Gulf Between Us

Available now (March 14, 1997)

As we all know, the whole world has recently fallen under the hypnotic spell of Muslimgauze. Indians, Arabs, Jews, Americans, Russians, Tunisians, and Brazilians all sway to their mesmerizing rhythms. There's no corner of the planet left where the distinctive hybrid Middle Eastern sounds aren't heard. Even your own parents may have a Muslimgauze CD in the changer right now. And the recent flood of releases by Manchester's most prolific group seems to have barely relieved the unlimited demand for their mysterious Arab-inspired music.

It give us great pleasure, therefore, to announce a brand new single, Gulf Between Us. Weighing in at 23 and a half minutes, this budget-minded record represents the latest concepts and ideas from this creative juggernaut. Like the band's earlier works, it defies easy categorization. Because they avoid the tired practice of "borrowing" sounds from other cultures they can not be grouped with other groups who are known for their "ethnic" influences. What truly sets Muslimgauze apart from the rest is that they have created something entirely new that is neither Middle Eastern nor English, neither traditional nor techno, yet somehow is always completely aware of its roots.

Recent works on Soleilmoon include Arab Quarter and Re-mixs, the later being featured in the March 1997 issue of Wired magazine.

Press release from Soleilmoon.

The following appears on

Muslimgauze are easily the most prolific electronics outfit on the experimental underground scene. And while they release CDs in bunches, Muslimgauze's output never sinks below absolutely brilliant. The basic formula is relatively simple: lift some Arabic street music, sample it, loop it, attach a small explosive, and detonate. The result: an incredibly rich pastiche of wind-blown, dubbed-out trance music that is at once edgy but calm, aggressive but soothing. "Gulf" is a peaceful, laconic 20-minute meditation that simultaneously compresses and expands time with soothing sound washes and lightly tapping beats that lull and suggest rather than rush about. A gorgeous example of Muslimgauze at their very best.

S. Duda

The following appeared in Rate Your Music.

Back in the mid '90s I wanted something from Muslimgauze in a bad way. Ended up getting a dubbed tape from one of my mail friends and I kind of forgot about him after that. Fast forward to Feb 2008 and I've got one download left in my cue for the month. I grab this 22 minute one track EP, and I couldn't be happier. Great tribal rhythms, radio sounds, world music samples and not much else. A sparse but excellent two part track that has left me once again wanting more Muslimgauze.

reviewed by bnoring 
Rate Your Music
(February 8, 2008)

The following appeared in Rate Your Music.

An amazingly immersive atmospheric dub excursion. The 4-minute cut that is present on Narcotic doesn't do this piece justice - over a whopping 23 and a half minutes, Muslimgauze unfolds this vast sonic canvas, with the usual diverse array of electronic sounds and field recordings going together to create a very visual, cinematic impression. It is simultaneously loaded with dozens of sounds and yet sparse,  retaining a haunting feeling of space.

The title is apt - the piece instantly evokes images of the Persian Gulf, the sands in the post-sunset twilight, huge trucks loaded with arms drifting through the desert, the quiet mumblings of the radio... The recurring synth melody is ever so melancholic, as if sadly admitting that peace is temporary and there would be much more problems to come... Which Bryn indeed predicted, as the Second Gulf War, which he had never come to witness, broke out in 2003...

A work of music to get lost in.

reviewed by muslimgauze_reviews
Rate Your Music (April 14, 2018)

see also Azzazin, Return Of Black September, Re-mixs, Arab Quarter & Gulf Between Us & Gulf Between Us & Fatah Guerrilla

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