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Boomkat Product Review:
One of the lesser known Muslimgauze releases, recorded 1997-’98 with his longtime spar The Rootsman, surfaces on its first vinyl edition - newly mastered by Mark Gergis (Sublime Frequencies)
‘Amahar’ is a strong example of both Muslimgauze’s latter phase, his work with soundsystem selector The Rootsman, and his relationship to Bradford - an overlooked epicentre of West Yorkshire culture with a super strong contribution from its South Asian and Muslim community. Patently, Muslimgauze was inspired by this culture and recorded a stack of releases there with local resident The Rootsman, including this heavily dubwise set informed by strong sonic flavours that are practically in the air around there; from its amazing curry houses to cars tonking out updates of traditional music.
Expect to find a mix of his more brooding work and rude subbass with killer, stepping percussion that relates to the area’s heavy soundsystem culture and links to Simon Scott’s legendary SubDub clubnight not far away in Leeds - a rite of passage for anyone in the north of England with even a passing interest in dub. In that mode, the set rides hot and tuff between the heady swagger of ‘Amahar’ and the deep roots of ‘Mecca Dub Room’, taking in unmissable tackle in the scudding stepper ‘Bradisqatsi’ and killer rimshots of ‘Izlamalayzia’, the tumbling echoic dub of ‘Cairo Hookah’, and intoxicating atmospheres of ‘Harama.’