slowthai has released the second single from his hotly anticipated third album, and shared the video – you can see it below.
The Northampton rapper revealed details of the follow-up to 2021’s TYRON last month. UGLY is out on March 3. He has prefaced it with lead single ‘Selfish’ and now with ‘Feel Good’, which received its debut play on BBC Radio 1 las night (February 7) as Clara Amfo’s Hottest Record in the World.
Featuring guest backing vocals from Shygirl, the track’s broiling energy speaks to slowthai – real name Tyron Frampton’s – urgent search for something to pull him out of the emotional rut he’s describing; according to a press release, “one of UGLY‘s themes is the irony of life. The video, meanwhile, was devised and directed by Frampton’s long-time collaborators THE REST, after he put out an open call for fans to appear in a new clip of his late last year.
4,200 submissions were whittled down to 35, with those selected filmed at home on a one shot, one take basis whilst listening to ‘Feel Good’ for the very first time, to capture their honest response. They’re then surprised by Frampton himself. It’s a concept consistent with slowthai’s unusually intimate connection with his fanbase; one of the biggest rappers in the UK, he will embark upon a tour of pubs later this month, mostly in provincial towns, with all tickets priced at £1.
The ‘Best Night of Your Life’ tour will kick off in Sunderland on February 23 before taking in Blackpool, Milton Keynes, London, Bath and his hometown of Northampton, where the tour wraps up on March 3. You can see full details below. Speaking about the decision to partner with sponsor Jägermeister to make the dates happen, Frampton said: “I make music for myself but I wouldn’t be where I am without my fans. It’s important to me that people can have access to me and my music so I wanted to go to some new places and play this album first. Times are tough for a lot of people and working with Jägermeister has helped me keep tickets to only a quid.”
slowthai – February 2023:
23 – Sunderland, Independent
24 – Blackpool, Bootleg Social
25 – Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms
1 – London, The George Tavern
2 – Bath, Moles
3 – Northampton, The Black Prince