Track Review: Doorman - Slowthai feat. Mura Masa

Slowthai performs at The Roundhouse on March 14, 2018 in London, England.

Track Review: Doorman - Slowthai featuring Mura Masa.

 

Slowthai performs at The Roundhouse on March 14, 2018 in London, England.Slowthai performs at The Roundhouse on March 14, 2018 in London, England.

Slowthai has been totally unavoidable in the last year. His most recent release, Runt, a five track EP that came out in September has been widely accepted as one of the best UK Hip Hop or Grime releases of the year. In a sense it was reminiscent of Dizzee Rascal’s Boy In Da Corner; it was a raw and gritty recap of his life thus far, and similarly to Dizzee’s now iconic 2003 debut album, it really felt like the change the genre has been screaming out for. In my opinion, Runt felt like grime and punk had been fused together and in a somewhat stagnant scene, it felt authentic and new.

Doorman, Slowthai’s latest single, was Annie Mac’s hottest record in the world yesterday on Radio One. The rappers latest release features production credits from Mura Masa, a 22 year old producer hailing from Guernsey, best known for his song Lovesick featuring A$AP Rocky, which debuted at Number One on the Spotify Viral chart in both the US and the UK. Mura Masa has also worked with the likes of Stormzy, Charlie XCX and Vic Mensa. On paper, it’s an incredible collaboration; arguably the most promising British rapper and producer on the same song.

Slowthai performs at The Roundhouse on March 14, 2018 in London, England.Slowthai performs at The Roundhouse on March 14, 2018 in London, England.

This is probably Slowthai’s most impressive track to date. The fast tempo drums are at the forefront of the track, a clear homage to punk, which you can hear is a heavy influence in almost all of his music. On this track, Slowthai takes massive inspiration from both punk and grime simultaneously, as the rapper scathingly attacks the rich, with stinging lines such as “Marry me, what you got? Toothbrush and socks, parents minted, Mayfair, couple dogs” as he highlights the massive disparity in wealth between him and those who he likely frequents more now he is becoming evermore successful.

I was unsure as to whether Slowthai could top his EP that came earlier this year, I always worry about artists peaking too soon. However, Doorman, has given me hope that I think we’re only just beginning to see what the 23 year old is capable of.