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Boomkat Product Review:
**A killer set from Morphosis, a must for fans of Sun Ra, Dariush Dolat-Shahi, Alice Coltrane** Exploratory Lebanese imprint Annihaya presents a stunning debut album opus by Rabih Beaini (aka Morphosis) under his birth name. As Rabih was born in Lebanon (but now based in Berlin and with strong ties to Venice, Italy) it is fitting he shares 'Albidaya' - meaning "The Beginning" in Arabic - with a label from his home country, who provide acute context for its mixture of electronics, psych rock, folk and jazz with their previous releases from Raed Yassin and noted Arab-o-philes, Sun City Girls. Impressively it was mostly recorded over the course of one day in 2012, wrangling myriad rhythms, tones and shapes from Rabih's famous collection of vintage analog synthesizers and sequencers meshed with Eko Tiger Duo organ and guitar, and some assistance from Tommaso Cappellato on drums and Piero Bittolo Bon on woodwind and electronics (with additional credits to both Mike Huckaby and Donato Dozzy), and post-production done in Berlin and Rome. And most importantly, it's a resounding success, articulating a worldly vision of electronic and instrumental musics thru the prism of his oft-quoted Sun Ra and Alice Coltrane inspirations, whilst comparable with the para-dimensional, modular microtones of Dariush Dolat-Shahi's incredible Smithsonian Folkways issue or even the mystic practice of Gurdjieff. For techno heads familiar with Rabih's Ra.H or Morphosis material but unsure what to expect, we urge you to dive in head-first and dry off later; for the jazz, world and electronic connoisseurs, it's a total peach. Strongly recommended!