out on august 31st: KONSTRUKT + KEIJI HAINO – A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little That Way Lies A Quagmire (LP / DL) + R.A.N. – Şeb-i Yelda (12″ / DL)

KONSTRUKT + KEIJI HAINO – A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little That Way Lies A Quagmire

Format: 180 gram LP incl. DL code / download

Release date: august 31st 2018

 

2nd album by Turkish free jazzers KONSTRUKT and the Japanese avant-garde / noise icon KEIJI HAINO, this time recorded live in concert.

Celebrating their 10th anniversary these days, KONSTRUKT have since been creating an impressive catalogue including collaborations / performances with significant musicians like PETER BRÖTZMANN, JOE MCPHEE, WILLIAM PARKER, AKIRA SAKATA, MARSHALL ALLEN, EVAN PARKER, THURSTON MOORE, MICHAEL ZERANG, ALFRED HARTH or ALEXANDER HAWKINS that gained them an ever growing audience and media attention (e.g. a recent WIRE feature), and they keep exploring new grounds. Like in 2016 when KONSTRUKT invited KEIJI HAINO to their home town Istanbul for a recording session that resulted in a quite unique album: “A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little That Way Lies A Quagmire” offered – besides all the elements you may well expect from such a musical meeting like KONSTRUKT’s “acerbic razor-edged sound” (MARK CORROTO, ALLABOUTJAZZ) and HAINO’s unmistakable voice / guitar explosions – some actual surprises like the really groovy opening track with a funky feel and a kind of 70’s fusion style album closer. Two days later the free jazz quartet and the Japanese avant-garde icon continued their adventure with a public performance at SalonIKSY, pushing things further and raising the level of energy and rawness. Carrying the same title ““A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little That Way Lies A Quagmire” proves a condign sister release to their previous studio effort. Or, as the famous Asian phrase goes: “same same but different!”

 

Press quotes on the previous KONSTRUKT / KEIJI HAINO album:

“…what we have here is basically a really fucking great free / fusion / jazz / thing band with Haino playing along. Possibly uniquely among Haino records I’ve heard …”     Freq.org.uk

“Recommendation!”     Freejazzblog.org

 

R.A.N. – Şeb-i Yelda

Format: 12inch + DL code / download

Release date: august 31st 2018

 

KARL is excited to welcome a new artist on board: R.A.N. is the dark electronic / rhythmic ambient music project by HÜMA UTKU. “Şeb-i Yelda” is available as 12” and download.

Hailing from İstanbul and based in Berlin for a couple of years now, HÜMA UTKU has been a prolific artist lately: as R.A.N. (Roads At Night) she released her debut album “Her Trembling Ceased“, followed by the remix album ‚Remixed: Stories Retold‘ (both 2015, PARTAPART RECORDS), and contributed several tracks and remixes to various compilations. Besides studio production, she travels the planet to perform live or as DJ, and in November / December 2017 UTKU was Artist in Residency at YARA MEKAWEI’s Submarine Studio, Cairo.

The title of her debut on KARL, “Şeb-i Yelda” (pronounced Shab-e Yalda in English), is a Persian term that signifies ‘the longest night’. Inspired by the Ottoman poet BOSNIAN SABIT EFENDI’s verses, R.A.N. created four new, very personal tracks, developing further her musical language by fusing traditional instruments with deep electronic sounds, distortion and dark ambience, in order to create intense atmospheres of anger, anxiety, grief – but also empowerment and hope. These compositions are UTKU’s personal reflections on the long lasting devastation and turmoil in the Middle East as well as witnessing the individual experiences related to these happenings. The titles translate as:’“Şeb-i Yelda” (The Longest Night), “Ay” (The Moon), “Sabah” (The Morning) and “Kul” (The Servant).

out on june 29th: NICOLAS WIESE – Unrelated (LP / DL)

NICOLAS WIESE – Unrelated

Format:  LP (200 handnumbered items, silk-screened sleeve, DL code, clear vinyl) / DL

Release date: june 29th 2018

 

#3 in the PERIKLAS series comes from NICOLAS WIESE, a Berlin based electronic and audio-visual artist. “Unrelated” is available as handnumbered lim.ed. clear vinyl LP in silk-screened sleeve and download.

Born 1976, NICOLAS WIESE studied design, illustration sound art, philosophy and sociology and has since been working on various fields: his (audio-)visual art has been presented in galleries and at exhibitions in Teheran, Gent, London, Vienna, St. Louis, Istanbul, Madrid a.o. As musician / composer, he released a number of solo and collaborative albums under the [-Hyph-] moniker and his civilian name on labels like WALTER ULBRICHT SCHALLFOLIEN or CORVO RECORDS. WIESE’s latest effort “Unrelated” contains seven new pieces, constructed from sonic elements of various compositions, audiovisual works, fragments, remixes and experiments from a time span of 6 years, drawn from different contexts and a wide range of international musicians and collaborators. WIESE’s trademark working method is to combine complex sample-based layers with modulated feedback which is triggered by the samples, their overtones and harmonic properties. This playing technique, using the mixing board as a feedback-instrument, adds a special live feel to the meticulous musique concrète constructions based on the original acoustic source material.
Rich in details, “Unrelated” is a vital proof of WIESE’s artistic skills and a highly entertaining concern, melting electro-acoustic, musique concrète and sampledelia!

mastered & cut by Rashad Becker
artwork by Joe Gilmore

out now: V.A. – Karl Marx’s 200th !

VARIOUS ARTISTS: Karl Marx’s 200th !

Format: 2CD digipak / download

Release date: june 8th 2018

28 artists celebrating the 200th anniversary of the great philosopher and economist KARL MARX on may 5th with a benefit compilation! Exclusive / previously unreleased tracks by AGF, AIDAN BAKER, FRANK BRETSCHNEIDER, NATALIE BERIDZE, SCHNEIDER TM,  KAMMERFLIMMER KOLLEKTIEF, REINHOLD FRIEDL, JASMINE GUFFOND, CASPAR BRÖTZMANN, ANDREAS REIHSE (KREIDLER)  and many more.

In times of an untamed capitalism, seemingly endless greed and persisting exploitation of underprivileged humans, the 200th anniversary of KARL MARX is a welcome and necessary reason to remember the great philosopher’s and economist’s theories on capitalism and to re-think the state of the world of today, look out for alternative ways of economic organization and appropriate means to bridge the gap between rich and poor.

28 artists express their upset with the current state of society by contributing a track to this benefit compilation – with one exception, these tracks are exclusive or previously unreleased, adding up to 2 hours of experimental music from diverse genres like ambient / drone, electronics, electro-acoustic, noise, contemporary music etc.

Besides the music, “Karl Marx’s 200th !” provides essays and philosophical reflections by NINA POWER (The Guardian, Wire), KERSTIN STAKEMEIER (professor for art theory and -mediation at the Academy Of Fine Arts Nuremberg),  feminist philosopher EWA MAJEWSKA, artist ME RAABENSTEIN and ALEX GAWRONSKI (Sydney College Of The Arts / University Of Sydney).

ALL REVENUES from the sales of the CD / DL will be donated!

THANKS to:

# Helmut Erler at D&M Berlin who took care of the mastering for free in his spare time

# Ed Benndorf / dense promotion for handling the press work for free

Tracklist:

1-1       Andreas Reihse – Antikapitalist

1-2       Natalie Beridze – Mapping debris pattern

1-3       Aidan Baker – Sommerhaus

1-4       Kammerflimmer Kollektief – Wir bauen die Maschine um!

1-5       Jasmine Guffond – Niche service

1-6       Nicolas Wiese – The revolution will have been youtubed #2

1-7       ME Raabenstein – Language is a spy

1-8       AGF – Capitalism crashed (Karl Marx RMX)

1-9       Hans Castrup – Produktiv.Kräfte

1-10     Gitter – Webt, spinnt, bohrt, dreht, baut, schaufelt

1-11     Yr Lovely Dead Moon – Kali

1-12     Frank Bretschneider – 50% positiv waghalsig

1-13     Pharoah Chromium – Der Zerfall des Systems

1-14     Caspar Brötzmann – Marx crash

2-1       Alexandre Babel – Karlstag

2-2       Marc Weiser – Kapital

2-3       Jens Pauly – Erinnern_rework

2-4       Dominika Jerkic – Form – Auflösung des Bestehenden

2-5       Narrow Bridges – Making this now

2-6       Nickolas Mohanna – La semaine sanglante

2-7       Philippe Petit – Engels of Death Metal

2-8       Seda Mimaroğlu – Circuitous

2-9       Reinhold Friedl – Mehrwert for-of James Whitman

2-10     Wi Tiarks – Circusization

2-11     Schneider TM – Hand in den Mund

2-12     Guido Möbius – Werkzeug und Ressource

2-13     Porya Hatami – Senior’s „last hour“

2-14     Warnings – Juif

out now: CRETA – Creta

CRETA- Creta

Format: 180gr LP , silk-screenesd sleeve + DL code / download

Release date: march 2nd 2018

CRETA is the new project by MASSIMO PUPILLO (ZU, LANIAKEA), electronic artist LUCIANO LAMANNA and string instrument virtuoso ROBERTO ZANISI. As trio they explore an adventurous sonic territory between COIL in their ambient moments, dark bass pulses and bucolic-mediterranean string sounds.

CRETA is a new trio of artists coming from very different backgrounds: ROBERTO ZANISI is a finger picking guitar player and a virtuoso on strings of all kinds, including “exotic” instruments like the Turkish Cümbüs, the Greek Bouzouki or the Albanian Cifteli. Since 2003 he has been active in many contexts: he worked with GIOVANNI VENOSTA producing sound tracks for SILVIO SOLDINI’s movies, took part as soloist musician in STEWARD COPELAND’s tour “La Notte della Taranta (Night of Tarantula)”, played with the American musician AMY DENIO and performed with SAINKHO NAMTCHYLAK. LUCIANO LAMANNA’s main characteristics are experimentation, analog synths, vinyl and a big love for techno. In 2015, the resident DJ at Ex Dogana, Roma and member of the Italian artist collective LSWHR launched the modular synthesizer project BALANCE (with DAVIDE RICCI), and in 2017 he released the album “Divus” with ZU member LUCA T. MAI, to name a few of LAMANNA’s many releases on labels like EARACHE, BORING MACHINES, SCUDERIA et.al. And, last but not least, there is MASSIMO PUPILLO, highly acclaimed bass maniac with ZU, LANIAKEA and in countless other constellations (a.o. PETER and CASPAR BRÖTZMANN, FM EINHEIT, CHRIS CORSANO). As CRETA, they create outlandish sonic pieces that blend sci-fi ambient atmospheres with dark bass pulses and bucolic-mediterranean string instruments – an unique and yet coherent mix of elements that adds consequently to the oeuvres of the three artists!

Tracklist:
1 … And Everything That Shines
2 Babe In The Egg Of Blue
3 Future Humans In Form Of Aur

out now: IANNIS XENAKIS – Persepolis

IANNIS XENAKIS – Persepolis

Format: 180gr LP incl. 4c insert + DL code / download

Release date: march 2nd 2018

After “La Légende d’Eer” in 2016, the PERIHEL series presents one of the milestones of electroacoustic music: IANNIS XENAKIS’ mindblowing 54-minutes oeuvre “Persepolis”, mixed from the original 8 track tapes by MARTIN WURMNEST and mastered / cut by RASHAD BECKER.

“Persepolis” is the longest electroacoustic composition by IANNIS XENAKIS (1922-2001) who ranks among the most influential 20th century avantgarde composers. Commissioned by the Persian Shah, the piece was part of a multimedia performance – XENAKIS’ so-called “polytopes” – which premiered in 1971 in Shiraz-Persepolis (Iran) as a performance including light-tracks, laser beams, groups of children walking around with torches and 59 loudspeakers to project the music in an open-air situation.
XENAKIS had realized “Persepolis” on 8-track analogue tape in the Studio Acusti in Paris and released a stereo reduction on vinyl in the famous Philips series “Prospective 21e Siècle” in 1972, adding the new subtitle “We bear the light of the earth”, his most hymnal title ever.
Out of print for decades now, the LP became – especially the Japanese edition from 1974 – one of the most expensive collector’s item of electroacoustic music. There were some later CD versions with different durations – too long due to a wrong sample rate, others shortened by 3 minutes due to other reasons. The PERIHEL series now presents a new version: mixed from the original (!) master 8 track tapes by longtime zeitkratzer sound engineer MARTIN WURMNEST and mastered by RASHAD BECKER at D&M, Berlin – the same experts who had already taken care of the 2016 KARLRECORDS release of “La Légende d’Eer”, another milestone composition among the works of the Greek-French avant-garde composer.

out on january 19th : AIDAN BAKER & GARETH DAVIS – Invisible Cities

AIDAN BAKER & GARETH DAVIS – Invisible Cities

Format: 180gr LP incl. DL code / DL

Release date: january 19th 2018

 

“Invisible Cities”, the first collaboration between AIDAN BAKER (NADJA, B/B/S) and bass clarinetist GARETH DAVIS (OISEAUX-TEMPÊTE), offers finest ambient / chamber jazz / subtle drones of a highly meditative quality.

Be it solo, as member of the drone duo NADJA or B/B/S (his trio with ANDREA BELFI and ERIK SKODVIN / SVARTE GREINER) or in various collaborations with artists like TIM HECKER or THISQUIETARMY: the Berlin-based Canadian is one of the most productive and versatile artists when it’s about postrock, drone or ambient and without doubt a true master on his instrument, the guitar. In recent years BAKER also starting exploring new grounds as a composer of contemporary / ensemble music – e.g. his composition „An Instance Of Rising“ was commissioned by SPÓŁDZIELNIA MUZYCZNA CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE and SACRUM PROFANUM FESTIVAL for their 2017 edition. “Invisible Cities” marks BAKER’s first collaboration with GARETH DAVIS whose eclectic oeuvre spans contemporary classical, free improvisation and orchestral music through to rock, noise and electronica. The bass clarinetist is a steady member of the critically acclaimed post-rock formation OISEAUX-TEMPÊTE and A-SUN AMISSA, interpreted compositions by ALVIN LUCIER with MACHINEFABRIEK, worked with BERNHARD LANG and PETER ABLINGER, performed with musicians like NY Downtown veteran Elliott Sharp, MERZBOW or ROBIN RIMBAUD (aka SCANNER) and realized multimedia work with artists including CHRISTIAN MARCLAY and PETER GREENAWAY.

Recorded in November 2016 at MUZIEKHUIS, Utrecht, the four tracks create a calm, even meditative atmosphere in their reduced manner that gives much room to the individual instruments / sounds, occasionally spiced up by field recordings that intensify the overall chamber jazz / ambient moods.

out now: KONSTRUKT + KEIJI HAINO – A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little That Way Lies A Quagmire

KONSTRUKT + KEIJI HAINO – A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little That Way Lies A Quagmire

Format: 180gr LP incl. DL code / DL

Release date: december 1st 2017

 

Turkish free jazzers KONSTRUKT and the Japanese avant-garde / noise icon KEIJI HAINO present their first collaborational album.

Formed early 2008 in Istanbul, KONSTRUKT have since been gaining high reputation and an ever-growing audience within European improvised music circles. Over the past decade, the Turkish free jazzers not only released a couple of superb albums under their own name – they also regularly invite significant musicians like PETER BRÖTZMANN, JOE MCPHEE, WILLIAM PARKER, AKIRA SAKATA, MARSHALL ALLEN, EVAN PARKER, THURSTON MOORE, MICHAEL ZERANG, ALFRED HARTH or ALEXANDER HAWKINS for recording sessions and/or concerts (a.o. at festivals like A L’ARME, .KONFRONTATIONEN NICKELS-DORF, KRAKOW JAZZ AUTUMN). Their latest work “A Philosophy Warping …” sees KON-STRUKT team up with the Japanese avant-garde / noise icon KEIJI HAINO – and besides all the elements you may well expect from such a musical meeting like KONSTRUKT’s “acerbic razor-edged sound” (MARK CORROTO, ALLABOUTJAZZ) and HAINO’s unmistakable voice / guitar explosions, there’s also some real surprises …

Recorded and mixed by Ozan Öner at Pür Recording Studio, Istanbul..
Mastered by Rashad Becker at D&M, Berlin.
Cover painting “Escape” by Artur Trojanowski.

Personnel:
Korhan Futacı: alto & tenor saxophones, zurna, kaval, sipsi, instant loops, voice
Umut Çaglar: moog [micromoog], korg [x-911], gralla, bamboo flutes, xylophones, percussion, tape echo, vermona [retroverb]
Berkan Tilavel: nord [drum2] electronic percussion, tef, cymbal
Erdem Göymen: drums, cymbals, percussion
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Keiji Haino: electric guitar, percussion, voice, airsynths

out now: FRET – Over Depth

FRET – Over Depth

Format: 180gr double LP incl. DL code / DL

Release date: september 13th 2017

 

MICK HARRIS (SCORN, QUOIT, PAINKILLER) returns after several years of hiatus with ten tracks of blasting landmine bass and interlocking shrapnel rhythms.

I’ve been asked to write a press piece for the dark lord MICK HARRIS.

Where does one even start? Especially for someone with decades of releases over various solo projects, collaborations and pseudonyms, whether it’s doing blast beats in the original NAPALM DEATH to crushing techno brutality as MONRELLA, or savage drum & bass as QUOIT. Then of course there’s the mighty SCORN and his numerous collaborations with fellow luminaries such as JOHN ZORN and BILL LASWELL (in PAINKILLER).

Rather than being tied to genres or scenes, MICK HARRIS is one of those producers who creates a whole sonic world uniquely of his own, in which varying tracks, styles and tempos take form, but yet in which everything sounds unmistakably characteristic of the creator. Needless to say his work has influenced legions of producers like SURGEON, REGIS, ONTAL, VATICAN SHADOW / PRURIENT, FAUSTEN, SHAPEDNOISE et al, and pretty much anyone in the world of powerfully dark, abrasive music you could name-drop. And yet after all this time, it is impressive that HARRIS still stands way above his successors and has never been surpassed in his own production/performance game.

After a hiatus of several years, he is back with a new album under the guise of FRET.

Working at a faster tempo than his SCORN material, the FRET project first surfaced years ago on the DOWNWARDS label, rooting it firmly in the dark, industrial and technoid world, and appeared more recently on Tresor (Kern mix by OBJEKT), maintaining the characteristic colossal bass-heaviness and textural depth.

And now a full album on KARLRECORDS, Berlin.

HARRIS fans will be delighted to know that despite the 130 bpm tempo, the newest FRET still resolutely avoids any straight four-on-the-floor kickdrums; every track lurches, stumbles, staggers and charges forth with beats in beautifully broken asymmetry.

We get 10 tracks of crushing, percussive destroyers, each itself a storm of precision chaos, with colossal low-end frequencies that’ll cause stampedes in the right circumstances. The classic HARRIS sound is there; searing waves of feedback distortion, intricate, interlocking rhythms and cold, abattoir atmospheres, especially track 6 “Stuck in the track at Salford Priors” which sounds like you’re being continuously suspended in the air from multiple explosions all around, each kickdrum throwing you up in the air, the next one going off before you can fall completely back to the ground.

The lazy-minded would probably lump it in with the term “techno”, but the disciplined brutality, blasting landmine bass and interlocking shrapnel rhythms are clearly HARRIS’ own trademark style, sitting somewhere between SCORN and QUOIT.

The tracks appear deceptively chaotic on the surface, yet each is meticulously and masterfully composed with great attention to layering and detail. MICK HARRIS fans rejoice, the dark lord still remains at the top of his game.

(Derek Szeto / Fausten / Combat Recordings)

 

out on sept. 29th: GIULIO ALDINUCCI – Borders And Ruins

GIULIO ALDINUCCI – Borders And Ruins

Format:  LP (200 handnumbered items, silk-screened sleeve, DL code, ed vinyl) / DL

Release date: september 29th 2017

# 2 in the PERIKLAS series is an ambient masterpiece of sublime beauty and sacral majesty by the Italian sound artist GIULIO ALDINUCCI.

GIULIO ALDINUCCI is an Italian sound artist working in the fields of experimental electroacoustic music, field recording and ambient soundscape. Born 1981 in Siena, his catalogue comprises four solo albums on labels like DRONARIVM (CHIHEI HATAKEYAMA, AIDAN BAKER),TIME RELEASED SOUND or HOME NORMAL plus EPs and collaborative albums (a.o. with PLEQ). Furthermore , he wrote music for theatre, video art, documentaries and short movies and was awarded with an honourable mention at the 18th International Electroacoustic Composition Competition Música Viva 2017 for his composition “Mute Sirens”. Together with ATTILIO NOVELLINO, ALDINUCCI launched the project “Postcards From Italy” which consists of an album published by OAK EDITIONS, live events (the first one took place at Cafe OTO, London) and an installation by AIPS collective & GIANMARCO DEL RE.
“Borders And Ruins”, his first album for KARLRECORDS, is a reflection on the instability of borders – borders as an extreme attempt to discriminate and rationalize that turns into a source of chaos and cultural ruins on both sides – and their impact on the relationship between people and territory. It is also a sonic diary: a constantly mutating soundscape where electronic sounds and field recordings (taken during several travels around the continent) blend into an ambient masterpiece of sublime beauty and sacral majesty.

Mastered by Alexandr Vatagin

Vinyl cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, Berlin

Artwork by Joe Gilmore

 

out now: MASSIMO PUPILLO / ALEXANDRE BABEL / CASPAR BRÖTZMANN – Live At Candy Bomber Studios Vol​.​1

 

MASSIMO PUPILLO / ALEXANDRE BABEL / CASPAR BRÖTZMANN – Live At Candy Bomber Studios Vol​.​1

Format: 180gr LP incl. DL code / DL

Release date: august 4th 2017

Curtains up for a new power trio: bass player MASSIMO PUPILLO (ZU, LANIAKEA), drummer ALEXANDRE BABEL (SUDDEN INFANT) and CASPAR BRÖTZMANN on guitar.

As the title “Live At The Candy Bomber Studios, Vol.1” indicates, this album is the first cut from an inspired recording meeting. Raw energy, full focus and three instrumentalists at the peak of their skills who blend noise rock, drone and improvisation into 2 relentless epic pieces. The line-up consists of MASSIMO PUPILLO, bass player in ZU, LANIAKEA and countless other constellations and drummer ALEXANDRE BABEL who is a prolific player in the experimental / contemporary field (artistic director of Swiss percussion group EKLEKTO, member of KAMMERENSEMBLE NEUE MUSIK BERLIN, soloist and has performed a.o. with OTOMO YOSHIHIDE and KEIJI HAINO) and a steady member of the noise band SUDDEN INFANT. And last but not least there’s CASPAR BRÖTZMANN on guitar who gained high reputation as one of the most radical guitarists around, admired by acclaimed artists like THURSTON MOORE („probably one of the best guitarists I’ve ever met!”) and STEPHEN O’MALLEY. A powerful unit, recorded live in the studio by INGO KRAUSS who had already worked with BRÖTZMANN on the CASPAR BRÖTZMANN MASSAKER albums “Der Abend Der Schwarzen Folklore” and “Koksofen”.