The Streets have been around long enough for you to know what to expect, right? Maybe not.
‘Call Me in the Morning’ is almost a grime track. It still features Mike Skinner’s spoken word lyricism (including gems like the line ‘If I hit myself and it hurts, am I weak or strong?’), but the fast and frantic instrumental swerves it much closer to grime than a lot of his output.
Just to make the genre influence even clearer, there are verses from grime originator Chip (formerly Chipmunk, before he realised that ‘Chipmunk’ doesn’t conjure up a very threatening image) and Swindon-born Grim Sickers, with both contributing verses that stand up to Skinner’s, which is no mean feat.
Looking at The Streets’ back catalogue, you could forgive Skinner for resting on his laurels, or at the very least sticking to what he knows works. Instead, ‘Call Me in the Morning’ is a decisive lunge sideways, and it pays off. Don’t expect a paint by numbers Streets song, but do expect to love every second of it.