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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


 

 

Powell joins line-up for Blackest Ever Black nacht in Berlin

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This Saturday, 15 November, Blackest Ever Black celebrates its fourth birthday with a party at Urban Spree in Berlin. Live performances come from Cut Hands, Black Rain and Diät; DJ sets from Raime and Nina.

We have previously alluded to several secret guests, and while we’re still not at liberty to announce all of them, we can confirm that our Powell, whose Diagonal label is enjoying a vintage year, will bring his romper-stomping DJ style to bear on the early hours, both solo and back-to-back with Raime.

We must take this opportunity to reiterate once more that there are no advance tickets available for this event, so early arrival is essential if you want to be sure of entry. Doors open at 10pm. More information here.


 

 

 

Raime featured in Reel Torque’s Diagonal Rave Tapes set

Diagonal Rave Tapes

An hour-long live DJ mix by Raime‘s Joe Andrews features in the new Diagonal Rave Tapes set from Boomkat’s Reel Torque cassette imprint. The pack consists of five tapes featuring five and half hours of live room and desk recordings taken from the Diagonal label showcase in Room 2 of Corsica Studios, London, part of the Leitmotif 002 event held there on May 31, 2014. In addition to Joe’s set (which, in the words of Boomkat, is “a sick hour traversing early bleep ‘n bass, ‘ardcore, garage and grime of the deadliest calibre”), you’ll find turns from Powell, Vereker, Russell Haswell and EVOL.

Diagonal Rave Tapes is released in a one-time edition of 125 copies, with a two-colour risograph inlay by John Powell-Jones, available to buy here.