Zuriff Moussa

The following appeared in the Willamette Week.

A controversial and prolific experimental musician turns in one of his finest efforts, an album laced with dark beats and haunting samples of Arabic instrumentation and voices.

review by Richard Martin
This interview originally appeared in the Willamette Week as Spins Of The Week (April 8, 1998)

The following appears in All Music Guide.

Instead of the drones and mostly beatless atmospheres of many previous Muslimgauze recordings, Zuriff Moussa presents quite a danceable switch for Bryn Jones. Dedicated to a Palestinian martyr, the album sounds like a cleaner version of Techno Animal, with Eastern influences instead of dub. "Turkquoize Label" and "Brazil Marijuana" are surprisingly infectious, with distorted break-beats and the patented Muslimgauze phased-channel drone. There are 24 tracks spread across more than an hour, so there isn't a large amount of time for each track, though several are presented in suites, like "Anti Arab America." For messed-up beat fans who are able to find it, Zuriff Moussa is close to a crucial purchase.

review by John Bush
All Music Guide

The following appeared in Chainlink D.L.K..

These 1997 recordings re-released this year in 800 copies, sort of give you an idea of the transition from Bryn Jones' atmospheric ambience electronic period into the distorted percussion loops period. The signature sound of his later production starts emerging among the 24 tracks of 'Zuriff Moussa', which maintain some of the characteristics of his older music, in terms of under-laying sound floors and real life samples spread across drones and other layers of disquieting sonics. Definitely a good purchase for those who would like to get a general and overall idea of what Muslimgauze sounded like throughout the years.

review by Marc Urselli-Schaerer
Chainlink D.L.K. (May 18, 2004)

The following appeared in Rate Your Music.

Another great release in the gargantuan back catalogue of Muslimgauze recordings to get through. Oh well, I'm glad to get my review of the miserable 'Dar es Salaam' out of the way. It was so goddamn awful I nearly had to jack this review thing in altogether! Baahh!

Zuriff Moussa is more like it. Tremendous production is the first thing of note on this recording. As far as the music goes, there's a bit of everything here. Small bursts of scratchy records, upbeat almost danceable tunes, Arab vocals, deep bass, loud drums, electronic heavybeat workouts and plenty of sound effects.

The best way for me to describe the whole thing would be by film. Do you remember 'Outland' starring Sean Connery? Remember that bit with the go-go girl surrounded by blue lights in the bar? Well, this is the music for such an occasion.

I'll tell you one thing about listening to Muslimgauze: once you start you can't stop. I have intense bursts of Muslimgauze listening followed by nothing for months. On and off, year in year out. It's weird. No other band does this to me.

reviewed by Dobermensch 
Rate Your Music (April 15, 2009)

see also Sandtrafikar & Zuriff Moussa & Fatah Guerrilla, Narcotic, Sandtrafikar, Vampire Of Tehran & Zuriff Moussa

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