We’ve been baying for new music from slowthai since we named him ‘One To Watch‘ in 2018, and boy has he delivered. The 23-year-old Northampton native drops off two new tracks; ‘The Bottom’ and ‘North Nights’. The first is a treatise on the trials and tribulations of coming up in the face of adversity, refreshingly pointing out that his impoverished beginnings are by no means exceptional.
“North Nights,” Slowthai says, “is a song based around the feelings I have towards my ends, Northampton. It’s my view on growing up, changing and going to sleep to forget about the jarring regime and routine I had as a yout. This is me trying to escape a shitty life [and move] on to a new chapter cause slowthai is now a lover, doin up #slayyyyyyyyyyyyyy.”
“Around the time I was writing ‘North Nights’ there was a lot of pressure being put on the Prime Minister regarding the ongoing airstrikes in Syria,” explains thai of his ‘North Nights’ lyrics. “Her refusal to answer questions regarding the condemnation of the United States’ engagement with the Assad regime was proof that politics is just business and being a successful politician in the eyes of the establishment is more important than the lives of innocent civilians. But it also goes hand in hand with Brexit, as Theresa May (aka the government) will be making money from visa applications and all that shit, and Branson makes £ from flights — same difference.”
Directed by THE REST, the video references classic cinematic moments from Blair Witch, The Shining, Clockwork Orange and La Haine. “We’ve grown up with slowthai so we share a similar love for cinema, which helped in coming up with the initial ideas for this video,” they said. “We spent a long evening watching some of our favourite films and picking out characters that we felt reflected slowthai, and decided to pay homage to them, whilst also referencing scenes from particular movies and adding our own style to them.”
Stream both tracks below via SoundCloud.