Blackest Ever Black presents DJ Benetti, Dynamo Dreesen, Nina & GoodNews at OHM, Berlin, 12.8.16

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On Friday 12 August, Blackest Ever Black bids a fond and sweaty farewell to Berlin, its home of the past three and a half years, with a party at our favourite club in the city, OHM. Music comes from William Bennett in his lesser-spotted, italo and hi-NRG-evangelising DJ Benetti guise; the brilliant Dynamo Dreesen; and Golden Pudel regulars and Vis label heads Nina and GoodNews.

Tickets are just €4+booking fee if you take advantage of the early bird offer, or €6 on the door. More information here.


 

I Can’t Give You The Life You Want

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I Can’t Give You The Life You Want is a new, vinyl-only US compilation from Blackest Ever Black.

Exclusively manufactured and distributed by LA’s Mount Analog record store, in a strictly limited edition of 500, it features new and previously unreleased material from Tropic of Cancer, Bremen, Cut Hands, Dalhous, Tarcar, Exploring Jezebel, Barnett + Coloccia, Secret Boyfriend, Tarquin Manek, 500 Stamps and Infrastructure Zero.

Listen to Tarcar’s contribution, ‘Eija’, here.

It will be released in the US in early June. All customers pre-ordering/buying from Mount Analog will receive a free Blackest Ever Black mixtape entitled Truth Or Dare In North America with their record. A handful of copies (without the mixtape) are available to pre-order direct from Blackest Ever Black.

More information here.


 

Powell joins line-up for Blackest Ever Black nacht in Berlin

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This Saturday, 15 November, Blackest Ever Black celebrates its fourth birthday with a party at Urban Spree in Berlin. Live performances come from Cut Hands, Black Rain and Diät; DJ sets from Raime and Nina.

We have previously alluded to several secret guests, and while we’re still not at liberty to announce all of them, we can confirm that our Powell, whose Diagonal label is enjoying a vintage year, will bring his romper-stomping DJ style to bear on the early hours, both solo and back-to-back with Raime.

We must take this opportunity to reiterate once more that there are no advance tickets available for this event, so early arrival is essential if you want to be sure of entry. Doors open at 10pm. More information here.


 

 

 

I know what I must do

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CUT HANDS – FESTIVAL OF THE DEAD
Track notes by William Bennett

 

The Claw
based on a powerful modern visualisation spell

I Know What I Must Do
originally composed for a traditional Greek music project I was working on

Damballah 58
after spending months working and imagining beats like this without getting anywhere, suddenly and with great relief, the theme appeared from nowhere as if from the heavens

Parataxic Distortion

Festival Of The Dead
the basic beat came out of the blue one night and I made several very different versions of this title track, the mood of this one seemed to fit in best with the record

Belladonna Theme
music from the documentary film about superstar porn actress Belladonna

Vaudou Take Me High
original version of this was nearly twenty minutes long!

Inlightenment
this is a sister piece to Impassion and Inchantment from previous releases, hence the unusual spelling

None Of Your Bones Are Broken
inspired after watching the same incredible film three times consecutively, if you’ve seen it you’ll know which it is

Madwoman (Festival Remix)
after trying out all sorts of Madwoman variations in a live setting, this one had the type of sound that best seemed to work

Fruit Is Ripe
originally written for a soundtrack (sadly never used)

Fire Ends The Day
currently working on a lot more of this type of sound


 

 

Blackest Ever Black at Urban Spree, Berlin, 15/11

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Blackest Ever Black’s fourth annual label party will take place at Berlin’s Urban Spree venue on Saturday 15 November, 2014, presented in association with UnReal.

This is the first time the label has celebrated its birthday in its current base of Berlin, and follows last year’s two-room blow-out at Corsica Studios in London, which featured Prurient, Tropic of Cancer, Regis, Source Direct, Horsepower Productions and many more.

For this more intimate gathering on German soil, William Bennett will perform live as CUT HANDS, celebrating the release of his new album for Blackest Ever Black. Festival Of The Dead, due out in October, is the most potent distillation of Cut Hands’ delirious polyrhythmic energy to date, in which the spirits of santería and vaudou come together for a final rapturous celebration of oblivion. The indefatigable Bennett, pioneer of extreme electronic music and founder of Whitehouse, has refined and intensified Cut Hands’ percussive assault across two previous albums (released on his own Susan Lawly imprint) and a trio of 12″ singles for BEB and Downwards; his live invocations are always psychologically gripping, physically overwhelming affairs; in the nowhere-to-hide environment of Urban Spree, this one has the makings of a classic.

Another sub-cultural trailblazer and stalwart of Blackest Ever Black, Stuart Argabright, will also be joining us from New York to play his first BLACK RAIN live show in Europe since 2012 – back when he was touring in support of Now I’m Just A Number, BEB’s compilation of his visionary soundtrack work from the mid-90s. Most famously leader of post-punk minimalists Ike Yard, Argabright’s improbably eventful career has seen him fashion dystopian hip-hop in Death Comet Crew and erotic electro as Dominatrix, among numerous other ventures; but it’s Black Rain – which began life as a death metal band before mutating into the cyberpunk techno project it is today – that remains his most vital and compelling undertaking. New album Dark Pool is awork of hard-edged sonic fiction influenced by the writings of K.W. Jeter and Paolo Bacigalupi; musically, as well as conceptually, Argabright’s futurist impulse remains razor-sharp and indomitable.

DIÄT is a Berlin-based band with a hardcore background, who were brought together by their enthusiasm for bleak UK punk but ended up something closer to what they describe, perhaps not entirely seriously, as “tough new wave”; fans of Crisis, Killing Joke and The Mob will certainly feel at home with Diät’s unlikely synthesis of depressive drift and cranked, accelerated energy. One of the finest bands currently active in the German capital’s rudely healthy scene – a scene for which drummer Iffi’s Static Shock shop in Kreuzberg is an important hub – they will play live for us ahead of their debut LP release on Iron Lung.

RAIME‘s redoubtable Joe Andrews and Tom Halstead will also be joining us to DJ throughout the night, taking time out from intensive recording sessions for their sophomore album, due to be released on Blackest Ever Black in 2015. This duo’s tastes and influence have of course been central to the label since the very beginning, and as those who’ve attended our Before My Eyes nights and previous BEB showcases in London will attest, their carefully wrought and invariably head-cracking sets run the gamut from gothic abjection, brutalist punk and outsider electronics through to the seamiest grime, dancehall and jungle-tekno.

DJ support comes from NINA, who runs the Nina Trifft nights at the Golden Pudel in Hamburg, and who was responsible for the recent, riveting No Observable Effect Concentration mix for our Krokodilo Tapes imprint. Expect pure darkwave fire from this peerless selector.

Additionally, there will be some “SECRET” SPECIAL GUESTS dropping in to play some records and possibly some instruments – among them a notable Berlin-based artist whose Blackest debut is due in the coming months.

UPDATE: We can tell you that one of the no-longer-secret special guests will be POWELL. The Diagonal boss will bring his romper-stomping DJ style to bear on the late shift, both solo and back-to-back with Raime.

We don’t plan to make advance tickets available for this party, so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Doors open around 10pm, and festivities will run all night; there will be a merch table, including one or two small items only available at this event.


 

New distribution titles now available

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We’re currently in the process expanding our modest distro operation, our love of papercuts and post office bureaucracy seemingly boundless. Regular punters will have noticed, and indeed taken advantage of, the fact that we sporadically stock titles from labels like Downwards, Posh Isolation, Test Centre and Penultimate Press, to name a few. Put simply, this will continue, but now with more consistency and frequency, and an altogether wider range.

New to the shop this week: a welcome slew of re-presses from our n’er-do-well neighbours, ReadyMade Distribution. These include the first four 12″ releases from their Frozen Border imprint, including the classic, still sort-of-anonymous FB01, and handful of early Horizontal Ground 12″s. The Frozen Borders are all (naturally) hand-stamped white-labels, and come with a fold-out A3 poster; the Horizontal Grounds have printed labels and a fold-out A3 poster too, this one designed by Silent Editions (Juan Mendez).

Also just added: re-presses of Cut Hands‘ ‘Madwoman’ 12″, and Dva Damas‘s Nightshade LP (with CD included), both on Downwards.

Visit the BEB shop here.