The Streets: No Album Until ’08

, aka Mike Skinner, posted the following message on his blog at MySpace (@thestreets) on Wednesday (July 18):

It doesn’t matter how pure your creative vision is, making an album when you’re quite well known is a bit stressful. 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 judgement about what you’re getting done.

I’ve had to accept this week that because my album isn’t quite right yet it 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. That isn’t really much fun, so I’ve decided to chill out a bit and try to get some distance from it while we do this Scotland tour, Get Loaded and Ibiza. This also means I’ll maintain my tidy pattern of releasing an album in 2002, 2004, 2006 and, now, 2008.

And at least I beat Mayhem at poker the other day.

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