A new BSI 12" of hard-copy exclusives from the late Bryn Jones, aka Muslimgauze.
The four tracks on Muslimgauze's Melt 12" were originally made available by Staalplaat & Pretentious.net as MP3s on the Muslimgauze Web site, for a limited time beginning in November of 1998. This is their first "proper" release, as a 12" in an edition of 2000 copies.
Melt sees Muslimgauze throwing down in what's been called his "West Bank" mode: battle-tech funk & break-beat with the characteristic noise and Middle-Eastern sources you'd expect. One for bombed-out dance floors worldwide.
Press release from BSI Records.
The following appeared in Exclaim.
Melt features posthumously released material by the late Bryan Jones, aka Muslimgauze. These tracks were formerly MP3s featured on one of the Muslimgauze web sites that have since been taken down and are now committed to a limited edition vinyl run by BSI Records. There are four tracks in total, two per side. "Rebiana Sand Sea" is a powerful bit of sequenced distorted percussion work with sampled Middle Eastern string arrangements. "You Have Limbs and Baksheesh" is a hard, deep funk, percussive track with raunchy oud played over top. "Turn Left For Jabaliya" is also a deeply distorted, percussive track with no discernible Middle Eastern sound this time around. "Melt," the title track, has distorted beats as well but is joined with traditional North African rhythms. Melt is akin to another superb breaks album by Muslimgauze, Uzi Mahmood. This music is composed by one of the most eccentric, uncompromising and talented producers of the UK - Jones instilled an inspiring level of depth to his music. Hopefully, more archived material by Muslimgauze will be released in the future.
review by Ibrahim Khider
Exclaim (July 30, 2001)
see also Melt & Fedayeen & Melt
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