Raime – Notion 2 Notion (BLACKEST058 12″)


Notion 2 Notion is a new 12″ from Raime, featuring a pair of dread rhythm tracks built in the wake of last year’s Tooth LP. ‘Notion 2 Notion’ and personal favourite ‘Losing Track’ feel like the spiritual descendents of their much-loved 2011 Hennail EP.  A vinyl-only release, pressed on clear wax and limited to 500 copies; no digital, and no re-press. The cover artwork is by Damien Tran. Available from all good record stores and our Bandcamp webshop, while stocks last.


Raime live in New York, L.A. and San Francisco this week


Raime embark on a short tour of the US this week, playing dates in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

First off New York on Thursday 13 October, for a show at ANALOG_BKNY presented by Quo Vadis Productions. Fantastic line-up also featuring Alessandro Cortini and Lussuria. More information/tickets here.

On Friday 14 October, it’s over to L.A., for a show hosted by Mount Analog at the Masonic Lodge, Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Support from Daniel Higgs (Ideologic Organ) and Noveller. More information/tickets here.

They finish up in San Francisco on Saturday 15th, at the Gray Area Foundation For The Arts with Grebenstein, Stave and more. Information/tickets here.


Raime 5-hour DJ set this weekend for Sisters Uncut

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Raime play a 5-hour set – which will apparently cover ““post-punk, no-wave, drone, avant, cold wave, electro, techno, hip-hop, garage, techno, house, hardcore, jungle and various gaps in between” at DIY Space For London this Saturday 20th August, in aid of feminist anti-austerity group Sisters Uncut and the fight against UK government cuts to domestic violence services. “Simple, informal affair: 6 – 11pm, £4 in advance or OTD”.

Their May 13th DJ mix/show for NTS is finally available to download via Soundcloud:

And in other Raime-related news, they participated in a “Fireside Chat” interview with Red Bull Music Academy Radio, in which they talk in-depth about their approach to music and production. I don’t think I’ve read, seen or heard any interview with them that explores this thoroughly their ideas and motivations, and as such it’s an essential listen for fans of their work:




Raime recorded live at Unsound Toronto


Raime debuted their Tooth live show earlier this year at the Unsound Toronto festival, with Tom Halstead on guitar, Valentina Magaletti on drums, and Joe Andrews on electronics. If you’ve already caught one of their handful of performances in this incarnation, then you know how devastating this trio is, and how deft – not to mention unlikely – their synthesis of post-hardcore rock dynamics and instrumentation with uncompromised soundsystem pressure is. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure, then listen to these live recordings of ‘Coax’ and ‘Stammer’, recorded made at Unsound Toronto by NTS:

Upcoming Raime live dates:
25/08/16 Berlin, DE Berlin Atonal
23/09/16 Brussels, BE Bozar Electronic Arts Festival
08/10/16 Odense, DK Phono Festival
12/11/16 Utrecht, NL Le Guess Who?

RA.528 Raime – podcast now available


Raime have recorded a mix of old-school garage, grime and 4×4 for Resident Advisor’s podcast series, available now. It features tracks by the likes of Geeneus, Anthill Mob, Sunship, DJ Scud and DJ Charmzy; as they explain in the accompanying Q&A, productions of this ilk strongly influenced the arrangements, basslines and drum programming of their recently released Tooth album.


Take me I’m yours: a limited edition BEB sampler compiled for Monorail Music


Those very decent sorts at the Monorail Music record store in Glasgow have invited us to include compile a Blackest Ever Black CD label sampler, which they will be giving away free with purchases of the new Raime album and other BEB material, while stocks last (it’s a limited edition of 100).

Available in-store and online from June 13, the disc is housed in a pro-printed card wallet (that’s the cover artwork above) and includes eighteen recent catalogue highlights from the likes of Bremen, Carla dal Forno and Secret Boyfriend, as well as a brand new track by Naaahhh that is currently unavailable anywhere else. Please contact Monorail directly for more information.


Raime: Tooth (BLACKESTLP014 | CD014 | DL014)


Raime’s second album, Tooth, arrives June 10, 2016 on 2xLP, CD and digital formats. The widescreen melancholia of their 2012 debut, Quarter Turns Over A Living Line, gives way to an urgent and focussed futurism, in the shape of eight fiercely uptempo, minimal, meticulously crafted electro-acoustic rhythm tracks. The DNA of dub-techno, garage/grime and post-hardcore rock music spliced into sleek and predatory new forms.

No let-up, no hesitation. Needlepoint guitar, deftly junglist drum programming, brooding synths and lethal sub-bass drive the engine. The production is immaculate, high definition. No hiss, no obscuring drones or extraneous noise: the music of Tooth is wide-open and exposed. The seeds of its supple dancehall biomechanics can be found in the self-titled 2013 EP by Raime side-project Moin, an ahead-of-its-time synthesis of art-rock and soundsystem sensibilities, but Tooth pushes the template further, binding the disparate elements together so tightly that they become indistinguishable from one another.

If Quarter Turns was an album that confronted total loss and self-destruction, even longed for it, then Tooth is the sound of resistance and counter-attack: cunning, quick, resolute; calling upon stealth as much as brute-force. At a time when so many pay lip service to experimentation without ever fully committing themselves or their work to it, Raime return from three years of deep, dedicated studio research with a bold and original new music: staunch, rude, and way out in front.

The vinyl is a 2xLP set, pressed on heavyweight 180g vinyl and housed in a matt laminated gatefold sleeve with spot-gloss detail, download code and two printed inners, and is available to pre-order here, as are CD and digital formats. Pre-orders of all formats come with instant download of ‘Dead Heat’ and full album download on the official release date.

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.

Raime DJ dates, May 2015

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Raime have a trio of DJ appointments lined up for May 2015. On Saturday 2 May they play at Bristol’s The Exchange for TILT, alongside live performances from Karen Gwyer, Blood Sport and Giant Swan.

On Saturday 16 May , Logos and Mumdance have invited them to play a “’91-’92 set” in support of DJ Vibes’ “’93-’94 set” at their Different Circles night (taking place at The Queen of Hoxton, London); the hosts, meanwhile, will be playing a “bleep set”.

Finally, on Friday 29 May, they travel to Barcelona for Primavera Sound festival, where they’ll be DJing in the Electronic Tent.

Raime DJs:
May 2 – The Exchange, Bristol, UK – TILT w/ Karen Gwyer, Blood Sport, Giant Swan
May 16 – Queen of Hoxton, London, UK – Different Circles w/ DJ Vibes, Mumdance & Logos
May 29 – Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain



Raime DJ set at Tresor, 27/02

Raime will play a DJ set at Tresor in Berlin this Saturday, 28 February, for the launch of the Contort label. Also on the bill: Kangding Ray (live), Russell Haswell (HDJ set), Beneath, Andrea Parker, Senking (live), SØS Gunver Ryberg (live), Samuel Kerridge (live), TM-404 (live), and Ascion & D. Carbone. More information here.


Nothing to fear


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.


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.