Ever since hurtling out of relative anonymity earlier this year with her wide-vowelled, cockney-brogued debut album ‘Everybody Down’, performance poet-turned-emcee Kate Tempest has been likened to the Streets’ Mike Skinner. “A tale of love, tragedy and redemption as elegantly plotted as ‘A Grand Don’t Come For Free’,” Louis Pattison wrote in his NME review of the record, while plenty of others have drawn parallels between the ‘Original Pirate Material’ hero and Tempest’s way with finely-observed, wittily-worded social commentary. All of which makes Skinner’s below remix of the rising rapper’s track ‘Circles’, given a sumptuous, shuffling clubland makeover, feel like something of a passing-the-torch moment.
“I think she’ll do the business at the Mercurys,” Mike Skinner tells NME, tipping Tempest to succeed where he was not so lucky: both ‘Original Pirate Material’ and ‘A Grand Don’t Come For Free’ were nominated for the Mercury Prize, only to lose out. Just don’t go too overboard acclaiming the album, he warns. “The Mercury panel are very contrary though so if too many people think she’s going to win then they might go with someone else.” Check out his take on the track below. ‘Circles’ is released as a single on October 20, backed by this remix plus a further edit by Micachu of Micachu and the Shapes fame.