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- Drugsherpa by Muslimgauze
9/10 Mike Staff review, 24 January 2014
The Muslimgauze reissue series shows no sign of abating, with the late Bryn Jones's massive back catalogue being pored over in more detail than ever before it seems. One of the coolest reissues to spring from this series to date is this expanded version of 'Drugsherpa'. What was originally released as a single-track 27-minute mini album now sees the light of day in its original context as track three of a seven-track, 56-minute collection with the rest of the time filled out by some trippy and inventive remixes which I don't have much time to elaborate on so will just refer you to the press release's assertion that they "take the songs in all sorts of directions, subtly or not; shorter, longer, backwards, dubbed out, less dubbed out, and so on."
The star of the show is still undoubtedly the title track, however - an epic passage of charred ambience with otherworldy Eastern details gradually poking through a morass of humming drones, flickering beats and a thudding bass drum pulse, gradually building into a mounting horror-movie panic. It sounds incredibly current considering it came out 20 years ago, the likes of Forest Swords, Horror Inc, even Burial, are springing to mind. Meanwhile I can't think of a single artist from 1994 who sounded remotely like this. Flickering futuristic atmospherics like the time-travelling Middle Eastern offspring of John Carpenter and Decimus.
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