Manbait is here

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Manbait, our compilation of Regis’s 2010-15 productions for Blackest Ever Black, is out now on vinyl, CD and digital formats – more information here. Regis will be appearing as part of the Five Wretched Years of Blackest Ever Black showcase at Berghain, Berlin, on October 30.


 

Turin again

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A recent clear-out of our London storage (of which more soon) turned up a box of 50 mint, unsold copies of Turin Versions, the mail-order only Regis 12″ we pressed in a limited edition of 300 and originally released in January 2013.

It features a version apiece of ‘Blood Witness’ and ‘Blinding Horses’, re-tooled for live Regis performances in 2012-13. The ‘Blinding Horses’ version appears on the forthcoming Manbait compilation (the CD and digital editions, anyway), but the ‘Blinding Horses’ version remains entirely exclusive to this vinyl-only release.

The 250 or so copies issued in 2013 each featured a different page torn from two paperback editions of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s poetry, and were individually hand-numbered. The 50 warehouse find copies lack those two particular flourishes, but are otherwise identical to the original edition (which currently commands £50+ on the second-hand market), with the record housed in black paper inner and brown kraftliner disco-bag.

Buy here.


(The End of) The End of the Pier

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Not strictly speaking Blackest Ever Black news, but presumably of interest to you nonetheless: the British Murder Boys’ long-promised “elegant and luxurious limited edition box set” has finally materialised, courtesy of Downwards. A bittersweet occasion, as it also marks the formal conclusion of the BMB project.

The box contains a booklet, with sleevenotes by BEB’s Kiran Sande, and two discs: Live In Tokyo, a DVD capturing the British Murder Boys’ final live performance in Japan last year (following their re-formation in 2011 to play a secret set at the first Blackest Ever Black label party in London); and Recordings, a CD compiling their Downwards/Counterbalance singles. The version of ‘Learn Your Lesson’ featured is exclusive and includes, says Regis, “the unreleased DUB-RANT ending”.

More details on the package itself when we have it in our hands. A handful of copies will be available to buy from the BEB webshop, just as soon as they arrive (expected mid-late January). You can also pre-order from ReadyMade.


 

 

Nothing to fear

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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


 

 

Versailles versus the future

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On Friday, Raf Simons showed his women’s Spring-Summer 2015 ready-to-wear collection for Christian Dior, at the Cour Carrée du Louvre in Parison. The Regis version of Ike Yard’s ‘Loss’, a 2012 co-release between Blackest Ever Black and Desire Records (BLACKEST011/DSR060), was the official soundtrack. You can watch video footage of the show here, and an i-D account of it here, should you be interested in that sort of thing.