Young Fathers have shared a new track from their forthcoming second album, White Men Are Black Men Too.

The Edinburgh based hip hop trio will release the album on April 6, the follow up to last year’s Mercury Prize winning debut, Dead.

The track Rain or Shine is available to listen to now.

Addressing the potentially contentious album title, band member Alloysious Massaquoi said: “I’m aware of the points we’ve discussed but all that sounds like to me is, we are trying to cater to what other people might think, as if it’s a negative thing, which it’s not.

“We came at it from a different angle, a positive angle. it’s got issues of race and so what? Why should alarm bells start ringing, even though in general conversations race, politics, sex and religion are always the subject matter? Why should it be discussed behind closed doors and never confronted head on?

“How do we help tackle one of the biggest hinderances in people’s lives and the world… by not putting the question forward and not letting people debate positively or negatively about the statement?

“Motown music helped change the world, made it expectable for blacks to be on radio and seen on tv, MJ did it too.

“Martin Luther King wanted equality and achieved it to some degree. But, after all that, are things equal in this world? FUCK NO.

“I still want to ask for it (equality) backed with the best music we’ve ever recorded. A pop album, our interpretation of what a pop album should be.”

Young Fathers play: 

May 20 – Glasgow Art School, Glasgow, UK
May 21 – Riverside Club, Newcastle, UK
May 22 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
May 23 – Knockengorroch Galloway, UK
May 25 – Gorilla, Manchester, UK 
May 26 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
May 27 – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, UK
May 28 – Koko, London, UK
May 29 – The Haunt, Brighton, UK
May 31 – Engine Rooms, Southampton, UK
Jun 1 – Guildhall, Gloucester, UK
Jun 2 – Academy 2, Oxford, UK
Jun 3 – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, UK
Jun 4 – Sugarmill, Stoke-On-Trent , UK
Jun 5 – Arts Centre, Norwich, UK
Jun 6 – 02 Academy 2, Sheffield, UK
Jun 7 – Kazimier, Liverpool, UK
Jun 9 – Central Hall, Edinburgh, UK

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