Update: slowthai has shared the music video for his upcoming album’s title track. You can watch it above.
Original Story: Nothing Great About Britain – four words that hold much of slowthai’s musical ethos at its crux. Real name Tyron Kaymone Frampton, slowthai has managed to develop an idiosyncratic identity that resonates well with his UK upbringing. However, unlike much of the current soundscape, Frampton remains a sort-of Punk-rocker born and bred in the era of Grime, remaining notoriously gritty, outlandishly crude, politically charged and staunchly controversial, mandating a presence that slaps you across the face like the cold winter wind. With his debut album Nothing Great About Britain rapidly approaching, slowthai has shared the project’s explosively critical title track.
Packed full of references to his British heritage and the nation at large, slowthai offers up a menacing take on how he feels about the current Brexit-laden sociopolitical climate. He starts off the track with a sort-of spoken interlude, hitting off his verse with a Buckfast Tonic Wine reference that furthers into lyrically-swift territory. The track speaks on topics about Slavery and its relevance to slowthai’s Barbadian roots, cultural appropriation, and hyper-consuming social norms. His lyrics intertwine with a pounding breakbeat instrumental, highlighting much of the country’s rich club culture and musical genres from Dub, Jungle, and UK Garage — the localized basis from which the Rap-based genre began.
You can listen to slowthai’s title track “Nothing Great About Britain” below. His debut album will be out on May 17 via Method Records.
In case you missed it, listen to and watch his visual for “Gorgeous.”
— slowthai (@slowthai) May 1, 2019