Tape Two - Young Fathers
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  • Summary: Rap, soul, pop, and R&B are some of the genres seen on the second release from the Scottish trio of Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole, and G. Hastings.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
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  1. You'll soon feel how all those slight musical differentials hoist the group's collective spirit, and how courageously the music's depressive candor strengthens their will to be alive.
  2. Jun 10, 2013
    90
    Everything suggests that, on the strength of this set, The Land of the Brave won’t need a referendum to prove its independence.
  3. 85
    Their tracks are short and sharp bursts for the most part, rarely cracking three minutes and crammed with ideas (sometimes to the point of disorientation) but it does mean nothing stagnates and keeping up with the stylistic shifts is an exhilarating task.
  4. Jun 10, 2013
    80
    Tape Two sees them moving further away from a classic De La Soul template into something deeper and darker.
  5. Jun 10, 2013
    80
    Young Fathers are exactly as their name suggests: firstly young, but more noteworthy, brutally honest father-figures who show the music world that, when you take musical and topical risks, you get noticed.
  6. Jun 10, 2013
    70
    Both [Tape One and Tape Two] are uniquely imaginative and scattered, and with this one, it becomes wholly apparent that Young Fathers have carved out their own distinct style.
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  1. Sep 20, 2013
    10
    Amazing new band. These are fresh sounds from a fresh direction, with a world of possibilities for their future. This is just their second of two fairly short tapes on Anticon. Both tapes clock in at a little over an EP length, but not quite an album length. The songs are concise and the production is creatively lo-fi. There is a strong mix of hip hop and electronics, but also some more chill layed groove, and some really great vocal work. I really get a feeling, while listening, that I'm witnessing the early days of TV On The Radio as they explore and find the sound they want to pursue.

    There are just so many good ideas here. Some more refined than others, but every one of them is an adventure. Keep an eye out for these guys in the future.
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  2. Jun 15, 2013
    9
    Tracks are really short and to the point. This album is stripped down to what works...and trust me, it works. Only complaint is it feels like sometimes these songs are so short that they pass by before they really sink in, but their short length also ensures they don't have a chance to grow stale so I suppose it's for the best. All in all a great album Expand
  3. Jul 12, 2013
    7
    This was a new world for me but I keep about 4 songs from these guys. This type of hip hop has to grow on you, and it is growing. This is definitely not Nas illamatic Expand