The Manchester music scene is one that is very often caught up in it’s own hype – a bewildering array of bands with high self confidence, limited skill and an array of songs that are all a variation on the riffs from Oasis’ first few albums. Indeed, anyone who’s lived in the city for a couple of years will have sat through more bad bands of their mates than they’d care to mention – all playing boring, uninspired songs and hoping that the next alan McGhee will come along and make them front page NME. However, it’s not all doom and gloom – the city has some of the best gig promoters around, and, if you look hard enough, there are some bands about that probably don’t even listen to The Stone Roses anymore and actually sound exciting. Bands like the excellent Egyptian Hip Hop.
Last night was meant to be the first time that i’d get to see them live, supporting Nodzzz. And they were there – only without their drummer, who’d fallen ill, meaning that Waiters had to step in at the last minute to provide cover for them. There’s still the bands very limited selection of tracks from myspace to keep me warm though, and they alone show why the band are drubbing up hype so early on in their career. They music they make actually sounds exciting. The NME have called them ‘Post-8-bit Doss-Wave’, which is more an accurate representation of that magazine’s attitude to music than anything else. There’s a lot in their music, and it often features some kind of tribal, African infleunce. Whatever it is, it’s certainly worth listening to.
The band gave me a link to a few of their songs on myspace, and I’m just going to put them up here. Rad Pitt is the best, but they’re all excellent. Actually, Heavy Heaven is on now and it’s pretty awesome too. I don’t know – just have a listen:
Egyptian Hip Hop – Gruve of fresh air (demo) mediafire
Egyptian Hip Hop – Heavy Heaven (demo) mediafire
Egyptian Hip Hop – Rad Pitt mediafire