Young Fathers have been announced as the winners of the Scottish Album of The Year (SAY) Award for their album ‘Cocoa Sugar’.

The Leith-based trio lifted the trophy – and the £20,000 first prize – at a ceremony at Paisley Town Hall.

It was the second time the band had come top of the judges’ list, as their ‘Tape Two’ EP was named as the winner in 2014. Ironically, the band’s debut album proper, ‘Dead’, which won the UK-wide Mercury Prize in 2014, lost out on more SAY glory to Kathryn Joseph’s ‘Bones You Have Thrown Me, And Blood I’ve Spilled’.

Joseph’s collaborative album as Out Lines with Marcus Mackay and The Twilight Sad’s James Graham, ‘Conflats’, was nominated for the 2018 award but it was she who would end up merely as one of the 10 shortlisted releases, alongside the likes of Mogwai and Franz Ferdinand.

Young Fathers were also shortlisted for the 2017 SAY Award for ‘White Men Are Black Men Too’ but fell short on that occasion to Anna Meredith’s ‘Varmints’.

However, 2018 was to belong to Young Fathers. Speaking of the award, Alloysious Massaquoi said: “We want to thank everyone who voted, it’s fantastic for Scotland and diversity in music. This is a total surprise and an honour for us to win it twice and make history. We are obviously a multi-racial group who stand for openness, kindness, and love.”

The full 10 albums shortlisted for the 2018 SAY Award were:
BABE – ‘Kiss & Tell’
Best Girl Athlete – ‘Best Girl Athlete’
Franz Ferdinand – ‘Always Ascending’ (Public vote winner)
Golden Teacher – ‘No Luscious Life’
Karine Polwart With Pippa Murphy – ‘A Pocket Of Wind Resistance’
Kobi Onyame – ‘Gold’
Mogwai – ‘Every Country’s Sun’
Out Lines – ‘Conflats’
Siobhan Wilson – ‘There Are No Saints’

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