"Farouk Enjineer" is Soleilmoon's fifth and final Muslimgauze release for 1997, following a CD single, a mini CD, a double CD and a full length CD. That's about the average level of output for this prolific group, and while there are detractors who complain that they release too many CDs we would politely beg to disagree. Muslimgauze are simply an original and innovative band who refuse to slow down for a music industry that expects no more than one album a year from it's artists. And "Farouk Enjineer" is Muslimgauze's latest blow against complacency and boredom in music. This is extremely intense Arabic dub noise music, designed to blow minds and loudspeakers. A number of imitators have been given recording contracts recently, and their tame and shallow albums have been offered to the obedient and compliant masses, but those who like their music truly spicy will continue to settle for nothing less.
Press release from Soleilmoon.
The following appeared in Chain D.L.K.
Farouk Enjineer is a mixture of technological and Arabic moods (as even the title suggests), kind of a so called +Arabic dub noise music;! It is made of lots of lo-if looped sounds (even the loopings are lo-if since they are made the way that you can hear where the loop point has been set sometimes), many noises, some hiss, many Arabic sounds as well (sitar, or something like that, and bunches of percussion) and more spicy stuff. The band do focus on the combination of those sounds with the technological looped plastic programmings and they achieve interesting and curious outcomes, yet is maybe a bit too long to allow maximum tastiness.
review by Marc Urselli-Schaerer
Chain D.L.K. Magazine (Issue #5)
The following appeared on Grinding into Emptiness.
This CD is not nearly as noisy as I expected based on the blurb in the Soleilmoon catalog that prompted me to purchase it. It is, however, an extremely bizarre, strange and beautiful piece of music, and one that I don't regret spending money on in the slightest. The opening track, "Jaalor," has the middle eastern tribal rhythms which are the trademark of the Muslimgauze sound, but on top of that is some noisy sound almost like a guitar riff but like it would sound played on a staticy radio two rooms over, and then some strange clicking noises that would have you convinced that your CD player is broken if they didn't happen rhythmically, and then some cut-up Arabic vocal samples. The production on the CD is deliberately fucked-up, for example the drumming will suddenly get louder and softer at random moments in the song, the vocal samples are much too loud as compared to the rest of the music. Another song, "My Samitra," is mixed about half the volume of the other songs on the CD, except occasionally in the song there are these weird electronic farts which blast at full volume and tend to surprise the listener. Muslimgauze's juxtaposition of middle eastern drumming, techno/electronic sounds and beats, noise, and strange studio tricks/mess-ups, is quite intriguing to say the least. Another CD I heard a couple years back called "Zul'm" didn't interest me too much, it was mostly ambient music which tends to not get to me unless I'm in the right mood at the time. However this CD is very interesting to me and I think I'll be looking into some more of Muslimgauze's more experimental recent material.
review by Robb Cunningham
This interview originally appeared on
G R I N D I N G i n t o E M P T I N E S S (February 3, 1998)
The following appeared in K.O.R.T.E.X. Web Zine.
Once again, Bryn Jones stresses the creation of Eastern atmospheres and once again, it does not fail. The notable fact on this album? The excessive use of the white noise, yes yes, it is possible. Sometimes it is disturbing, the music crosses suddenly to sink in a cacophony of some split seconds but it is agreeably brought all the same. The changes of volume are on the other hand atrociously large and disturb listening. Thus, Farouk Enjineer is a very difficult CD. An approach which requires a not very severe listening, sometimes coarse CD but in the last analysis, one realizes that the atmosphere once again was well brought and that Doctor Jones makes it fly.
review by Stephan Gauthier
Translated from French with the assistance of Gist-In-Time
The following appears on Amazon.com.
One of his best!,
Great Arabic traditional rhythms with experimental "out there" beats. Very innovative indeed!
A Music Fan (January 6, 2004)
January 10, 2017