Staalplaat Vinyl, CD & tapes from this label at Norman Records
Azzazin was the debut album by experimental electronic musician Muslimgauze AKA Bryn Jones. The album is an atmospheric and occasionally unsettling soundscape of drones, clicks, buzzes and beeps. It arguably shows Muslimgauze at his most efficient and focused. The album was originally released in 1996, three years before his premature death at the age of 37. Double LP on Staalplaat/Muslimgauze Archive Series. Limited to 700 copies.
The Muslimgauze project is famed for two things in particular: a very high quality of work, and a very high quantity of work. Uzbekistani Bizzare And Souk hasn’t been released on vinyl before, which is a shame as it represents some of the harshest work made under the moniker. Fucked-sounding beats and slices of digital noise. Nice! 500 2LP copies only, on Staalplaat.
Oh yeah, one of those LPs of locked grooves! As well as being a genuine feat of vinyl engineering, this also garners you 5 looping micro-tracks from the likes of Phill Niblock, Fennesz and Charlemagne Palestine. The other side’s locked grooves are silent, but in a conceptual, make-your-own-tracks-through-wear-and-tear way.
The late Bryn Jones operated in a few related signature styles, and the this album represents him at his most singular and compelling. Layers of electronic beats, echoed hand percussion, and voice and instrumental samples swirl around each other in an ambient representation of political and social unrest in the Arab world. Originally released on CD in 1998 and repressed a decade later, this is the album’s first appearance on vinyl, retaining all its understated rage and brooding power.
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This is one of the Muslimgauze collections that actually came out in the first place, being initially available as part of the Box Of Silk And Dogs box set in 1999, the year that Bryn Jone died. Ingaza is classic Muslimgauze, with distorted beats, thick bass, and vivid, looping samples from a wide variety of Middle Eastern sources. Fine and rare material, now returned to circulation by Staalplaat as part of their Muslimgauze Archive Series.