Listen To: Egyptian Hip Hop - ‘Yoro Diallo’

19 Sep 2012

"'Yoro Diallo' sees the band taking their cues from Remain In Light era Talking Heads although due to the nature of 'Gyp Hip Hop's sound we wont be taking this as a clue for the sound of the whole record..."

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Egyptian Hip Hop have offered up the second cut from their forthcoming debut album GOOD DONT SLEEP. 'Yoro Diallo' sees the band taking their cues from Remain In Light era Talking Heads although due to the nature of 'Gyp Hip Hop's sound we wont be taking this as a clue for the sound of the whole record. The track was inspired by an African musician of the same name who the band found through blog focussing on the genre, discussing the discovery frontman Alecsander Pierce (we're sure that hasn't always been his name...) explains: 

“There’s something about the West African, and particularly Malian, use of rhythm that really gets me going. I'm not a dancer but it’s pretty hard not to get infected by some of the grooves that these musicians create: in particular, a Malian musician by the name of Yoro Diallo. His tracks tend to have a fluid rhythm, seeming both on-beat and off-beat. There is no four to the floor. Even if the track is in 4/4, it's also in 6/8 and someone else is playing 3/4 too. We wanted to create something with this fluid sense of pulse, that was still very danceable, and also poppy. People forget that this 'world' music is pop just as much as anything western and current.”

Listen to 'Yoro Diallo' below.  

Egyptian Hip Hop's debut album GOOD DONT SLEEP is available on October 22nd via R&S.

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