Since the early 1980’s in Los Angeles, Gregory Broussard has been a name with substance, first for his work under Uncle Jamm’s Army and then for his pioneering contribution to America’s electro scene as The Egyptian Lover. Now he brings his tenth studio album, 1985, which follows the 2015 release of 1984 and includes work from Juan Atkins, Zarcon, Newcleus, DJ QBert and Funk Master Ozone. Within the tracklist we’re treated to electro, funk, hiphop, acid house and more, with plenty of
indulgent Egyptian Lover vocal hooks on offer as well. When speaking about the record, Broussard said “We’ve been working together for 10 years on these two albums, 1984 and 1985 are my favourite albums ever. I poured a lot of money into these two albums over $100,000 and I’m very satisfied with the outcome.” The timeframe and financial investment put into this album and the previous one are definitely to be respected, and it no doubt shows in the final product, especially when compared to some albums put out in todays ‘mass-production-factory’ like state of music. Available on streaming platforms, in digital stores and as a double 12″, 1985 will also be linked to a run of shows that will find Egyptian Lover perform in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Lyon, Brussels, Barcelona, Athens, Lisbon and others.
Where to start:
‘-3’ – Fattened drum hits and a funky topline
‘Future Tech’ – Tons of resonance in a suspenseful arrangement
‘Come On’ – Robots unite for heavy vocal processing and snappy beats
Previous from Egyptian Lover:
1984 LP (2015, Egyptian Empire)
Electro Pharaoh EP (2005, Egyptian Empire)
If you like this then check out:
Arabian Prince – Innovative Life LP (2008, Stones Throw)
Whodini – Open Sesame LP (2017, Sony)
Egyptian Lover’s 1985 LP is out now on his Egyptian Empire Records imprint.