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From the UK via Liberia, Nigeria and Scotland, Young Fathers have pursued a unique trajectory, from mid-teen hip hop trio via psych-pop rap to where they are now, on their own original island thrown up by a pop volcano, tectonic plates of genres rubbing up against each other like under-sea dirty party-people; seams of molten pop history spewing lava more fertile than guano, upon which the rich ... Read more in Amazon's Young Fathers Store

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  • Audio CD (3 Feb. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Big Dada
  • ASIN: B00GBJTGSQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,305 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize 2014.

This is known: Young Fathers are three young men from Edinburgh and Liberia and Nigeria, all at the same time. Their journey has taken them through various incarnations and styles but they are still only in their mid 20s. And... and this is important: they've chosen to kill the past-their own past, even-to make their own future.

The what-what, the feeling: Following on from the acclaimed EPs TAPE ONE and TAPE TWO, their debut album DEAD comes as an intimate epic, thirty six minutes of…. what? What? You can call it hip hop or rap, but Alloysious, G and Kayus sing more than they chat. There's the suburbs and the cities of Grey Britain in there, but also Africa. There's an obsession with the surface texture of sound, the psychedelicist's love of noise. Equally, the deep, warm, maternal reassurance of bass. But the band also craft hook after hook, instant kid-melodies, piling them up on great reefs of backing vocals. Above all, what they insist on is that their music has to mean something, emotionally. If this is a wake, it's a celebratory one, full of heart.

The PR facts: Over the last year, Young Fathers have carved up stages all over Europe and the US. In addition to directing their own videos they have made a series of short films for Channel 4. They've hosted a late night slot on BBC 1Xtra and curated one-off nights in Scotland and London. Their album is released by renowned West Coast indie Anticon in their first ever collaboration with the UK's own Big Dada. The first single from DEAD, "LOW," has already been played on daytime Radio 1 by Fearne Cotton, where it belongs (of course).

These are the quotes: Kayus: "The kid that I once was is dead." Alloysius: "It means everything and nothing." G: "The funeral procession, the last hoorah… It's called DEAD because I can say it out loud and it means nothing."

This is the conclusion: another beginning, starting with the end.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Twig on 21 July 2014
Format: Audio CD
Ok, so this is a review not written by one of their mates, and hopefully that makes some sense...

I love this album and, like others have said elsewhere, it kind of defies genre - though the influences are clear enough. Rap, dance, hip-hop, but tweaked into something unique. The beats are driving, the voices - either cutting across one another or singing the same tune together - are impassioned. But it's the synth stuff going on that is often so weird and disturbing. Discordant, slightly out of key, scratchy like old records, or those synthesizers of the seventies that wouldn't stay in tune. And the whole lot works together like a dream.

No Way - the first track, is a blistering opener. Fast, loud, menacing, with a hard thumping chorus. Get Up is amazingly dancy. This is War, Hangman, Low are quieter, but no less disturbing - and not least because of the lyrics which are dark and weird and oddly memorable. 'The guide dog walking behind ya, Still on a leash.' 'Don't shoot the messenger, shoot the messenger's mother'...

I just saw them at Latitude. I wasn't sure they could equal the sound of the album live. They bettered it. For my money, the best act of the weekend - though sadly just about everyone under 20 seemed to prefer Lily Allen and the imo over-rated George Ezra. It suggests that Young Fathers might be a bit too hard niche to go huge. Odd thing, taste.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Luke Henderson on 9 April 2014
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these guys are writing and producing a brave new style of music, a fusion of hip hop/African and synth music.
buy it!
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By Nedj on 5 April 2015
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This album has got a lot of bad comments due to the attention drawn to it by the Mercury prize it won; all publicity is good publicity, they say, but when people who wanted Royal Blood or Bombay Bicycle Club to win the Mercury Prize listen to the utterly mind-bending album that won it instead, those people may well dislike it.

This album is extremely good; bent out of shape neo-soul, ragged African percussion, immense Gary Numan synth drones, psychedelised raps, battering Def Jux beats, grime aggression and classical scope are all present within its running time. It is very very strange, and it's not for everyone, and that's fine, but it is definitely for me, and other less awful people. Yet even with its artistic merits and innovatory nature, this album is also club and party ready (with the exception of a couple of particularly abrasive numbers), with massive, stone cold bangers like 'No Way', 'Get Up' and 'Just Another Bullet'. Young Fathers sound like no one else, and this is my favourite album of 2014.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. M. Read on 23 Nov. 2014
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Awesome album doing something innovative and different, like public enemy crossed with captain beef heart with some soul thrown in for good measure.
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There's a few haters here isn't there? What do they actually want?

If, like me, you're after innovation in hip hop then look no further. As some of rap's biggest names get lost in the studio, Young Fathers have produced something vital and forward-looking. The words, the delivery, the counterpoint melodies, the mix, it's all top notch. This is one of the best albums of 2014.
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Thought provoking tracks that you want to listen to again and again, great variance. Scottish hip hop at it best . Young Fathers have strongly found their way from their first album.
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I don't get it. I like experimental music but this doesn't qualify. It's not adventurous it signs talentless. How it won the mercury prize I don't know. Crap.
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By Lina on 13 Jan. 2015
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Love it! It is pure genius. So unique, personally I haven't heard anything quite like it before. They definitely deserve all the praise they're getting!
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