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egyptian hip what

it’s definitely true that the ‘indie’ band’s hold on the 21st century has subsided however, there are a few bands and groups that continue to persevere in a synth heavy, youth scene.

‘egyptian hip hop’ are a group that have really caught my interest recently, mainly though their affiliations with samuel eastgate (lead singer of ‘late of the pier’ and the brain behind la priest). their loose, carefree style of ‘electro-pop’ has lasting power and most importantly originality. they have a brilliant ear for complex and often ethnic melodies and beats and they are also fantasticly well produced with eastgate producing their debut single, double A side, ‘wild human child / heavenly’ which is released on the 29th of march, exclusive to pure groove.

hazel groove.



and there’s a cracking video of wild human child below. they seem to be a super band and they’re from manchester! i’m hoping to catch these guys sooner rather than later since i have a feeling NME have their claws into these dudes. i’ll probably see them at glastonbury!! haha!

plus you can download their 2010 demo’s below which features:

  1. dust (bedroom demo)
  2. gruve of fresh air (demo)
  3. heaven (demo)
  4. rad pitt
  5. nifeo feat. la priest

egyptian hip hop demos 2010



the wizards.bestoftherestPLAYLIST.2008


this has been a really wild year. really incredible. i mean really, i have had so much fun. shit IT HAS BEEN UNBELIEVABLE! and i’ve done so much! i’ve seen europe, well some of it.. barcelona, antwerp.. benicassim! literally the best summer in time, and in terms of music what a year. electro – well we have our own playlist for that so i think it speaks for itself.. BUT the rest of it! brilliant. 

so many small acts coming big- i mean blogging – it has just been huge – the reality of internet hype – making somebody big in minutes.wowzer

so here it starts// i’ve tried to keep it down but i think you’ll agree a year is a very long time-  – – and sorry i have missed out SO much but i’ve had to be selective. and in terms of massive labels/massive artists of course – they dont need posting – kings of leon, HOT CHIP, vampire weekend, BENGA, fleet foxes, lykke li, JUSTICE, cut copy, MG-BLOODY-MT….holy mazoly.

enjoy it……..AND BUY THESE ALBUMS – i don’t lie – they are all insane!



metronomy – nights intro [shit hot melodic intro]

dan le sac vs. scroobius pip – look for the woman [cool, cool act – great album, my highlight along of course with ‘thou shalt always…’]


bjork – dull flame of desire (modeselektor remix for girls) [modeselektor have taken over my head a lot this year – extreme peace]

apparat – fractacles pt. 1 [fractacles=insane. insane=fractacles. end of]

modeselektor – godspeed [as above – best (NON ‘ELECTTRO’) electro song of 2008]

HERCULES AND LOVE AFFAIR – BLIND [dISCO RETURNS in amazing light and brilliance – 2ND favourite album this year!]

crystal castles – untrust us [simple and amazing]


times new viking – call and respond [LO FI GENIUS – THINK ANGRY KIDS]

vivian girls – where do you run to [insane reverb. i am in love with the vivian girls]

the correspondents – rentaclown [BEST new live act – any chance you have – see them!hire them!buy their music!]

laura marling – ghosts [the best of the london folk scene – like one giant fairytale]

florence and the machine – hospital beds [florence kicks ass. its official]


man man – whalebones [ again – so good cant describe words RUNNING OUT!]

kimya dawson – loose lips [ if you missed juno or its soundtrack you shouldnt have – her voice is so cool]

animal collective – water curses [UNEXPLAINABLE – BRILLIANT – NEW ALBUM OUT SOON!!!]

mumford and sons – white blank page [up-and-coming folk – tthey will just get better and better and better]

bon iver – lump sum [4TH Favourite alBUM – so serene and beautiful buy buy buy it honestly you cant not like this music]



chase and status – eastern jam [banging bangingness chase and status are on top form]

the bug – poison dart (ft. warrior queen) [bringing dub to the fore]

KID SISTER – pro nails (RUSKO REMIX) [dUBSTEP has been sick this year, so much good stuff, this has been a massive highlight -rusko, caspa, benga, skream – what a lot of talent] 





this is just a post to remind everyone that late of the pier are  probably the best band inside the planet.

if you haven’t bought their album already BUY IT. if you can’t buy it listen to it on youtube if you can’t do that then just start cutting yourself…………too dark?? yeah. but just listen.

here are 2 incredible live versions of space and the woods and bears are coming from their somerset house gigs earlier this year. just the beginning of space and the woods is enough. lotp.

late of the pier-space and the woods (live at somerset house)

late of the pier-the bears are coming (live at somerset house)

oh, and here’s an edit of space and the woods which was inspired by the live version, constructed by a little known duo “Killing People“. Its only an edit, not a remix but good enough to replace the original. i know, blasphemy.

late of the pier – space and the woods (killing people edit)

the alkamist’s wizardry



The god that is erol alkan has, this year, surprised and amazed both dance and alternative music critics with his side project and band beyond the wizard’s sleeve. alkan and bandmate richard norris combine to create pieces that reconstruct the psychedelia of the 70’s using a unique mixture of musical know how and technical wizardry. they have also been known to put layer upon layer of acid drenched sitars on top of the rolling stones, very erol. They have four EPs (Birth, Spring, George and West) a whole load of brilliant mixes (check erols podcast) and have injected their style into contemporary songs by legends such as late of the pier, the chemical brothers and peter, bjorn and john(?).  (ps. sorry richard norris for giving erol so much love can’t help it)

Listen to these beyond the wizard’s sleeve’s tracks and remixes, happy tripmas!

beyond the wizard’s sleeve – red tuesday 

My absolute favourite erol related track! Description: The most amazing high in music played by sitars, oooooooooooo yyyeeeeeahhhhhhhhh!

beyond the wizard’s sleeve – get ready to fly

A nice, cool physcadellic rock track.

late of the pier – the bears are coming (beyond the wizard’s sleeve remix)

BEST BAND EVER, I SHIT YOU NOT, fucking awesome orginal song which Erol stays true to.  i’m sorry, but its a fucking no brainer.

peter, bjorn and john – young folks (beyond the wizard’s sleeve remix)

We do like our mainstream….sometimes. Erol tripifies a 2008 hit.

the chemical brothers – battle scars (beyond the wizard’s sleeve remix)

A  tribal remix of a track by one of the best electronic duo’s ever.


more erol! The next two are edits of the French prince himself sebastiAn.

sebastiAn – momy (erol alkan’s simple, yet effective edit)

sebastiAn – walkman (erol alkan edit)

Its Christmas in two days! Here’s another one which does need to be explained. erol produced late of the pier’s epic/classic/amazing/…..fucking amazing album fantasy black channel, and has since taken on the role of mentor to late of the pier with them even citing him as a father figure. Lead singer Samuel Eastgate (a.k.a. Samuel Dust) has started a solo project, with erol helping on some of the production and generally eroling it up a bit, called LA priest. I emplore you to listen! Melodic and electronic sublimity.

LA priest – engine