21: Young Fathers – ‘Dead’ (Album)

by cakemcduff

Creating original music since 2008, Young Fathers are often referred to as a Hip-Hop group, though their genre-defying sound is not something that can be truly categorised – like much of today’s music scene. The talented Scottish trio from a Liberian/Nigerian background, released their acclaimed debut EP, ‘Tape One’ in 2011, followed by 2013’s ‘Tape Two’, which made us further anticipate their 2014 debut album (out now) ‘Dead’.

Only a small hint of their Scottish accents can be noted, while a heavy African influence surges throughout; the introduction to ‘No Way’ (featured video) is just one example. Thick with unusual electronic samples and instruments, the vocal harmonies and slick rap lyrics make each track from the album unique and interesting in its own way. From the hypnotic bassline that resembles a car motor in ‘MMMH MMMH’, to the heavy soulful undertones that rip through ‘I’ve Arrived’; the catchiness of ‘No Way’ makes it one of the stand-out tracks from the 11 track masterpiece.

Get the ‘Dead’ album (released on Anticon and Big Dada) from iTunes now: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/dead/id728490547?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

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