Muslimgauze's limited Untitled CD will be released before the end of the year. It will feature the long deleted 7" on Syntactic plus 9 previously unreleased tracks including a pure noise track. Total running time over 70 minutes.

(ed. this release has been amended and will now contain 13 previously unreleased tracks in addition to the 2 from the 7")

Press release from Klanggalerie.

The following appeared in Incursion Publishing.

Music recorded in 1993 but largely not released until now (two tracks are taken from a very limited 7" by Syntactic), this record by the late Bryn Jones offers nothing new for those familiar with his work of the period. Although I am willing to admit that the music of Muslimgauze is sometimes brilliant, but more often merely intriguing, his innovations were far too few to merit his incomparably vast output. The music on this disc is easily compared with Betrayal (which has the same rhythms and beats, minus the vocal / conversational samples) and Maroon (the same, but with different vocal / conversational samples). If it weren't for these affinities with these and other Muslimgauze releases, I would have really enjoyed the moods and rhythms here. Smooth waves of sound, sparse samples of Arabic percussion, electronic beats and vocal samples here are wonderfully mixed and are all characteristic of this period. This music is enchanting and takes hold of the atmosphere filling it with its mood of impending danger. Recommended for those as yet unfamiliar with Muslimgauze, but for those who are I can only recommend caution.

review by Richard di Santo
Incursion Publishing (issue 1 April 23, 2000)

The following appeared here!.

In 1996 Syntactic released an untitled 7" single using tracks created by Muslimgauze in 1993. A limited edition, it became one of those missing pieces. Then last year Klanggalerie announced a CD containing those two tracks plus a number of other ones from the same sessions - the number kept changing, but the final release has a total of 15. Why they hadn't seen the light of day before is a mystery to me, as is their sudden reappearance - which I hope was not a cynical move.

My first Muslimgauze release was a second hand copy of Veiled Sisters pointed out to me by Darrin Verhagen at Peril 305 - so probably about 1996. I was captivated by the sound, the drifting voices, that string motif, the subtle percussion. While I enjoy the other various moods of Muslimgauze, that one remains my favourite and one which I hadn't heard as fully in other releases (though the reviews suggest Maroon and Betrayal are along the same lines). Until this disk came to me at least.

This is obviously from the same sessions as Veiled Sisters and even slight re-workings of some of the tapes, giving the album the feel of a remix/third sister. The spoken samples are more prominent on a number of short tracks (3 are about a minute or less, including 18 seconds (5) of a singer who appears elsewhere throughout the Muslimgauze catalogue), but most of the album treads that blissful, shimmering drift that draws you into its ambience. The slow pulsing soft drum and bass, bells, drones and horns, souk-talk all float perfectly over those strings.

The last track, though, is odd - a voice talks about the black box flight recorder on flight 593 and then continues with 4 minutes of scraping, metallic noise. My first, incorrect supposition was that 593 was the Lockerbie 'crash': which could have made this a political statement. As it is I don't know what the flight was,  making this hard to read: whether as a comment for or against terrorism or just a sonic experiment. In musical terms it makes a harsh coda to the previous mood.

This album complements Veiled Sisters beautifully, making subtle changes and taking different directions to that album. Why ever it lay hidden and came back, it is a delight to have it now available.

review by Jeremy Keens

The following appeared in Rate Your Music.

One of the best Muslimgauze albums. Definitely in my top 5 of theirs.  Forget the crumby cover and the fact that the album and its tracks are "Untitled" (Could he not be bothered making the effort, with so many releases at once?).
This is great stuff though. Much softer in approach with simple keyboard bass lines and simple 'tunes'. Hey! don't let that fool you - it's Muslimgauze after all. Probably the most sombre sounding of their releases which kicks off with an English news broadcaster reporting on something dreadful that's happened in India. The rest of the album has atmospheric tunes that sounds like scorching heat and has me stripping down to shorts and T-shirt every time I hear it (despite the fact I live in Scotland!)

Unless I'm much mistaken, this must have been put together during the same weeks as 'Veiled Sisters' which is very similar in sound. Good picnic music in the sunshine. And one that won't annoy everyone else who has a normal taste in music. Not because this is normal - but because it's unobtrusive. Quite an unusual thing for Muslimgauze really. It is, however, dirty, creepy and very serious sounding. Muslimgauze for late nights.

Oh jeez! i nearly forgot. Beware of the last track which sits very uncomfortably with the rest of the album. It's the sound of an airliner crashing to earth with the distorted screaming of people on board. This is more Merzbow than Muslimgauze. Probably the noisiest Muslimgauze track ever!  What on earth is this doing on the album?

reviewed by Dobermensch
Rate Your Music (April 10, 2009)

The following appeared in Rate Your Music.

A fairly cool, yet very repetitive and slightly forgettable ambient techno release.

This is the best example of the whole reversed sitar + kick + samples Bryn did a lot in the early 90s, and most songs do sound pretty damn similar so this album feels more like one long song with some interludes inbetween than a whole winding album experience. Tthe final track is also just straight up disturbing, a harsh noise track that takes audio from a plane crash (what the fuck Bryn???). I definitely didn't dislike this one though, it's a fairly relaxing and lowkey release that definitely makes for decent enough background noise that you don't have to focus on all that much.

Not amazing or particularly noteworthy, but still fairly enjoyable in my opinion. recommend if you want an example of Muslimgauze's early ambient techno works that isn't as unique in his discog as Vote Hezbollah.

reviewed by StoneInFocus
Rate Your Music

The following appeared in Rate Your Music.

Much in the same vein as Veiled Sisters, except this embraces the ambient techno even further to become a wholeheartedly groovy, more melodic affair. Aside from the closer, a straight up disturbing noisy track, there's a lot of the usual ambient Muslimgauze affair; enthralling, ever-shifting soundscapes which blend in with soft techno kicks and hi-hats to create more concrete songs, repetition a plenty. While it slightly lacks on the ambient side of things and can't fully compete with his other albums that specialize on that front, it excels in its dance side, with a lot more variety in rhythms and percussion than one might expect from Bryn's output. Perhaps his most accessible, even if not wholly indicative of his usual sound or style, save for its warmth. For similarly (mostly) light techno albums from him, try Arabbox, Bandit Queen E.P., Gun Aramaic and Gun Aramaic Part 2.

reviewed by Decibelle
Rate Your Music (June 28, 2020)

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