Egyptian Hip Hop (band)
|Egyptian Hip Hop|
|Origin||Greater Manchester, England|
|Genres||Indie rock, Art rock|
|Labels||Hit Club, Pure Groove, R&S Records|
|Associated acts||Late of the Pier|
|Members||Nick Delap, Alex Hewett, Louis Stevenson-Miller, Alex Pierce, Thom Bellini|
Egyptian Hip Hop are an English indie rock band, formed in Greater Manchester in 2008. Their debut EP, "Some Reptiles Grew Wings" was released 20 September 2010 through the Hit Club record label. Their debut album "Good Dont Sleep" was released in the UK on 22 October 2012 through R&S Records
Egyptian Hip Hop formed in winter 2008, by friends Alex Hewett (lead vocals, guitar and keyboards) and Louis Stevenson-Miller (guitar, bass, keyboards and backing vocals). They recruited school friends Alex Pierce (drums, backing vocals) and Nick Delap (guitar and bass), who had previously played in a band with Hewett under the name Copycats. The band began rehearsing at Manchester's Sunshine Studios and playing small gigs in the city's cafes and bars. They soon attracted the attention of some major music publications, including The Fly, Q and NME. The latter featured the band in a Christmas 2009 new music issue, and included a demo version of the song "Rad Pit" on a free to download mp3 mixtape, also featuring material from The Drums, Ellie Goulding and Everything Everything amongst others.
Helped by such exposure the band were able to progress to playing slots at small music festivals, and featured as a support act on tours with bands including Girls and Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti. They later embarked on their first real UK tour with Hit Club label mates Is Tropical.
In February 2010 Egyptian Hip Hop were invited to record a live session for Huw Stephens' BBC Radio One show on 4 February 2010, in which they played four songs - "Wild Human Child", "Heavenly", "Moon Crooner" and "Valhalla Party"
After releasing a music video for Wild Human Child on YouTube on 15 March 2010 the band released debut double A-side single "Wild Human Child"/"Heavenly", produced by Sam Eastgate of Late of the Pier on 12 April 2010 through the Hit Club /Zarcorp Records label Following its release BBC Radio One DJ Nick Grimshaw named Wild Human Child his single of the week.
Egyptian Hip Hop received further press attention and were booked to play bigger festival slots, including Evolution, and Reading and Leeds weekend (at which they briefly joined Warpaint onstage at a secret midnight performance) in the UK, and France's MIDI Festival.
On 20 September 2010 the band released their debut EP Some Reptiles Grew Wings (sometimes called Some Reptiles Developed Wings) which was recorded at Club Ralph Studios in London with producer Hudson Mohawke and co-producer Mark Ralph. The EP featured a new recording of Rad Pitt and an official version of Moon Crooner, along with two previously unrecorded songs, Middle Name Period and Native
In 20 November 2011, they announced on their Facebook pages that their first album was finished.
Thom Bellini has been touring and playing with the band for two years, first as an unpaid session musician; he's now involved in synthesis of new ideas and nascent new tracks.
- "Good Dont Sleep" (22 October 2012)
- Wild Human Child/Heavenly (Hit Club / Zarcorp Records - 12 April 2010)
- SYH (R&S Records - 18 August 2012)
- Tobago (R&S Records - 15 February 2013)
- Some Reptiles Grew Wings (EP) (Moshi Moshi - 20 September 2010)
- Wild Human Child (15 March 2010)
- SYH (22 August 2012) video by Isaac Eastgate
- Yoro Diallo (2 October 2012)
- Tobago (15 February 2013)R&S Records.