MUSLIMGAUZE – Port Said/Report Said

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Originally released on 12 inch in 1999 by There are a number of versions of the CD edition available:
– “Port Said/Report Said” –  The original version, plus a bonus disc of remixes.
– “Port Said” – The original version, in an edition of 120 numbered silkscreened cover.
– “Port Said” – The original version, with a 100% Fruit Of The Loom Valueweight t-shirt and cloth bag.

“Report Said” features remixes by Anders Peterson, Bass Communion, Dead Voices On Air, Esplendor Geometrico, In Death It Ends, Pacific 231, QST, Rapoon, Scanner, Simon Crab, Velehentor, Troum.


Now you’d probably think I will go all bananas over this as you would expect that I am known for
not liking to review compilations, have my doubts about remixes and am I known as not the biggest
lover of the music of Muslimgauze. However I won’t. Following a heavy listening sessions years and
years ago I decided to keep exactly three Muslimgauze releases; ‘Emak Bakia’ (the one the late Bryn
Jones didn’t like), ‘Azzazin’ and it’s blue print ‘Port Said’; the latter perhaps also because I was
involved in the production on a little enterprise I was running at that time called Audio.NL. So there
you go with the first wrong assumption. I handed in the permission to re-issue this 12″ on a short
CD, and Russia’s Aquarellist released that as a CD, stand alone, as well as a double CD with remixes
by some of the usual suspects, I guess, in the field of remixes and in the area of Muslimgauze; this
being Scanner, Esplendor Geometrico, Rapoon, but also Steven Wilson’s Bass Communion, Dead
Voices On Air and ex-Bourbonese Qualk Simon Crab are present, along with Pacific 231, of whom
we don’t see many remixes and more unknown players, at least to my ears, such as A.P., In Dead
It Ends, Velehentor, QST and perhaps Troum is the biggest surprise, of whom I never knew they
were in the business of remixes. Both ‘Azzazin’ and ‘Port Said’ have a very distinct synthesizer
sound, which is rhythmical in itself yet this time it is Muslimgauze without his usual tabla’s and
other hand drums. That distinct sound returns in quite a few of these remixes, as a thread
through these mixes; whatever else happens is up to the remixers. It ranges from some very deep
drone music by Troum, via the noisy approach of Velehentor to the somewhat lighter brother of
Dead Voices On Air, Rapoon and Pacific 231 on one hand, but in most pieces there is some form
of rhythm. From basic structures with Bass Communion and A.P. towards more up-tempo pieces
by Esplendor Geometrico, QST, Simon Crab, In Death It Ends all in varying degrees of techno music,
which leaves Scanner’s modular synth and radio approach as the odd-ball here. While the original
shimmers through all of these remixes it surely works out in many different ways, which makes
this a really fine compilation of remixes. (FdW)


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