[microsound-announce] 2 NEW MUSLIMGAUZE CDS OUT NOW!!!!

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Artist: Muslimgauze
Title: Sycophant of Purdah
Label: Staalplaat
Cat#: 17491
Code#: archive nine (unreleased material)
Format: Cd digipak

"Part of Staalplaat's ongoing Muslimgauze archive series, Sycophant of
Purdah was submitted in 1994 then “replaced” by another master Bryn
Jones felt more fit for release. Sycophant then languished in the
vaults until present, nearly a decade after Jones' passing. It is no
secret that Jones was a prolific artist and that numerous labels
combined could not keep up with his output and will take several more
years more for them to do so.
Sycophant opens with a radio broadcast on the on-going Palestinian
crisis set to breakbeats and marmalade-thick bass lines; the forward to
another sonic treatise on struggles of the Muslim world. Tracks that
follow are more consistent with Industrial stylings of the Muslimgauze
oeuvre including Zealot, Blue Mosque, Silknoose and Izlamaphobia.
Industrial, in the context of Muslimgauze, is often characterized by
tightly woven percussion loops with scant variance while melodies
hover. Additionally,  tracks like “Radif, Avaz And Dastgah” and “Mossad
Evil” are another facet of Industrial, Industrial in the classic sense
of the word meaning, 'mechanical', 'machine like', with little in the
way of melodic overtones. The commonality is rigorous, dogmatic
structure that are nonetheless hypnotic and engaging. Because the above
albums vary, despite being of the same sub-genre, Sycophant could be
considered a 'missing link' that ties them together—with ethno-breaks
added for variance. None of the track listings, handwritten by Jones,
are repeated on any other release hence Sycophant of Purdah is a 'must
have' for fans and collectors." Text by Ibrahim Khider, author of
“Muslimgauze: Chasing the Shadow of Bryn Jones”

Track List:

  1. Jerico Loop-Bin Duplicator.
  2. Enzyme Bangalore.
  3. Sycophant Of Purdah.
  4. Mehmet Quarter.
  5. Radif, Avaz and Dastgah.
  7. For Muntaz.
  8. Dupatta.
  9. Jerico Loop-Bin Duplicator.
11. Cairo Mercedes.
12. Enzyme Bangalore.
13. Mossad Evil.

Artist: Muslimgauze
Title: Sulaymaniyah
Label: Staalplaat
Cat#: 17492
Code#: archive seven (unreleased material)
Format: Cd digipak

"Sulaymaniyah is part of Staalplaat's ongoing Muslimgauze archive
series, masters originally submitted in 1997, then “replaced” by what
became Vampire of Tehran released early in 1998. It was not uncommon
for the prolific Bryn Jones to replace masters with what he believed to
be a more fit release. Short of two tracks, “Fez Tishan” and “Hamas
Pulse of Revenge”, this is Vampire of Tehran with nine additional,
unreleased tracks. Because Sulaymaniyah was “replaced”, it was stored
in Staalplaat's vault's until a decade after Jones' passing and it will
take several more years before they have completely caught up with
additional “replaced” and unreleased masters.
Sulaymaniyah is stylistically varied and has ethno-electro,
ethno-breakbeat along with several dub cuts. Ethno-electro/breaks are
analogous to urban dance/hip hop with catchy, distortion ridden breaks
and heavily edited ethnic music, cut-up and reassembled into
Frankenstein hybrids—sometimes further complicated with dub elements.
Wanton mixtures of styles are one of many defining qualities of
Muslimgauze music. Like “replaced” masters, versions of tracks such as
“Arabs Improved Zpain” and “Arabs Return Zpain” demonstrate Jones' near
obsessive search for the right sound. For those who appreciate the
latter, rhythmic ethno-breaks and dub phase of Muslimgauze circa Tandoori Dog, or completists, Sulaymaniyah is a “must have”. Text by
Ibrahim Khider, author of “Muslimgauze: Chasing the Shadow of Bryn

Track List:

  1. Full Metal Yashmak.
  2. Disinfekt.
  3. Nadir.
  4. Satsuma Tablet.
  5. Arabs Improved Zpain.
  6. Fez Tishan.
  7. Arabs Return Zpain.
  8. Black Izlamic Garb.
  9. North Africa Is Not So Far Away.
10. The Fly That Constantly Bites.
11. Terracotta Bowl.
12. Zealot Box.
13. Strap Sticks of Dynamite Around Her Body.
14. Enchanté, Monsieur.
15. Clamour.
16. Come Inside Lahore.
17. Full Metal Yeshmak.


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