Review: The great Muslimgauze is one of those artists who seem to be unaffected by the passage of time, his endless supply of music making him larger than life and as if he was still alive and kicking. In fact, Bryn Jones died in 1999 but his singular brand of Eastern industrial music keeps being released either as reissues or as unreleased LPs such as this long lost tape. Staalplaat have done a fantastic job in bringing this 45 minute thrashing back to life because it might well be some of Jones' most forward-thinking work. That is not to say that his more known music is any less good, but it's just that this particular release sounds even more contemporary, where bass is mutated and beats are chopped into dubby shots of rhythmic noise. Absolutely essential - album of the week!
Review: According to the label, the late Bryn Jones recorded this untitled track during the mid-80s and used tape loops instead of sampler to create the rolling breaks and rough riffs that comprise "Untitled". Fittingly, Optimo Trax has commissioned Victor Shan and Running Back's Gerd Janson to rework it. The first take, the 'Rave' version, resounds to dark hardcore stabs and similarly tough breaks, while on the 'Morning' take, ponderous pianos and dubbed out claps prevail. While Italian pair Unterspreche drop the ethnic sampling groove of "Flowers from the Lake" on the flip, it feels like an afterthought compared to Muslimgauze's pioneering pre-hardcore.