New distro stock: Thought Broadcast, Diät, Black Rain, Hour House


Various new distro titles available from the Blackest Ever Black webshop this week. These include Social Acid, the latest release from the always compelling Thought Broadcast, released in an edition of 100 on Marco Raspberry Bulbs’ Personnel label, and already sold out at source; Hour House’s wonderful Chiltern House LP on Penultimate Press, which along with Diät’s Positive Energy is undoubtedly one of the records of the year; a re-stock of Penultimate’s handsome 2015 edition of the Ksiezyc LP (something no home should be without); and a brawny new collaboration between Black Rain & Shapednoise on the latter’s own Cosmorhythmatic label.

Still in stock: Hypnotic Sleep’s self-titled LP of drug-destroyed exotica on Berlin’s Static Age; Richard Youngs’ dub-deconstructing Primary Concrete Attack; and that 11-minute d-beat epic from Impalers on Static Shock. Enlivening additions to any record collection, to be sure.


Unsound 2014


Blackest Ever Black’s association with Krakow’s Unsound festival dates back to 2010, when Raime gave their debut live performance there. This year’s festival, which commenced yesterday (October 12), features two groups affiliated with the label: Killing Sound, who’ll be appearing as part of the Young Echo showcase on Saturday 16 October, and Ksiezyc, who perform at St. Katherine’s Church on Friday 15 October. Additionally, our friends Diagonal host a showcase on the Saturday with Powell, Russell Haswell and more. Also looking forward to seeing Richard Pinhas, DJ Funk, Zs, Deathprod and one or two others. More information here.


Gdzieś Ty Byla?


Next Friday, as part of the 2014 Unsound festival, Księżyc will perform live at Krakow’s Kościół św. Katarzyny – for fans of this extraordinary Polish group, it is a momentous occasion. Księżyc haven’t been active since 1996, the year that they released their sole, self-titled album on the OBUH label, having debuted three years earlier with the Nów 7″.

Their music is a captivating, highly original synthesis of the medieval and the modern, rooted in the Slavic tradition but employing elements of 20th century minimalism and vocal experimentation, with disquieting, fairy tale-inspired lyrics by Remigiusz Mazur-Hanaj. This cursory description, of course, doesn’t do justice – listen to this, or this, for a better sense of the forces at work.

In spite of, or perhaps because of, their silence, interest in the band has grown significantly over the past 18 years – culminating in Penultimate Press‘s 2014 remastered LP edition of the album – its first outing on 12″, having previously been issued as only a cassette and a 10″ (with notably inferior sound quality).

Ahead of the Unsound concert, we’re tremendously pleased to be able to say that there will be a new vinyl release by Księżyc on Blackest Ever Black in 2015. We’re unable to go into more detail now, but will of course update you further as soon as it’s appropriate.