Egyptian Hip Hop are utterly full of surprises! Not being patronising but they are incredibly young to be producing mature, thoughtful music like this! This album (on vinyl) is immediately likeable to me. A lot of albums i have to work with to get to like but this was immediate. To try and describe the sound is quite tricky. I would say moody, electro-indie which also has quite a delicate quality. The songs are beautifully written. They are all individual but fit well together from start to finish. 'SYH' is probably the most poppy track but the won that drew me big style to the band. I should say, DECENT pop! The opening track 'Tobago' lilts nicely along as the synths drag you in. 'One Eyed King' is probably the most dark track. Nice and bassy with amazing eerie vocals from Alexander Hewett.
Another thing they definitely are NOT and that is Hip Hop! I don't believe they have any connections with Egypt either! :)
This band have so far been criminally ignored but hopefully not for long. If they had been from London all the hipsters would have been dribbling all over them! These guys have had to work hard to get signed and then produce a cracking album!
If this album is not up for next year's Mercury Prize I will quite frankly be furious and start losing faith in the British music industry and think we have finally lost it at having great music instinct. OK, that's my rant over. :) Basically, if you like great, interesting music that in this day and age is a bit different then go out and buy this album. NOW!