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.


 

Blackest Ever Black at Corsica Studios, 15.10.16

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On Saturday 15th October, Blackest Ever Black returns to Corsica Studios for its first London party since 2013. Live performances from Carla dal Forno, Chain Of Flowers, Tarquin Manek and AD Jacques; DJs: Felix K, Pessimist, Dynamo Dreesen, DJ Benetti, Ossia, Andrew Ingram (Tabernacle Records) and Kenny White.

A small quantity of £10 early bird tickets are available now.


 

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.


 

Idle Hands & Blackest Ever Black – Take 5, Bristol, 09/01/16

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Happy new year. We begin 2016 as we mean to go on – impulsively? – with a party in Bristol co-hosted with our friends Idle Hands. It takes place this Saturday 9 January at the one and only Take 5 Cafe, with music from Rhythmic Theory, Ossia, Idle Hands bossman Chris Farrell, and yours truly. If you’re in the area, hope to see you there.

Mailorder customers, thanks for your patience while we catch up on things this week: we’ve a huge backlog of orders to ship and emails to respond to after three weeks off, and we’re working our way through it as quickly as we can.


 

Ossia: Red X

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Blackest Ever Black presents Red X, the debut release from Young Echo member Ossia. 10 unyielding minutes of noise-strafed, rootical techno backed with two more abstract, uncanny studies in reverb and delay. One of the Bristol underground’s most vital behind-the-scenes operators, Ossia runs the RWD>>FWD mail-order and oversees the Peng Sound, No Corner and Hotline Recordings labels, among others.

This vinyl-only offering – housed in a devilishly handsome litho- and screen-printed LP-style sleeve, designed by Studio Tape-Echo – is out now and available from Boomkat, Bleep and all the usual suspects, including our own webstore. More information here.


 

A note from the administration

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A general update on incoming releases. After a delay due in equal parts to the Record Store Day fall-out and some last minute design tweaks, the physical and digital release of Barnett + Coloccia‘s Weld (BLACKEST042) has been pushed back a couple of weeks to June 15 (copies pre-ordered direct from Blackest will ship a week earlier) – apologies for any inconvenience this might cause you. Six Six SecondsTearing Down Heaven 10″ and digital release (BLACKEST038) will be available at the same time.

Also running a little late, this time due to a manufacturing fault beyond our control: I Can’t Give You the Life You Want (BLACKESTUSA001), the US compilation we’re putting out in association with LA’s Mount Analog. We’re working hard to have it ready to ship before the end of June; we’ll update you as soon as we have a clearer idea of whether we’re going to succeed.

Attentive listeners to our Berlin Community Radio show will be aware of a forthcoming Ossia 12″ (BLACKEST046) due out on Blackest Ever Black in June/July; we also have an LP from F ingers (BLACKEST044) and a 12″ EP from Rat Columns (BLACKEST043) coming out this summer, and a 2xLP/CD/digital compilation of Regis‘s BEB productions, including several previous unreleased tracks, is slated for August. All of the above will be available to pre-order soon.

Other things that will be emerging over the course of the next 6-8 months: new titles from Secret Boyfriend (BLACKEST045), Dalhous, BremenTarquin Manek and Tropic of Cancer (a new EP); the AD Jacques LP we’ve been promising since 2012; the second release on our A14 sub-label; and several archival editions. And yes, the new album from Raime will be out in Autumn of this year.

Thanks, as ever, for your attention.