Wanted to put this song on the Shuffle. While it's from 2002, it's been one of those favorites of mine that live in the background, sometimes forgotten, but when stumbled on always brings the same reaction -- a love for nostalgia, mixed with that excitement of something fresh. "Lets Push Things Forward" may be over a decade old, but it's still rad.
The Streets, or Mike Skinner, busted out of London, England, in 2002, like hip hops version of Green Day -- a sort of punk rock sentiment, like, fuck you, I'm doing this, I'm saying this. He had a unique voice, a different swing to his beats, a lyrical awareness that spoke to a generation. He became, as his lyrics said, a "cult classic, not best seller."
"Lets Push Things Forward" was one of those tracks that had a few winning elements, the bourbon street trumpets mixed with that clever hook from vocalist Kevin Mark Trail, the plodding dub beat and, of course, Skinner's voice pulling it all together.
Sort of a crackly, lo-res version on YouTube, but it was the only one I could find.