Beacons Festival – Egyptian Hip Hop
Let’s get a couple of things straight. Egyptian Hip Hop are not Egyptian, nor do they produce hip hop music. But while their name may be misleading, what you can be sure of is that they are creating some of the coolest synth-driven indie-pop around. Oh, and they are playing Beacons Festival in a couple of weeks.
Forming in their hometown of Manchester in 2008 when they were just 17, this then four-piece quickly gained some traction with their debut single Rad Pitt, which NME placed alongside the likes of The Drums and Everything Everything on a downloadable mixtape. In 2010 they released their first EP Some Reptiles Grew Wings, which features a frenetic and experimentally diverse collection of tracks including the energised pop opener Moon Crooner somewhat reminiscent of The Cure, and the eerie electronic jam Middle Name Period.
After taking some time off after the early hype, mainly because lead singer Alex Hewett went on tour as a musician for Charlotte Gainsbourg, they released their debut record Good Don’t Sleep through R&S Records in 2012. And the first single SYH was a cracker, which has had full permission to roam in my head even since.
So if Bonobo, Local Natives, Ghostpoet, Dan Croll and Savages weren’t enough to tempt you to get tickets to Beacons Festival in Skipton this summer, it’s time you explored Egyptian Hip Hop and got on that shit.
Words by Katie Mayors