|godot - 2010-03-23 |
StanleyPain, do you have a guide for the perplexed for Muslimgauze. I've dipped my feet in, have mixed feelings about the politics, but its a huge back catalogue.
When my ears last traveled this way (electronic Maghreb fusion) I landed at a place with lots of Rai, Barraka El Farnashti releases, and (especially recommended) the 3 albums by Burhan Ocal &Pete Namlook.
Generally my advice when it comes to Muslimgauze is to find some way of listening to a good portion of his catalog (Amazon Mp3 and iTunes spring to mind) and just getting what you like. His output is so vast there are a lot of different general styles. Unlike many artists, he doesn't really have "periods" or phases, though the closer to 1999 you get he does tend to experiment more with electronic percussion and fusion with reggae/dub, but even that isn't a reliable measure. There are still albums coming out (including one due out this year...wait, actually TWO) because he literally sent hundreds of hours worth of material to his labels. The album I started with that introduced me to him, personally, was Remixs Vol. 1 which is intense in that it is three 20 minute tracks, but there you go.
As for the politics, it's never really bothered me. I personally think Jones was a bit naive when it came to his breathless support of Arab rights and rationalizing terrorism as the only means of action left to oppressed peoples in the Middle East, but he wasn't ignorant and he most certain never comes off as any sort of fanatic or anti-Semite. He also stated numerous times that he felt his work could be enjoyed regardless of whether or not you give a shit about his politics because there were no explicit lyrics or messages other than the song titles. So, again, I think maybe he was naive, but I respected his views and his opinion that visiting the Middle East and "imposing" himself there, as he put it, wouldn't actually do anything
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