Young Fathers in concert from Bratislava tonight. As someone who actively solicits requests from readers to listen and run things I may not be familiar with, I just discovered this band via a friend of mine who was/is very high on them for some time now.
I have often wanted to put together music which symbolizes a certain time and place – a reaction to things as they are, wishing they could play or be something other than what’s handed to them.
I was bowled over when I first heard Young Fathers, via a friend of mine who swore by them and was actively seeking out their official (as well as unofficial) recordings.
Formed in Edinburgh in 2008 by Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole and Graham ‘G’ Hastings, the group started performing in nightclubs when the band members were all in their teens.
In 2012, they signed to LA-based label Anticon and released their introductory mixtapes, Tape One and Tape Two, with Tape Two winning the Scottish Album of the Year Award (“The SAY Award”).
The trio then signed to Big Dada and released their debut album, Dead, which was released in 2014. The album gained a lot of critical attention and went on to win the prestigious Mercury Prize. Dead entered the UK albums chart at the 35th position and topped the independent UK album chart.
Following an extensive world tour the band decamped to Berlin to begin work on their sophomore album, White Men Are Black Men Too, which was released in April 2015.
In 2016, the band were invited to support Massive Attack on their UK and European tour after working together on Massive Attack’s single “Voodoo in My Blood”, taken from their Ritual Spirit EP, which was released in January 2016.
In June 2017 Young Fathers played in the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre as part of M.I.A.’s Meltdown Festival.
Six tracks on the T2 Trainspotting soundtrack feature Young Fathers, including “Only God Knows”, written specifically for the film. In a statement the director Danny Boyle described the song as “the heartbeat for the film”.
Young Fathers’ third studio album, Cocoa Sugar, was announced with the single “In My View” on 17 January 2018. The album was released on British independent label Ninja Tune on 9 March 2018. The album entered the UK Albums Chart at number 28, making it the band’s highest-charting album.
So to get you caught up (they are scheduled to play in L.A at the Electronic Beats Festival), here is that concert recorded earlier today.