"It is definitely the ethno-electro part of the Muslimgauze catalog, I recognize parts of /Jebel Tariq/, but there are different versions of previously-released material...as if heavily spiced, and (to these ears) unreleased stuff.
I like how there are some nice low-end frequencies for bass heads. This is the kind of stuff best appreciated on club speakers or cars with killer bass that bring their own earthquake. Rather than snaking bass that slithers through (like on Cobra Head Soup), this is more like listening to Muslimgauze from a Hezbollah bunker while the Israelis shell and bomb in time to the music.
Belly dancers would like this album a lot." (Ibrahim Khider , author of "Muslimgauze: Chasing the Shadow of Bryn Jones")
1. Beirut Transister
2. Head To Toe In Morocco Leather
3. Sand Is A Problem For Bedouin Mercedes
4. Egyptian Song Contest
5. Anti Mullah Iranian Enjinnear
6. Turkish Black Sea
7. Find Yugoslav Butcher Of Muslims
8. Into Iznik
9. No News Of North Africa
10. Soufaf In Gulf
11. This Veil Hides My Tears
Muslimgauze is always evocative, but with “Drugsherpa” Jones practically gives the listeners visions. He always intended these tracks to go together (as shown by the seamless segue into “Jerusalem Knife (Wail Mix)"), but in a way “Drugsherpa” is sui generis, even for Muslimgauze."
1. Khan Younis (Shaheed Mix)
2. Amritsar (Short)
3. Drugsherpa (Long)
4. Jerusalem Knife (Wail Mix)
5. Miyazawa (Sun Mix)
6. Satyajit Eye (Reverse Mix)
The sun always shines bright, very bright in the middle east. Windows open up and we hear music. Not the music by Muslimgauze, but traditional music. We hear the Adhan, the call for prayer, the souk and people talking. All along we hear music.
It’s coming from all directions, rhythmic, mysterious, monotnous perhaps, but like swirling like a dervish, round and round it goes. Music of the islam perhaps? It’s this music that was such an inspiration for Bryn Jones (1961-1999), although perhaps ‘inspiration’ probably doesn’t exactly justify the seemingly endless flood of material he recorded during his life. “Islamic Songs” is one of those previously unreleased albums which now sees the light of day.
Although albums by Muslimgauze were usually not thematic based , it’s perhaps possible to see this “Islamic Songs” as a thematically organized album. Not set in a very specific surrounding, but moving along inside the busy city of the occupied Palestinean land. Jones produces his beats with considerable force in the opening piece ‘I Shall Sing Untill My Land Is Free’ and in the untitled sixth track. Especially the latter has a nice deep bass thumb, which brings “Azzazin” back to mind. It’s the sound of low flying drone, spying on us.
Who said that life was going to be easier in the occupied territories after some time? A female voice singing, and a tribal dance beat guides that. Classic Muslimgauze opening move. From then on its down the casbah, and we hear tabla’s, samples of stringed instruments, and obscured voice samples. A moment of rest we get with ‘Sahara Head Dress’.
Noted as such by Jones on the tape, this seventeen second piece is the sound of a drone crashing - one down for the enemy.
1. I Shall Sing Until My Land Is Free
2. Tourist Vice Hole
3. This Is My Palestine
4. Sahara Head Dress
5. Arab An Dog Curfew Tel Aviv
6. Systemwide Virus Abuse 1
7. Systemwide Virus Abuse 2
8. Systemwide Virus Abuse 3
It is rumored that if we mortals try to rewrite down everything that Mozart ever composed it would take us 80 years to do so, but then Mozart only lived to be 35. There is something similar with the work of Bryn Jones, also known as Muslimgauze.
He died in 1999 at the age of thirty-eight but produced an incredible body of work of which still not all has been released. From the ultra creative period that brought us ‘Hamas Arc’ and ‘Vote Hezbollah’, but also the lost album ‘Shekel Of Israeli Occupation’ ‘Hamas Arc’ turned out to be one of the most succesful releases of Muslimgauze and endless amounts of DATs have been copied.
Three original pieces, and three remixes from ‘Vote Hezbollah’ plus three pieces that were on the original DAT master of this, but, for reasons we no longer know, not used on the DAT release.
Surpringly enough, ‘Satyajit Eye’ was bootlegged only this year and not earlier. This expanded version however completes the whole picture for this album, showing us first signs of looking towards Indian music, but also with breezy, desert like rhythms and sounds, such as the intense ‘Zion Poison’ (which reminds us of O Yuki Conjugate) or the way out music of the title track.
‘Satyajit Eye’ is a mysterious album, full of hidden layers and evoke a lonely, yet warm feeling of sun covered sand dunes.
2. Re-mix From "Vote Hezbollah"
3. Re-mix From "Vote Hezbollah"
4. Re-mix From "Vote Hezbollah"
5. Zion Poison
7. Satyajit Eye
If you love East-Indian flavor with a neo-Bhangra beat, this disc will not disappoint, equally at home on the dance floors of Bradistan, UK or Mumbai, India. On a buffet, this sizzling dish ought to be placed somewhere between “Silknoose” and “Lahore & Marseille”, but with some unique takes on Bhangra beats.
1. Hindu Gold Leaf
3. Tariq Aziz
4. Salman Pak, Baghdad
5. Algiers And Karachi
6. Injoy Your Bombay Duck
7. Arzuaga Jade
8. Your Snake Charm