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Ali Zarin

by Muslimgauze

Demo-01 07:25
Demo-02 03:51
Demo-03 04:14
Demo-04 03:00
Rest-Track 01:52


The three-part, title track makes for some of Jones’ 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, it’s almost shocking. Even more than most Muslimgauze releases, “Ali Zarin” sounds like it could have come out 20 years ago and be equally contemporary.

Although “Ali Zarin” could easily stand on its own, that doesn’t mean the rest of the contents of the tape aren’t worth sharing as well. These four untitled demos and a brief “Rest Track” sketch” show more directions that Jones could have gone in (but didn’t, at least based on what we know so far), especially the prowling late night ambience and conventional drum kit loop of the first track and the densely looped bass pulses of the fourth track. It just serves to confirm the breadth of riches in Jones’ archive, and make the listener wonder what else we might unearth.


released May 26, 2020


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Muslimgauze Berlin, Germany

Muslimgauze occupied a strange place in the musical world. He was a powerful, prolific innovator, releasing albums that were alternately beautiful and visceral, full of ambient electronics, polyrhythmic drumming and all kinds of voices and sound effects. The recordings earned him a devoted following in underground, experimental and industrial music circles worldwide.

The New York Times 1999
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