News

May 29, 2018

Florence + the Machine (aka Florence Welch and backing band) is releasing a new album, High As Hope, on June 29 via Republic. Tonight she performed on the long running BBC music show Later... with Jools Holland, where various musicians take turns in the round, performing in a TV studio in front of a live audience.  More

Apr 30, 2018

Scottish hip-hop trio Young Fathers released a new album, Cocoa Sugar, last month via Ninja Tune. Now they have shared a new video for "Toy." Salomon Ligthelm directed the video, which features child dictators. More

Under the Radar Announces Spring 2018 Issue with Courtney Barnett on the Cover

Issue 63 Also Includes Interviews with MGMT, The Decemberists, Belle & Sebastian, The National, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Fleet Foxes, Parquet Courts, Noel Gallagher, Spoon, and More

Mar 28, 2018

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of our Spring 2018 Issue, which is out now digitally via Under the Radar's app and the magazine apps Readly and Zinio. The print version has shipped out to subscribers and stores and will be on all newsstands soon. The issue features Courtney Barnett on the cover. More

Album of the Week: Young Fathers

Cocoa Sugar Out Now via Ninja Tune

Mar 09, 2018

For this week's album of the week, we could begin in a tired tirade on how we should forefront any dialogue on resistance, and especially from people of color. And that's true, but to label Cocoa Sugar as "protest music" would overlook the electrified soul of Young Fathers that swerves in a love-drunk stupor through their 10-year output.  More

Soundtracking the Resistance - An Interview with Young Fathers

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Mar 09, 2018

This week we have Kayus Bankole of Young Fathers talking protest songs and political music, and after detouring through nuclear negotiations, trade tariffs and Italy, we finish with International Women's Day  More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Tracyanne & Danny, Natalie Prass, CHVRCHES, and More

Plus Ryley Walker, Young Fathers, Lost Under Heaven, Gwenno, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Mar 02, 2018

It was another good week for new songs. Any of our Top 3 songs could've been our #1 and we also quite enjoyed CHVRCHES' collaboration with The National's Matt Berninger (on a weaker week that probably would've been #1).  More

Young Fathers Share New Song “Toy”

Cocoa Sugar Due Out March 9 via Ninja Tune

Feb 28, 2018

Scottish hip-hop trio Young Fathers surprised everyone by winning the Mercury Prize with their 2014 debut album, Dead. They are releasing their third album, Cocoa Sugar, on March 9 via Ninja Tune.  More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Mount Eerie, of Montreal, Gwenno, Yo La Tengo, Ought, and More

Plus The Decemberists, Young Fathers, The Sea and Cake, Mouse on Mars, Lucy Dacus, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Jan 19, 2018

2018 is coming on strong with lots of fantastic new tracks this week in our second Songs of the Week post of the year. Like last week, it was definitely a challenge to narrow it down to only 10. Preoccupations, The Spook School, Hinds, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, St. Vincent remixed by Kelly Lee Owens, Eels, and Hinds all could have easily made the Top 10, but it was a competitive week. More

Feb 23, 2016

Trip-hop pioneers Massive Attack recently released a new EP, Ritual Spirit, and shared a video for its single "Take It There," a song that features longtime collaborator Tricky. Now the duo has shared a video for "Voodoo in My Blood," a track that features Mercury Prize-winning hip-hop collectiveYoung FathersMore

Aug 11, 2015

Last weekend Katowice, Poland hosted the tenth annual edition of OFF FestivalMore

Young Fathers Win 2014 Mercury Prize

Awarded Earlier this Evening in London

Oct 29, 2014

Early this evening, Young Fathers were awarded the Mercury Prize in a ceremony in London for their album Dead More


Interviews

Young Fathers on “Cocoa Sugar”

Making Their Own Rules

Jun 11, 2018

Kayus Bankole, one third of the Mercury Prize winning Scottish band Young Fathers, is on the phone from the studio in Edinburgh where the reception is, in his own words, "pretty shite." But he's battling through to talk about the trio's third album, Cocoa Sugar.     More


Reviews

Cocoa Sugar

Cocoa Sugar

Ninja Tune

Mar 06, 2018

Young Fathers do not tend to mention politics explicitly on Cocoa Sugar but the weight of three years of political turmoil since their last album looms large over this new record. Like Kendrick Lamar's DAMN., it captures the anger and frustration of the current moment without directly addressing the cause. Instead, it lets its ingenious mix of soul, Krautrock, and hip-hop speak for itself.  More