Boomkat Product Review:
One of Muslimgauze’s most sought-after albums is given a proper vinyl cut, rendering ‘Azzazin’ over 2 discs, replete with 2 unreleased tracks
Back in 1996 ‘Azzazin’ was released on CD and a 10” of remixes, with the latter since becoming an expensive collector’s item, making this new pressing a steal at twice the price. Ultimately arriving in the latter phase of Bryn Jones (1961-1999) aka Muslimgauze’s oeuvre, ‘Azzazin’ contains some of the project’s most minimal, concentrated gear with he original CD pressed on disc 1 and the corresponding remixes reserved to disc 2.
The music is utterly menacing in its stare-down conviction and absolute refusal of practically anything beyond puristic, twisted tones for the first half of the record, with raw, buzzing, and amorphous results perhaps best compared to Mika Vainio at his most intently focussed. Meanwhile the 2nd half of the album sees him keen into more conventional Muslimgauze styles via longer tracts of viscous bass drone and middle eastern percussion flux that give way to gristly distortion and sampled Palestinian voices, nestling - if we’re not mistaken - two spellbinding bonus beats in the vortex that closes side C and a barely-there vignette on side D.