(Photo courtesy of The D.O.T.'s Facebook Page)
Following the announcement earlier this year that he would no longer make music under the moniker, “The Streets,” there was reason to wonder what Mike Skinner would do next. Creative forces like Skinner don’t just ride off into the sunset and disappear. The answer arrived this week in the form of The D.O.T., Skinner’s new project with Rob Harvey, formerly of The Music.
Although The D.O.T. started uploading videos to YouTube back in August, news of the group’s formation slipped beneath the radar until Skinner released a statement to The Guradian on Monday. Skinner described the project to The Guardian as follows: "It's like one of those buddy movies from the 80s where the dream is impossible until they both make each other see things in themselves that they previously didn't know." Skinner did not reveal what the acronym "D.O.T." stands for.
Just like in those buddy movies, Skinner and Harvey combine their abilities to create results they could not have achieved individually. Specifically, skinner contributes his masterful production and eclectic taste while Harvey ads his classically English rock-n-roll voice (he can sound like Robert Plant, Phil Collins, or Liam Gallagher on certain tracks) that somehow works perfectly for the many musical genres The D.O.T. explores.
The 15 tracks posted on The D.O.T.'s website exhibit influences of musical styles ranging from moombahton, to soft rock, to disco, to southern rock, with multiple genres often referenced over the course of one song. According to The D.O.T.'s Facebook page, these first songs will be followed by “a propa album” to be released at some point in the future. Until then, The D.O.T. has given us more than a few good tracks to get acquainted with, including the highly danceable "Whatever It Takes."