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Boomkat Product Review:
Immersively expanded dubs of gear from Muslimgauze’s 1997 album ‘Narcotic’, now reframed as ‘Saddam’s Children’ in Staalplaat’s eternal stream of archival Bryn Jones salvos
As any ardent Muslimgauze nut will know, they guy had a a really frustrating way with titling his tunes, and Staalplaat know this better than most, leading them to constantly discover new material mislaid from classic sessions. The tracks on ‘Saddam’s Children’ stem from 1997 session that became ‘Narcotic’, but offer much more in-depth versions where it’s easy to lose yourself in Muslimgauze’s patient but ever shifting patterns and evolving filter envelopes.
The star of this show is the rescue of ‘Gulf Between Us’, a 10’ expansion of the 3’ original, rolling out on his slipperiest drums and furrowed atmospheres. But that’s also the shortest cut, as the others really take all the time needed to wrap us up in reversed loops, ghostly calls and snatches of overheard conversation on ’Believers of the Blind Sheikh’ while ’Tikrit Brotherhood Quartet’ commits to a rawly mindbending sort of raga noise - like new age with teeth - and ‘Effendi’ unfurls a nocturnal tableau flecked with percussive shrapnel and radio interceptions that eventually gel into a bone crunching electro-steppers groove almost indistinguishable from the styles of his acolyte and torch carrier Vatican Shadow.