slowthai may be one of the most vitriolic artists in the game right now. That kind of accolade normally comes with a disappointing caveat, but luckily for us, slowthai is 100% the real McCoy, his new song ‘Doorman’ is a testament to that – it’s our Track of the Day.
Seeing one of the grittiest MCs around team up with a producer like Mura Masa normally equals a shining beat being added to an otherwise dirty prospect. But in ‘Doorman’, the follow-up to last month’s ‘Rainbows’, Mura Masa actually points slowthai toward some roughnecked guitars and a buzz so deep that it would scare a chainsaw or two.
The premise of the track is easily attained from the title. It’s modern Britain on a Friday night and all the old favourites are here: cigarettes, unrequited love, lust, doormen, violence and drugs. But with the addition of slowthai to this otherwise normal weekend scene the extra cut-throat repression of the class system is added to the pot.
In a press release, slowthai stated that he wrote the song after noticing the multi-million-pound painting on a wall in London and realising the huge gap in wealth between people like him and the ruling 1%. That disdain permeates every note, every sample, and every reference.
This is another track from slowthai which is raw, abrasive, angry and cutting like a razor.