Thursday, January 24, 2013

REVIEW: Young Fathers - Tape One EP

We have covered numerous Scottish bands over the past three years, and we continue to believe that it is one of the most fertile music scenes on the planet.  The trio Young Fathers hails from Edinburgh, yet their music differs from the indie pop, folk rock and related genres in which the other bands we cover generally fall.  Comprised of vocalists Kayus Bankole, Alloysious Maasquoi and Graham Hastings (with Graham also serving as beat master/producer),  Young Fathers merge rap, hip hop, and electronic with a hooky  pop sensibility (and reportedly boy band dance moves) to produce a vibrant, expressive, realistically gritty yet hopeful urban collage that has me completely enthralled.

Reportedly the members met at a club in their teens.  Now in their early 20s, they have played a number of shows and released a few singles.  Their eight-track debut EP, Tape One, was released as a free mixtape over a year ago.  However, they recently signed to Anticon, which re-released the EP on January 22.  Featured track "Romance" boasts a pop vocal delivery over skittering percussion --

Young Fathers - "Romance" from anticon. on Vimeo.

"Rumbling" lives up to its name with an aggressive, up-front bass and drum supporting rap lyrics and a chanted chorus.  And there is a "tossing the caber" reference to Scottish culture.

Young Fathers - "Rumbling" from anticon. on Vimeo.

Opening track "Deadline" uses a droning bass note and tribal drumming with chanted vocals to signal Young Fathers' determination to follow their own muses.

This is an album painted in vibrant and varied colors.  You owe it to yourself to give it a try.


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