Egyptian Lover Talks "1985" LP & Dr. Dre's Jump From World Class Wreckin' Cru To N.W.A

Los Angeles, CA – Electro-Hip Hop pioneer Egyptian Lover has paved the best way for numerous DJs to stroll the trail to electro glory. After delivering his ninth studio album 1984 roughly 4 years in the past, the King the 808 returned with 1985 final November.

Boasting 13 tracks, the album options fellow electro legends Newcleus, Funk Master Ozone, Juan Atkins and Zarcon in addition to turntable whisperer DJ Qbert. It continues Egyptian Lover’s custom implementing analog tools with the Roland TR-808 drum machine to supply electro-fused magic.

“Since day one, it’s been the Egyptian Lover sound,” he says. “Call it what you need. I simply maintain doing what I really like. It’s all concerning the beat. Being a DJ again within the early ’80s, I noticed what made individuals have an excellent time. That uptempo 808 is timeless and I work that machine to dying.

Fans the Uncle Jamm’s Army DJ will discover extra politically-minded lyrics. Previous albums reminiscent of 1984’s On The Nile or 1986’s One Track Mind dabble in girls, dancing and romantic relationships. While there’s a wholesome dose that, Egyptian Lover makes some extent to deal with some critical matters as nicely.

“I’m older and I’ve many younger followers,” he explains to implurnt. “I simply wished them to listen to it at the least as soon as in the event that they haven’t already. They are the longer term and I simply wished to place it on the market with some dance music. Who is aware of? One day these individuals could remedy all of the worlds issues.”

Over the course his profession, the rap/Hip Hop local weather in Los Angeles has repeatedly advanced. Egyptian Lover remembers a time when Dr. Dre was nonetheless within the World Class Wrecking Cru, pumping out electro tracks like “Surgery.”

As an L.A. native, Egyptian Lover watched gangsta rap take form within the 1980s and Dre went from rocking a keytar to turning into a pioneering gangsta rapper as a member N.W.A. 

“I assumed it was cool,” he says the transition. “I bear in mind listening to Mixmaster Spade Compton Posse] do it on a mixtape again in 1981 and I additionally did it — referred to as it ‘Street Rap’ — in 1979 on a mixtape. I by no means thought one thing like that may go mainstream, however it did. I used to be actually proud them.”

Egyptian Lover continues to tour around the globe, bringing his signature fashion to the lots. He’s already began carving out his subsequent challenge, the aptly titled 1986.

“I’m engaged on 1986 now,” he confirms. “I’m additionally utilizing a LinnDrum on some the songs. There’s so much electro-funk and so much Purple Prince seems like ‘Freak-A-Holic’ and ‘The Alezby Inn. 1984 and 1985 are particular to me as a result of I made these albums the identical approach I made my first album On the Nile in 1984.

“I used the identical studios and similar gear to get the identical sound. I’m so proud these albums. My keyboard participant Brian Ellis has been with me for 10 years and we work collectively very nicely. He is so very proficient. Thanks to him all my musical desires got here true.”

1985 was like a household affair. He selected his longtime pals to be on it and was in a position to lastly make some his dream collaborations come to fruition.

“I selected my pals to be on it,” he says. “I had many concepts many artists, however Newcleus, Juan Atkins and DJ Qbert we’re on the high my checklist. Bucket checklist full.”