New music: Ghostpoet and the D.O.T. – Trouble

Mike Skinner really does seem to have ended the Streets – and now you can hear, exclusively, the first real track from his new project, the D.O.T.

Mike Skinner may have only just played his last ever gig as the Streets, but he's hardly giving us time to miss him. In fact, as one half of the D.O.T. – the other being the Music's Rob Harvey – he's already posted a handful of new songs on his website and has collaborated with Mercury prize-nominated rapper Ghostpoet, something he mentioned wanting to do during his Guardian takeover in February.

The collaboration came about thanks to Rizlab who offered Ghostpoet the opportunity to create a visual accompaniment to the song. The resulting video will be shot live in one take on Wednesday and will be completely interactive, with fans able to disrupt the shoot by voting for different scenarios (water gun, sandstorm, cheerleaders attacking the stage, etc) from the comfort of their own homes. The song itself – premiered here exclusively – is the D.O.T.'s first proper production and while not that far removed from the Streets' British take on hip-hop, there's something lighter about this, the beat bouncing around wobbly synths and electronic squiggles. It's also given a surging chorus by Harvey's not inconsiderable vocals and the whole thing is underpinned by Ghostpoet's brilliantly lethargic drawl.

• You can read more about RizLab and the video for Trouble here.


Michael Cragg

The GuardianTramp

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