Anticon's first Scottish signings Young Fathers bring a circuitous style of Southern Fried (or should that be Northern Deep Fried) flavour to their label debut. Drawing together elements from Liberia, the US and their adopted hometown of Edinburgh, the trio of producer / singer / MCs toured the UK with Yoni Wolf's WHY? earlier this year, showcasing their brand of dubby, psych-dancehall rap fusions with a series of athletic, mic-tangling shows. I was lucky enough to catch their show at Manchester's Central Methodist Hall, which featured a lot of sleeker material that you suspect they're working up into a debut album as we speak. For now, they're releasing a seven-track EP made up of work from the past few years, Tape One, previously available as a free download.

Lead track 'Deadline' builds a pummelling, The Bug-esque bass beat and introduces their signature three-way vocalising across it; 'Sister' is the most fully realised track, and sees them cut off a chunk each, showcasing three very different flows with accents that slip from Caledonia to Liberia to East Coast USA often during the course of a sentence. 'Rramada' combines Beat-era themes with a harsh hi-hat snap that could be straight off a Yesterday's New Quintet record, while 'Rumbling' is a dubby, posterior-shaking delight in the mould of a less self conscious Ludacris. Understandably for an early mixtape, the occasional rhyme falls a little flat, but the combination of airy, soulful crooning and varied rap delivery (from up close and personal to extrovert and fluorescent) more than compensates. They've already been compared to Shabazz Palaces, but the analogy is a false one. Shabazz rely too heavily on excellent production, to make up for a real lack of lyrical dexterity. Young Fathers have the whole package, albeit only glimpsed here in a limited form.

It's impossible to consider the collection without a glance at the stable they're joining. The closest comparison from the Anticon family is probably the early stylings of Deep Puddle Dynamics, back when producers as diverse as Sixtoo, Odd Nosdam and Alias were all interchanging basement beats with the sea of talented vocalists and musicians who went on to personal success (Sole, Doseone, Slug); in truth their new label aren't Young Fathers' closest antecedents. Imagine a more scatterbrained Taskforce, tinged with funk and with beats by Kevin Martin, and you're not a million miles away. Young Fathers recorded much of Tape One in one day sessions, giving the EP a rugged, improvised atmosphere, particularly on the gospel-dub rant 'Fortunes'. This may be the first and last time you hear Cock-a-leekie soup referenced in a hip-hop track; it's a fitting touchstone for the tenderly constructed and thickly-layered textures of this hors d'oeuvre.