Uzbekistani Bizzare And Souk

We are very proud to be honored with the opportunity to release something by the late Bryn Jones. Uzbekistani has long been considered one of the pillars of the Muslimgauze catalog though it has never enjoyed a proper release. 200 copies were given away by Staalplaat on DAT and bootlegs circulated. here is the official release with bonus tracks.

The first edition of 1000 is being issued in hand numbered packaging made by the people at Manifesto Press. They used an ancient letter press printing method to create very special packaging. The letter press method is still very popular in the Middle East, despite the West's embracement of the conventional offset printing technique. One of the biggest differences is that with letter press you get thick layers of ink creating a more substantial image and offset printing lays down a thin layer. When you hold it you can feel the difference.

Release information from Important.

The following appears on Amazon.com.

Truly Supernatural.

A truly amazing album, Muslimgauze is something extremely special, I have never heard anything like this and I'm into lots and lots of music. This music puts you in a trance and feels very spiritual and amazingly is only done with old analogue equipment. Muslimgauze is the most controversial musician in the world today, some say his music is evil. I don't know but I can say it is truly the most innovative and supernatural music I have ever heard.

"smokeabifta" (January 4, 2006)
Amazon.com

The following appeared on Rate Your Music.

At first it seemed more like a collection of sketches rather than a full-fledged album, but I ended up enjoying it to a great extent. The mysterious, textured ambience of previous works here is completely thrown out of the window, and this time Mr Jones provides us with some relentlessly harsh, minimalistic and explosive beats.

Can't really do a proper track by track because it appears that my (downloaded from who knows where) copy of the album has some track titles confused with others, but some things to note:

Abdul's Halal, Harijana and Rouge Amin Fraction offer some hyperactive, jerky techno beats, with the trademark Muslimgauze tendency of rhythms randomly stopping only to start again a second later. The whole ordeal is very stripped down, and contrary to the majority of Muslimgauze records, there is a minimal amount of middle eastern instruments, and no spoken word samples at all, except for a random female voice loop on a couple of tracks.

Another favorite is Takfir Wa Higra, whose distorted-to-hell beat sounds like something which Death Grips could've taken a hint from. Hell, it's not hard to imagine MC Ride spitting verses over the thing.

There are some intentionally ugly and borderline unlistenable tracks - The Iranian Who Found Allah, for example, is 8 minutes of one drum sample which in some places jumps to such distortion levels that you have to wonder how the equipment survived that. Same goes for the last few tracks - it sounds like the album is slowly falling apart, with the tracks becoming increasingly noisy and distorted to unholy levels, until everything manages to fall apart completely and ends with a minimalistic digital drone in the last track.

If you're not a fan of noise and distortion (god, how many times have I used the word "distortion" in this review yet?), then skip this one, but I loved it. Great for listening while taking the metro, as the recording levels are so high that they manage to overpower any other sound within your surroundings.

P.S. As a Russian, I was mildly amused by the fact that this record is titled after Uzbekistan, our bordering country. I don't think I've ever seen Uzbekistan mentioned anywhere else in western music.

muslimgauze_reviews (January 26, 2018)
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The following appeared on Boomkat.

Digital reissue of a Muslimgauze heavyweight, first issued on DAT in '96 and then on CD in '02. This is a reissue of the original DAT tracklist, including some devilish jungle workouts alongside the usual blown-out beats and dubbed-out loop experiments. Those jungle pieces are totally crucial; at best in the ruthlessly filtered, brink-of-glitch edits in 'Abdul's Halal' and the lethal swerve of 'Rouge Amin Fraction', while we find other, sweeter treats in sublime New Age chimes and salty hip hop swagger of 'Glass Mughal' and recursive noise psychedelia of 'Leboneeze' - both real standouts from his wider catalogue.

Boomkat

The following appeared on Staalplaat's Muslimgauze Bandcamp page.

Few of his records slide so much towards the for lack of a more polite phrasing, harshly fucked up digital noise and bears Muslimgauze spectrum as Uzbekistani Bizzare and Souk does.

Aside from the vocal loop/Amen break duet of “Rouge Amin Fraction”, the songs here found Jones focusing much more on the electronic music elements always present in his work as Muslimgauze, ranging from the watery, dubby tones that show up on “The Iranian Who Found Allah” and parts of the suite-like “Paper Gulag”, the harsh trebles of “Cafkir Ma Higra” (which bring to mind Aphex Twin’s “Ventolin”) or the dense, digital sleet storm of closer “Leboneeze”. Eslewhere, tracks like “Cafkir Wa Hig” and “Harijana” serve as master classes in Jones’ expertise at twisting his beats and patterns until they practically shred (both themselves and, if you’re not careful, the speakers).

Uzbekistani Bizzare and Souk is a tough, rigorous set of some of Jones’ most beat-focused work as Muslimgauze.

Uzbekistani Bizzare And Souk on Bandcamp

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