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Sunday 17 April 2011

The Streets - OMG - New single and video.

The Streets new single titled omg is due for release on Monday 18th April on 679/Atlantic Records.

It is taken from The Streets magnificent fifth and final album Computers and Blues released on 7th February.

With it's heart-yielding beats and punchy vibes, omg tells the story of looking up the facebook status of someone you really like and realizing you have both come a lot further than you previously thought you had.
In true Skinner fashion he opens the song hitting straight to the point with ....

"I looked at your status 'In a relationship', 'In a relationship'
An earthquake hit me, oi!
Your status had changed
You'd never quirked about this
Couldn't drag my eye away
The words on the screen
Nothing said between us
But you just weren't that keen
'In a relationship' plain helvetica
So walk away and let it go"

The words and the meaning is a modern day capture of how  ?% of people publicly detail their relationships nowadays. I also think it is very delicately written and quite wonderfully romantic too.

"I looked at your status 'In a relationship', 'In a relationship', It devastated me
Then, what did I spy
I punched the fucking sky
Among the normally ignorable requests at the right,
I'd never have guessed there was a request so nice,
Now if you look at my status, I'm in a relationship too,
With you"

You know that feeling when all the speculation suddenly feels like reality because of one little action from the other person, it's a beautiful thing and who else could bottle that moment quite like Mike Skinner and his genius mind full of words that untangle into a perfect kind of sense.

Mike Skinner said about omg "If you're meeting a girl, looking them up on Facebook is the first thing you do. You wouldn't have been able to do that before, and the etiquette of this show we're putting on is incredibly complex."

On omg, Mike Skinner is joined by co-writer Laura Vane with her powerful vocals.
I absolutely love Laura Vane, she is highly talented and an extremely sexy, very beautiful, independent singer. Mike Skinner described her as Laura Vane is as potent a songwriter and singer as I've come across. Not only does she have the ideas but she communicates them in a high pressure environment with a smile.” He should know, they have been working together for years.

Vocally and lyrically speaking, my favourite part of omg is where Mike and Laura sing together ......

"I stand corrected, I was pushing for the best
I guess I took one look at you and forgot the rest
Ive got what it takes
And it wont be wasted on fakes"

Every time I hear that verse I wish it was a whole song on it's own sung in that melody, it flows perfectly. We know what a talented storey-telling beatsmith Mike Skinner is, but lets hear it too, for what a credible and competent singer he is, he has oodles of feeling, meaning and harmony in his sweet voice. I'm going to project further on this at a later date.

omg is already receiving a great deal of well deserved respect and support from Zane LoweAnnie Mac, Steve Lamacq and many other BBC Radio Djs are showing their support as is Callum James Greens on Dime Radio. omg is on the XFM playlist and Steve Harris made omg his track of the week.    

Earlier this week The Streets performed a session for Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show which included a cool interview with Mike Skinner. The tracks performed were omg and Puzzled By People from the brand new album Computers and Blues as well as his classic song Turn The Page.

The video to compliment the song, has just been uploaded on The Streets YouTube channel TheBeats

omg was co written between Mike Skinner, Laura Vane, May and Brown. As always, everything else - including production, mixing and mastering is all done by Mike Skinner.

Buy omg  on iTunes

Buy Computers and Blues on iTunes

Follow Mike Skinner @Skinnermike on Twitter

Like Mike Skinner and The Streets on Facebook

Like Laura Vane on Facebook

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  1. I love all of your write ups about Mike. Couldn't have put it better myself!

  2. Thank you maNuel, I really appreciate your comment.

  3. You have summed that track up perfectly. This is one of my favourite ever singles from Mike. Its a shame Laura Vane doesnt feature in the music video. When they sing together it would of been good if they edited to a clip of Mike and Laura singing onstage at Brixton Acadamy when he had just finished crowd surfing. That would of been a nice touch.

  4. Hello James, I'm really glad you like omg and the review. There is some great footage of Laura and Mike singing omg on youtube and is very enjoyable to watch, I agree with you, it is a shame she wasn't in The Streets video, I know the Brixton video clip you are refering to - perfect choice.

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