Egyptian Hip Hop ? Good Don’t Sleep (R&S Records)

October 19, 2012 by  

Egyptian Hip Hop (EHH) are one of them bands you feel have been around for a very long time, and to be fair if you’re in tune with with up-and-coming British indie-pop bands then you’ll probably be very familiar with them. After all they did release a cracking little gem of an EP in 2009 titled ‘Some Reptiles Grew Wings’ which was produced by Glaswegian hot shot producer Hudson Mohawke. And yes that is the same Hudson Mohawke who is all over Kanye West’s latest mixtape ‘Cruel Summer’. Fast forward to 2012 and the indie pop wonder-kids have a taken a different route with their sound, drafting in Wild Beasts producer Richard Formby.

It seems that the route taken for Good Don’t Sleep is one of them journeys where nothing much happens, a bit like driving down the A1; it’s pretty much the same scenery for a number of hours and you’re constantly waiting for the turn off. Whether it’s the production or just lack of creativity, the band seemed to have just halted on there buzz EP back in 2009 and refused to carry on this flow of criticial praise from magazines and websites alike.

It seems the band’s hiding has really cost them this time, as you kind of think to yourself ?where the hell have you been for three years??. The catchy psychedelic rhythms which were so evident on there EP release seem to be no more in this long player. When the group put out their lead single to the album ‘SYH’, it was met with a decent response. ‘SYH’ is a darker sound to which listeners weren’t use to, but still an impressive comeback single from the band. After hearing this you got the feeling that EHH’s debut could be a promising show stealer. It just so happens ‘SYH’ is one of the rare highlights from the album, and probably the only stand out track.

There are moments when you think the band are going somewhere. ‘The White Falls’ has a brilliant intro which lasts around 90 seconds, it’s a psychedelic swirling of synths sounds which make your head spin soothingly. However when you get into the track the band seem to be less adventurous, and that promising opening just seems to evolve into generic guitar playing and less then emotive vocals. A complete contrast to where it began.

Good Don’t Sleep all just seems very similar, melding into one song which is quite simply disappointing. The Mancunian four piece have got it in them to make a great and inventive album, as they’ve shown their talents before. However on this release they never seem to have that courage or creativity to take a listener on that psyhe-pop mystery tour which they created in 2009.