Young Fathers New Video Sees Dictators as Children [Video]

Young Fathers

By Jack Barnes

Young Fathers released their third album Cocoa Sugar, via Ninja Tune on March 9. The record—produced, written and recorded by the band throughout 2017—is Young Fathers’ biggest commercial and critical success to-date. Featuring the singles “In My View,” “Lord” and “Toy,”Cocoa Sugar builds on the widespread acclaim of their two previous full-length records: 2014’s Mercury Prize winning DEAD and 2015’s White Men Are Black Men Too. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.

Young Fathers released the video for their latest single, “Toy.” The video sees the band reignite their creative relationship with renowned Stink Films director Salomon Ligthelm, who collaborated with the band on 2014’s “Mr Martyr.” Ligthelm approached the trio with the video concept after hearing the track. He states:

“The tone of the track is so visceral and abrasive, which I think marries the political subject matter perfectly. I honestly just really like the idea of seeing dictators behaving like spoilt little children – pissed with the world, because things aren’t going their way. Looking at the political climate of our time, I’d say truth is certainly stranger than fiction.”

“Once it is done, it is yours,” Young Fathers tell NPR Music. “We gave ‘Toy’ to Salomon who listened and saw dictators as children playing a game of ‘who has the most power. What do you see when you listen?”

Cocoa Sugar is 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.

Meanwhile, Young Fathers—Alloysious Massaquoi, Graham ‘G’ Hastings and Kayus Bankole—will preform a run of North American shows this week. The dates include sold out headline shows in New York (May 1) and Los Angeles (May 2) before the band join LCD Soundsystem and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs at the Hollywood Bowl on May 4 and 5. They have also just announced an in-store at Amoeba Hollywood this Thursday, May 3. Young Fathers will support Massive Attack at the UK’s Eden Project on June 15 and 16 in addition to festival appearances throughout the summer. Full dates below, with further details available via


05/01 Brooklyn, NY – Zone One at Elsewhere (Sold Out)

05/02 Los Angeles, CA – Moroccan Lounge (Sold Out)

05/03 Los Angeles, CA – Amoeba Hollywood *6pm In-Store

05/04 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl++

05/05 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl++

05/25 London, UK – All Points East

05/26 Belfast, Ireland – BBC Biggest Weekend Festival

06/02 Edinburgh, Scotland – Hidden Door Festival

06/08 Helsinki, Finland – Sideways Festival

06/09 Milan, Italy – RADAR Festival

06/15 Mannheim, Germany – Maikmarkt-Gelande

06/15 St Austell, UK – The Eden Project**

06/16 St Austell, UK – The Eden Project**

06/17 Mannheim, Germany – Maifeld Derby Festival

06/21 Bucharest, Romania – Arenele Romane**

06/23 Budapest, Hungary – Papp László Budapest Sportaréna**

06/25 Istanbul, Turkey – Zorlu Performing Arts Center**

06/29 Montreux, Switzerland – Montreux Jazz Festival

07/12 Madrid, Spain – Mad Cool Festival 2018

07/14 Bilbao, Spain – BBK 2018

08/30 Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill, Ireland – Electric Fields

++with LCD Soundsystem & Yeah Yeah Yeahs

**with Massive Attack


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Young Fathers New Video Sees Dictators as Children [Video]


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