Boomkat Product Review:
Iraqi-born, canadian sound artist Rita Mikhael aka E-Saggila turns out turbulent rhythms and synth leads in her debut attack for Hospital Productions, following on from releases for Northern Electronics, Bank Records, Opal Tapes and Aught Void. If yr into Hiro Kone and Drew McDowell, this one comes highly recommended.
‘Corporate Cross’ pulls out nine tracks of reticulated percussion, wavey synth melodies, breakcore and ambient washes that map an ancient, byzantine feel onto densely urban sort of post-techno/IDM structures. It’s all less rave-wise than E-Saggila’s releases for Opal Tapes and her own label, Summer Isle, exploring a more narrative based, sound-designer dramaturgy of ideas that takes in the polychromatic burst of ‘Redcloud’, hymnal trance riffs in ‘Replica’, and rolling dubstep on ‘Mouth In Reach’, thru to Synkro-esque half step scenes in ‘For The Butterfly’, and ‘90s cyber-hacker styles in ’Slowland’, with a soaring denouement in ‘Mantis Print’.
As she explains: “this album is a framework of placement and displacement of what I recognize as organic and instinctive. The constructed sounds draw a parallel between primalism and mechanization, where structure and disorder mimic themselves through these titles. a lot of these ideas are based off of the environment I come in contact with and the familiar expression and tone that is set into this album. It's a narration of transparent rhythms and patterns I see as natural, but to the listener is observed as ambiguous. corporate cross scans through the themes of novelty in human and animal, endemic and deterioration, and the sub-systems of our concealed environment.”