Sea Urchin – Tahtib Tehbat
One for all ages: the latest semi-Seussian adventure from Sea Urchin (Leila Hassan and Francesco Cavaliere), fervently anticipated since their 2016 album for (K-RAA-K)³, Yaqaza. Jouncing buoyantly, dreamily into the welcoming arms of Bokeh Verions with Tahtib Tehbat, the duo maintain and grow their signature blend of spoken word, hypnotic sound sculpture and fourth world dub. Tahtib is an Upper Egyptian stick-fighting martial art practiced by Leila's grandfather Baba Aly, playfully evoked through persistent and mesmeric proxy tapping sounds: especially in the propulsive percussion and whirling melody of “Asa (Tahtib Tehbat).” Another favorite is the groovy, animistic “Mish Hata'ref tesHa?,” whispering poetry and jaunty mallets over spirit-guide bassline, drippy Tubby-ish tones and the disruptive cries of avifauna. Jangled shaker percussion and programmed hand drumming bubble throughout, making for in intensive study in body-centered electronics and voice work, at once smooth and seductive while continually unpredictable.