Egyptian Hip Hop emerged at the end of 2009 and were met with universal acclaim. NME tipped them as one of the top ten bands to watch in 2010, whilst the Guardian, Dazed, Loud & Quiet and Radio 1 have been all over them.
Produced by dubstep supremo Hudson Mohawke, the new EP (Some Reptile Developed Wings, released 20th September) is the kind of leap forward that only the most adventurous of bands can make. Glistening with inventiveness, it was recorded on the same mixing desk that Krautrock legends Kraftwerk used to record Autobahn, whilst fellow pioneers Neu! and Can also recorded albums using it. It instills the sense that something new is happening, that this is a band with a whole new approach to music making, daring and original.
‘Moon Crooner’ is a quietly propulsive opener, a new version of ‘Rad Pitt’ makes a great song even better whilst ‘Middle Name Period’ is a propulsive synth-led tune with rolling drum beats. Closer ‘Native’ is six minutes of twisting about turns that reaches a thrilling climax.
After a great reception at Field Day festival and Underage Festival, Egyptian Hip Hop play one of their first headline gigs at the brand new XOYO venue.
Plus CONNAN MOCKASIN and FICTION
Since reinventing himself as the solo artist Connan Mockasin (previously Conan and the Mockasins) has used the early immersion in the blues to create his own musical language. Connan is now his own sound – and he carries it inside him and all about him – it’s like a force-field, radiating, glowing as he prances about with trousers tucked in to socks and a bending, curling microphone stand that allows to him dip and dive, to wander and appear to be scratching his head musically – taking time out while the audience hangs with him, dangling on every quirky lyric or skinny hip shake in time with the hypnotic grooves.