Uzi Mahmood

 Bryn Jones died January 14, 1999. The man best known as Muslimgauze was 37 years old, and at the peak of his career. During his short life he recorded an astonishing number of albums, some 200 at last count, a great many of them in years immediately preceding his death. Indeed, his output was so great that his labels couldn't keep up with the virtual flood of music he produced. It’s no wonder new material continues to surface so long after his passing.

 “Uzi Mahmood” was recorded to satisfy a specific request. Soleilmoon wanted a 12 inch single that DJs could play in nightclubs. The idea was to introduce Muslimgauze to a potentially enormous new audience. The request was made in the autumn of 1999, in a phone call lasting less than five minutes; Bryn was never one for small talk. He was all business, and he could record a complete album in three or four days, sometimes faster. Two weeks after agreeing to record a disco album for Soleilmoon, “Uzi Mahmood” was delivered to the label. But instead of the agreed on two or three tracks, he sent an eleven song compact disc, followed a week later by a 90 minute digital audio tape containing the entire CD plus two more pieces. Four songs were eventually  selected for the experiment, and in the spring of 1998 a dirty-and-dubby 12" EP was released. Two more songs were later used to replace a pair of corrupted tracks on the master tape for “Hussein Mahmood Jeeb Tehar Gass”, released on CD in 1999. The music was well received by fans, but the hoped-for dance floor revolution never happened, and the little record with the unconventional beats went out of print a few years later.

Fast forward to the present: The year is 2010 and the four song EP has been out of print for more than five years, seven more songs lie waiting in the vault, still unreleased, and the two tracks tacked onto “Hussein Mahmood Jeeb Tehar Gass” are the only ones in wide circulation. Which is why Soleilmoon is so very pleased to finally be releasing all thirteen songs together on one record. “Uzi Mahmood” is 90 minutes of the sexiest, most booty-shakin’ Muslimgauze music ever heard. We released a limited edition gatefold triple LP in November. Now it’s available as a two CD set. Disc one has the eleven tracks from the original master, disc two has the two extra songs that came on the DAT. The cover art is by Plazm Design.

Press release from Soleilmoon.

These following appeared on Discogs.

This material, as a whole, I think constituted Bryn Jones most accessible material released to date. It has all the elements of his standard repertoire - crunchy noises, distorted tablas, vaguely Arabic sounding voices that you can just make out, interesting tape loops, but it's also very melodic and many of the beats could have come from a battle record.

All in all a very strong effort. I suspect this wax will be extremely sought after in the future.

reviewed by hal8999_
(Discogs May 27, 2011)

The following appeared in Rate Your Music.

A great collection of minimal dubby/instrumental hip-hop tracks by Muslimgauze, which I have quite enjoyed. Digital drums, head-bobby rhythms and dub production touches take over, in contrast to Muslimgauze's more well-known palette of middle eastern percussion. The ethnic melodies and Arabic snippets remain, though, and the two elements combine quite well. The production is crystal clear as usual, with more emphasis on a deep sub-bass tone and the spaciousness of the drum loops. Tracks 1 and 3 are notable highlights.

Perhaps the only downside is the excessiveness of the album - the long tracks are harder to stomach, and it does get a bit tiresome after track 9. In fact, I think Uzi Mahmood would have made a greater impression if it ended at track 9. However, that still doesn't justify the absurdly low rating on here, in my opinion.

P.S. Not sure why this is categorised as a compilation, since the album as a whole is fairly cohesive, and the tracks share the same sonic palette.

reviewed by muslimgauze_reviews
Rate Your Music
(April 24, 2018)

These following appeared on Discogs.

In 1998 Soleilmoon Recording asked Bryn Jones for some tracks more close to the electronic, hip hop and dub scene with the goal of reaching a slightly different audience than his usual.

He delivered a 90 minutes DAT with 13 magnificent breakbeat hip hop and illbient dub tracks from which they released in August 1998 the 'Uzi Mahmood' single 12" with only tracks 1, 5, 8 and 13.

This album was released only in 2009 and contains all tracks.

reviewed by fitzstudio
(Discogs June 14, 2019)

The following appeared in Rate Your Music.

One of the only Muslimgauze releases that consists primarily of instrumental hip hop, with some dub thrown in.

Very unique project from Bryn, including things like record scratching which was very cool to hear, dubby basslines, guitar skanks and that shopping checkout blip he loves to use makes lots of appearances here. While it works well as background music and some of the tracks here are super nice, it starts to become a bit repetitive as you go further in and is very much overlong. Definitely worth checking out but not anything super essential.

Overall I left feeling positively about this and it works very well if you're studying or something like that but it definitely does overstay it's welcome. worth taking a look at if you're interested in Bryn's dabblings in instrumental hip hop, though.

reviewed by StoneInFocus
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