Film Review: T2: Trainspotting

I’m still awed by just how utterly fantastic T2 Trainspotting is – and I watched it five days ago. Check out my review over on God Is In The TV.

This is the song that plays over the end credits – I can’t get enough of this track at the moment. Hopefully this track will prove to be one of this year’s defining tracks in much the same way that Underworld’s ‘Born Slippy (Nuxx)’ was in 1996, the year of the original Trainspotting film.

A song for today #38: Young Fathers

I’ve long-championed Young Fathers on this blog, first writing about the Edinburgh Hi-Hop trio back in 2010, and being utterly delighted to see them win music awards and have two hit albums.

Their profile is set to rise even higher with their presence on the soundtrack to the jaw-droppingly brilliant T2: Trainspotting. Along with pretty much everyone in Edinburgh I went to see it this weekend, and twas brillig, as Lewis Carroll might have said. Young Fathers have several tracks on the soundtrack, including the fabulous ‘Only God Knows’ which plays over the end credits. It’s credited as featuring the Leith Congregational Choir.

So turn it up, and give your neighbours a treat. And if you haven’t seen them live yet…tusk, tusk.


The continued rise of Young Fathers


I’ve featured Edinburgh’s Young Fathers on 17 Seconds before. Now it seems that the band’s profile is set to rise even higher with the news that they have signed to Anticon, the home of Why? and Doseone, amongst others.

Kayus Bankole, Graham Hastings, and Alloysious Massaquoi have been making music together since they were fourteen. Though they share a hometown with Stanley Odd, their music and overall sound is way different. Comparisons have been made with the Daisy AGe rappers as much as post-rockers. Previous singles include ‘Straight Back On It,’ ‘Fever’s Worse’ and ‘Automatic.’

Last year’s Tape One EP will be re-released as the band’s first release on Anticon. This track is taken from that EP…enjoy.

Young Fathers – “Deadline” from anticon. on Vimeo.

Young Fathers are on tour next week:

8 Oct Hove Old Market
9 Oct London Electric Ballroom
10 Oct Manchester Central Methodist Church
11 Oct Bristol Fleece
12 Oct Glasgow SWG3
13 Oct Oxford The Bullingdon

Happy New Year


A new year, a new decade (as far as I’m concerned) and what I will continue to be another year of great stuff on this blog and beyond.

Seem to have woken up on a bit of a UK Hip-Hop tip today, so why not let’s start with this excellent number from 2009, a scottish act, no less…

Stanley Odd -‘The Numbness.’ mp3

And another Scottish act that I’m kicking myself for not covering much before:

Young Fathers -‘Straight Back On It (extended).’ mp3

This track I’ve posted before, but I figure it belongs here too…

Rustie -‘Mic of the year.’ mp3

And for old time’s sake…

M/A/R/R/S -‘Pump Up The Volume.’ mp3

Simon Harris -‘Bass (How Low Can You Go?).’ mp3