Boomkat Product Review:
Optimo casually whip out a proto-breakbeat hardcore track by Muslimgauze from 1985, strapped with hoover-fuelled Victor Shan & Gerd Janson remix, and backed with two breezy slow techno trax by Italy’s Underspreche.
Yep, you read that first bit right, and are probably salivating over the samples already. Back in 1996 Optimo’s JD Twitch released a Muslimgauze 12” on his Pi Recordings label. Around the same time Twitch and a pal booked Bryn Jones a.k.a. Muslimgauze for his 1st and only live show in Scotland, attended by 6 lucky people, and Jones would subsequently send him stacks of CDrs of unreleased tunes.
The snarling, snare-snapping tape loops of Untitled 1985 - so called because it didn’t have a title and was *probably* made in 1985 - was among those CDrs and now finally sees the light of day 20 years later, paralleling but arguably pre-dating the hardcore hip hop of The Criminal Minds or the earliest 2 Bad Mice ravers by a good few years at least. It’s prime DJ tackle in the baddest hands, whilst Victor Shan & Gerd Janson imagine what mighta been with a techno-yoked and hoover-lashed rave remix going like it’s ’92 again, beside a deeper, rolling Morning mix as a digital-only bonus.
In a neat contrast, male/female Italian duo Underspreche flip Honest Jon’s recordings of Kenya’s Mukunguni tribe into curvy, psychedelic slow techno grooves.