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.


 

Carla dal Forno – You Know What It’s Like (BLACKESTLP015 | CD015 | DL015)

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You Know What It’s Like is an album for inbetween days, and occupies inbetween states: plain-speaking pop, disorientated by dub. Psychedelic folk delivered with (post-)punk economy. Drifting in space while still tethered to the ground. Astral tones blurred with earth sounds: wood, bone, breath, skin, dirt. Ending and beginning, dying and becoming. Longing for adventure and an unquiet life. Struggling to get out of bed.

This is Carla dal Forno’s debut solo album, following time in cult Melbourne group Mole House and an earlier association with Blackest Ever Black as a member of F ingers and Tarcar. It’s due out on October 7, 2016, on vinyl LP, CD and digital formats, and is available to pre-order now (pre-orders come with instant download of ‘What You Gonna Do Now?’). More information here.

Here’s the video for ‘What You Gonna Do Now?’:

 


 

 

Tarquin Manek live set on Berlin Community Radio this Friday

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Shub Roy’s Revelate show, home to “genre-less abstraction with a focus on noise, experimental, punk/post-punk, various threads of electronic music and more”, returns to Berlin Community Radio this Friday, 15 July with a live set of oneiric dubwise electronics, corroded cold wave and revelatory avant-song experiments from our very own Tarquin Manek (pictured above).

Melbourne native Manek released a solo album, Tarquin Magnet, on Blackest Ever Black last year, and is a member of the bands F ingers and Tarcar (he’s also behind LST and several other more incognito projects). Currently in Europe for recording sessions and selected live dates (please direct any booking enquiries here), he will release a new record in Autumn/Winter 2016.


 

Blackest Ever Black presents Jac Berrocal, David Fenech & Vincent Epplay + Tarquin Manek + Silvia Kastel at Kantine am Berghain, 26.05.16

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Following their incendiary performance for the Five Wretched Years of Blackest Ever Blackevent at London’s ICA last year, we’re pleased to bring Jac Berrocal, David Fenech & Vincent Epplay to Berlin for a show at Kantine am Berghain on Thursday 26th May.

Support comes from Tarquin Manek, his first show in Europe since the release of his Tarquin Magnet LP in December, and Silvia Kastel, who has work forthcoming on the label. DJ support comes from Orson, who runs the brilliant Version label with Hops.

More information here. Advance tickets available here.


 

Tarquin Manek: Do You Know The Mind Of A Bullet?

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Do You Know The Mind Of A Bullet? is a mini-album of sketches and improvisations recorded by Tarquin Manek (F ingers, Tarcar, LST) in Summer/Autumn 2015. Originally intended only to be released on a limited edition cassette given away with initial pre-orders of Tarquin’s new LP proper, Tarquin Magnet, in the end we decided that this music deserved to be made more widely available and so, in addition to the tape (which is sold out), Bullet? is now available as a free download. If you’re familiar with Tarquin Magnet, consider it a crucial addendum to that record; for the rest of you, it provides a good introduction to Manek’s work. More information here.


 

Fortunes past, fortunes begun

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Blackest Ever Black will be based in Melbourne, Australia for the remainder of the year, but our mailorder will continue to operate more or less as normal from Berlin during this time. However, please note that any orders placed after December 10, 2015 will not be processed until January 2016 – given how many packages sent during the Christmas period end up delayed or lost, it’s simply not worth it.

Customers who pre-ordered Chris Farrell’s No Vampire (pictured above), New Private Window’s The Desperate Hours, Blackest Ever Black’s Id MudId Mud (second edition), or one of Jasmine Deporta’s signed Tropic of Cancer prints, please note that these items are all in the process of being shipped – we’d hoped to have them all dispatched by the end of last week, but it’s all taken a little longer than we imagined. If things go to plan, they should all be on their way by the end of this week (November 27). Thank you for bearing with us.

Tarquin Manek’s Tarquin Magnet and Rhythmic Theory’s ‘Forgotten Realms’ 12″ will be out in the first week of December, with Bremen’s Eclipsed following soon after. That will be your lot for 2015, though in the next couple of weeks we will announce – and list for pre-order – our first releases of 2016.


 

BLACKEST047: Tarquin Manek – Tarquin Magnet

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Tarquin Magnet is an album by Tarquin Manek (F ingers, Tarcar, LST), his first full solo release for Blackest Ever Black, and a unique synthesis of time-dilating folk jazz romanticism, brittle chamber dub and plasmic post-techno electronics. Due to be released in late November, it’s available to pre-order on vinyl and digital now; the first 30 vinyl pre-orders come bundled with an exclusive Manek tape, Do You Know The Mind Of A Bullet?, containing archival material unavailable elsewhere.

More information here.


 

F ingers: Hide Before Dinner

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Hide Before Dinner is a new album by F ingers – the trio of Carla dal Forno (Tarcar), Samuel Karmel and Tarquin Manek (LST, Tarcar). Deeply drugged, synth-daubed death-folk and DIY electronics of the highest order. It’s due to be released through Blackest Ever Black on August 31, 2015 on LP and digital formats. More information here.

This very special group will be on tour in Europe this Autumn, including a performance at the Five Wretched Years of Blackest Ever Black event at London’s ICA on September 26. Full list of dates to follow.

The first 20 pre-orders of Hide Before Dinner come bundled with a copy of F ingers new tour tape, Trilogy: They Got The Best Heart.