At just 17 years of age, Atta'allah's sound already exudes an erudition well beyond his years, characterised by its powerfully soulful impact and complex arrangements. Listen here…
Hailing from Alexandria, Ahmed Hisham AKA Atta'allah, at only 17, had us staring blankly into the distance, finger firmly stuck on the play/repeat button, ears ajar for over an hour with two brief track releases that exude a special je ne sais quoi, an intangible and soulful impact that already solidifies him as one to watch in Egypt's often sterile Electronic music scene.
The first 'Sequenced' sounds a bit like Massive Attack's 'Angel' was put through an industrial shredder. A hollow bass stutters between a steady kick and snare drenched in concentrated reverb before exploding into a wall of epic noise made up of minor choir chants, high pitched synth and a recurring dissonant vocal sample. 'Death' meanwhile creates an end-of-the-line feel as a beautiful piano arp bleeds through a mattress of sirens and and whispery phantoms.
Atta'allah, who admits to being influenced, at least as far as the ideas behind his music are concerned from medieval composer John Dowland right up to Berlin label Raster-Norton's roster, is planning to release a long piece split up into a triad based on Khalil Gibran essays 'On Faults', 'On Defeat' and 'On Progress' by January. In the meantime, check out the stunning visual prelude of what's to come directed by fellow Alexandrian, filmmaker Muhammed Ibrahim.