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Artist: ESPLENDOR GEOMETRICO
Title: 1980-1982
Format: Double CD
Label: Staalplaat
Country: Netherlands
Price: $26.00
"Alltough the sound quality of the original is not improved, this is still an impressive piece of soundwork. This double CD permits finally to accede to EG early stuff to all those that we did not had the opportunity of making it previously. It contains the full EG 1 tape, Héroe del trabajo / El acero del partido LP and Necrosis en la poya EP." - Staalplaat.
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Artist: IGNATZ
Title: Mort Aux Vaches
Format: CD
Label: Staalplaat
Country: Germany
Price: $23.00
"Belgiums Ignatz contribute to the Mort Aux Vaches series. Acoustic songs wrapped with effects and driven by improvisation and spontaneousness." -Staalplaat

Artist: MUDBOY
Title: Mort Aux Vaches
Format: CD
Label: Staalplaat
Country: Germany
Price: $23.00
3-panel wooden cover, limited 500.

Artist: MUSLIMGAUZE
Title: Abyssinia Selasie
Format: CD
Label: Staalplaat
Country: Germany
Price: $19.00
“Limited edition of 500. Although Bryn Joness work as Muslimgauze certainly counts dub among its influences, rarely is that influence treated as directly or centrally as it is on many of the tracks found on Abyssinia Selasie. A rarity among the material Jones left behind after his death in 1999, this release features previously unreleased material that Jones had titled, unlike many of the tapes he had submitted but hadnt gotten around to preparing for release. The opening title-track alone, with its steady bassline and dopplering, insistent beeps, is as close to an unadulterated dub track as Jones ever came, even as the separate coda "Benzedrine Wallah" starts cranking up the outbursts of percussion. Not every song on this trim, focused collection goes in that same direction, but even elements like the wobbling percussion and female vocals of "Arab" share a similar sensibility. Even the stark "Mind of a Suicide Bomber" is more coolly menacing than overtly hostile, although as always with Joness work and his positioning of that work its hard to know how seriously, or sympathetically, one should take him. Unfortunately Jones isnt around to ask, either to take to task or to praise, but he has left behind such a depth of material (and was so generally taciturn in life) that audiences are left with only that to evaluate. The last track here is titled "Mea Culpa," and while it starts out as a fine example of the warmer, more head-nodding sound of Abyssinia Selasie before metamorphosing into a truly out-there echo chamber, after a brief break in the middle it surges back to life with the dubbiest bassline of the album, bathed in somehow welcoming static. Joness work as Muslimgauze remains as enigmatic and rewarding as ever.” - Staalplaat.

Artist: MUSLIMGAUZE
Title: Ali Zarin
Format: Double LP
Label: Staalplaat
Country: Germany
Price: $33.00
"With the massive amount of material Bryn Jones had left in the vaults when he passed away in 1999, its hard to truly assess his progression, stylistic or otherwise, over the years. And his reasons for choosing to release one tapes worth of material over anothers were sometimes as mysterious as anything else about his work as Muslimgauze. But upon stumbling onto the material found on the undated tape known as Ali Zarin, its hard not to wonder how it would have been received if it had been released during Joness lifetime. The three-part, 43-minute title-track (the only part of the material to be given a proper title) makes for some of Joness most relentlessly driving work ever. As soundbites about occupation and Israel float in and out of the mix, a series of crashes and scrapes and a distorted beat contort themselves into shapes and patterns, wearing a cracked, scraping groove into the ground. For almost 22 minutes, the first part of "Ali Zarin" finds frantic beauty in the dense repetition of these elements; when the sounds remain but shift place and emphasis in "Part 2," its almost shocking. Even more than most Muslimgauze releases, "Ali Zarin" sounds like it could have come out in the mid-90s and remain equally contemporary. Although "Ali Zarin" could easily stand on its own, that doesnt mean that the rest of the contents of the tape arent worth sharing as well. These four untitled demos and a brief "Rest Track" sketch show more directions in which Jones might have gone (but didnt, at least based on what has been uncovered so far), especially the prowling late-night ambience and conventional drum kit loop of "Demo-01" and the densely looped bass pulses of "Demo-04." It just serves to confirm the breadth of riches in Joness archive, and make the listener wonder what else is waiting to be unearthed. Limited edition of 500." - Staalplaat.

Artist: MUSLIMGAUZE
Title: Azzazin
Format: CD
Label: Staalplaat
Country: Germany
Price: $18.00
"Shorter than many of Muslimgauzes 1990s albums -- 13 untitled songs over 45 minutes -- Azzazzin, originally released as part of the limited-edition subscription series, feels more like a collection of random experiments than a cohesive piece of work, per se. If not something that would intrigue the casual listener, the hardcore fan will likely find something of interest on the various tracks here. Starting with an extremely minimal opening number -- its no surprise Finnish experimental duo Pan Sonic are Muslimgauze fans, based on this track -- Azzazzin has a much more electronic feeling than most of Bryn Jones other albums, eschewing the traditional elements used elsewhere for a rough, quietly aggressive and disturbing feel. Comparisons with Aphex Twin arent too far off the mark here, but this is still clearly a Muslimgauze release than any sort of rip-off. The fourth track, with its unpredictable keyboard snarls over a low, quiet pulse, and the sixth and seventh songs, with distorted, high-pitched noise tones mixed with a soft series of bass notes and a slight spoken-word interjection from time to time, are some of the strong points from this intriguing release. Beats are used in an extremely limited way throughout Azzazzin, with rhythm, always a key component of Jones work, more suggested at points by the nature of the keyboard lines than anything else. Closing with an equally minimal track, Azzazzin wont be everyones cup of tea, but adventuresome listeners will find themselves rewarded." - Staalpaat.

Artist: MUSLIMGAUZE
Title: Damascus
Format: Double LP
Label: Staalplaat
Country: Germany
Price: $35.00
"Previously released and unreleased material. 2xLP gatefold b/w cover ltd. 700ex." -Staalplaat
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Artist: MUSLIMGAUZE
Title: Drugsherpa
Format: CD
Label: Staalplaat
Country: Germany
Price: $19.00
"The provenance of bonus tracks can often be tangential or suspicious; in this case, its more like a homecoming. When Bryn Jones turned in the master for what would become 1994s Drugsherpa mini-CD, Staalplaat selected the 20-minute title-track, truly one of Muslimgauzes most distinct and awe-inspiring tracks, to fill the release. The sinuous, doom-haunted "Drugsherpa" still sounds fresh today, but in 1994 it was so far ahead of its time, that the rest of us wouldnt catch up until a decade or more later; only now does it really sound like it has contemporaries. But it wasnt alone on that tape; and with the mini-CD long since sold out, this reissue releases its siblings into the world for the first time. Unlike "Drugsherpa" itself, now restored to its original place as track three on the reissue, the other six tracks on this now 56-minute album are all remixes of other Muslimgauze material. As usual for Jones, those remixes take the songs in all sorts of directions, subtle or otherwise; shorter, longer, backwards, dubbed-out, less dubbed-out, and so on. The result shows anew the infinite variety, multiplicity, and complexity of Jones work, and functions as a kind of ad hoc compilation of material from several recent-at-the-time Muslimgauze releases as well (plus a remounting of "Gulfwar" from 1987s Abu Nidal). But the darkly brooding "Drugsherpa" itself remains, justly, the center of attention here. Less directly political than much of Jones work, it builds up to an immense, slow groove until finally shaking itself to pieces in your ears by the end. Muslimgauze is always evocative. 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." - Staalplaat

Artist: MUSLIMGAUZE
Title: Izlamaphobia
Format: Double CD
Label: Staalplaat
Country: Germany
Price: $25.00
"2015 rerelease of the 1995 first release in the Muslimgauze subscription series, with updated artwork. Edition of 500. Izlamaphobia starts with an aggressive blast, "Hudood ordinance." With a rhythm track consisting of extremely tweaked and processed electronic beats and bleeps and only the gentlest of Arabic string instruments deep in the mix to relate things to a more familiar Muslimgauze sound, the song sets the general mood for the rest of Izlamaphobia. This said, Bryn Joness specific talent was such that even without that, this would still sound like him, his trademark care and obsessiveness in terms of percussion again evident. With a variety of romanticized (some might say stereotypical) song titles like "The eternal illusionist of oid Bachdad" and "Lahore morphine market," Izlamaphobia has two chief artistic themes, if anything. On the one hand, Joness incorporation of hip-hop and funk beats was never stronger than on Izlamaphobia, providing songs like "Gilded madrasa" and "The public flogger of Lahore" with a wickedly fierce kick and drive. On the other, the strained, alien treatments on many of the songs would be right at home on innumerable Warp Records releases of the 90s, with squelching rhythms, undanceable dance tracks, and, quite unsurprisingly, a desire to avoid expected techno clichés. With these two strains combined on many songs by Jones, the results are wonderfully slamming, strange tracks such as "Khadija and fereshta." Not everything is quite so dramatically different from other Muslimgauze releases, with the incorporation of multilayered acoustic percussion cropping up more than once, such as on "Hijab muzzle." Everything is just that little bit dirtier in sound, though, and all the more intriguing for it." - Staalplaat.

Artist: MUSLIMGAUZE
Title: Jebel Tariq
Format: CD
Label: Staalplaat
Country: Germany
Price: $18.00
"Jebel Tariq originally appeared in the middle of 2000 as Muslimlim 025, an MP3-only release. It was an extremely well-received release and has been much requested since. Here at last is the CD reissue of this excellent album. It has strong hand drum beats throughout but still maintains a very moody feel. It was undoubtedly these very elements that led Jeremy Keens to state it was "balanced between the ambient and beat sides" of Bryns work. It goes beyond just these elements, though. There are whispered voices changing to strong ululations, frequent flute "samples" and then the bass. There are parts where the deep throb of the electric bass element gives a very dub feel and then there is the use of acoustic bass -- the latter something very unusual for Bryn, and it adds an almost jazz feel. All of this put together makes this another strong, almost unique release from the incomparable Muslimgauze." - Staalplaat.

Artist: MUSLIMGAUZE
Title: Libya Tour Guide
Format: CD
Label: Staalplaat
Country: Germany
Price: $19.00
“Limited edition of 500. Originally issued as the third LP in the limited-edition Tandoori Dog box set (1998), Libya Tour Guide is reissued here as a standalone CD following corresponding editions of the boxs first two discs, Jaagheed Zarb (2008) and Tandoor Dog (ARCHIVE 013CD, 2013), and again the increased space of the CD medium has allowed for the inclusion of previously unreleased material from the original tape. Although a version of "Rebiana sand sea" originally surfaced on the 1998 Melt EP, it is restored to its proper place in this sprawling 22-track CD, along with "Tubruq sand bank" and the 12-minute "Aqua Tingktyur." As with many of Bryn Joness longer albums as Muslimgauze, Libya Tour Guide ranges over different sounds and modes as it goes, from the near-collage of short pieces featured near the beginning to the subdued, sinister pulsing of "Great satan shadow" to the extended, sometimes digitally shredded journey of "Aqua Tingktyur." Even more than normal, here Joness tracks comment on each other, with the already hectic squiggles of "Benzedrine, effendi" immediately answered with the fiercer distortions of the same sound on "No, benzedrine, effendi" and "East of tarabulus" taking the listener further than "Tarabulus." The result, whether its the richly echoing hand percussion of "Kurnel" or the choking static of "Rebiana sand sea," is as intoxicating as always.” - Staalplaat.

Artist: MUSLIMGAUZE
Title: Madrass Sitar Burner
Format: Double LP
Label: Staalplaat
Country: Germany
Price: $36.00
Gatefold black and white cover, limited to 600 copies. "Madrass Sitar Burner harbours Muslim-world East-Indian/Pakistani flavours as well as North African/Middle Eastern into what could be described as among the more jumping Muslimgauze releases in the oeuvre. Curiously, sitars surface on only one track, perhaps reduced to ashes before further songs could be composed. Masters for Madrass... were submitted by Bryn Jones to Staalplaat in 1998, while Muslimgauze music was well into the dancehall-reggae-dub-cum-noisy-distortion phase. Those who wish to place the album in the overall context of the discography can do so among the ethno-electro (where traditional music is walked through a hall-of-mirrors of effects, deft panning, then dubbed-out into staggered bits) alongside Silknoose, Uzbekistani Bizzare And Souk, Lo-Fi India Abuse, and Alms for Iraq. Madrass... opens with simmering tablas, the mridangam and santoor for several tracks before the listener is transported to remote dusty villages of North Africa to experience both spirited and serene reed flutes that negotiate through high-voltage electronic rhythms. It is the rhythms that are the most pronounced element of this release as molten, toxic waste bass lines and tectonic strength beats both seep and clamour either like a force of nature or post-apocalyptic fall-out. The non-Indo tracks are familiar as parts were previously released on Dar Es Salaam while one track is straight off the Nommos Return 10". Jones was not always patient when certain tracks were not released soon enough to his liking and consequently were sent elsewhere without notice. The balance remains dangerously sharp unreleased gems ideal for the dance floor provided a sound system is robust enough to channel the sheer force of Muslimgauze. Despite the near-overwhelming rhythms and bass-ethnic elements along with voices from outskirts of Lahore and Bedouin caravan routes persist like determined insurgents against Western occupier styles. To harness this raw power and beauty, Staalplaat recruited Germanys surpassing audio engineer, Rashad Becker, who specially mastered and spanned these tracks over two pieces of virgin vinyl. Track listings on the inner circles are inscribed in Bryn Jones own handwriting no less. Madrass Sitar Burner is for Muslimgauze completists who want an artifact and new fans who want to hear an artisan put grime and dubstep proponents to shame." -- Ibrahim Khider, author of Muslimgauze: Chasing the Shadow of Bryn Jones
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Artist: MUSLIMGAUZE
Title: Sandtrafikar
Format: CD
Label: Staalplaat
Country: Germany
Price: $18.00
"A gentler release than many in the limited edition subscription series, Sandtrafikar fits into the vein of such works as Zulm and Drugsherpa, with a low-key propulsion balanced against generally downbeat, dark arrangements, all succeeding in conveying a sense of beauty and mystery mixed with a strange, slight dread. The opening title tracks complement each other well, and share similar elements such as a recurrent conversational sample and moody keyboards. The first has a more loping feel in terms of percussion, while the second is driven by a quick electronic beat; both use the bells which have appeared on so many other Muslimgauze recordings over the years. After the minute-long snippet, "God and I," the first "Baku Oil Field" ratchets up the brooding feeling even more: soft machine-like growls and wheezes rise from deep in the mix, with only an occasional bell and brief echoing samples of percussion and string instruments, calling to mind more familiar Muslimgauze works -- until a growth in general intensity at the end. Its quite wonderful, and the similarly-named track which follows continues that flow, with percussion added throughout. Following another brief track, Sandtrafikar concludes with "Remix by the Rootsman," which is indeed the UK dub/dance figure tackling the title song. He comes up with a rough, shuffling bass drone mix that fits in quite well, although hes not simply trying to ape Muslimgauze. It makes for a fine conclusion to one of Bryn Jones best all-around efforts." - Staalplaat.

Artist: MUSLIMGAUZE
Title: Sycophant of Purdah
Format: CD
Label: Staalplaat
Country: Germany
Price: $19.00
“2009 release. Part of Staalplaats ongoing Muslimgauze archive series, Sycophant of Purdah was submitted in 1994 then "replaced" by another master Bryn Jones felt more fit for release. Sycophant then languished in the vaults until its first CD release in 2009, a decade after Joness passing in 1999. Sycophant opens with a radio broadcast on the ongoing Palestinian crisis set to breakbeats and marmalade-thick bass lines; the forward to another sonic treatise on struggles of the Muslim world. Tracks that follow are more consistent with industrial stylings of the Muslimgauze oeuvre including Zealot (1994), Blue Mosque (1994), Silknoose (1995), and Izlamaphobia (1995). Industrial, in the context of Muslimgauze, is often characterized by tightly woven percussion loops with scant variance while melodies hover. Additionally, tracks like "Radif Avaz and Dastgah" and "Mossad Evil" are another facet of industrial, in the classic sense of the word, meaning "mechanical", "machine-like," with little in the way of melodic overtones. The commonality is rigorous, dogmatic structure that is nonetheless hypnotic and engaging. Because the above albums vary, despite being of the same sub-genre, Sycophant could be considered a "missing link" that ties them together -- with ethno-breaks added for variance. None of the track listings, handwritten by Jones, are repeated on any other release, hence Sycophant of Purdah is a must-have for fans and collectors. Limited edition of 500.” - Staalplaat.

Artist: MUSLIMGAUZE
Title: Turkish Berlina
Format: CD
Label: Staalplaat
Country: Germany
Price: $19.00
"Some might say that the continued stream of releases from Bryn Jones aka Muslimgauze is beginning to beggar belief. But Jones was always prolific, creating not just song after song but variant version after version of his existing work. And so Muslimgauze continues to reach out from the last century into this one. Although an intensely dedicated and creative producer and composer, Jones could be a little cryptic when it came to keeping his massive body of work organized. The recently unearthed Turkish Berlina dates back to 1997, shortly after Muslimgauze played Berlin; the master was labeled, simply, "remixes." As with many of Jones remixes of his own work, these 10 untitled tracks range from hauntingly familiar to strikingly new versions of already extant Muslimgauze material. Surely weve heard some form of the haunting vocal loop on the first track before? The dense, busy, distorted break that takes over the second track, thats new, isnt it? Or maybe we have it backwards, maybe what feels new here should be familiar and vice versa. Even for dedicated Muslimgauze fans, these 10 remixes hover tantalizingly on the border between the known and the unknown. Here the balance between Jones source material, the music of the Middle East and elsewhere, and his own electronic, sometimes abrasive additions and distortions slides over much closer to techno than usual, whether on the extended dubby pulse of the third track or the headspinning broken beats of the eighth and ninth. Jones had mentioned in the past being uneasy trying to represent the breadth of Muslimgauzes music live, preferring to emphasize percussion and backing tracks. These versions, then, coming on the heels of live performance, might just offer a glimpse at what Muslimgauze was like live." - Staalplaat.

Artist: MUSLIMGAUZE
Title: Uzbekistani Bizzare and Souk
Format: Double LP
Label: Staalplaat
Country: Germany
Price: $31.00
“Sonically, Bryn Joness work as Muslimgauze often pulled in two directions at the same time. The one, towards what fans of Can might call an "ethnographic" kind of practice, especially with his use of vocal samples and percussion instruments from the Middle East and other regions of the world Jones was so interested in (obsessed by?). The other is toward, for lack of more polite phrasing, harshly fucked-up digital noise and beats. Many interesting Muslimgauze releases tend more toward that ethnographic side or find a middle ground between the two impulses, but few of his records slide so much towards the other end of the spectrum as does 1996s Uzbekistani Bizzare and Souk. Aside from the vocal loop/Amen break duet of "Rouge Amin Fraction," the songs here found Jones focusing much more on the electronic music elements always present in his work as Muslimgauze, ranging from the watery, dubby tones that show up on "The Iranian Who Found Allah" and parts of the suite-like "Paper Gulag" through the harsh trebles of "Cafkir Ma Higra" (which bring to mind Aphex Twins "Ventolin") to the dense digital-sleet-storm of closer "Leboneeze." Elsewhere, tracks like "Cafkir Wa Hig" and "Harijana" serve as master classes in Joness expertise at twisting his beats and patterns until they practically shred (both themselves and, if youre not careful, the speakers). Uzbekistani Bizzare and Souk was originally issued by Staalplaat on DAT in 1996, and was reissued on CD by Important Records in 2002; this is its first vinyl release. A tough, rigorous set of some of Joness most beat-focused work as Muslimgauze. Limited edition of 500.” - Staalplaat.

Artist: V/A
Title: Yokomono 3
Format: LP
Label: Staalplaat
Country: Netherlands
Price: $17.00
"This is the third Staalplaat Soundsystem LP made for Yokomono! One side of this record the Staalplaat Soundsystem has made 55 loop SSS decided to compile a thematic Yokomono vinyl release. The theme: Helsinki and its environmental sounds. The other half of Pan Sonic, Mika Vainio, a resident of Berlin like SSS, was commissioned to produce a seven-minute composition. Petri Kuljuntausta from Helsinki was, in turn, asked to provide a composition of an equal length responding to Vainios piece. The sound material to be used for the compositions, field recordings from the turn of the 1960s and 1970s made at the Hietalahti shipyard in Helsinki, was discovered in the special effects archive of YLE Finnish Broadcasting Company. These sounds have a personal dimension for both composers: Vainio spent a part of his childhood living near the dockyard, while Kuljuntausta has used sounds recorded from inside ships hulls as material for his earlier works. Yokomono 03 will be pressed using an exotic method. The grooves holding the two compositions by Vainio and Kuljuntausta will be parallel cut. The other side of the record features the traditional loops of 1.8 seconds, commissioned from Blixa Bargeld, Merzbow, Main, Alexei Borisov, Donna Summer, G.X. Jupitter-Larsen, Andrey Kiritchenko, Zbigniew Karkowski, Staalplaat Soundsystem, Un Caddie Renversé Dans lHerbe and Ditterich von Euler-Donnersperg, with five loops from each featured artist and their own sound environments." - Staalplaat.

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