Thom Yorke. I’m just at a different point in my life where I’m not as angry anymore, so it’s easier for me to write softer songs and talk about actual issues of my life than just do the hype shit. When I was recording that song, I literally pulled up Twitter and read it out as sporadic as I could, so it had that stuck-in-your-head feel, when you’re battling with your mind. I just wanted it to be like, these are two different sides, two different types of people. In his EPs, the lyrics reiterate his territorial pride and life on the rougher council estates in Northampton. And especially with being locked down, and mental health being a thing I was struggling with, and others were struggling with, I felt it was more pressing to talk about that than build an alternative reality. East London’s Jeshi is back with visuals for his newest single dubbed “Look Like Trouble”. As long as I possibly could. Best MC/Vocalist Abra Cadabra DigDat Dutchavelli Ghetts Nadia Rose . Though work began at the beginning of 2020, he made much of the LP during lockdown, while he was living back at home in Northampton with his mother and fiancé. Be it based on tempos, speed or rhythm, there’s only so much you can do with it, there’s only so many pockets. I’m not about that. The record also features grime great Skepta (who featured on Nothing … I want that vibe constantly. It’s just the way of giving your experiences and helping people learn from them, or showing them they’re not alone in thinking or feeling these things. 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JME - Pepper Stew - Prod by. Video games until stupid hours in the morning. I suppose everyone I’m influenced by, it’s not like I’m trying to imitate them. Largely recorded in early 2018 in East London, with Kwes Darko producing, the album serves up a succession of candid snapshots of British life. Stuff like that makes you appreciate it, and I think that helps writing. is split into two halves — opening with fire and rage before cooling into something more meditative and poignant — a creative choice to echo its thematic concepts of contradiction and duality. Drugs, disaffection, depression and the threat of violence all loom in Ty’s visceral verses, but so too does hope, love and defiance. Show the world what you’re about. You can sit there and go, “Let me re-write it.” But then you’re taking the rawness out of it. I always felt like an alien or something. Songs like “T N Biscuits” and “Ladies” were a bit grime, a bit U.K. drill, a bit punk; the bars balanced ferocity and vulnerability and conveyed a seething clarity about the anxieties, inequities, indignities, and dead-ends facing those growing up in post-recession British austerity. You just have to get it out. Early in the show, he did a bit with the host, Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan. Without it, I’d probably have never made friends and be this moody, lonely, fucking musician or whatever [, Yeah, we’ve all got that safe haven. It’s nice to go back to where everything started and be in the same place and the same position. I suppose everyone I’m influenced by, it’s not like I’m trying to imitate them. He took a bit of cheeky banter they’d rehearsed earlier somewhere too lascivious. I just wanted to be with my boys and enjoy it. You should remain as young as you can for as long as you can. That’s the most important thing, and that’s why it’s important to travel and see the world, because you don’t know what’s out there, or who’s out there. December 13, 2017 December 13, 2017 agentj blue daisy, chunky, ellis meade, front, KWES DARKO. It helps knowing, this is where I’m from, and this is where we’ve got to, and this is where we can get to. I’m here to change things, I’m here to make things better and I’m here to lead people to a brighter future with optimism. My sister from another mister, if you will. Arriving with the announcement is the first single from the project, ‘Pepper Stew’ a heavy hitting banger featuring fellow Grime scene icon, JME. You can be as honest as you can with your family. Not ony do we get a new Grime banger, but we are also blessed with yet another movie-esque visual. What was it like writing and putting that on tape?Everything I say at the end of that I actually tweeted. Today, the 24- year-old MC is rapidly becoming notorious as the rarest of commodities: an authentic voice in an increasingly gentrified world. I always had thoughts of providing for my family, lifting people up, and I suppose that made me want to grow up faster than I should have. No one can change the course of my fate based on their views and opinions. We want to hear from you! I’m becoming more confident and comfortable knowing I ain’t gonna sound like Future, or I ain’t gonna sound like Jay-Z. A good pair of boots will last you a lifetime.”. I used to think music was a really isolated process. Nov 7. “It’s not like a pair of trainers. You can sit there and go, “Let me re-write it.” But then you’re taking the rawness out of it. It’s one of them tunes that’s — I don’t know — it’s like, fuck all that shit, I know who I am and I know what I am. I’m not gonna spend $40,000 on a box of Pokémon cards, but I will go buy some packs, open them and get that nostalgia. isn’t solely a reaction to that night, though Slowthai acknowledges that the whiplash of going from hero to villain put into stark relief the themes he’d already been mulling. When I was recording that song, I literally pulled up Twitter and read it out as sporadic as I could, so it had that stuck-in-your-head feel, when you’re battling with your mind. Someone else might be feeling this exact way. 21,647. A good pair of boots will last you a lifetime.”. You need to be around people that teach you, because if you’re always stuck around people who don’t have no understanding of what you’re doing, you’ll never learn, you’ll never grow. We call each other twins. Tracklist: 1. When you’re first starting off making tunes, you’re trying to hype up your friends. “MAZZA,” an abbreviated form of the British slang term “mazzaleen,” finds both rappers embodying the the slang term and rapping crazily together. 777 plays 777; Followers. “I’m very big on family, and everyone I work with is close to my heart,” Slowthai says. INDIA CHAMBERS PICKLES. Today, the 24- year-old MC is rapidly becoming notorious as the rarest of commodities: an authentic voice in an increasingly gentrified world. Today, the 24- year-old MC is rapidly becoming notorious as the rarest of commodities: an authentic voice in an increasingly gentrified world. Because traveling all the time, it’s inspiring, but you can veer off and start doing things that other people do. Eating sweets, running around, playing football. New Music / Chunky: Studio Floor. What the fuck was I thinking?” Later on, you’re probably gonna tell your kids, “When I was your age, I fucking did this once, and I couldn’t believe what I was doing!” [. ] You need to be around people that teach you, because if you’re always stuck around people who don’t have no understanding of what you’re doing, you’ll never learn, you’ll never grow. Skepta appears on “Canceled,” which seems to be about the NME Awards. How do you think those two records are in dialog with each other?It’s the growth, innit? You see pictures of a crowd, and when you’re there it just don’t seem the same, it don’t feel real. At a Brooklyn club in 2019, I watched him take time in between songs, not to catch his breath, but to shape the crowd into large circles, triangles, trapezoids, and squares, just to have them collapse into pits at the next beat drop. Hip-Hop, Slowthai. Slowthai describes Tyron, his second album, out February 12th, as a much more personal project. Thom Yorke. He gave up drinking — a vice, to leaning on too hard while touring — and focused on making music with a group of collaborators who’ve been with him for years: Kwes Darko, SAMO, Krash, and JD Reid. Use this. Like with Radiohead:  “You do it to yourself, you do, and that’s what really hurts… ” That shit, to me — I want my writing to be as great as that. I’m not gonna keep you here on this one level. Since then he’s done a song with Gorillaz, recorded a riotous Tonight Show performance with Mura Masa, and scored a Grammy nomination for his track with Disclosure and Aminé, “My High.”. “I felt like, coming off the back of all the bullshit going on, that people only see one side of you through their phone or computer screen, and most of the time that’s not who we are,” he says. Do you feel like you can tap into that a bit more now at least, both with quarantine and the success you’ve had?That’s what I’ve been doing! slowthai’s verse focuses on This is evident on tracks like ‘North Nights’ and ‘Drug Dealer’, which he performs alongside DJ, MC and Producer Kwes Darko. Just playing games, joking around, being cute and shit, being weird. Crafting slap-you-in-the-face tunes with an addictive energy, the inimitable Northampton MC is rapidly taking over the UK’s capital. Without it, I’d probably have never made friends and be this moody, lonely, fucking musician or whatever [laughs]. [Laughs] She was there when I was drinking too much and was always like, “This isn’t the way.” Just someone who looked out for me, who always had my best interests. 0. It’s nice to go back to where everything started and be in the same place and the same position. That’s why I think my inspirations come a lot from more band-oriented music. “We never even finished anything — we’ve got like a two-week file, which is like a terabyte, just audio of us doing that. I was in my head a lot [after the NME Awards]. His lyrical skill set is second to none, spitting over beats crafted by his sonic co-D, Kwes Darko. By fusing a poet’s love of words with an MC’s flair, the Melbourne artist recalls Baduizm-era Erykah and “UMI Says”-era Mos Def on tracks like “Flowers,” “Protect Your Queen,” and “Inner Voice.” Kwes Darko, Sensible J, and Alejandro “JJ” Abapo hold down the production end—mixing chants and neo-soul into Sampa’s hip-hop soil. He took a bit of cheeky banter they’d rehearsed earlier somewhere too lascivious. One of the most prominent drill groups in the UK are back at it again as OFB have dropped their new song ‘ Which One?’. When we were making the album, it wasn’t like, “Yeah, get the big fancy studio with a big mixing desk that we’re never gonna use!” We like doing it in our houses, or someone will have their own studio. Kwes Darko is on Mixcloud. No one can tell me any different. LA Beatz - Visuals by. How to Watch UFC 257 Online: Live Stream Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier on ESPN+, Sen. Tom Cotton Bragged He Was an ‘Army Ranger.’ He Was Not, The Photographer Behind the Bernie Sanders Chair Meme Tells All, Bernie Sanders Turned His Inauguration Meme Into a Sweatshirt for Charity, Larry King, Veteran TV and Radio Host, Dead at 87, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel, Sting Boost Campaign to Save NYC Jazz Institution Birdland, Phoebe Bridgers, Machine Gun Kelly, Nathaniel Rateliff Set as ‘SNL’ Musical Guests, Hear Ann Wilson’s Soulful New Song ‘Tender Heart’. It’s like when you go to therapy and they say, “How you’re feeling, write it down, so you can get a clearer picture.” So you bang it all down and you read it, and you’re like, “Oh fucking hell.” And I feel like making music’s the same way. He did a U.K. tour where tickets cost a fiver. Life is about contradictions. Eliott Smith — but that’s a weird one because it’s not like you can hear any influence from it. Coventry raised talent PA Salieu has become one of the hottest breakthrough acts within the UK scene over the last 12 months, and after initially bursting into the game with his smash hit ‘Frontline’, the gifted talent has then gone on to hit us with a series of hits. You don’t feel like you’re taking it all in. it’s the reason people still converge on Northampton for a pair of shoes. At one point you believe this and it’s the God’s truth. Oct 26. Matriarch. Largely recorded in early 2018 in East London, with Kwes Darko producing, the album serves up a succession of candid snapshots of British life. You see pictures of a crowd, and when you’re there it just don’t seem the same, it don’t feel real. That’s the most important thing, and that’s why it’s important to travel and see the world, because you don’t know what’s out there, or who’s out there. I would rather be a David Bowie or a Daniel Johnston than a polished rapper. You can hear it in my tone, in my voice — the aging, if you will. You’re not great, you’re just playing around. For this interview, he Zoomed in from his charmingly cluttered basement studio, where a ladder of keyboards and synths rose up against a wall, and cups of old tea and other tchotchkes lay strewn about his desk. I’ve been doing this thing for ages where, rather than writing an idea in my notes, I just write it on the internet [laughs]. The following day, he, and sent her the award. Popular producer and MC, Footsie, has announced his forthcoming debut solo album, 'No Favours', which is set to release on 22nd Many through&nbs “People travel to get these shoes, and that’s always been the thing we’re known for,” says, The gap-toothed, sharp-tongued MC, born Tyron Frampton, stepped out of Northampton and left a print on his country’s London-centric. The backlash was fast online, but also in the crowd: When Slowthai went up to accept his award later, there were boos, someone appeared to call him a misogynist, things were thrown. But while the aggression is what grabs you, he’s actually a really nice young chap with good intentions. Since then he’s, appearance, and, back in England, Slowthai was on hand to receive the “Hero of the Year” award. It follows Footsie’s ‘Polo / Dicing With Death’ 10″ in 2019, as well as his King Original Vol. What inspires me is the way they’re talking, the emotions they’re hitting, how they’re getting the message across. After his blistering anti-Brexit debut, the U.K. rapper aims even higher on album two: ‘There’s probably a billion kids that feel exactly the same way’, Northampton, situated about 90 minutes north of London in Britain’s East Midlands, is best known for making shoes. It was about a week after that Tonight Show appearance, and, back in England, Slowthai was on hand to receive the “Hero of the Year” award. It’s rock & roll, you’re a rock star.” From that, we just banged out that tune. The sun’s shining! But growing up and coming from where I come from, you’ve gotta grasp it with both hands. First up, there’s Kwes Darko who’s put out his own critically-lauded LPs for Black Acre and R&S. Why’d you choose to end the record that way?I felt like that was the summary at the end of the book: what you’ve realized, how you’ve felt. I’m just at a different point in my life where I’m not as angry anymore, so it’s easier for me to write softer songs and talk about actual issues of my life than just do the hype shit. Check it out now, and keep your eyes peeled for more music in the build up to 'No Favours'. There’s moments where you get frustrated making [harder] stuff because it’s just a certain pocket. Just making noise.”, There’s one more element to the “Shoetown” mentality that permeates Northampton, and it speaks to what Slowthai has already achieved over the past few years, and what he’s aiming to take further with Tyron. After all that travel, what was it like coming home to Northampton and making this album? And then traveling, you meet people who are just as fucked up as you! I just wanted to be with my boys and enjoy it. © Copyright 2021 Rolling Stone, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. ), plus new friends and peers like James Blake, A$AP Rocky, Mount Kimbie, Kenny Beats, Dominic Fike, Denzel Curry, and the budding L.A. singer-songwriter Deb Never. My mum’s one of my best friends, so I can come back and be like, I’ve been feeling like this. And when you’re traveling, it feels like another life. Show. He was inspired by one of my lyrics, the Mariah Carey reference, and he was like, “Oh, if you’re doing that, then I can sing this!”, I met Deb in L.A. through Bearface from Brockhampton, and we just really got along. Deb just came through with the tone, man. But growing up and coming from where I come from, you’ve gotta grasp it with both hands. Has meeting people been one of the better parts of all the traveling you’ve done the past few years?I’ve always been a weird person who would bounce from group to group. There’s a saying that you have your whole life to make your first album and six months or a year to make the second — did you feel any pressure like that?As long as you’re being honest, putting your heart and soul into it, it doesn’t matter. Want more Rolling Stone? That’s what I’ve been doing! Then there was the Tyron people saw last February at the NME Awards. I’ve always appreciated that from being a little kid when my uncle was playing it. In Northampton, he settled into lockdown and the self he knew himself to be among his closest friends and family. It speaks to the idea of community, solidarity, and the way we all need each other if we’re going to survive — not just this pandemic, but everything else. But I’m probably better suited to make music that’s not that angry. Eating sweets, running around, playing football. Kwes Darko) Posted 4 years ago 4 years ago. When I had this song, it was only one or two people I wanted on it, either Bearface or Deb. ]. Just keep it moving, keep making songs. That’s why everything sounds choppy. The London raised talent knows exactly how to construct a heavy hitting track from start to finish, so to bring in the fast rising product, Kwes Darko, on this one, alongside himself and JME, it was always going to set levels. You don’t feel like you’re taking it all in. MAGIC marks the Northampton-born MC’s second track within a week, following the surprise release of the Kwes Darko-produced ENEMY, which landed on May 11. Here was the voice of the disaffected youth who wasn’t afraid to speak truth to power, and sounded like no other MC around while doing it. So I’m sitting there, I’m in a dark head space, and he’s like, “This isn’t your defining moment, bro. Because traveling all the time, it’s inspiring, but you can veer off and start doing things that other people do. “People travel to get these shoes, and that’s always been the thing we’re known for,” says Slowthai, 26. I believe in life we’re all a contradiction. Oct 30 . You’ve said in interviews that you plan your albums in advance, and you thought Tyron might be your third instead of your second. I always had thoughts of providing for my family, lifting people up, and I suppose that made me want to grow up faster than I should have. Because it’s easy for us all to sit around and say, “I’m happy sitting here forever,” but you’ve actually got to get up, make it happen and live your life. Popular producer and MC, Footsie, has announced his forthcoming debut solo album, 'No Favours', which is set to release on 22nd Many through his imprint, Studio 55. They’re up here, we’re down here. Were there any artists you were drawing inspiration from while making this album?Weirdly enough, Jay-Z — more so for flow, wordplay, and delivery. Enable hls playback. At another point you’re like, “How could I believe this? The people who are closest to you know you better than anyone, so it’s just allowing people to see into that. After months in lockdown, it was revelatory: “We just were just making noise like a band,” Slowthai recalls. Show more. Kwes Darko (FKA Blue Daisy) is a British music producer, most well known for his collaborative work with slowthai and Sampa The Great. Premiered last night as the Targo Embargo’ on Targets show, Footsie has dropped new single ‘Pepper Stew’ featuring fellow don, JME with Kwes Darko on production. Largely recorded in early 2018 in East London, with Kwes Darko producing, the album serves up a succession of candid snapshots of British life. 323. I’ve been stewing in that. But the music for that, we need to get there — I can’t just jump to it straight away. Kwes Darko @kwesington. I did go buy some Pokémon cards, because my birthday was the other day [. He turned up with his producer, hypeman and DJ Kwes Darko, and we ended up shooting on the street in Hackney with slowthai diving into a pub, charming the locals and challenging them to an arm wrestle. And when you’re traveling, it feels like another life. This is Tyron. At a Brooklyn club in 2019, I watched him take time in between songs, not to catch his breath, but to shape the crowd into large circles, triangles, trapezoids, and squares, just to have them collapse into pits at the next beat drop. He whips his crowds into a jumping, moshing, circle-pit-forming frenzy as basslines shake the ground, beats click like snapping bones and electronics spit and gurgle. The record also features grime great Skepta (who featured on. Tyron isn’t solely a reaction to that night, though Slowthai acknowledges that the whiplash of going from hero to villain put into stark relief the themes he’d already been mulling. I think in every generation, if you’ve not been coddled your whole life and given every opportunity on a silver platter, if you’ve had to work — they beat being a kid out of you so fast. Eliott Smith — but that’s a weird one because it’s not like you can hear any influence from it. “That’s the image we want people to see, or we believe is us. I felt like that was the summary at the end of the book: what you’ve realized, how you’ve felt. And then traveling, you meet people who are just as fucked up as you! When you’re first starting off making tunes, you’re trying to hype up your friends. I wanted to play on the irony of life. Comment must not exceed 1000 characters 13 1 Share More. He’d had a bit to drink. “It’s not like a pair of trainers. And being ADHD, this project is for the generation of kids coming up now that are hyperactive, can’t focus and feel like they don’t know where they fit in or who they are. Along with DJ, producer and MC Kwes Darko, he performs incendiary takes of tracks such as Drug Dealer and Polaroid, which bounce between hard … Fuck all that worrying. Your friends are putting you on, they push you to be better. When you come home, you remember, I’m from here, this small place. My sister from another mister, if you will. Ryan, for her part, said Slowthai. 0. A heavy inspiration for me is Alex Turner from Arctic Monkeys. Music producer and visionary. He jumped off stage, there was an altercation, and Slowthai left the ceremony. Chas Appeti - #NoFavours. It’s a ‘Shoetown’ mentality.”. Are you seeking that as well?When we were making the album, it wasn’t like, “Yeah, get the big fancy studio with a big mixing desk that we’re never gonna use!” We like doing it in our houses, or someone will have their own studio. I didn’t want to play with an action man and Lego — I wanted to be out with the older kids making money. I was watching all these kids on YouTube doing it, and I’m like, “This is so sick, I wish I could do it.” And I was like, you know what? Drugs, disaffection, depression and the threat of violence all loom in Ty’s visceral verses, but so too does hope, love and defiance. Because it’s easy for us all to sit around and say, “I’m happy sitting here forever,” but you’ve actually got to get up, make it happen and live your life. To date most of slawthai’s singles and an EP were capably self-produced on FL Studio, but for ‘Nothing Great About Britain’ Kwes Darko handles much of the production and mixing, with slowthai supplying only a couple of co-production credits alongside JD Reid and Slaves. There’ll be some things I should keep to myself, but if I’m feeling shitty and something pops into my head, I’ll just tweet it, because who knows? Someone else might be feeling this exact way. I want that vibe constantly, You know what’s funny about that, everyone thinks it’s a sample, but it’s actually James [Blake] singing it. I didn’t want to play with an action man and Lego — I wanted to be out with the older kids making money. But I don’t want to be talking about how I’m living this fucking life — I’ll end up making pop and being like, “Yeah, I’m in the Hills, I’m in the Valley! Its residents have been churning out footwear since the 17th century, when they provided the boots worn by Parliamentarian soldiers in the English Civil War, and the town remains home to some of the best shoemakers in the world. Just playing games, joking around, being cute and shit, being weird. It’s the best way for me to put my personality and the real me into song form for people to get it. ]. His 2019 debut, Nothing Great About Britain, made Slowthai a critical darling and a budding star. Though work began at the beginning of 2020, he made much of the LP during lockdown, while he was living back at home in Northampton with his mother and fiancé. The sun’s shining! Deb just came through with the tone, man. and compared the moment to a comic dealing with a drunk heckler. You can be as honest as you can with your family. “ADHD” closes the album and brings back some of those harder sounds, despite being on the softer second half. I am off-kilter, I’m weird as fuck — this is me. You just have to get it out. It’s my journey, how my views differ, how things change. And being ADHD, this project is for the generation of kids coming up now that are hyperactive, can’t focus and feel like they don’t know where they fit in or who they are. You should remain as young as you can for as long as you can. It’s the growth, innit? 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