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Egyptian Lover

Egyptian Lover

Egyptian Lover, Chrissy 

When: Thu., Feb. 12, 10 p.m. 2015
Price: $12, $10 in advance, $14 after midnight
The godfather of electro, Egyptian Lover (aka Greg Broussard) cut his teeth in the early 80s as a DJ for the LA hip-hop collective Uncle Jamm’s Army, which had the tendency to throw parties for crowds as large as 10,000. As a recording artist, Broussard has been exploring the intersection of hip-hop and dance, drawing from Kraftwerk and Prince to create hypersexualized tracks built on funky electronic grooves. Broussard is a master at creating deeply immersive worlds via the minimal palette of a Roland TR-808. The limitations of the notoriously thin-sounding, rigidly mechanical drum machine can be heard on the kinky and exotic “Egypt, Egypt”: the breakout 1984 single rides a playful trancelike pulse that undoubtedly could keep a party going for hours. Broussard still embraces the sci-fi futurism and plastic sheen of the 1980s, and it can be hard to divorce the decade from the product, but he finds new life in these outdated sounds. “Freaky Deaky Machine,” a track from his long-delayed forthcoming album 1984, feels like it’s from another planet on which pop’s past and future commingle. —Leor Galil

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