slowthai announces debut album ‘Nothing Great About Britain’, new track ‘Gorgeous’

slowthai announces his much-anticipated debut album ‘Nothing Great About Britain’ set for release on 17th May 2019. Largely recorded in early 2018 in East London, Kwes Darko was at the helm on production for the majority of the record with Mura Masa and Slaves producing ‘Doorman’ and ‘Missing’ respectively. The album also features Skepta (‘Inglorious’) and Jaykae (Grow Up’).

slowthai knew the title of his album long before he wrote a single bar of it. He knew he wanted the record to speak candidly about his upbringing on the council estates of Northampton, and for it to advocate for community in a country increasingly mired in fear and insularity. Three years since the phrase first appeared in his breakout track ‘Jiggle’, Tyron Frampton presents his incendiary debut ‘Nothing Great About Britain’.

Harnessing the experiences of his challenging upbringing, slowthai doesn’t dwell in self-pity. From the album’s title track he sets about systematically dismantling the stereotypes of British culture, bating the Royals and lampooning the jingoistic bluster that has ultimately led to Brexit and a surge in nationalism. “Tea, biscuits, the roads: everything we associate with being British isn’t British,” he cries today. “What’s so great about Britain? The fact we were an empire based off of raping and pillaging and killing, and taking other people’s culture and making it our own?

‘Nothing Great About Britain’ serves up a succession of candid snapshots of modern day British life; drugs, disaffection, depression and the threat of violence all loom in slowthai’s visceral verses, but so too does hope, love and defiance. Standing alongside righteous anger and hard truths, it’s this willingness to appear vulnerable that makes slowthai such a compelling storyteller, and this debut a vital cultural document, testament to the healing power of music. As slowthai himself explains, “Music to me is the biggest connector of people. It don’t matter what social circle you’re from, it bonds people across divides. And that’s why I do music: to bridge the gap and bring people together.

‘Nothing Great About Britain’ Tracklist:

Nothing Great About Britain
Dead Leaves
Grow Up feat. Jaykae
Inglorious feat. Skepta
Peace of Mind
Northampton’s Child

With the last few dates of his sold out UK tour remaining, slowthai heads to LA & NYC in June as well as performing at a run of festivals across the summer including Primavera, Glastonbury, Parklife, Lovebox. and more. It’s clear that slowthai is becoming one of the most compelling live acts of recent years, and he is only just getting started.

Live Dates:
28/03 – O2 Ritz – Manchester
29/03 – SWX – Bristol
31/03 – Concorde 2 – Brighton
01/04 – York Hall – London
25/05 – Love Saves The Day – Bristol
31/05 – Bad Bonn Kilbi – Dudingen, Switzerland
01/06 – Primavera – Barcelona, Spaom
08/06 – Parklife Festival – Manchester
19/06 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
21/06 – Elsewhere (Zone 1) – Brooklyn, NY
29/06 – Glastonbury Festival – Somerset
06/07 – Down The Rabbit Hole Festival – Ewijk, Netherlands
07/07 – Longitude – Dublin, Ireland
12/07 – Lovebox Festival – London
20/07 – Melt Festival – Ferropolis, Germany
27/07 – Kendal Calling – Lake District
02/08 – Off Festival – Katowice, Poland
09/08 – Flow Festival – Helsinki, Finland
10/08 – Oya Festival – Oslo, Norway
11/08 – Boomtown Fair – Winchester
16/08 – Pukkelpop Festival – Hasselt, Belgium
24/08 – Reading Festival – Reading
25/08 – Lost Village Festival – Lincoln
25/08 – Leeds Festival – Leeds
14/09 – Nova Batida – Lisbon