Young Fathers – Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, 15 Aug 2009 (3 stars)

Young Fathers – Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, 15 Aug 2009

Revelling in his simple but effective dance pop that narrows the gap between LCD Soundsytem and old school Nintendo theme tunes, local boy Unicorn Kid's support slot is very much a home-crowd affair – with his joy as genuine and bountiful as the sweat pouring from the teenager's back.

With a crowd so enthused though, Young Fathers face an uphill struggle to dominate this evening and justify their headlining role. Fresh from performing at the Edinburgh Mela though, Scotland's finest hip-hop trio seem to have picked up the dynamism of the Asian spectacle, performing with an energy that should have been infectious.

The crowd become unfathomably lacklustre though, and as fresh and exciting as the likes of 'Superpop' and 'Bring It Home' are, it's hard to get caught in the moment in this near passionless pit.

Towards the end it does seem as though the audience finally caught up, with much love for the superb 'Straight Back On It' from all around, but it's all over before it even begins. We're cut off before those De La Soul-inspired hopeful hip-hop grooves take over, as I, for one, yearn for more.

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