I had the privilege of seeing Nicolas Jaar and Matthew Dear — two of my absolute favorite electronic artists — at the same show at SXSW last week, but it was the group that played before them that I remember best from that night, if not the whole week. Young Fathers have a sound that comes close to an industrial, hip-hop take on TV on the Radio at times, if it really reminds me of anybody, and a stage presence reminiscent of Death Grips.
The Scottish hip-hop group have three vocalists and a percussionist who command the stage in an extremely captivating, “this is not an act because nothing I do is an act” manner much like MC Ride, except they trade his arm spasms for effusive and well-styled dance moves. While those sadly don’t translate to audio, their ability to effortlessly slide between concussive raps and mantra-like singing makes their sound—and stage presence—really stand out from most hip-hop acts. “The Guide” is new song not included on their debut album Tape One, which just made it stateside in January. Definitely give the third track from that record, “Rumbling” a listen as well.