Id Mud: Nina + Good News; Silvia Kastel

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Krokodilo Tapes is no more. In its place, a new series of mixtapes we’re calling Id Mud.

The first Id Mud is a double-cassette set, limited to 50 copies, of Nina + Good News (of Golden Pudel and vis fame) recorded at Blackest Ever Black’s Berlin leaving party at OHM on Friday 12 August 2016.

IDMUD002, entitled Bibula Harena and also available in an edition of 50, is by Berlin-based Italian musician Silvia Kastel, who has solo work of her own forthcoming on Blackest Ever Black.

Both tape sets are available to pre-order now.


 

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.


 

Krokodilo warehouse finds

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Just stumbled upon some unsold Krokodilo cassettes, all rare and out-of-print mixtapes from last year: first editions of Brian No Brian’s Holywell Session, Nina’s No Observable Effect Concentration, Gewissen’s Robisheaux Reminds Us  and Blackest Ever Black’s What I Learned On My Holidays, to be exact. 3-10 copies of each, undoubtedly the last reserves, available to buy in the shop and ready to ship.


 

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.


 

Nina’s “No Observable Effect Concentration” now available to stream

You can now listen to No Observable Effect Concentration, the mixtape that the Golden Pudel’s Nina recorded for our Krokodilo Tapes series, via Soundcloud. Both the first and second editions of the cassette are long since sold out, but the masochists among you can find more information here.

Nina will be playing at the BEB night in Berlin this November; details soon.