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Muslimgauze
Abu-Dis ADOR 2357 2000 D.O.R.
CD1 Loaded Guns For Iraq Moondogg

3.36

    CD1 Hard Rest - Talvin Singh 10.11
    CD1 Open Sesame - Pearl 4.40
    CD1 Infinate Luke Warm Vibe II - Luke Vibert 8.18
    CD1 We Two Are None/Tangier Box - Apollon 12.08
    CD1 Each Tear (of Fatima) - Spooncurve 3.44
    CD1 So So - Oyster 6.25
    CD1 The Avantgardist - Doppler 20:20 11.03
    CD2 Infinate Luke Warm Vibe III - Luke Vibert 6.05
    CD2 Jam Jarr - V-Neck 6.46
    CD2 More Hard Rest - Talvin Singh 2.45
    CD2 Small Steps To Palestine - Doppler 20:20 5.50
    CD2 Tears For Allah - Spooncurve 4.36
    CD2 Tongue Knife - Pearl 6.07
    CD2 Dune - Force Of Angels 4.56
    CD2 This Gun Is Still Bleeding Loaded - Moondogg 10.04
    CD2 Devabansha - Makio 6.08
We Said
Abu-Dis 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.
Outburn 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.
The 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.
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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?
Alternative 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.