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Slowthai at Coachella 2022: Fiery, furious fun – and a “Barbie Girl” dance party – from the British rapper

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“Coachella, right, that’s the first damn day, right,” Northampton rapper Slowthai insists to the sweaty, bouncing California crowd. “Is that the greatest thing you can be?” Turns out that’s definitely not the case, especially when Slowthai — real name Tyron Frampton — leads them in a snappy, ultra-NSFW call-and-response chant. With a big grin on his face, he is as endearing as he is pleasantly cursing.

The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is currently underway as the two-weekend free-spirited music extravaganza kicked off on Friday (April 15) with Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, Swedish House Mafia and The Weeknd headlining at the Empire Polo Club Indio , California.

While ASAP Rocky might not join him for a pounding version of his 2021 single “Mazza,” Slowthai alone gives us more than enough energy — until Florida’s king of hardcore hip-hop Denzel Curry takes the stage for a heavy, heady “Psycho.” jumps. This is.

While some artists are using Coachella as an opportunity to showcase new material, Slowthai seems to be using the festival as an opportunity to introduce the world to a new hairstyle – a full head of curls instead of his usual close-cropped shave. But there is also a new song. The perfectly upbeat “I Feel So Good” comes along like it’s Slowthai’s most singalong and chart-friendly song yet, with a looped and punky Britpop-esque chorus from a mystery singer.

Speaking of Britpop, Slowthai’s gruff roar pairs perfectly with Damon Albarn’s disembodied vocals on his solo version of Gorillaz’ “Momentary Bliss”. After all this excitement, it’s fitting that he winds down with the slow, sweet groove of “Feel Away” before ending with a flawless final shot of pure fire on the loud “Doorman”.

Well, it looks like it’s the end, but before leaving the stage beaming and shirtless, the DJ drops Aqua’s 1997 single “Barbie Girl” and Slowthai grins the biggest grin he’s grinned all night , sings along and leads the crowd into a frantic, if not somewhat whimsical, dance party.

Here you can follow live updates on this year’s edition of Coachella.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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