Egyptian Hip Hop – Yoro Diallo

19.09.12,

Egyptian Hip Hop have previewed another new track from their forthcoming album and, unsurprisingly, it’s a belter. Yoro Diallo takes its name from a Malian musician that the band discovered through the Awesome Tapes From Africa blog. In the words of the band’s Alecsander Pierce, Diallo’s 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.”

That description should be enough to get you going, really – Yoro Diallo has a ‘world music influence’ that’s gone through the EHH grinder, cleverly constructed yet devoid of the pomp that Westerners tend to bring to African rhythms, and just generally showing up every other British band out there right now. Egyptian Hip Hop’s debut album, ‘GOOD DONT SLEEP’, is out on Monday 22nd October through R&S Records. If you aren’t excited about it yet, then get excited.