Young Fathers win Scottish Album of the Year Award 2013
- Laura Donaldson
- 20 June 2014
The hip hop trio beat competition from Mogwai, CHVRCHES and Biffy Clyro to scoop the £20,000 prize
Young Fathers have won this year’s Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award with Tape Two.
The Edinburgh-based hip-hop trio triumphed at the award ceremony at the Barrowland Ballroom on Thu 19 Jun. The nominees were judged by the likes of musician John McLaughlin, The List’s music editor Claire Sawers, DJ Andy Weatherall and more, showing Young Fathers clearly have fans in high places. Commenting on their win, the band said: 'What started in the basement has become worldwide. Something that is personal to us, is for everyone.'
The group beat out huge Scottish stars like Biffy Clyro, Mogwai and CHVRCHES to scoop the £20,000 prize. Stewart Henderson, chair of the Scottish Music Industry Association said: 'Tape Two is an extraordinary album and a deserving winner out of a phenomenally strong shortlist.' Tape Two was heavily praised upon its May 2013 release, and was described by us as 'textured and intriguing.' A follow-up to Tape One, which only came out six months before, the record is an of-the-moment demonstration of the band’s ability to rapidly turn out great tracks.
The honour couldn’t come at a better time for Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole and 'G' Hastings as they start to makes waves overseas. Young Fathers made their US television debut on Jimmy Kimmel, performing their hit 'Get Up', the night before their SAY Award success. This exposure on late night US TV, along with their triumphant record deal with LA label Anticon, is sure to propel this Scottish group into the international stardom they’re clearly destined for.