GET UP
Young Fathers

Release Date. 27/01/14
Catalogue Number. BDDNL238

Young Fathers are three young men from Edinburgh and Liberia and Nigeria, all at the same time. Their journey has taken them through various incarnations and styles but they are still only in their mid 20s. And... and this is important: they’ve chosen to kill the past—their own past, even—to make their own future.

The latest track to be unveiled from their debut album, DEAD, is "GET UP". The song charges along, reversing gravity, going up whilst somehow hurtling downwards, as if Michael Jackson is pulling it backwards into the darkness even as it appears to move into the light with a deathly moonwalk.  It's 60s and 70s and all the decades up to now since R&B was rhythm and blues.  A series of huge, wobbling bass notes, a synthesized Duane Eddy riff which dominates the instrumentation, as breathless vocals gather you in.

The single does what all should, and comes with two equally brilliant B-Sides. "BETTER" is a startling mix of droning bass, chanted, incantatory raps, ominous melody and hauntingly beautiful, sung backing vocals. "OUTLAW" appears deceptively gentle in comparison; a slower paced but equally powerful closing piece to this perfectly formed release. 

"GET UP" is a beguiling, visceral masterpiece of slanted hip-hop pop, infectious both melodically and emotionally. You’ll find yourself singing it days after listening. And then you will notice the other lyrics, not just the 'get up's but the corpse at the lido, the cowboys, the body in the basement...  but by then it will be too late.

Formats

MP3 (BDDNL238)

£2.40

16-bit WAV (BDDNL238)

£3.40

Tracklisting

1
GET UP (Radio Edit) - YOUNG FATHERS
2
BETTER - YOUNG FATHERS
3
OUTLAW - YOUNG FATHERS
4
GET UP - YOUNG FATHERS

Other Albums

Other Singles

Posted: 15th April

Young Fathers join Glastonbury Festival

Good news for those of you lucky enough to have bagged tickets to Glastonbury as Young Fathers will be perform live at the festival for another year running in June. More info here.

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Posted: 10th April

Album of the Day of 6 Music

Tune into BBC Radio 6 Music today to hear tracks from Young Fathers' new record, White Men Are Black Men Too, in their Album of the Day spot!

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Posted: 10th April

Young Fathers Unveil New 'Shame' Video

Young Fathers unleash a powerful, violent and beautiful new video for Shame, directed by Jeremy Cole. The track is lifted off the band's new album, White Men Are Black Men Too, out now.

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