The Streets: Everything Is Borrowed (Sixsevenine)

This is Mike Skinner’s finest hour. On this fourth album, his signature brand of cockney rapping ascends the working-class bloke to the next level of street wisdom. Introspective themes arise, like religion, mortality and ecology without being cheesy. This is balanced with pro-party tunes (‘Heaven For The Weather’) sprinkled liberally throughout. Although the raw feel from Skinner’s earlier works are replaced by polished production, this only serves to sharpen his prose. Skinner claims this “peaceful coming to terms album” is his second last before calling it quits – he doesn’t want to repeat himself. You can only but admire such sincerity. BL