The Suns Of Arqa Mixes
Release date: April 13th, 2001
Muslimgauze aka Bryn Jones produced a phenomenal amount of material (over 120 releases including more than 90 of them albums) before his untimely death 14th January 1999. With most previous releases being on avant-garde labels such as Soleilmoon and Staalplaat, the aim is to bring his work to the attention of a wider listening public. This release documents Muslimgauze¹s one and only collaboration with Suns Of Arqa -- the legendary Bryn Jones mixes up a mélange of wild, rhythmic dubbed out tunes over 18 tracks. 'I met Bryn Jones from Muslimgauze some time ago, when I was living in Ashton-under-Lyne He came around to my house with a guy from Tokyo called Noddy, who was releasing his music in Japan and suggested to do an album together. They went away that day with copies of recordings I had been working on. These are the mixes he did, I never saw him again. Suns Of Arqa have no political agenda other than hope for unity, wisdom and happiness for all sentient beings.' as Wadada from Suns Of Arqa quotes. This CD contains over 65 minutes of heavy recommended experimental dub and includes special treatments on Youth's original mix for Jaggernaut-Whirling Dub and Adrian Sherwood's mix of 'Acid Tabla'.
Press release from Arka Sound.
The following appeared in The Wire.
Muslimgauze - The Suns Of Arqa Mixes
Or Swinton versus Ashton-under-Lyne: the clash of the boys connected by the M60 orbital, one obsessed by the tragedy of Palestine and the other attracted by the drones of the Indian subcontinent. The story goes that Arqa's Michael Wadada met Bryn Jones only one time. Jones had been aware of The Suns Of Arqa since their late 70s collaboration with a punk Sherwood on the now classic, early ethno-beat road map that was "Revenge Of the Mozabites". Wadada sent Jones the tapes and got the remixes back within the week! Here they are edited done to enter the ever expanding Muslimgauze cannon, and it's a perfect place to start for both artists. 18 crisp tracks on a single album is an achievement to which neither has laid claim in the past.
review by Steve Barker
This text originally appeared in The Wire magazine (issue # 204).
Reproduced by permission.
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November 4, 2020