Drugsherpa

The following appeared on Mark Weddle's CD & Live Show Reviews page.

Bryn Jones (Muslimgauze) not only wanted to release as much music as frequently as humanly possible, he also desired that it be released on every possible format.  Staalplaat obliged with "Drugsherpa", their first ever 3" CD in 1995, which has just now been re-released.  The oh so cute 3" disc comes in an equally cute gatefold pocket and contains a single 20:25 track of the ominous 'desert trance' variety, similar to many other Muslimgauze releases in 1994 and 1995.  The music gently fades in as if we are joining an already in progress caravan journey.  The rings of cymbals, gentle hand percussion playing, looped drones of stringed instruments, bits of distant street noise and an off and on, repetitive 'thump, thump, thump' bass beat drift in and out of the mix, all seemingly representative of the phases of the trek across the desert and through the city streets.  The piece is moody but always relaxing as it gently shifts through roughly equal portions of ambience and beat driven sections ... perfect for putting on just as you go to bed.  "Drugsherpa" is a small but certainly worthwhile piece of the massive visual and sonic art puzzle that is Muslimgauze.  Look for an untitled CD via the Klanggalerie label by year's end then a slew of new and re-released CDs and vinyl in January from various other labels ...

review by Mark Weddle
CD & Live Show Reviews

The following appears in All Music Guide.

Released as a single track, 3" CD, Drugsherpa is one of the most perfectly realized Muslimgauze efforts. It's worth every second. Showcasing the roots of dub, dance, and drone that inform so much of his work, Bryn Jones here creates an intoxicating blend, with shuddering keyboards and strings echoing deep into the mix over a murmuring bass pulse and a rising and falling series of dance beats In perfect counterpoint to all of this is a ringing bell, which chimes out like a signal throughout the song. Sounding like an imaginary soundtrack for a futuristic Arabic city, Drugsherpa remains a singular standout in the near endless Muslimgauze catalog.

review by Ned Raggett
All Music Guide

The following appeared in Freq E-zine.

They use to call this "the torture of the incessant bell". A sonic deterrent to crime that itself was drummed into the heads of the people living around it. And this proposes an interesting wrinkle to Muslimgauze - the critique of legend. Releases sprout across the racks and yet how much will ever be known about the man, the methodology - the myth? Already growing and grown. One would think that our more progressive high-school-prom DJs would inculcate these recordings every June into the consciousness of those Bryn Jones wanted to reach: those unaware of the struggle for Palestine, and the greater Arab question at hand.

As for the music - it foxy roxx my world, and my afterlife.

review by David Cotner
Freq E-zine

see also Drugsherpa & Maroon

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January 9, 2017