Los Angeles, CA – Electro-Hip Hop pioneer Egyptian Lover has paved the best way for numerous DJs to stroll the trail to electro glory. After delivering his ninth studio album 1984 roughly 4 years in the past, the King of the 808 returned with 1985 final November.
Boasting 13 tracks, the album options fellow electro legends Newcleus, Funk Master Oz, Juan Atkins and Zarcon in addition to turntable whisperer DJ Qbert. It continues Egyptian Lover’s custom of implementing analog tools with the Roland TR-808 drum machine to provide electro-fused magic.
“Since day one, it’s been the Egyptian Lover sound,” he says. “Call it what you need. I simply maintain doing what I like. It’s all in regards to the beat. Being a DJ again within the early ’80s, I noticed what made individuals have a superb time. That uptempo 808 is timeless and I work that machine to loss of life.
Fans of the Uncle Jamm’s Army DJ will discover extra politically-minded lyrics. Previous albums reminiscent of 1984’s On The Nile or 1986’s One Track Mind dabble in ladies, dancing and romantic relationships. While there’s a wholesome dose of that, Egyptian Lover makes a degree to sort out some severe matters as effectively.
“I’m older and I’ve many younger followers,” he explains to HipHopDX. “I simply needed them to listen to it at the very least as soon as in the event that they haven’t already. They are the long run and I simply needed to place it on the market with some dance music. Who is aware of? One day these individuals might resolve all of the worlds issues.”
Over the course of his profession, the rap/Hip Hop local weather in Los Angeles has repeatedly developed. Egyptian Lover remembers a time when Dr. Dre was nonetheless within the World Class Wrecking Cru, pumping out electro tracks like “Surgery.”
As an L.A. native, Egyptian Lover watched gangsta rap take form within the 1980s and Dre went from rocking a keytar to turning into a pioneering gangsta rapper as a member of N.W.A.
“I believed it was cool,” he says of the transition. “I bear in mind listening to Mixmaster Spade [Compton Posse] do it on a mixtape again in 1981 and I additionally did it — known as it ‘Street Rap’ — in 1979 on a mixtape. I by no means thought one thing like that will go mainstream, however it did. I used to be actually happy with them.”
Egyptian Lover continues to tour all over the world, bringing his signature type to the plenty. He’s already began carving out his subsequent challenge, the aptly titled 1986.
“I’m engaged on 1986 now,” he confirms. “I’m additionally utilizing a LinnDrum on a number of the songs. There’s plenty of electro-funk and plenty of Purple Prince appears like ‘Freak-A-Holic’ and ‘The Alezby Inn. 1984 and 1985 are particular to me as a result of I made these albums the identical approach I made my first album On the Nile in 1984.
“I used the identical studios and similar gear to get the identical sound. I’m so happy with these albums. My keyboard participant Brian Ellis has been with me for 10 years and we work collectively very effectively. He is so very proficient. Thanks to him all my musical goals got here true.”
1985 was like a household affair. He selected his longtime buddies to be on it and was in a position to lastly make a few of his dream collaborations come to fruition.
“I selected my buddies to be on it,” he says. “I had many concepts of many artists, however Newcleus, Juan Atkins and DJ Qbert we’re on the high of my checklist. Bucket checklist full.”