Monday, 18 November
*Digital version includes a bonus remix from Machinedrum* Bristol bassbin souljahs yung and old meet inna future dub clash. Sherwood & Pinch's follow-up to 'Bring Me Weed' heads to battle in three versions, a gritty steppers original weighed with dread subbass descent; a noisy Dubplate Pressure mix screwed with mad FX; a wilder extended mix.
Spiritual brethren, Pat Murano (Decimus, NNCK) and Brad Rose (Digitalis Records), reprise their mystic union as Safiyya for the bewildering psychedelic head-f**k, 'Shareek Hayaat'. They've appeared in this guise once before, on the eponymous 2012 side for Murano's Kelippah label, and once again make for a (super)natural pairing here, spilling their psyches over two extended jams layering primitivist, technoid bleeps with pulsating subbass patterns, organ motifs and spectral noise reminding of Keith Fullerton Whitman's modular excursions, Diamond Catalog's scrambled tec… Read more
**Insoluble blend of synthetic and organic textures and rhythms by exploratory producer and sound artist, Raudve, for Stefan Goldmann's Macro label. An unusual piece of work, may appeal to fans of Rashad Becker, Non Place, Jamal Moss, Frak** "When Messiaen set out to transcribe birds songs as models for his compositions, he couldn’t have predicted that by now wild birds would have started to learn mobile phone ringtone patterns. For A System of Objects, RAUDIVE aka OLIVER HO maps an obliquely constructed world in which you lose all certainty of what is nature and what is design. Raudi… Read more
**Ships Friday** Massive true-skool dubstep weapons from Anti-Social Ents' Quest. 'Visitors' weighs in up top with hydraulic 4/4 sub punch and bristling counter rhythms designed to hypnotise and pummel the dance into submission; down under, 'Dubfoot' is a little more subtle, doing the one foot skank on the kind of invisible subs that mek your eyes quiver while intricate polyrhythms and escalating synthline ratchet the slow-cooked intensity to a sublime climax.
WNCL boss Bob Bhamra and his pal, Paul Bateman reprise their Plastic Soul alias with four tracks of bumpy, garage-inflected house. A-side stars the dubbed out stride of 'I Got It' and the lo-slung swanger, 'Holdin On'; B-side features the disco string-filtering swing 'Mint Imperial', and a deeper, chords-driven garage house mover, 'Body Form' (whoooa ho, body form for yoooo).
Loadstar give P Money a booming reggaeton/Run DMC hip-hop/rock beat on 'Round The Clock', plus a squealing dubstep mess called 'Changes', the natty road rap of 'Mad', and the emo-step of 'Missing'. Check the Cause & Affect remix of the title cut for a cheeky Jackin' fix.
**Impressive debut album of vaulted, GYBE!-like post-rock, new on Sub Rosa** "Oiseaux-Tempête debut album retraces, in a sonic odyssey, the qualms and queries of a sickly and dysfunctional Western society. The trio was created in Paris in 2012 by the musically versatile pair Frédéric D. Oberland (guitar) and Stéphane Pigneul (bass) (members of FareWell Poetry and Le Réveil des Tropiques) and percussionist Ben Mc Connell (drummer for bands such as Beach House, Rain Machine, Au Revoir Simone, Marissa Nadler and Winter Family). The band's creative process is intertwined with that of … Read more
“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 breakbeats 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 … Read more
Expanded reissue of Bryn Jones aka Muslimgauze's 1997 album, originally included in the 4LP 'Tandoori Dog' boxset. The eight original tracks of overdriven, distortion-flavoured breakbeats and mid-eastern samples are now augmented by three bonus cuts; the rugged thirteen minute electro stepper 'Damascus' and its slower counterparts from the same session, 'Noor Al Hussein' parts 1 & 2. "Now released as a sole CD, the complete, ten track “Tandoori Dog” is released on a limited CD, spanning in total sixty minutes of music. Muslimgauze didn’t fail in this highly productive period. Peaking as n… Read more
"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 s… Read more
Heavily seasoned Muslimgauze beats for the connoisseurs! The latest discovery in Staalplaat's ongoing reissue series excavates eight of the rarest delicacies hand-cooked in the kitchen studio of Bryn Jones. 'Hindu Gold Leaf' is the ghostly starter of fading Punjabi song, before the concoction of dipping Bhangra breaks and noise interference on 'Maskara' wildly jolts the senses with wickedly jarring fluctuations in amplitude and velocity. Again the killer breaks and spindly strings of 'Tariq Aziz' are deep fried in a light batter of noise, before 'Salman Pak, Baghdad' switches territory… Read more
'Satyajit Eye' is the more intriguing of two Bryn Jones reissues released this week. We're instantly entranced by the flurried percussions and raga drones and privy to some very special gear in the ritualistic electro-acoustic space shaping, a vibe which seeps into the stunningly spacious atmosphere and metal-tipped polyrhythms of 'Tuareg' - Raime fans take note! - while the title track manifests a lush ecology of raga drone and acousmatic field recordings precipitating more incredibly clear and precise drum work on 'Dhobi' and the evocatibely near psychedelic swirl of 'Caste'. Don't sleep on this one; it's killer!
"Red Madrassa is a trip that takes off where Mr Jones left us in swirlie soundstorms of the dark Arab nights with albums like Azad and Fakir Sind. Driving our tanks through the desert towards Hamas Arc via some relaxed dubsmoking in the villages of Port Said."
"Muslimgauze remixes Muslimgauze remixes Muslimgauze. Muslimgazue returning to dubby, reggae structures."
"Another year, another Muslimgauze. This release is not part of the limited edition series. This time an unlimited one. Musicwise more uptempo, distorted beat material, with dashes of trip hop like beats. Muslimgauze find their way round in current dance music trends, but he's not willing to settle down, give in or sell out. This is particular strong material."
"Much like earlier entrants in the subscription series Sandtrafikar, Mullah concentrates on the softer yet still ominous side of Muslimgauze, coming across as meditative, late-night music which still has an understated edge to it all. The title track sets its mood well, with a synth/string arrangement similar to the dominant one from Veiled Sisters, but darker and more subdued, set against a very low-key drum machine beat and gentle interjections of wind instruments and random vocal bits. The first 'Every Grain of Palestinian Sand' ups the tempos slightly, adding more drones and percussio… Read more
"Maroon was the first Muslimgauze of 1995 and brought back the sound of confrontation. Musically Maroon continues Salaam Alekum Bastard (which was a break with the Blue Mosque and Zealot releases) and is dub inspired techno, laid back sounds with taped radio voices from the middle east that appear apparently random in the mix."
"Madrass Sitar Burner harbours Muslim-world East-Indian/Pakistani flavours as well as North African/Middle Eastern into what could be described as among the more 'jumping' Muslimgauze releases in the oeuvre. Curiously, sitars surface on only one track, perhaps reduced to ashes before further songs could be composed. Masters for Madrass... were submitted by Bryn Jones to Staalplaat in 1998, while Muslimgauze music was well into the dancehall-reggae-dub-cum-noisy-distortion phase. Those who wish to place the album in the overall context of the discography can do so among the 'ethno… Read more
"An attribute of a good work of art, besides craftsmanship and beauty, are revelations of new details with each experience. Lazhareem Ul Leper by Muslimgauze certainly qualifies for its range of percussion instruments, atypical electronics, and skillful de-construction of ethno-traditional music. In turn, said music is re-assembled with urban styling and a technical deftness akin to the way a Shao-Lin monk wields weapons. The Staalplaat crew think this among the more unusual of Muslimgauze works, and fans undoubtedly will think it both refreshing and as striking now as when first c… Read more
Originally distributed by Pretentious as an MP3 only internet release from 2000, 'Jebel Tariq' now comes home to Staalplaat. "It has strong hand-drum beats throughout but still maintains a very moody feel. It was undoubtedly these very elements that lead Jeremy Keens to state it was"balanced between the ambient and beat sides" of Bryn's work. It goes beyond just these elements though. There are whispered voices changing to strong ululations, frequent flute"samples" and then the bass. There are parts where the deep throb of the electric bass element gives a very dub feel and then there is … Read more