Young Fathers

Release Date. 27/01/14
Catalogue Number. BDDNL238

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 latest track to be unveiled from their debut album, DEAD, is "GET UP". The song charges along, reversing gravity, going up whilst somehow hurtling downwards, as if Michael Jackson is pulling it backwards into the darkness even as it appears to move into the light with a deathly moonwalk.  It's 60s and 70s and all the decades up to now since R&B was rhythm and blues.  A series of huge, wobbling bass notes, a synthesized Duane Eddy riff which dominates the instrumentation, as breathless vocals gather you in.

The single does what all should, and comes with two equally brilliant B-Sides. "BETTER" is a startling mix of droning bass, chanted, incantatory raps, ominous melody and hauntingly beautiful, sung backing vocals. "OUTLAW" appears deceptively gentle in comparison; a slower paced but equally powerful closing piece to this perfectly formed release. 

"GET UP" is a beguiling, visceral masterpiece of slanted hip-hop pop, infectious both melodically and emotionally. You’ll find yourself singing it days after listening. And then you will notice the other lyrics, not just the 'get up's but the corpse at the lido, the cowboys, the body in the basement...  but by then it will be too late.


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GET UP (Radio Edit)

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Posted: 28th March

North American Tour Kicks off Next Month

Hot on the heels of their SXSW adventures this month, Young Fathers are prepping for the US leg of their tour with Anticon's Baths. Full dates & tickets below the jump.

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Posted: 6th March

Young Fathers at SXSW 2014

We're excited to announce Young Fathers will be representing Big Dada at SXSW this year. They'll be performing live in Austin from 12 - 15 March. Full details here.

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Posted: 17th February

In Photos: Young Fathers Live in London

Photos from the Young Fathers London show celebrating the launch of their debut album DEAD are now live on the Big Dada Facebook here.

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