Young Fathers announced that theyd completed work on a new album in November 2017, and the trio—Alloysious Massaquoi, Graham G Hastings and Kayus Bankole—marked the news by previewing a brand new song, Lord, and a subsequent accompanying video. Just like their previous standalone 2017 single Only God Knows (written for the T2 Trainspotting film and described by director Danny Boyle as the heartbeat of the film), Lord provided an enticing glimpse of what to expect from Young Fathers third full album—something typically unique and exhilarating, but leaner, more muscular and self-assured than ever before.
Today, Young Fathers announce full details of that album. Titled Cocoa Sugar, the twelve-track album will be released on March 9 via Ninja Tune and follows the groups previous two albums; 2014s Mercury Prize-winning DEAD and 2015s White Men Are Black Men Too. Written and recorded throughout 2017 in the bands basement studio and HQ, Cocoa Sugar sees Young Fathers operating with a newfound clarity and direction, and is without doubt their most confident and complete statement to date.
To celebrate news of the new album, Young Fathers today reveal a brand new single In My View. Accompanied by a video directed by Jack Whiteley, In My View is available now on all digital services, while the video can be viewed BELOW:
Cocoa Sugar will be available on CD, LP, limited LP and via all digital services. It features a striking visual aesthetic, with cover photography from Julia Noni and creative direction from Tom Hingston. The album is available to pre-order from today via https://YoungFathers.lnk.to/cocoasugar.
Meanwhile, Young Fathers will perform a run of UK and EU dates throughout March and April 2018, including their biggest headline show to-date at Londons 3000-capacity Roundhouse venue on March 21. The band will also perform as part of the forthcoming Video Jam X Basquiat event at The Barbican Centre, London on January 28. Tickets for all the dates are on sale now, with full details available via http://www.young-fathers.com.
Cocoa Sugar Track List
01. See How
02. Fee Fi
03. In My View
08. Border Girl
09. Holy Ghost
12. Picking You