Return To The City Of Djinn

Following on from 1997's "City Of Djinn" set, where the more enigmatic Muslimgauze put some choice Rootsman cuts through the mangle, here is the next chapter. This time there are 23 tracks included, and once stamped with Muslimgauze's original trademark style, the original cuts are barely recognisable. "City Of Djinn" has been one of the most popular sets in the Third Eye catalogue and sold out very quickly on it's release. It has not been available since then. On it's release, it gained strong radio support from John Peel on Radio One in the UK.

The Rootsman is the UK's leading experimental dubmaster and has even been tagged the "Spiritual Leader" of the UK roots genre. He has not been afraid to walk new paths away from the traditional roots reggae background, and this determination has meant that he has worked with artists from many different fields. In January, he will have two remixes released of the tribal metal band Soufly, formed by ex-Sepultura founder Max Cavalera. Rootsman continues to release a large volume of music, and 1999 will see a new solo set alongside collaborations with The Disciple, Dayjah, Gabriel Le Mar, plus a full collaborative collection with Muslimgauze. February 1999 will see Rootsman's third Polish tour taking place, to promote the release of "The 12" Mixes", a special compilation for the Polish market.

In a decade and a half, Muslimgauze has released over 50 albums! He continues to be as prolific as ever, and his music has continued to develop and absorb other influences. His controversial image and "uneasy listening" music style have ensured that he has remained a cult figure in the music world, but he commands a lot of respect and in erring devotion from his many fans worldwide. The last couple of years has seen Muslimgauze play more live shows and this has taken him to Sweden, Japan, Germany and Spain.

"Return To The City Of Djinn" will be released on Monday January 11, 1999 as a strict limited edition of 1000 copies worldwide.

Press release from Third Eye Music.

Released in January, 1999, just three days after the tragic death of Muslimgauze, this incredible collection carries on where the first volume left off. Industrial, tribal-style remixes that are a fitting testament to the unique talent that was Muslimgauze.

Press release from Third Eye Music.

The following appeared on Boomkat.

First vinyl pressing of a cranky ’99 transpennine illbient-dancehall wrecker by Manchester’s Muslimgauze and Bradford don The Rootsman

‘Return to the City of Djinn’ skanked out a few years after the original ‘City of Djinn’ (1997) for The Rootsman’s Third Eye Music. Weighing in at 23 tracks, 67 mins over a new 2LP cut, it’s a substantial salvo of late period Bryn Jones aka Muslimgauze, who sadly passed away the week before it was issued, in January 1999. Omnivorous in its approach to style and pattern, it diffracts dub in varying shades of illbient, rugged NYC ragga-hop, jungle breaks and millennium dancehall pressure, with the duo’s pointed politics and weltanschauung implied by track titles often referencing zones of conflict and tragedy, ‘Bradford’ included.

Taking source material from The Rootsman records ‘Into The Light’ and ’52 Days to Timbuktu’, Muslimgauze dials in a heavy duty selection of hands-on-desk loop shaping, rudely pushed into the red and spliced with a palette of sampled voices occurring as characters in its ruffcut tapestry. From acidic dancehall echoing the weirdest, contemporaneous Lenky in ’Srebrenica’ to the cone-blowing illbient hip hop of ‘Bradford’ and heavily seasoned dub-noise of ’Banja Luka’, it’s classic Muslimgauze in effect, with standout cuts of flinty jungle in ‘Kabul’, ballistic bashment on ‘Dar Es Salaam’, and ‘hardcore hip hop breaks in ’Tuzla’, plus a dreamy sore thumb ‘Faizabad’.

Whatever your take on the mysterious, controversial Muslimgauze, he made some fucking amazing music - massive RIYL The Bug, Jay Glass Dubs, Demdike Stare, Shackleton.


Bandcamp Notes

The second part of the famous collaboration between two UK based electronic pioneers: John Bolloten aka The Rootsman and Bryn Jones aka Muslimgauze.

For this album the original The Rootsman material from his albums Into The Light and 52 Days to Timbuktu was remixed and deconstructed by Muslimgauze. As always with Bryn Jones, all material is inspired by Arab culture.

We hear distorted dub rhythms, sawn-off loops, traditional music, male and female voices and then distorted rhythms again. Closing your eyes, you can find yourself in the middle of an eastern city, walk along its noisy streets, admire the ancient architecture. This noise can tell amazing stories!


see also Azure Deux, Hussein Mahmood Jeeb Tehar, Remixs Vol. 2, Re-mixs Vol 3., and Return To The City Of Djinn

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