One of the nice things about having a restaurant is that it allows you to listen to music all day, whether in the kitchen or the dining room. (There are limits in the dining room, though—last year, I decided not to play Kanye’s Yeezus album, because some people don’t want to hear lyrics about fisting while they eat lunch). At the moment, I’m excited to start playing songs from a newish Scottish hip-hop act called Young Fathers, whose album, Dead, came out a couple of weeks ago. A friend of mine compared it to Massive Attack, and while I’m not sure that Dead sounds like their records, I do think it was made with a similar spirit, in terms of the way it pays heed to what’s happening musically right now but has its own distinct, original sound that is simultaneously dark and hook-y, with an unforced mix of rapping and singing. The record also sounds very British, which is something I appreciate, since I’m living abroad. (Also, British hip-hop that tries to sound American is usually rubbish). Note that the video for the first single isn’t exactly welcoming, but Young Fathers is well worth checking out.
For more information, visit www.young-fathers.com.
Photo: Courtesy of Hamish Anderson