New releases from Pessimist and Berrocal/Fenech/Epplay

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Two new releases available to pre-order now for April 28th release: a limited edition 12″ album sampler from Pessimist (BLACKEST063), featuring two of the heaviest soundsystem weapons from his forthcoming LP (due to land in summer), and the return of Jac Berrocal, David Fenech & Vincent Epplay with a 7″ entitled Why (BLACKEST062).

Both titles are available from our Bandcamp.


 

Blackest Ever Black presents Jac Berrocal, David Fenech & Vincent Epplay + Tarquin Manek + Silvia Kastel at Kantine am Berghain, 26.05.16

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Following their incendiary performance for the Five Wretched Years of Blackest Ever Blackevent at London’s ICA last year, we’re pleased to bring Jac Berrocal, David Fenech & Vincent Epplay to Berlin for a show at Kantine am Berghain on Thursday 26th May.

Support comes from Tarquin Manek, his first show in Europe since the release of his Tarquin Magnet LP in December, and Silvia Kastel, who has work forthcoming on the label. DJ support comes from Orson, who runs the brilliant Version label with Hops.

More information here. Advance tickets available here.


 

William Bennett (DJ) joins ICA line-up; special edition cassette comp incoming

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As previously announced, Blackest Ever Black begins its fifth anniversary celebrations with an all-day and evening event at London’s ICA on Saturday 26 September.

The evening concerts features live performances from Jac Berrocal, David Fenech & Vincent Epplay, Officer!, and Af Ursin; with DJ support from Raime. In the daytime, there are live performances from Ashtray Navigations, Stefan Jaworzyn, F ingers, Dalhous and AD Jacques; plus a screening of Jane Arden & Jack Bond’s 1979 film Anti-Clock. And we’re now pleased to announce that William Bennett will be DJing in the bar between the daytime and evening sessions.

Tickets are available separately for the daytime and evening sessions; a discounted day+evening ticket (“multi-buy offer”) can be purchased from either page.

A limited edition C50 cassette compilation, specially assembled to mark the occasion and featuring exclusive tracks from all of the participating live performers – the Jac Berrocal trio, Af Ursin, Officer!, Dalhous, AD Jacques, Ashtray Navigations, Stefan Jaworzyn and F ingers – will be on sale exclusively at the event. Any copies not sold on the day will subsequently be made available to purchase online via the Blackest webshop. Full details to follow.

Also forthcoming: limited edition screen prints of the gig posters for both (ICA and Berghain) Five Wretched Years of Blackest Ever Black events.


 

Jac Berrocal, David Fenech & Vincent Epplay at REWIRE festival this weekend

Jac Berrocal, David Fenech and Vincent Epplay mark the release of their trio album on Blackest Ever Black, Antigravity, with a live performance at the REWIRE festival in the Netherlands this Saturday, 2 May. Unmissable, really. For more information and tickets, click here.

Due to an unforeseen delay with pressing (insert moan at RSD here), official physical and digital release date for Antigravity has been pushed back to May 11. For those of you who have pre-ordered the album direct from Blackest Ever Black: CDs have already shipped earlier this week; the LPs are due in on Monday, and we expect to have them all dispatched by Wednesday (May 6).


 

 

Jac Berrocal, David Fenech, Vincent Epplay: Antigravity

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Antigravity is a new trio album from legendary trumpeter Jac Berrocal and two fellow travellers in the French avant-garde, David Fenech and Vincent Epplay. A lugubrious mise-en-scène in which ice-cold outlaw jazz meets musique concrète, DIY whimsy and dubwise studio science, all watched over by the lost souls and hungry ghosts of rock ‘n roll. It’s due to be released on LP, CD and digital formats through Blackest Ever Black on April 27, 2015, and is available to pre-order now. For more information, click here.


 

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