Ah, Valentine’s Day. Always a conundrum for those of us fortunate to be in a loving relationship and foolish enough to still buy in to the need to do something special. Over the past decade we have made some interesting choices, the most bizarre being a night of Scottish-Zambian music some ten years ago in a pop-up restaurant near The Angel, where we ate a fusion of Scottish and Zambian cuisine on a revolving dance-floor, meaning that every few minutes we were listening to either Scottish or Zambian folk music while trying to work out what type of bushmeat was hiding inside our haggis.
Looking at the gig listings this year there was one act that kept drawing our attention, and it wasn’t just because it had the word “lover” in its name. On 14th February this year the iconic Jazz Café in London will be playing host to none other than The Egyptian Lover. Gregory Brossard, to give him his real name, is a legend of the 1980s breakdancing/rap scene that burst out of his native Los Angeles. He only uses analogue equipment, in particular his Roland TR-808, along with turntables on which he mixes and scratches music with minimal effort, while rapping over the result, which will take you right back to watching Top of the Pops in 1984 and wishing you could substitute, if just for one night only, Camden Town for California.
For an example, we recommend checking out this video footage from an old-school set he gave in LA a couple of years ago. From minute 39 he gets out the 808 and this will give you a taster of what to expect at the Jazz Café in a a few days’ time:
Personally, we cannot think of anything sexier than this sound. At least made by anyone still alive today. We cannot wait to hear how The Egyptian Lover will sound on the Jazz Café’s wonderful speaker set-up. You will be able to read our review of the night the following morning. Though hopefully not too early.
As a certain bard once said, “if music be the food of love, play on!”. So, are you planning on taking your significant other to see a gig on Valentine’s Night? And if so, where are you going? Let us know in the comments below.