Edinburgh’s Young Fathers have revealed how they came to write the Trainspotting 2 soundtrack song Only God Knows.
The Mercury Prize-winning trio’s track for Danny Boyle’s sequel lends itself to the emotional climax and ending of the film.
Often described as a hip-hop trio but impossible to pigeonhole, Young Fathers were formed in the Capital in 2008 by Liberian-born Alloysious Massaquoi, Nigerian Kayus Bankole and Scot Graham “G” Hastings, and went on to win the 214 Mercury Music Prize for their second album, Dead, which judges described as “startlingly original”.
Speaking to NME at the Ivor Novello Awards in London, the band said that the song came about entirely organically.
“We did it when we were out in LA,” Kayus told NME. “It just felt like it fit the whole vibe of the film, so we gave it to Danny [Boyle, director], and he put it just at the end sequence bit of the film. That’s it – it stands alone with the film.”
Speaking of the lyrical inspiration behind the song, Kayus added: “It was just vibes in the moment – it was the first thing that came to us when we were recording the song. It felt right and we just went for it. There was no pre-meditated agenda, it was just ‘this is how I’m feeling at the moment – let’s f*cking go for it’.”