Young Fathers win Mercury Prize 2014


Scottish hip-hop electro trio Young Fathers have won the Mercury Prize for Best Album.

The band’s winning album, ‘Dead’, received, on October 29, the annual music prize which was awarded for the Best British or Irish album.

Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole and ‘G’ Hastings received, at the Roundhouse in Camden, north London, a bronze statue and a cheque of £20,000.

The Edinburgh-based trio beat favorite R&B singer FKA Twigs and other acts including soul group Jungle, Damon Albarn, Bombay Bicycle Club, rock duo Royal Blood and poet and rapper Kate Tempest.

John Kennedy, a Mercury Prize judge, said: “The aim of the Mercury Prize is to try and highlight albums that might have been slightly overlooked. The winner has to reflect a particular year in music but also potentially to have created a classic piece of work that can stand the test of time,” The Independent reports.

Young Fathers formed in 2008, spending the next three years touring across UK and Europe while releasing two mixtapes before their winning record.

‘Dead’, released at the turn of this year, reveals the sounds of the hip-hop group’s unique blend of music as the diverse influences they use reflect their varied backgrounds.

Alloysious Massaquoi is originally from Liberia, Kayus Bankole has Nigerian parents and ‘G’ Hastings is from the Drylaw, north of Edinburgh.

The Liberian-Nigerian-Scottish alternative electro trio was not tipped to win or likely to be considered among the frontrunners in the competition.

‘Dead’ has only sold 2,386 copies since its release in February and, before the prize, it had been rated just at 14-1 to collect the award against other bookmakers’ picks.

The “psychedelic hip hop boy band”, as it has been described, follow in the footsteps of recent winners such as James Blake, Alt-J and The xx and PJ Harvey.

Here is a track in case you missed them this year!