owards the end of 2020 slowthai upped the dwindling good vibe of a generation by announcing details of his second album TYRON. Due for release on February 5th on Method / AWGE / Interscope Records, this follow up to his widely acclaimed debut Nothing Great About Britain launched with the reflective and poignant current single “nhs” – a track that gave a sombre nod to the struggles of a nation in a tumultuous year, reminding us all to be thankful for what we have when we have it and not to take anything for granted.
Earlier this week and in light of a new year, a new start and a need for an injection of visceral verve into proceedings, attentions turned to new single “MAZZA” featuring A$AP Rocky. Premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record and DJ Target’s Targo Embargo, this track is taken from the more acerbic first half of TYRON and is produced by slowthai and SAMO (“T N Biscuits” and “nhs”).
Fearless and fervent its bone-shaking bassline brings slowthai’s distinctive sound back into sharp focus. Cohort A$AP Rocky enhances the track with his recognizable flow – the inspiring swagger of these two trailblazing rappers back to back is seriously impressive stuff.
Now Ty & Rocky share the video for “MAZZA” – a warped-out view of the two artists in separate hotel rooms’ heavy with madness, fear and paranoia. A stifling desire to f*ck things up and get mental fills the air. A need for release from being captive in a space or your own head that we can all relate to in some part right now. Directed over zoom at some ungodly hour in the UK, Rocky filmed in NYC while Ty did his thing in hometown Northampton, the video is yet another stellar achievement for THE REST who have worked on multiple slowthai videos and visuals.