Boldly titled follow-up album to Young Fathers’ award-winning debut, White Men Are Black Men Too. This group are not afraid to stir things up with their lyrics, their politics and their productions, which continue to mix hip-hop structures with all sorts of not-so-expected sonics. Released by the Big Dada label.
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I remember it well. I was sat in my easy chair about to turn on ITN news when I heard that Young Fathers had won the Mercury Prize. I almost choked on my Shreddie I can tell you.
And there I was thinking that a Scottish experimental rap group that were actually any good wouldn’t stand a chance. Thing is…. I never felt that ‘Dead’ was anywhere near their best work. Sure it had some scintillating highlights but it had nothing on ‘Tape One’ to these ears. I’m pleased to report that the swift follow up ‘White Men Are Black Men Too’ shows that success hasn’t gone to their heads and they are just carrying on doing what they were doing. Which if you haven’t been listening is a kind of cross between the experimental avant hop of Anticon-related bands like Themselves and the melodic groove of early TV On The Radio. ‘Shame’ perfectly exemplifies this sound - a feel good lollop with repeato-falsetto backing vocals and a treadmill of beats. The single ‘Rain or Shine’ is absolutely super. Beginning with a Metronomy-like organ line is pulses and pulsates and is adorably catchy.
They aren’t afraid to experiment either - ‘Sirens’ has amazingly discordant violins running through it whilst the slo-mo vocals of ‘Feasting’ will scare anyone off who have picked it up from Tesco alongside their marinated olives. More of the same then...but that’s fine. It’s another great album from a wildly inventive and prolific collective.
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