Out on double vinyl via Other Voices on January 5th 2024 is a reissue of the Muslimgauze album “Intifaxa”. This is the first part in a series of 4 double vinyl albums with bonus songs, previously released on CD between 1990 and 1994 on the Australian cult label Extreme Music.
“Intifaxa” is full of heavy percussion mixed with deep tribal grooves, embedded in modulated field recordings. The original tracks were remastered for this first time ever vinyl release. New sleeve designs were created by Oleg Galay, who already did a number of artworks for Muslimgauze reissues.
All 4 album covers will be made from extra heavy cardboard with deluxe spot UV finish and inside print.
Muslimgauze was an influential music project by British musician Bryn Jones, active from 1982 until his untimely death in 1999. Jones first released music in 1982 as E.g Oblique Graph on Kinematograph, his own imprint, and the independent co-op label Recloose, run by Simon Crab. E.g Oblique Graph came from the do-it-yourself (DIY) ethos of the time and was musically composed of electronic/experimental drone with occasional synth-melodic hooks and use of radio broadcast samples. Releases at the time were occasionally on cassette, more often vinyl EPs and LPs.
Muslimgauze was named in response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and was primarily inspired by conflicts in the Muslim world, with a particular focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Despite this focus, Jones himself never visited the Middle East, drawing his inspiration from a distance and expressing his political stance through his music.
The sound of the project was characterized by its fusion of traditional Middle Eastern or Islamic music with experimental electronic and ambient music. Jones was known for his prolific output, producing an extensive discography that included over 90 albums. His music often featured layers of ethnic percussion, looping textures, and samples from Middle Eastern sources. The production style was raw and unpolished, contributing to the distinctive and immersive soundscapes that became synonymous with Muslimgauze.
The project gained a cult following for its unflinching political stance and unique sound. However, it remained largely underground, with Jones preferring to release his music on small independent labels and maintaining a low personal profile.
On 30 December 1998, Jones was rushed to A&E in Manchester with a rare fungal infection in his bloodstream, for which he had to be heavily sedated. He contracted pneumonia and died on 14 January 1999. Despite his passing, Muslimgauze’s music continues to be influential in the experimental and electronic music scenes, revered for its pioneering approach to sound and its uncompromising artistic vision.
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