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Muslimgauze’s latest archival wonder spies Bryn Jones in pure swag mode across 66 mins of lo-slung hip hop collage resembling golden era boom bap and Memphis instrumentals, but with his own rugged burr
A strong example of why one should never sleep on Staalplaat’s ceaseless Muslimgauze reissue programme, this latest presents previously unheard recordings found on two DAT tapes titled ‘Turn On Arabic American Radio’ (tracks 1-4, or disc 1) and ‘Arabic American Radio’ (tracks 5-9, or disc 2), that find rich variation within a theme. Loops of neck-snap breaks and shuddering 808 bass drops fuse with samples of uncredited instrumental performances, sometimes severed with blistering noise, or layered with sounds of a radio tuning-in and snippets of vocals, but all clearly indebted to the prevailing influence of ‘90s US rap and its rhythms.
Even if you’re the hardest Muslimgauze fiend who knows it all, we’d wager this one is new, even to you. The opening gambit sounds like Tommy Wright III on holiday to Palestine, and the collision of strings, noise and ruggedest bounce in the 2nd tune recalls Mutamassik’s late ‘90s NYC splices of Egyptian records or something off DJ/Rupture’s Soot, and Song 6 is clearly akin to Spectre’s illbient templates. Song 7 is a sort thumb of more sped-up breaks recalling Edan doing fast rap in Bradford, and we’re utterly snagged on his tar-like riffs twisted with deep south-style drum machine strut in Song 4.