It appears fans eagerly awaiting the Streets’ follow up to 2006’s The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living will have to wait into the new year for Mike Skinner’s fresh grime and hip-hop tirades. According to a post on his MySpace.com profile, Skinner, who has been hard at work on the new effort, has succumbed to the ‘stressful’ environs enveloping its creation. “It doesn’t matter how pure your creative vision is, making an album when you’re quite well known is a bit stressful,” Skinner’s blog reads. “You spend most of the time running on passion and ideas, like you should, riding a wave of what sounds good and what you want to say. But you’re always mildly aware of the fact that there’s a team of people around you and a whole population of punters with a passing interest, all of whom are (or will be) making a judgment about what you’re getting done.”
Skinner continues, claiming he’s come to terms with the album’s delay just this week and confirms the fresh material “won’t be coming out this year.” “I think I’ve got the makings of a great record, but I’ve been working so hard on it that my head is spinning at the end of every day, and when I wake up each morning the first thing I feel is panic… this also means I’ll maintain my tidy pattern of releasing an album in 2002, 2004, 2006 and, now, 2008.”
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Talk: Will Skinner over come his ‘panic’ and create a ‘great record’?