is a double CD album of Muslimgauze
re-mixes. They are a mixture of specially commisioned re-mixes for Law
& Auder Records, D.O.R and Better Records and remixes that Bryn just did!
The album released in November 2000 includes a silent video.
15 May 2001 Octavia
ECLECTIC, EXPERIMENTAL, AND RHYTHMIC REMIXES: Muslimgauze took seventeen songs from eleven different artists and completely
re-worked them into sonic masterpieces. With a new sound and new titles
that the late Bryn Jones gave them, the now Muslimgauze-esque songs still
carry the vibe of each artist, resulting in a varied, yet cohesive double
disc. The music is an eclectic mixture of droney experiments, lurching
beats, dancey rhythms, static noise, drum & bass, looped vocals and
splatter electronics. Some of the notable artists remixed include Luke
Vibert (aka Wagon Christ and Plug), Apollon (worked with Muslimgauze on Dark Thoughts and Year Zero), Spooncurve (UK downtempo
act fronted by world music singer Faye Rochelle). Doppler 20:20 (Martin
Lee-Stephenson's experimental beats act), and Moondogg (drum & bass,
blues and trip hop by ex-Geneartion X guitarist Bob Derwood Andrews and
Elizabeth Westwood). Some of my favorite tracks feature the unexpected
element of female vocals interwoven with the music, but just about all
the songs kept my attention to provide plenty of sonic entertainment.
Closing Abu-Dis is the beautiful remix of Bill Laswell's work
with Makyo, "Devabansha," feturing swirling Indian strings and
minimal soft percussion. It's a fitting finale to this thoroughly enjoyable
foray into the art of the remix, Muslimgauze style.
Wire209 July 2001 Edwin Pouncey
Rumours persist that the late Bryn Jones aka Muslimgauze can't be dead
but only sleeping. Well, death has done little to slow down the phenomenal
release rate of unheard Muslimgauze material. This time round, his spirit
is resurrected through a double set of Muslimgauze remixes by (sic) the
likes of Talvin Singh, Pearl, Moondogg, Spooncurve and Makyo/Bill Laswell.
For those who have never fully got to grips with his vast back catalogue,
this compilation of past collaborations could well be the 'access all
areas' pass you've been waiting for. Here Moroccan street market samples
jostle for space with Techno, big beats and densely packed electronic
glitching to create an absorbing new digital Esperanto. The resulting
aural hallucinations come across like a Jack Smith film for the ears.
48 de nada
This double CD collects fragments of the late Bryn Jones's remix efforts.
Jones left his imprint on everything he touched, including his deconstructions
of others' work that consistently display recognizable qualities not limited
to just Arabic-inspired instrumentation floating through tricky, intense
rhythms. Case in point - his retooling of Apollon "We Two Are None/Tangier
Box", which employs sparse drum & bass patterns with a distant
desert atmosphere. Jones drops in gritty noises on a driving hip-hop beat
to transform the rhythm of V-Neck's "Jam Jarr". Talvin Singh
gets an insistent, repetitive mix on his "Hard Rest", in which
Jones weaves a diffusive mirage of sound atop trance-inducing percussion,
going nowhere insightfully, wonderfully. Gio Makyo said this of "Devabansha"
(Bryn's unauthorised remix of Bill Laswell's remix of Makyo's track):
"the music sounds like drum loops clipping through a mixing desk".
Well, yes, but isn't that the point?
Press 154 May 2001 J.C. Smith
Muslimgauze in prime remix mode.
Abu-Dis is a two-disc collection of un(re)touched remixes by
the late Bryn Jones. These revamps convey his singular influence on
the material. The tracks even incorporate his titles instead of the
original track names, further enhancing his pervasive presence. The
best pieces adhere to Mulimgauze's looped, repetitious inclinations,
though occasional side treks into contemporary rhythmic trends and experimentation
amuse throughout. Talvin Singh's "Hard Rest", in which illusory,
Middle Eastern percussive texture dominate, exquisitely embodies the
mesmerizing heart and soul of Muslimgauze's finest work.