Benjamin Francis Leftwich opens up about his collaboration with The Streets’ Mike Skinner

Singer-songwriter says he's not sure when the track the pair have recorded together will come out

Benjamin Francis Leftwich has spoken about his collaboration with The Streets‘ Mike Skinner.

The singer-songwriter, who is currently recording material for a new EP, told NME that he had enjoyed working with Skinner, but didn’t know when the track they recorded together would come out.

Asked about his collaboration with Skinner, Leftwich said: “I’m a huge fan of his and I’ve always listened to The Streets. He heard my album, liked it and sent my manager an email asking if we could meet up. I got back from tour, I went over to his house in the morning and we spent two days making music together.”

Leftwich added that the pair are in no hurry to release the material: “I’m think we’re both pretty chilled about it. When we’re both happy with it, we’ll release it. I’m not in a big rush, neither is he. I’d love to do a full-length with him one day, but it’s the not the kind of thing that would be right for my album or his.”

The Streets man had previously revealed that he had formed a new musical project with former The Music frontman Robert Harvey. The duo, who are known as The Dot, have already posted up a series of tracks on their official website

Benjamin Francis Leftwich has also announced a huge UK and Ireland tour for later this year. The York singer-songwriter, who released his debut album ‘Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm’ last summer, will play 29 dates on the trek, kicking off at Brighton’s Concorde 2 on October 1.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich will play:

Brighton Concorde 2 (October 1)
Bournemouth Old Fire Station (2)
Exeter Phoenix (3)
Falmouth Princess Pavilion (4)
Swansea Sin City (5)
O2 Academy Bristol (6)
Oxford Town Hall (8)
Newcastle Northumbria University (9)
Edinburgh Pleasance Theatre (10)
Aberdeen Lemon Tree (11)
Inverness Iron Works (12)
Glasgow Oran Mor (13)
Leeds Varieties (15)
Sheffield Plug (16)
Birmingham Irish Centre (17)
Cambridge Junction (18)
Norwich Waterfront (19)
Nottingham Rescue Rooms (20)
Carlisle Brickyard (22)
Liverpool Stanley Theatre (23)
London KOKO (24)
Manchester HMV Ritz (25)
Stoke Sugarmill (26)
York Duchess (27)
Wrexham Central Station (29)
Galway Roisin Dubh (31)
Cork Cyprus Avenue (November 1)
Dublin Whelan’s (2)
Belfast Limelight (3)

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