Stones Throw let us into the funky, sleazy and futuristic world of electronic pioneer Egyptian Lover, with this four LP box-set. 1983 - 1988 covers the Lover’s most prolific and exciting period and contains more electro beats, vocodered vocals and analogue synthesizers than you could possibly dream of.
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Absolutely essential anthology for anyone interested in early West Coast hip-hop / foundation electro or just old school hip hop in general. Greg Broussard aka Egyptian Lover is a legendary figure that began his musical career in the early 80’s as a DJ in Los Angeles crew Uncle Jamm’s Army and The Radio Crew along with Ice T and Chris “The Glove” Taylor and is still making beats and touring to this day.
This whopping 4LP set on Stones Throw covers the most essential years and is hard evidence that the man is one of the absolute kings of the Roland TR-808. Packed with all time classics that rank up there with Cybotron’s ‘Clear’, Hashim’s ‘Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)’, Jonzun Crew’s ‘Pak Jam’, Newcleus ‘Jam On It’, Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force ‘Planet Rock’ etc.
His persona as a freaky Egyptian love machine is pure gold. Freestyle-funk constructed from dope beats, vocoder vocals, and Egyptian synth melodies lurk in every groove. There’s pure joy be had with this collection which has all the hits, originally released on Freak Beat and his own Egyptian Empire label; ‘Egyptian Lover Theme’, ‘Egypt/Egypt’, ‘I Need a Freak’, ‘The Alezby Inn’, ‘Girls’ ‘Dial-A-Freak’, ‘Freak-A-Holic’ etc.
If you’ve never heard this guy then imagine the sum of his influences; Kraftwerk, Prince, Rick James and Zapp all jamming in some pyramid in space. Pure class.
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