Complete Oblique (compilation)

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The earliest Muslimgauze recordings circa 1982-83, mastered from the original tapes and previously only available on a limited vinyl run a decade ago, now finally repressed in an individually numbered edition of 300 copies housed in a heavyweight tip on-style gatefold - if you want to hear Muslimgauze sounding like Dopplereffekt - this is an absolute must.

'Complete Oblique' comprehensively establishes the roots and early years of Bryn Jones a.k.a. Muslimgauze. Collecting all 3 of Jones' impossible-to-find cassettes for Kinematograph Tapes released between 1982-1983, plus his 7" for Bourbonese Qualk's Recloose Organization, it reveals a staggering corpus of coldwave electro instrumentals and machine-made prototypes for what would become one of the most distinctive catalogues in modern electronic music. For anyone familiar with the noisy, dub-heavy leanings of his later work, these 17 tracks may well come as a massive shock, sounding closer to John Bender, early NWW or Zoviet France's debut album, also issued in 1982, rather than what many might perceive to be a definitive "Muslimgauze" sound. What's perhaps most startling, though, is the appearance of icy melodies and loads of ghostly space in the recordings, as opposed to noise-saturated dub or sampled texturhythms. In that sense we can draw acute contemporary analogs between tracks such as "Fall Into Glass" or the super-rare "Extreme Faction (re-mix)" and the spine-tracing melodies of Heinrich Mueller or Skanfrom, and equally The Human League's 'The Dignity Of Labour Pts. 1-4'. It's a must-have collection for anyone who really wants to get to the creative core of early '80s electronic music, and no less than essential for Muslimgauze fanatics.

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July 14, 2016