Playing tracks by
Digitalism, Jean Jacques Smoothie, Maya Jane Coles, Lifelike feat. Yota & Namebrand, The Dot and more.
For FACT mix 304, you’re listening to The Streets.
Mike Skinner surely needs no introduction. In 2001, after slogging away as part of a three-piece for the best part of the ’90s, he released ‘Has It Come to This?’, a motion blurred combination of UK garage and stream-of-consciousness rapping that captured the UK at the turn of the decade like few other tracks did. UK garage had become the UK’s pop music, with Kiss FM ruling the legal airwaves, but nothing before ‘Has It Come to This?’, the faded life story of a dark-eyed raver from Birmingham, had really sounded like it. The next year, he released his debut album, Original Pirate Material, and a star was born.
And so we have his FACT mix. We’ve never seen Skinner DJ, but it’s no surprise that he’s good at it: the mixing’s swift and tight, and as you might expect, he rolls through a selection of house and garage before indulging in some newer cuts from TRC, Joy Orbison, Julio Bashmore and Joker, and naturally, closing on jungle.