Edinburgh hip-hop trio and last year’s Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers are back with a second album just four months after they scooped the prestigious honour.
Not that their rise to the consciousness of the mainstream has seen them lose any of their intensity or edge, however. ‘Rain Or Shine is the first single from the follow-up LP White Men Are Black Men Too, which will be released on Big Dada on April 6th – and it’s Far Out’s Track of the Day.
The song is built around a motorik drumbeat and propelling organ part that perfectly suits the band’s encapsulating combination of vocals, there is a very clear influence from the trio’s visit to Berlin.
There’s the otherworldly sense that comes with every great Can record, and a rhythm that will be pummeling venues venues up and down the country when they head out on tour this year.
But also pushing itself to the forefront is a call and response chorus, a stark element of pop for such a serious band. It is very rare for hip-hop music to build like this, gradually gathering pace until it explodes. That’s something usually more akin to electronica, but here Young Fathers manage to straddle the two genres expertly. The album looks set to be a belter.