Tuesdays With Hip Hop: The Return

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It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you…without a dope beat to step to.

I’ve been away in Michigan and driving around the States a bit, taking in lots of hip hop gems on the excellent Ed Lover show on XM Radio’s Backspin station and rinsing the new Danny Brown album, slowly getting through Drake’s new effort (so far 还不错), and planning to check out that Pusha T and DJ Khaled. Haven’t been up on any new “ratchet” or “twerk” music lately, just been focused on the man from Egypt.

Nowadays a lot of peeps like their rap slow a la Chief Keef/French Montana, but back in the 1980s, there was plenty of 128 beats-per-minute hip hop – even Dr. Dre was making it when he started out with the World Class Wrecking Cru. They called this style “electro,” but that’s kind of a confusing term nowadays. Egyptian Lover was one of the most important characters in this whole West Coast Hip Hop/Electro scene, and this megamix I ripped from YouTube is a rock solid introduction to his work. As I’ve mentioned, he’s performing live at our monthly party this Saturday, Nov. 9th at 390 Shanghai and I highly recommend you come out.

Egyptian Lover – Egyptian Lover Megamix

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If I can offer one reason to come out, it’s this – probably 95% of the DJs who perform in Shanghai just get up on the decks and play songs from a computer or CDs. Some people are extremely good at this but nothing beats a good live show, and that’s what we’re bringing on Saturday.  Egyptian Lover is gonna sing, rap, dance, make beats live on an 808, scratch, and play records backwards all at the same damn time. I’m looking forward to learning a lot from the set as well as dancing like it’s 1984.

Nov 9: The Egyptian Lover Live in Shanghai

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On Nov. 9th Love Bang presents a once in a lifetime opportunity

To see The Egyptian Lover,

The King of The Freaks,

Play Live in Shanghai.

A true old school party as we go back to 1984

With Egyptian Lover playing a Vinyl DJ set and banging out live beats on a vintage 808

While rapping

and busting out a Dance Routine.

It’s Not Just A Man,

It’s an Adventure.

Egypt Is The Place To Be.

Egyptian Lover – Dial-A-Freak

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Tuesdays With Hip Hop – 1980s Electro

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When you think of “electro,”  acts like Justice, Boys Noize, or Siruismo may come to mind. You might think of French people in florescent clothing and side-chain compression rather than breakdancing and retro-futurism. But much like the words “trap” and “dubstep” have taken on completely different meanings from what they originally signified, “electro” now means something totally different than what it meant in the 1980s. Let’s take a look back

In the early 1980s, electro was the new wave of hip hop after acts like Sugarhill Gang were rapping over disco breaks and tracks by live bands. Compared to everything else that came out in 1982, Planet Rock was completely groundbreaking. This was the same year as Fearless Four’s “Rockin’ It” and Malcolm Mclaren’s “Buffalo Gals” – both classic tracks in their own right, but they didn’t push boundaries like Planet “Rock.” This revolutionary 808-based song, which pulled heavily from Kraftwork’s “Numbers” and tracks by Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO), set the tone for not only the hip-hop scene, but also what would become techno thanks to acts from Detroit like Cybotron and Drexciya. This is one of my favorite genres ever and these tracks still sound fresh almost 30 years later.

Afrika Bambata – Planet Rock

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Kraftwerk – Numbers

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The Jonzun Crew – Space Is The Place

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Newcleus – Jam On It (Back In Da Dayz Old School Mix)

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And here we have one of the greatest electro artists ever – The Egyptian Lover. “Not just a man, it’s an adventure.” Besides Afrika Bambata, this is who comes to mind when I think of classic electro. And we’ve got him coming to LOVE BANG on November 9th at 390 Bar. He’s doing a live 808 Set, a DJ set, and a dance routine. More info on that show as the date approaches but it’s not to be missed! Check this interview with the legend over on Weekly Review Of Dance Music and a bio over at Stones Throw. Here’s the stone-cold classic “Egypt, Egypt.” Photo from Stones Throw.

Egyptian Lover – Egypt Egypt

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And this one, straight out of Detroit. Pioneers of techno right here.

Cybotron – Clear

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Hashim – Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)

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Globe feat. Whiz Kid – Play That Beat Mr. DJ

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And here’s a couple newer tracks building on that classic electro sound – really love these. Both coming out of London, on Night Slugs and Hyperdub, respectively.

Girl Unit – Ensemble (Club Mix)

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Ikonika – Mr Cake

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Eating mooncakes right now so the Ikonika track feels perfect. Easily one of the best tracks to come out this year. The mooncake? Not one of the best of 2013.

And as a bonus, let’s go way back to the roots of all this with a track by Japanese act Yellow Magic Orchestra from 1978. Roller skate classic right here.

Yellow Magic Orchesta – Firecracker

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Next Tuesday we’ll continue down this path and look at another strain of 808-heavy music – Miami Bass.