[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (February 2019 Round #1)

There you are February. There you are weekly Indie Dojo. Been waiting for you.
’Thelma Plum – Not Angry Anymore’
’Young Fathers – Picking You’
’Hyyts – Bullet’
’Bikini Trill – Need Me’
’Biig Piig – Dinners Gettin’ Cold (prod. mac wetha)’
’Noble Kid – West of Here’
’Fort Gorgeous – Round And Round (smaller)’
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[Hip-Hop] Young Fathers – Rain or Shine

Rain Or Shine

Coming off a huge year, experimental hip-hop group Young Fathers continue to push their sound forward with their latest single, which comes along with the announcement of their upcoming sophomore album. As with most of their material, “Rain or Shine” defies classification with an energy that balances rap, rock and pop. A vintage organ and heavy percussion create a unique sort of chaos as the Young Fathers bring in chanting vocals. Following a common motif in their music, the Scottish-based trio cover social issues and power struggle with a distinct, poetic delivery backed by soaring backing harmonies. Give this one a spin above– Young Father’s upcoming album, White Men Are Black Too, is due out on April 7th on Big Dada Recordings and is available for pre-order via iTunes now.

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[Hip-Hop/Electro-Soul] Young Fathers – Soon Come Soon

Young Fathers
Soon Come Soon

Young Fathers, who won the coveted Mercury Prize earlier this year for their album Dead, are likely one of the most unique hip-hop groups you’ll ever encounter. Mixing a whole lot of soul with electronic production, often catchy melodies and darker lyrical undertones, the Scottish trio manage to pack a whole lot into their music. Clearly not slowing down any time soon, the already accomplished trio returned last week with an infectious new single that perfectly captures what has gotten them this far.

“Soon Come Soon” is absolutely addicting from the first second with a tribal drum kit backing a pulsing, fuzzy electronic backdrop. Lyrically, the verses on this are abstract but seem to come back to themes of tyranny, power struggles and social injustices contrasting beautifully with the instrumental, as it is stripped-down and faded into ambience under the crooning harmonies of the chorus. This one’s definitely in our top recent releases–give it a spin above.

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[Indie/Soul] Young Fathers – I Heard

Young Fathers
"I Heard"

Call it catch-up Sunday, but I think it’s better to post a song that’s 23 days old than to never expose it to the masses at all. “I Heard” by Scottish trio Young Fathers is one such track; it’s hardly “hot-off-the-presses”, but it doesn’t make it any less write-up worthy. The cut is difficult to neatly categorize, but know this: it’s soothing, but rapturous, and offers a fresh blend of indie rock, soul, hip-hop and other unnameable, but creative elements. Plus, that light and cool falsetto is hard not to latch onto. Check it out above, and also peep its newly-released official video here.

Young Fathers’ new album, TAPE TWO, comes out June 11th via Anticon.

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