Story: Jack Foley
EVER one to be adventurous, Coldplay's Chris Martin has confirmed
that the band has recorded a collaboration with Mike Skinner,
from urban outfit, The Streets.
Speaking on the band's website, Martin said that the track had
been put down while the band were in London, 'messing around'.
The news, which was also aired on Radio 1, could well divide
fans regarding the merits of such a collaboration.
Certainly, I'm no fan of The Streets, but the track, according
to a Radio 1 expert, is sung in The Streets' style, but retains
Martin's distinctive vocals. A number of versions are said to
exist, including one with Jon Buckland's guitar, although it is
not yet known whether it will ever be considered as a single.
Martin, himself, states: "In Mayfair were not doing
any Coldplay stuff, Im just messing around. We did a song
with The Streets and stuff.
"I really went off the idea of collaborations, cause
when someone you really like asks you, you say Ok
when youve got free time.
"I think we finished a huge tour and then went straight
into the studio to get down these ideas in case we died or something,
before they were recorded, and so now were just having a
few weeks off, taking it easy, we really havent stopped
for a while.
"I was desperate to record some new songs. We recorded enough
of them to make sure that if our plane goes down, they can be
finished. Weve definitely made enough for a box set."
Talking about the new album itself, Martin added: "We started
it [the recording process] after the last album was finished;
even though I went through about three months of thinking there
wouldnt be another album.
"We actually started writing, so now weve been writing
songs for this next record for 18 months and weve probably
written about 60 and ditched about 52 of them.
"So we did some work in Chicago, we did quite a lot in Chicago
The album is not expected until the end of next year, at the
earliest, and may represent a further progression of the band's
Although Martin was keen to stress that it 'still sounds like
us', it will also be radically different from its predecessors.
"Youve got to change a bit," he explained. "I
think its all about songs. Our sound will change, but all
we care about is melody and emotion.
"As long as theres that, I dont care. Our next
album, I already know, is gonna sound different from the last
one, but hopefully we could still have done those songs in the
way we did the first."