“Sea Urchin is the Berlin-based brainchild of the Italian Francesco Cavaliere and the Egyptian-Austrian Leila Hassan. Being core members of the underground, they already released a 7” in 2012 on D.A.S., a tape in 2014 on Stenze Quo, and Cavaliere recently released two solo-LP’s on Hundebiss.
Yaqaza is their long-awaited vinyl debut. The duo surprises with a multicoloured, mystic and intriguing collage of deconstructed pop hits, Italian music concrète, King Tubby-like dub and Algerian Rai.
It is no coincidence that Yaqaza is Arabic for ‘daydream, reverie’. The record is a virtual reality labyrinth in which you wander around sleepwalking, constantly opening new doors and sliding between tableaux vivants. The poetic vocals by Hassan, alternately in Arabic and English, is an absent guide that takes you to ethereal micro-cosmoses. Dubby baselines, a cold drum computer, analog electronics and subtle tape collages come together in an intriguing and wondrous web of unravelling side plots.”
“compilation of longform pieces that have been building in parallel to recent albums and live sets. 2 hours of music in 5 parts ／ 兩個小時/五個部分（download in description)”
“Demdike and Votel’s label delivers this incredible, ancient-but-modern sound collage painstakingly constructed over a number of years out of Youtube samples – total mind-bender this one, somewhere between New Age meditation tape and the sound of your nightmares…”
1. Healing Side
2. Awakening Side
“Ras G’s early Leaving tapes circa 2010 & 2013 collected and re-issued.”