With the sweetest of sounds coming from the speakers of the Ticket Arena office it would be mighty selfish of us to keep them to ourselves, so we thought we’d let you in on what our staff use to soundtrack a hard day’s work. Now a weekly feature with the intent of bringing your attention to wonderful new sounds every Monday, our Album Of The Week looks at releases from the best in the game, whether fresh new acts about to hit the big time or established artists reminding the world of their continued talent. Simply put, it’s just the best in music that we think you should hear.
We can’t say we agree with the full sentiment of this album title, since ironically, it’s within it that slowthai clearly showcases that there’s at least the British hip hop scene that’s great in this nation. Yet, the championed rapper knew that ‘Nothing Great About Britain’ was the title, theme and vision for his debut full length release long before he’d even written a single bar of it - and his clear intent to candidly tell the tale of his council estate upbringing is something we’re grateful for. His quick witted lyricisms and brutally honest tells of his hometown are what makes this album the charming yet chaotic piece it is - perhaps a provocative microcosm for Great Britain today. Although there’s a pessimistic, doom and gloom frame surrounding this project, a glint of optimism in slowthai’s tongue in cheek delivery and humourous flow offers the option of a brighter future, and it’s safe to say that if all of his releases follow suit to this one, that’s where slowthai is already headed.
Slowthai will be taking the UK’s festival season by storm this summer, by first performing at Manchester’s mighty Parklife Festival, which takes over Heaton Park on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June.
He’ll also be joining the likes of Solange, 1 Chainz, J Hus, Cypress Hill, Loyle Carner, Kaytranada and more at Lovebox Festival in London’s Gunnersbury Park on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th July.
Bramham Park’s Leeds Festival invites slowthai to their BBC Radio One stage alongside Mura Masa, Billie Eilish, Stefflon Don, Mabel and more on Sunday 25th August.
The rapper will also take on a slot at Portugal’s Nova Batida festival, which’ll also host Four Tet, Jon Hopkins, Ben UFO, Talib Kweli, Floating Points, Friendly Fires, Octavian and more in Lisbon between Friday 13th and Monday 16th September.
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