Blackest Ever Black this Saturday at Corsica Studios, London

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Blackest Ever Black returns to London’s Corsica Studios this Saturday 15th October for the first time since 2013, with an all-nighter across both rooms of the venue.

It also marks the label’s possibly foolhardy relocation back to the UK after three years of self-imposed exile in Berlin. A homecoming, a funeral, a Hard Brexit special if you will.

DJ sets from Felix K, Pessimist, Dynamo Dreesen, Ossia (Young Echo), DJ Benetti, Andrew Ingram (Tabernacle Records), Chris Farrell (Idle Hands) and Kenny White. Live performances from Carla dal Forno, Chain Of Flowers, Tarquin Manek and AD Jacques. The time of your f***ing life, la.

Advance tickets, priced £12.50+BF, are available here.
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FELIX K
(HIDDEN HAWAII / BLACKEST EVER BLACK)

Berlin’s foremost drum ’n bass/techno innovator, co-founder of the peerless Hidden Hawaii label and the brains behind more incognito projects than anyone even begins to suspect. In his DJ sets, as in his productions, Felix explores the spaces between techno, DnB and abstract electronics…effortlessly bridging tempos and time signatures, creating hybrid forms on the fly, opening up wormholes in the dance – beats aren’t so much broken as smashed to smithereens, smothered in gloriously oppressive industrial textures and shot through with a battery of third-eye-opening dub FX. Ahem. Having made his Blackest Ever Black debut in 2015 with the Tragedy of the Commons EP, he closed out the label’s fifth anniversary at Berghain, and this London date is long overdue.

CARLA DAL FORNO
(BLACKEST EVER BLACK – LIVE)

Solo live performance from this major new singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Having previously contributed to Blackest Ever Black as a member of F ingers and Tarcar, the Australian CDF opened her solo account earlier this year with the instant classic ‘Fast Moving Cars’ single. Debut album You Know What It’s Like, out later this month, is a future classic of dub-disoriented, post-punk-inflected pop, variously channeling the deadpan DIY whimsy of Flaming Tunes and Call Back The Giants, lo-fi Chicago house, the eldritch moon musick of Coil, and the gothic intensity of Nico.

DYNAMO DREESEN
(ACIDO / SUED)

The man behind Acido…Berlin’s most free-form, trippy, no-fucks-given house/techno stable, with a typical 12” offering detours into dub, ruff-cut hip-hop, meditative soundscaping, musique concrete and whatever else takes their fancy that day. Their house is not your house. Avant-garde but unpretentious, dead simple on the face of it but totally mind-scrambling, and home not only to Dynamo Dreesen productions but also cuts from PG Sounds, DJ Sotofett, Madteo, Porn Sword Tobacco, Convextion, $tinkworx and more. Dreesen also makes music with SVN as Dresvn, with releases on Sex Tags Mania, Wania, Honest Jon’s and SVN’s closely affiliated SUED label. Special 3-hour set, not to be missed.

PESSIMIST
(RUFFHOUSE / UVB-76 / SAMURAI / BLACKEST EVER BLACK)

Hands down one of the most exciting young producers currently operating in the UK, and a member of Bristol’s Ruffhouse crew, – who through their own releases and their recently launched label UVB-76 represent the techno-savvy vanguard of contemporary UK drum ‘n bass. Pessimist’s own uniquely brooding, minimalist sound was showcased on his recent ‘Balaklava’ 12” for Blackest Ever Black’s A14 series – where you can hear the influence not only of vintage Photek, Dom & Roland and Doc Scott, but also Chain Reaction, T++, Regis and early dark garage.

DJ BENETTI

All the way from Rimini, we welcome one of italo’s unsung pioneers, DJ Benetti. Conqueror of dancefloors all over the world, Benetti’s sets routinely blow the minds of first-timers and hardcore Italo & hi-nrg cognoscenti alike. His first gig was at a Mafia-controlled pizza restaurant in Vigevano (Northern Italy) in 1980, a restaurant famed for its special aphrodisiac “spaghetti a la slinguata”. He’s also big in China —where he lived for 18 months as paid guest of the Communist town council. More than 50% of his income is spent on D&G clothes and accessories. A rumour persists that Benetti is the alter ego of William Bennett (Whitehouse, Cut Hands), but this seems altogether unlikely.

CHAIN OF FLOWERS
(ALTER – LIVE)

Cardiff four-piece who channel their hardcore backgrounds into epic, ultra-heavy, shoegaze and goth-inflected post-punk that brings to mind early Creation and Factory fringe operators, The Sound, Birthday Party, Chameleons’ Script Of The Bridge, Sound, Blitz’s Second Empire Justice…all the good stuff. Their brilliant debut LP came out on Alter Records last year.

OSSIA
(YOUNG ECHO / BLACKEST EVER BLACK / BERCEUSE HEROIQUE)

Ossia hates being called a lynchpin of the Bristol scene but that’s exactly what he is. A member of the Young Echo collective, he runs the RWD>>FWD shop and distro, and has a hand in pretty much all of the key labels to come out of that milieu: No Corner, Hotline, Peng Sound, and of course the recently minted Young Echo imprint. He’s also emerged as a quality producer, with 12”s of raw, free-form soundsystem techno to his name on Blackest Ever Black (2015’s ‘Red X’) and more recently Berceuse Heroique. His DJ set at the Idle Hands x BEB party back in January knocked us out.

TARQUIN MANEK
(BLACKEST EVER BLACK – LIVE)

Melbourne’s Tarquin Manek is the architect behind some of the finest records to come out on Blackest in the past couple of years. He’s one third of the band F ingers, and half of Tarcar with Carla dal Forno, whose upcoming solo album You Know What It’s Like he also co-produced. He released a solo record of his own in late 2015, Tarquin Magnet, a remarkable blend of DIY concrete, chamber jazz and tripped-out hypno-electronics that no self-respecting, contemporary-minded record collection should be without. His live performances fall somewhere between crooning synth-pop, improv, and dubbed-to-all-fuck techno-splack.

ANDREW INGRAM
(TABERNACLE RECORDS)

Co-pilot of the redoubtable Tabernacle Records, home to the likes of Lost Trax, John Heckle and The Connection Machine, Andrew knows a thing or two about space travel – in fact for our money he’s the best techno/electro selector in our grubby little solar system. Heads down, closing out Room 2.

CHRIS FARRELL
(IDLE HANDS)

Special reggae set from the venerable Idle Hands bossman, all the way from Stokes Croft, Bristol. Anyone who heard his No Vampire mixtape for BEB will know what to expect… proper stake-through-the-heart business.

AD JACQUES
(BLACKEST EVER BLACK)

Avant-garde electronics from the mysterious ADJ, who contributed to our Low Company cassette compilation and has an LP (eternally) forthcoming.

+ KENNY WHITE

Some bloke I met at the pub.


 

Return to Corsica Studios with Felix K, Carla dal Forno, Pessimist, Dynamo Dreesen, Ossia & more TBA

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Londoners, a date for your diary: October 15, 2016. We’ll be returning to our spiritual rave-cave, Corsica Studios, for our first party there in three years. Felix K (pictured), Pessimist, Dynamo Dreesen and Ossia will be leading the charge [UPDATE: Carla dal Forno will also be playing live]. A couple of other live acts, and DJs, still TBA. Tickets, and full line-up, will be released next month.


 

Felix K’s Tragedy of the Commons 12″ now available to pre-order

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Felix K arrives on Blackest Ever Black next month with a front-rank EP of bleak, bombed-out soundboy electronics.

Felix has been active in the underground of his native Berlin since the late ’90s, often working incognito. His roots are in drum-and-bass, and he has repeatedly advanced and invigorated the genre with his own adroitly minimalist, dub-centered productions, making important lateral connections to austere Hard Wax-school techno and more abstract electronic realms. With their Hidden Hawaii label and its small galaxy of subsidiary imprints, meanwhile, Felix and his co-conspirators are futurists who still kill the old way: doggedly DIY, committed to short-run white label culture and covert action.

Even in the context of his wide-ranging discography, Tragedy of the Commons’ 17-minute title track is a stand-alone experiment in form: a labyrinthine, slow-burning dread epic, beatless but crushingly dynamic, its frail minimal synth lines wandering lonely amid plate-shifting bass drones and a dense, disorienting assemblage of field recordings. It’s exemplary Berlin noir: hurt but stoic, pessimistic but unyielding, and closely attuned to the city’s strange psychogeography.

For more information on this release, click here. The 12″ is due out in mid-February and is available to pre-order now; digital release will follow later in the year.


 

Nothing to fear

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With Christmas nearly upon us, some news of what you can expect from Blackest Ever Black in the new year.

2015 will see us release the long-awaited sophomore second album by Raime, and a new 12” from Regis, followed by a compilation of all his productions for Blackest Ever Black to date.

There will of course be new records from other familiar/returning faces, among them Secret Boyfriend, Tomorrow The Rain Will Fall Upwards and Shampoo Boy, and a number of new additions to the roster, including Felix K, Amateur Childbirth, Infrastructure Zero and the trio of Jac Berrocal, David Fenech and Vincent Epplay.

Planned archival editions included the previously unreleased soundtrack to Jane Arden and Jack Bond’s 1979 film Anti-Clock (which will finally materialise in the first half of the year after a long gestation period), a legendary recording from Księżycand new remasters / special editions of one or two BEB catalogue items.

A Blackest Ever Black “USA only” compilation – manufactured and distributed in the States, and including exclusive contributions from Tropic of Cancer, Black Rain, Dalhous, Bremen and others – will be released in Spring 2015.

Our A14 sub-label will re-open its account in 2015, as will our Krokodilo Tapes series, beginning with a mixtape from Powell, entitled HOOLIGAN.

September 2015 marks five years since the inception of the label, and we will be celebrating this – in so far as we celebrate anything – with some special events and a retrospective compilation towards the end of the year.

And of course there’s a good deal else on the horizon that we’re not liberty to speak about, or can’t presently recall.

Einen guten Rutsch,
Blackest Ever Black


 

 

New Felix K podcast; 12″ imminent

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Felix K is the latest contributor to Juno Plus’s podcast series. You can stream or download the mix, which consists largely of his own productions and tracks released on his Hidden Hawaii label, here. Felix’s long-mooted 12″ for Blackest Ever Black will materialise in January/February 2015.