Egyptian Hip Hop ready with new single Yoro Diallo

Indie | Thursday 20th September 2012 | Osh

Egyptian Hip Hop have been causing a stir since their debut EP, Some Reptiles Grew Wings, released through Hit Club in 2010 when the band were instantly pigeonholed as the ‘new’ Cure.

It has been two years since the last release, but this band don’t want to rest on their laurels. They are now in the final stages of releasing something more substantial, with a brand new album set for release the 22nd Oct 2012. ‘Good Don’t Sleep’ is set to take centre stage on Indie dance floors all over the UK, and like their previous output, the feedback has been extremely positive.

‘SYH’ was the first single to be taken from the new album and has been widely played on local and national radio. And before the dust has settled on the first track, Egyptian Hip Hop are ready and waiting with the second installment, ‘Yoro Diallo’, out on Monday 5th November.

‘Yoro Diallo’ takes cues from the polyrhythms of ‘Remain In Light’-era Talking Heads, with spoon-fulls of heady psychedelia. Inspiration has also been taken from the rootsy sounds of West Africa and the synths of Tangerine Dream. Somehow they retain their own brand of anarchy and make it all work.  This is a track that stands alone, but also fits perfectly into the cohesive new project, 'GOOD DONT SLEEP'.

Egyptian Hip Hop’s Alecsander Pierce explains: “There’s something about the West African, and particularly Malian, use of rhythm that really gets me going. I'm not a dancer but it’s pretty hard not to get infected by some of the grooves that these musicians create: in particular, a Malian musician by the name of Yoro Diallo.”

“His tracks tend to have a fluid rhythm, seeming both on-beat and off-beat. There is no four to the floor. Even if the track is in 4/4, it's also in 6/8 and someone else is playing 3/4 too. We wanted to create something with this fluid sense of pulse, that was still very danceable, and also poppy. People forget that this 'world' music is pop just as much as anything western and current.”

You can listen to Yoro Diallo here.



Words by Martin Higgins.