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Slowthai Announces Third Album ‘UGLY’, Shares New Single on Eve of Australian Tour

British rapper Slowthai has announced that his third studio album UGLY will be released on Friday, 3rd March this year. He’s dropped a new single from the project, ‘Selfish’, which he launched with an eight-hour livestream of himself sitting in a box surrounded by mirrors. You can watch the full thing over here, or watch the abridged version of it in the ‘Selfish’ music video below.

Billed as a “striking departure” from his other releases, UGLY – which stands for ‘U Gotta Love Yourself’ – was pulled together in South London with producer Dan Carey and frequent collaborator Kwes Darko. Artists like Fontaines D.C, Jockstrap’s Taylor Skye, and Beabadoobee guitarist Jacob Bugden contributed to the project.

Slowthai: ‘Selfish’

“The first album was the sound of where I’m from and everything I thought I knew,” Slowthai – real name Tyron Frampton – said in a statement. “The second album is what was relevant to me at that moment in time, the present. And this album is completely me – about how I feel and what I want to be… it’s everything I’ve been leading up to.”

Slowthai continued, “It doesn’t matter what or who people think you are, you’ve just got to stay true and respect yourself. I have UGLY tattooed on my face because it’s a reminder to love myself, rather than put myself down constantly or feel the impression people have of me should determine who I am as a person.”

The news comes on the eve of the rapper’s tour around the country with Laneway Festival. He’ll also be playing a couple of sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne.

Slowthai Laneway Sideshows

  • Tuesday, 7th February – Metro Theatre, Sydney
  • Wednesday, 8th February – 170 Russell, Melbourne

Tickets and more information here.

UGLY Tracklist

  1. Yum
  2. Selfish
  3. Sooner
  4. Feel Good
  5. Never Again
  6. Fuck It Puppet
  7. HAPPY
  8. UGLY
  9. Falling
  10. Wotz funny
  11. Tourniquet
  12. 25% Club

Further Reading

The Complete and Updated List of Laneway Festival 2023 Sideshows – Finneas, Girl In Red, Slowthai & More

Attend Slowthai Q&A and Workshops From Logic1000, The Beths and More at Sydney’s Abercrombie Hotel

Haim, Joji, & Phoebe Bridgers Lead 2023 Laneway Festival Lineup

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