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)

Zuriff Moussa (re-issue)

Important Records is excited to release the limited edition of 1000 vinyl edition of the highly sought after Muslimgauze classic "Zuriff Moussa." Zuriff Moussa is pressed on red, white, green and black vinyl (250 of each) representing the 4 colors of the Palestinian flag and the deluxe screen printed chipboard jackets were printed by Neil Burke of Monoroid. Please note that the track listing has been revised by Staalplaat down to what they consider the key tracks Important Records to fit this vinyl issue.

"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. For messed-up beat fans who are able to find it, Zuriff Moussa is close to a crucial purchase." - All Music Guide.

Press release from Important.

The following appeared on Discogs.

2004 album of eccentric left-field techno, intellectual ambient, Middle Eastern-flavored hip hop beats, and in generally excellent "experimental music" from Muslimgauze. Quirky acid squiggles brighten abstract beats that henge an aura of middle eastern exoticism melded with elegant techno (not the trendy cheeseball EDM of 2014 superstar dj dancefests). Overall a great package with history regarding the struggle of Palestinian rebels/ and those opposing Zion (even within the Israeli state- there are many against Zionism), great graphic cover, and very nice color vinyl.

reviewed by AUTOMATIXROMANTIX
(Discogs June 3, 2014)

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

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