae and ethereal Tame Impala vocal, continues a 20-year tradition of blistering, contradictory brilliance.

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