Time for some focus on British cut-up dub pioneer Muslimgauze, who hasn’t been featured much on GB up to know. We of Rebel Up! have been digging deep into Muslimgauze for over 10 years. Time for some brushing up your gauze with some new releases from the archives!
Muslimgauze’s music dwells between the borders of the industrial dub and the fringes of the dubstep scene, where he shared the early analog dub times with likeminded artists such as Scorn (Mick Harris of ex-Napalm Death) and The Rootsman. Some of the older folks here will still remember Muslimgauze’s heavy sound and you can’t deny his subtle influence on eclectic dubstep producers like Shackleton, Ramadanman and perhaps even Burial. Between the mid 80’s up to 1999 Muslimgauze (aka Bryn Jones from Manchester), made over 100(!) prolific releases of Middle Eastern spheres containing a mash of dubbed undertones, cut ups, roughness and distorted beats. Although he wasn’t a practising Muslim, he was inspired bu the Muslim identity which mostly was the focus of his music. Many political themes were included into his releases, especially the Palestinian cause of which he was a passionate supporter. Jones was an endless producer and pioneer of experimental dubs and his sudden end came way too soon. On the 14th of january 1999, he sadly passed away from a rare fungal blood disease after having battled it for 2 weeks in the hospital.
The reason of this post is 2 fresh releases which have been dusted off from the archives and brought to life by the folks of the Muslimgauze fan site by starting a label named MUSLIMTAPES.
First up, the free MUSLIMTAPE 01, titled ‘Wish of the Flayed”, containing some nicely roughed up Arabic dubs which you canFULLY DOWNLOAD HERE!
Next up, the latest MUSLIMTAPE02 titled ‘Babylon Iz Iraq’. This is not a free release, but a nicely crafted limited one (see pic below) which actually already sold out on the fan site though you can still buy at Soleilmoon.
Especially for Generation Bass, we got one free track from ‘Babylon’:
Muslimgauze – Untitled 1
and here an amazingly warped promo video made for the album, wowza!
till next guest post!
Rebel Up! Seb