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Next up from Staalplaat’s endless Muslimgauze archive sees him in dub at The Abraham Mosque in Manchester circa the late ‘90s.
It portrays Bryn Jones aka Muslimgauze at his most blazed and dancehall-ready, drawing together versions of cuts from Nommos’ Return (1997) Syrinja (1998), and Baghdad (1999) beside original, unreleased and totally killer material that stands out even amongst his formidable catalogue.
We’re talking crushing digi dub and dub proper of an ilk that used to be ubiquitous to certain corners of Northern English cities like Leeds, Bradford and Manchester, and which Muslimgauze was certainly affiliated.
Due to a dearth of suitable venues to host the kind of soundsystems that this music was influenced by and sounds best on, it’s unlikely we’ll ever experience this stuff as it was supposed to be heard (unless Simon Scott does one of his famed all-Muslimgauze sets), but we’d imagine that the electrifying digi-prod of Negative or the Lenky-style gyrations of Arab and the abstracted steppers vectors of Mea Culpa would test them to the foundations.