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Konstrukt & Ken Vandermark
Kozmik Bazaar

Kozmik Bazaar sees Turkish free jazz group Konstrukt collaborate with Chicago jazz musician Ken Vandermark for a third time. Vandermark has played with pretty much everyone in the jazz world including Peter Brotzmann, Alex Dorner and Mats Gustafsson, to name but a few. Kozmik Bazaar starts from a familiar enough place by referencing Ornette Coleman before taking itself to a psychedelic place way beyond what most people would consider to be jazz.

G.A.M.S.
G.A.M.S.

The self-titled debut album from G.A.M.S., a new group formed by Andi Stecher and Guido Mobius, is pretty much an exploration in pure feedback. Often painful to listen to but sometimes extraordinarily pretty and powerful, Mobius unleashes volleys of noise while Stecher powers through with primal percussion on G.A.M.S., one of the most challenging but rewarding releases of the year. 
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Zeitkratzer
Performs Songs from the Albums 'Kraftwerk' and 'Kraftwerk 2'

Led by Reinhold Friedl, Zeitkratzer are an ensemble of musicians who work with and reinterpret compositions by an ever reaching range of avant-garde and fringe artists. Their list of works include Lou Reed, Whitehouse, Throbbing Gristle, Stockhausen, John Cage. Now they turn their mad orchestra’s gaze upon the early works of Kraftwerk, specifically their first two albums.

Ernstalbrecht Stiebler
Reworks

German composer Ernstalbrecht Stiebler turned 85 this year. Karlrecords rises to the occasion with an album of reworks - the first in a series, by the way - by a few of the minimalist trailblazer’s appreciators. Stiebler’s aesthetics are interpreted by Raster-Noton co-founder Frank Bretschneider, Jasmine Guffond, Jes Strüver with Werner Durand (as Phonosphere), Kammerflimmer Kollektief and Bérangère Maximin.

Brian Harnetty
Shawnee, Ohio

Brian Harnetty presents his ethnographic survey of the small town of Shawnee, Ohio, which mixes together spoken interviews with the town’s residents with composed music in a chamber folk style. Appalachian folk musician Anna Roberts-Gevalt of Anna & Elizabeth and Paul De Jong of The Books are among the ensemble providing the delicate accompaniment. A rich and intriguing work. On Karlrecords.

Arovane & Porya Hatami
C.H.R.O.N.O.S.

Arovane & Porya Hatami continue to average an LP a year for Karlrecords (Konstrukt & Keiji Haino, Fanu & Bill Laswell). After 2017’s Organism and 2018’s Organism_evolution, 2019 sees the pair deliver C.H.R.O.N.O.S.. Rather than presenting the sort of ambient/concrete vignettes they've become known for, C.H.R.O.N.O.S. is comprised of five lengthy tracks that are generally richer and prettier than what Arovane & Hatami have come up with in the past. Recent records from Suplington and bvdub spring to mind.

Benjamin Finger, James Plotkin & Mia Zabelka
Pleasure-Voltage

Pleasure-Voltage is the debut release from the collaboration between Benjamin Fingers, James Plotkin and Mia Zabelka. Premiered at the 2018 edition of Rewire festival, the album sees the trio creating sinister and moving ambient drones. Sounds slip into and out of each other to create another world.

Giulio Aldinucci
Disappearing In A Mirror

Giulio Aldinucci’s gradual path to choral sample-scamblin’ stardom has led him from Time Released Sound and Dronarivm up to this second outing for Karlrecords. Disappearing in a Mirror finds the Italian sound designer driving his sacred loops through searing distortion, droning crescendos and tenuous titles such as ‘Aphasic Semiotics’.

Hanno Leichtmann
Nouvelle Aventure

Ever the innovator, Thomas Herbst’s Karlrecords (Iannis Xenakis, John Cage) release a new LP from Hanno Leichtmann. On Nouvelle Aventure we find Leichtmann playing around with the 70-year-old archive of the Darmstadt Summer Courses For New Music - a programme that featured (among others) Xenakis, Karlheinz Stockhausen and György Ligeti. He treats the source material in all sorts of ways here (micro-loops, re-recording, tape manipulation etc.) and comes up with a record of Nurse With Wound-ish musique concrete.

Konstrukt & Keiji Haino
A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little​ ​That Way Lies A Quagmire (Live)

Turkish free-jazz/avant-garde visionaries Konstrukt have teamed up with Japanese noise master Keiji Haino (from Fushitsusha) to create the perhaps aptly named (who are we to judge?) A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little /​ ​That Way Lies A Quagmire, recorded live last year. And it sure is noisy, free, and avant-gardey. 

Giulio Aldinucci
Borders and Ruins

Karlrecords (Konstrukt & Keiji Haino, Arovane) repress Guilio Aldinucci’s 2017 LP Borders And Ruins. This is an ambient LP of rare intensity, though not one that fits easily into the ‘dark ambient’ subgenre. While cuts like ‘Division’ are characterised by the sort of bleak granulated soundscapes one finds in the work of both bvdub and Shackleton, the Gothic beauty of ‘Venus Of The Bees’ and ‘Parole’ is more akin to the frosty weightlessness of some Posh Isolation releases.

R.A.N.
Şeb-i Yelda

Out of the deep dark depths emerges the new project R.A.N., by Hüma Utku. Produced in Berlin but with Utku’s native Istanbul looming in the background, Seb-i Yelda is four powerful tracks of dark ambience, with traces of traditional Turkish acoustic instruments cast adrift in a sea of bass electronics and distortion. Strong stuff, on Karlrecords.
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Creta
Creta

This new project from Massimo Pupillo (Zu, Laniakea), Luciano Lamanna and Roberto Zanisi sees the trio create three heady ambient soundscapes. The division of labour is thus: Lamanna brings the modulars, Zanisi handles guitar as well as an array of Mediterranean string instruments, and Pupilo’s bass moves in and out of the mix. What the trio end up with is equal parts Coil, Californian New Age and seashore ambience. Out via Karlrecords.

Massimo Pupillo, Alexandre Babel & Caspar Brötzmann
Live at Candy Bomber Studios, Vol. 1

Three is a good number; there are a lot of trios in the world, so it must be. This one is a particularly extreme assembly, offering bassist Massimo Pupillo, percussionist Alexandre Babel and guitarist Casper Brötzmann in gruesome unison. A euphoric racket is to be expected along the lines of the structure-hating Thurston Moore.