Some people say that once you've heard one Muslimgauze release, you've heard them all. The nuance here depends on whether that adage came from someone who has truly listened to Muslimgauze music or whether it came from the mouth of an uninitiated individual. Nearly a decade since his death, Bryn Jones' music remains as vital today as it was at the height of his creative powers. If you look at his discography, you'll notice the new issues keep coming as steadily now as they were during his lifespan. The latest two issues [both limited to 700 copies] are a living testament to his dexterity as a proprietor of sounds that are keen on bringing Arabic music one step closer to the western audience.
"Jaagheed Zarb" permeates in variety of beats. From the hip-hop analogy of "Sari of Human Hair", through to lush beats of "Kiss of Deceit" all the way through to the rapid break-beat of "Hafeez Kardar", the rhythms are ever-changing and evolving. Middle-eastern presence is felt on just about every track. Especially potent is the hypnotic vocal samples on "Vinoo Mankad Option". Excruciating fat bottom pops in on "Turn Left on Jabaliya". At each turn, the approach changes and with it, the music takes on a new life of its own. Celebratory, maddening and pissed off, the album speaks volumes through beats of the injustices that occur daily in the Middle East.
With "Jah-meArab", Jones moves deeper into the indigenous music of the region he's loved for some many years. "Morocco Leather" is a hollowed-out percussive sound surrounded by an intermittent vocal sample. Twisted hip-hop drenched break-beats are the order of the day on "Army of Females Wearing Laytex Gadaffi Masks", while a violent beat permeates "Woman Prefer Islam". Winner of the bunch is "Just in Tunis, Only Just", which is a nearly ten minute, minimal creation of light percussive tapings that resemble tender footsteps on sand. The constantly evolving loops and crunchy beats are mesmerizing, though one always remembers that this music was made out of sheer frustration and anger. Each beat and each minute transports the listener closer to discovering the true nature of Jones and his maddening obsession with everything that will some day bring Palestine to ultimate autonomy and freedom.
- Tom Sekowski
+ The Third Estate - Agonistes
+ Judy Henske & Jerry Yester - Farewel Aldebaran
+ The Peace - Black Power
+ Gianluca Becuzzi/Fabio Orsi - Muddy Speaking Ghost Through My Machines
+ V.A. - Musical Brotherhoods from the Trans-Saharan Highway
+ V.A. - Bollywood Steel Guitar
+ B.Fleischmann - Angst Is Not Weltanschauung
+ The Clock Machine Turns You On - Vol. 2
+ Speedy J - Red Shift
+ Housemeister - Who Is That Noize - Remixes
+ Christian Fischer - Bryzant Games
+ Jean-Claude Ades - Finally!
+ Transmission - Sublimity
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+ Chiwoniso - Rebel Woman / Hilde Marie Kjersem - A Killer for that Ache / The Alps - III / It's a Musical - The Music Makes Me Sick / Angles - Every Woman is a Tree / Marianne Nowottny - What is She Doing? / Los Angeles Electric 8 - Log Angeles Electric 8 / Gilbert Isbin / Jeff Gauthier / Scott Walton - Venice Suite / The Owl Service and Alison O'Donnell - The Fabric of Folk / Max Eastley / Graham Halliwell / Evan Parker / Mark Wastell - A Life Saved by a Spider and Two Doves / Zbigniew Namyslowski Quartet - Live at Kosmos, Berlin / MIJ - Yodeling Astrologer / Gregg Porter - Final Final EP / Acida - The Greatest Hits / Joel Futterman / Alvin Fielder / Ike Levin Trio - Traveling Through Now / Random Touch - Duologue / Lisle Ellis - Sucker Punch Requiem / Junk Box - Cloudy Then Sunny / Claudio Parodi - A Ritual Which is Incomprehensible (to the smile of Pauline Oliveros) / Matthew Shipp Trio - The Multiplication Table / Howie B vs. Casino Royale - Not in the Face / Ascend - Ample Fire Within / Luomo - Convivial / Keiji Haino / Masami Akita - Kikuri - Pulverized Purple / Stereo Lisa - Anno Onno Monno / Christophe Bailleau & Neal Williams - On Soft Mountains We Work Magic / Henriette Groth / Lotte Anker - Du Fugl
+ Steinski - What Does It All Mean? 1983 - 2006 Retrospective
+ Anthony Pateras / David Brown / Sean Baxter - Interference
+ Ann Magnuson - Pretty Songs & Ugly Stories
+ Thomas Feiner & Anywhen - The Opiates - Revised
+ Lux Nox - S(M)S
+ David Grubbs - An Optimist Notes the Dusk
+ Jamie Lidell - Jim
+ Carl Michael von Hausswolff - Perhaps I Arrive - Music for Ataturk Airport, Istanbul
+ Pantaleimon - Mercy Oceans - Heart of the Sun - Tall Trees EP
>> Muslimgauze - Jaagheed Zarb - Jah-meArab
+ Arsenije Jovanovic - Galiola - Works for Radio, 1967-2000
+ Radio I-Ching - The Fire Keeps Burning
+ Pedal - Pedal
+ Various Artists - Teaism - Music Inspired by The Art and Culture of Tea / Various Artists - Kalk Seeds - Karaoke Kalk Compilation No. 2 / Various Artists - Sesame Street Playground / Various Artists - Peter Grummich Plays Staubgold - Dinner Music for Clubbers / Various Artists - Polish Village Music 1927-1933 / Various Artists - FabricLive 42 - FreQ Nasty / Various Artists - Shapes 08:02