Boomkat Product Review:
Exactingly trimmed versions of Bryn Jones and Species of Fishes’ 1998 obscurity, all sick bleep-techno reductions in a bare-boned and devastating style.
An outlier, even within Bryn Jones’ extensive archipelago of oddities, ‘Muslimgauze vs Species Of Fishes’ derives from Bryn Jones’ discovery of a CD on Staalplaat in 1998, which he would reinvent with a signature palette of vocal samples, meanest acid calligraphy, and angular electronic glitches. The recordings were subsequently issued in an edited form on Species of Fishes’label in 1999, followed by Tourettes Records’ 2007 edition featuring the studio sessions in their rough entirety, and now by Galaxiid as clinically edited versions that take license to discard the fat and gristle and present a more dynamic, sharp-cut, sinuous showcase of Muslimgauze at his late, experimental best.
Characteristic of late period Muslimgauze (he would tragically pass less than a year later), the sound design of his SoF remixes is richly spacious and crisp, but not shy of ruptured glitches and his trusted palette of Arabic vocal signatures. Yet, Species of Fishes’ sharp source material makes the results really stand out from his hundreds of releases, with the likes of ‘init v1.0’ notably paralleling the sort of glitch gear coming out on Mego or Noton, and ‘sh-sh-sh v1.0’ trading in thee most piquant, club-curdling, arabesque acid, whilst ‘sh-sh’ reveals Bryn Joens at his most sensuous, even romantic. ‘init v2.0’ practically sounds like he’s fucking with Soviet signals detected by The Conet project, and ‘sh-sh-sh v2.0’ meshes shearing chromatic synths with shards of ululation as only he can.
A proper zinger.