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YOUNG FATHERS

Cocoa Sugar, announced in November 2017 that Young Fathers had a brand new album and it has been highly anticipated since. The trio – Alloysious Massaquoi, Graham ‘G’ Hastings and Kayus Bankole – marked the news by previewing a brand-new song, ‘Lord’ and a subsequent accompanying video. Just like their previous standalone 2017 single ‘Only God Knows’ (written for the Trainspotting T2 film and described by director Danny Boyle as “the heartbeat of the film”), ‘Lord’ provided an enticing glimpse of what to expect from Young Fathers’ third full album; something typically unique and exhilarating, but leaner, more muscular and self-assured than ever before. Cocoa Sugar sees Young Fathers operating with a newfound clarity and direction, and is without doubt their most confident and complete statement to date.

STAFF COMMENTS

Millie says: Long awaited but is now finally here, Cocoa Sugar is refreshingly original as their new sound is bold and irresistibly good.

TRACK LISTING

1. See How
2. Fee Fi
3. In My View
4. Turn
5. Lord
6. Tremolo
7. Wow
8. Border Girl
9. Holy Ghost
10. Wire
11. Toy
12. Picking You

Young Fathers

Tape One / Tape Two

    Big Dada reissue the critically acclaimed debut and sophomore albums by Young Fathers, ‘Tape One’ and ‘Tape Two’. Both albums have been remastered for this reissue and are presented together as double CD, double LP and double cassette packages. "Tape One" and "Tape Two" are compellingly unique - the band make the sort of uncompromisingly leftfield, forward thinking hip hop that has nothing to do with artiness and everything to do with brilliance, all with grain silo production and genuine pop hooks.
    "Tape One" was recorded within a week. It was first released in November 2011 as a limited edition cassette with individually spray-painted sleeves. "Tape Two" was recorded almost immediately afterwards, in January 2012. Eventually LA based label Anticon picked up both albums and gave them a limited release in the USA.  In 2014, "Tape Two" won the prestigious SAY Award (Scottish Album Of The Year) which brought a cash prize of £20,000.
    If you like Massive Attack, Shabazz Palaces and Kate Tempest, or forward thinking hip hop brilliance in general, then this one's for you. 

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Patrick says: Essential reissue of Young Father's first two albums for those of us (myself included) who were sleeping at the time. Gritty production, innovative lyricism and plenty of hooks make this a must have for any respectable hip hopper.

    TRACK LISTING

    Tape One
    Deadline
    Sister
    Rumbling
    Romance
    Fortunes
    Remains
    Rrramanda
    Dar-Eh Da Da Du

    Tape Two
    I Heard
    Come To Life
    Only Child
    Queen Is Dead
    Bones
    Freefalling
    Mr. Martyr
    Way Down In The Hole
    Ebony Sky

    Young Fathers

    White Men Are Black Men Too

    When everything is post-post-post-post something older and better where do the exceptions go? When the sci-fi 20’s ‘Urban’ might as well be the atomic 50’s ‘Race’, when R&B has no blues and hiphop is a boom bip with a shorty, a hoe, it’s off to the street corner we go… where does a group like Young Fathers, who ‘pick'n'mix from the popular music sweety shop and fly no flags and swear allegiance to no country’ (© - 100 interviews with the group in 2014) - where do they go?

    They have to go to the place where Beck makes a sandwich with The Beach Boys and Captain Beefheart, where Faust and The Fall tango. In Rock and Pop you are allowed to pretty much be yourself. If you are a blue and green eyed boy from Brixton with the sallowest of white skin you can become the epitome of crystalised soul, itself. It swings both ways. So… Young Fathers are breaking out of the ghetto. Fuck these constrictive selling boxes.

    For the purposes of this mission, this album, this 'White Men Are Black Men Too', is rock and pop. And hip hop, too No, you don’t box in the R&B Hits 2003 generation that easily. This sticker is only for the business. The listeners can decide for themselves.

    The sounds are closer on this album, closer to your ears. It sounds as if you are in the room during the recording, possibly experiencing a little existential trauma, but not enough that you don’t notice an earworm hook when you hear one. These hooks, they stay with you. ‘Is that what they mean by pop’? you ask yourself. Could be, Madonna, could be. There are less words than before. Why, for fuck’s sake? Where is the hip hop? It slides in, like a reverse version, a negative, of the hip hop blueprint of eight verses and a sweet, female wail of a hook (while comedy rapper number 6 mutters ‘uh huh, uh huh’, you know, keeping it real). But YFs lob raps into songs that morph into sung verses then back into the tune, with no respect, none! for the law.

    These are grown men, battle fit and in their prime. There are no celebrations of dole queue theatre, no fake politics - there’s no need. YFs are right there in the middle of the question: what is your ID? Why claim to speak for a dispossessed white or black class or group or generation? When you can only ever speak for yourself.

    When they chant ‘nigger nigger nigger’ the group are singing their enemy’s song (and you can all sing along) - it’s not a war cry, it’s the off switch, the left hand turn in the ignition, the pop-hiss of deflation. No more war, motherfucker. The tension is sexual, tuneful, it’s only fun about to kick off.



    TRACK LISTING

    Still Running
    Shame
    Feasting
    27
    Rain Or Shine
    Sirens
    Old Rock N Roll
    Nest
    Liberated
    John Doe
    Dare Me
    Get Started

    A1. Still Running
    A2. Shame
    A3. Feasting
    A4. 27
    A5. Rain Or Shine
    A6. Sirens

    B1. Old Rock N Roll
    B2. Nest
    B3. Liberated
    B4. John Doe
    B5. Dare Me
    B6. Get Started


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