Amongst the most enjoyable anecdotes to emanate from The Great Escape this year were eye witness accounts of slowthai’s Friday night set downstairs at Patterns. Featuring a gas mask-clad hype man and startled punters pinning themselves to the back wall of the venue before being sucked into a room-wide moshpit, the 23-year-old’s performance was one of the standouts of the weekend. Of course, the intensity of slowthai’s set won’t surprise anyone who’s been exposed to any of his output so far.
Though his stage name was inspired by a former proclivity to mumble, the Northampton MC spits with a quietly-seething aggression redolent of his early-hero Eminem. Combined with impressively grimy production – often underpinned by sparse piano and doomy subs – searing verses variously referencing Theresa May’s immoral arms policy, petty crime in the suburbs and ‘Cash In The Attic’, and a string of unsettlingly vivid music videos, it’s hard not to be blown away by how fully-formed slowthai’s creative universe is, even at this early stage in the game.
At the half-way stage of the year, he’s already five-tracks deep, and there’s reportedly more material due before summer’s out. Check out the brilliant visuals for latest single ‘Ladies’ while you’re waiting.