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Young Fathers earn their name by making something so fresh it doesn’t yet have a name. These are three fellas from Edinburgh who’ve been working together since they were 14, who have an elastic mind meld that mimics their fused sensibility of sound, who one day locked themselves in a dingy Scottish basement and came out with something that’d never been done — a fearless combination of beat, rap and song that smells not only of its dark and dank birthplace, but of discovery and of communion.

They are vocalists and perfectionists all three: Alloysious born in Liberia, Kayus raised by Nigerian migrants, and G who also provides the score. Together, they croon like a left-field rock band or a 90’s R&B group, or rhyme like scions sent either from the D.A.I.S.Y. age or some dystopian future, and do so over production that pulls as much from ancient African tradition as it does contemporary electronic futurism. They make their own posters and direct their own videos and throw their own shows and all of it is superb because they are telepathic and self-sustaining.

If their aesthetic sometimes seems bleak, it’s only because the world outside is, and YF are a mirror reflecting our hard truths back. But they are also our imaginations running weird and wild, finding color in dark corners or dancing in light nobody else sees. It should come as no surprise, then, that their debut EP, “Tape One”, moves both with the unlikely grace of TV on the Radio and the jittery unease of Shabazz Palaces, at times even harking back to the subterranean soul of P.M. Dawn. How did we get here? You’re asking the wrong question.

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  • Magonb25

    Say your prayer midnight cowboy!

    23 Jul 4:40pm Reply
  • Temir_the_Human

    They delivered one of the best performances at Melt festival. The atmosphere was unprecendentedly energetic and awe-inspiring!

    20 Jul 7:55pm Reply
  • guggi92

    German Interview with incredible Young Fathers http://zeitjung.de/young-fathers-roskilde-festival-interview/

    18 Jul 11:53am Reply
  • Filthy_Prawn

    Absolutely killed it at glastonbury

    27 Jun 3:28pm Reply
  • TastyDogChow

    I love how these guys manage to craft a unique sound without leaning toward abrasive or bizarre elements. That's something I really respect, there aren't many rap groups who sound like Young Fathers. I feel like these guys are gonna have widespread influence in the future.

    6 Jun 4:07am Reply
  • Indyalanjones1

    Great show in Southampton last night!

    1 Jun 10:03pm Reply
  • roannaroanna

    My discovery of the year and fuck myself for being so late

    28 May 12:07pm Reply
  • asimi2

    sick

    19 May 11:58am Reply
  • FCA19795

    Just found out about these guys via emusic. They are pretty damn good.

    14 May 3:14am Reply
  • teatosamja

    i like

    30 Apr 7:13pm Reply
  • jlegend369

    Holy fuck. W.M.A.B.M.T. is from outta space. Nice. [2]

    27 Apr 2:16pm Reply
  • schrikk

    I was listening to their latest cd and i though to myself ''wow, this sound like TV on the radio'' looks like i'm not the only one

    25 Apr 7:25pm Reply
  • buildabonfire

    NO WAY

    22 Apr 12:55pm Reply
  • c0rdell

    like cookie mountain era

    20 Apr 6:08pm Reply
  • c0rdell

    @spose the old tvotr tho

    20 Apr 6:08pm Reply
  • reluctanaut

    TVotR start from dance rock as their main point of reference. YF start from hip-hop. Since they're both really left-field groups they meet somewhere in the middle. The difference is clear though.

    20 Apr 3:59pm Reply
  • bkelleher

    I came here to say they remind me of TVotR.

    18 Apr 7:12pm Reply
  • spose

    TVotR are quite smooth and romantic. Young Fathers are a lot more aggressive and rough around the edges. I love both bands to bits but I don't think they're that similar really.

    16 Apr 3:29am Reply
  • edubbwitthevdub

    Great album, love the title!

    15 Apr 3:17pm Reply
  • BTBAMowns111

    I've actually never given TV on the Radio a fair listen, but I feel like I should now because of all the comparisons. I'm really enjoying the new stuff, probably since it's more immediate than their other albums (in a great way). The low fidelity grew on me, though I was hesitant at first. Wish there was more of a balance between melodic and heavy tracks / singing vs rapping, but once I look past that it's def one of my favorites so far this year. 27 gets me goin

    13 Apr 2:11pm Reply
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