Young Fathers announced that they’d 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.
Young Fathers has now announced full details of that album. Titled Cocoa Sugar, and lead by new single / video “In My View,” the twelve-track album will be released on March 9 via Ninja Tune. Written and recorded throughout 2017 in the band’s 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. The new album follows the group’s previous two albums; 2014’s Mercury Prize-winning DEAD and 2015’s White Men Are Black Men Too.