Boomkat Product Review:
Deepest Muslimgauze cuts from 1996’s ‘Fatah Guerilla’ 3CD take a life of their own on this augmented reissue. Trust it’s some of the best in his unfathomable canon.
Including all seven bits off the first CD of ‘Fatah Guerilla’, repackaged with a choice morsel off ‘Iran’ (1988), this is Bryn Jones at his very best, particularly if you’re into the more atmospheric nooks of his catalogue. Typically recorded and mixed, hands-on-desk, at Abraham Mosque in Manchester’s moodiest northern ends, we hear all the classic traits of latter days Muslimgauze in effect, but distinguished by a nervy pace and lurking spirit that’s dead hard to shake.
Caught in a state between opiated and alert, or totally red-eyed but stepping, the most ardent fiends will no doubt be drawn to the exclusive zinger, a 17 minute remix of ‘Khalifate’, which, in typical style, only bears scant resemblance to the other cut also named ‘Khalifate’. Where the original is starkly slow and slithering, the remix is enlivened with birdsong that eases a crackling threat of his overheard voices and dusky pads, while urgent percussion low in-the-mix ramps the furtive feel.
Elsewhere we’re snagged by the two parts of ‘Devoir’ with their reverse looped tablas and depth charge steppers pulse cloaked by some of his shiftiest atmospheres, and there's some killer mid ‘90s hip hop breaks diced into ‘Imad Akel’ for the darkest illbient you’ve never heard, and ‘Fatah Guerilla’ works up a play of dubwize djinn with scattered flute and cone-knuckling noise that’s got us drawing blood from a bitten lip.