Mike Skinner is best known as critically lauded multi platinum album selling, award winning rapper The Streets. His 2002 album, “Original Pirate Material” is widely accepted as the most influential British rap album of all time. Skinner played an early part in the careers of many of todays grime stars featuring them in remixes and collaborations from his first release to now. One of the founding fathers of the Grime scene, Skinner is as vital now as he always has been and continues to work with and identify the most exciting new talent from these shores. His second album, A Grand Don’t Come For Free, was a musical story that reached number 1 in the album charts, won Brit Awards and Ivor Novello’s and spawned hit singles like the number one song “Dry Your Eyes” , “Fit But You Know It” and the classic “Blinded By The Lights”.
Throughout his recording career which has spanned 5 albums as The Streets and other work in different guises, Skinner has sold millions of albums and toured the world numerous times. Performing at virtually every major festival in every major market, he’s also known for a raucous and heartstoppingly energetic live show. Critically, the reaction to his work has always been nothing but astonishing. Numerous publications have named his records “album of the year” or in their “Top Albums of All Time” etc – and it remains to this day.
Skinner called time on The Streets 7 years ago when his 5 album contract with Warners ended and he wanted to work on different musical projects and also to spend more time behind the camera making short films, videos for artists and himself, and to write a screenplay. Throughout this time, Skinner became a DJ, learning the craft on the job and finding a niche for himself
in the Bass scene, where he has become a renowned DJ in his own right. Drawing upon these experiences, and his love of Raymond Chandler, Skinner, a voracious reader and sponge for information, put together The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light: his first feature film script.
In anticipation of this project, Skinner revived The Streets for a tour in early 2018. The reaction was phenomenal. The tour sold out within seconds to incredible demand and a second leg had to be put on sale for early 2019 to somewhat satisfy demand. Drawing on that energy, Skinner recorded a completely new The Streets record and integrated the music and the lyrics into the film script, giving the film a distinct and unique musical feel. The songs are classic The Streets, sharp lyrics with unforgettable one-liners, incredible beats, and is probably his most consistent work to date.
The film and the album are intertwined. The music illustrates, punctuates and voice-overs some of the film, and what you get is the quintessential Mike Skinner project. People have always praised him for his storytelling ability and his stellar songwriting – and now he’s combined the two with The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light.