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Bremen
Enter Silence

Bremen return with arguably their most arresting LP to date. After three sprawling albums - one for Skrammel, two for Blackest Ever Black - the Uppsala group’s new record Enter Silence is a relatively concise affair by comparison. However, this leaner approach suits the band - these ten post-rock numbers bring together instrumental rock, Krautrock, electronica and psych in a manner reminiscent of Desertshore and Acid Mothers Temple.
  • Vinyl LP (BLACKEST070)
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Jac Berrocal, David Fenech and Vincent Epplay
Ice Exposure

Jac Berrocal, David Fenech and Vincent Epplay return to Blackest Ever Black (Carla Dal Forno, John T. Gast) with the follow-up to their 2015 LP Antigravity. On Ice Exposure (great title) the trio come up with a sort of Gothic jazz style that is as cold as the record’s name. Imagine if The Birthday Party had ever allowed themselves to become untethered from pop song structures and cast off into the deep. Scott Walker’s late period also springs to mind.
  • Vinyl LP (BLACKEST071)

Ossia
Devil’s Dance

Absolutely flattening dub from Young Echo's Ossia. Well I say dub, Devil's Dance also brings in elements of techno, industrial and EBM which all adds up to something positively evil. Throw in some violin, sax and vocals and well, you've something not like much else. I reckon The Bug's Kevin Martin will like this a lot. On Blackest Ever Black.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BLACKEST075)
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tnc6
Sekundenschlaf

Looping fragments of jungle and breakbeat rhythms propel squalid synths and samples on this offering from Russian artist тпсб, or TPSB in Latin script. We doubt it stands for Terrebonne Parish School District. The title Sekundenschlaf refers to insomnia-induced microsleep, summing up the hazy, anxious tone of the album. Well-matched for Blackest Ever Black.
  • Vinyl LP (BLACKEST067)
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Carla dal Forno
The Garden

Following on from her excellent LP of sonic gothic architecture for Blackest Ever Black, Carla dal Forno returns with a 12" of dubby introspections. Haunted hallways and sonorous drone pop are to be expected on this You Know What It's Like sequel, with a song tributing the great industrial weirdings of Einsturzende Neubauten. 
  • Vinyl 12" (BLACKEST068)
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Black Rain
Computer Soul EP

Inspired by the themes and characters of science fiction, Black Rain create dark, atmospheric sounds on Computer Soul EP, the final release in a sequence first started back in 2011 of releases on Blackest Ever Black. The sound moves from cyberpunk to thrash metal and industrial rock - as long as it's dark, it's here.
  • Vinyl 12" (BLACKEST072)
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  • Blackest Ever Black

F ingers
Awkwardly Blissing Out

Quick reminder: Blackest Ever Black request you spend one night in a haunted house before you receive your purchase of any of their records. This newie from F ingers was spooked up with recording help from Samuel Karmel, Carla dal Forno and Tarquin Manek, and offers strands of dubbed and psychedelic soundscaping. A potential gothic flick for when you're feeling all too relaxed.
  • Vinyl LP (BLACKEST065)
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Exploring Jezebel
On A Business Trip To London

Due to it’s sexually explicit material, this uncensored release from Exploring Jezebel comes with a warning that it is for ADULTS ONLY. As if that’s not already cool enough ‘On A Business Trip To London’ comes crashing into your deepest and most primal instincts from the blackest of black vinyl (no idea what this means but assume that it’s very very dark black).
  • Vinyl LP (BLACKESTLP008)
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Regis
The Master Side

Straight out of the Boiler Room’s secret torture chamber comes a new vinyl-only offering from Regis on Blackest Ever Black - probably one of the blackest known labels. The Master Side is not one but two sides o’ sinister techno numbers. While the A-side is noisier and more energetic, the B-side goes for a more brooding tone with superb, acidic bass whips. This one will be filling a few floors at cathartic parties. RIYL Ancient Methods and other such ‘black techno’.
  • Vinyl 12" (BLACKEST064)

Dickon Hinchliffe
Red Riding: In The Year Of Our Lord 1980


  • Vinyl LP (BLACKEST020)
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Bremen
Eclipsed

Bremen are a duo from Sweden. Despite releasing on Blackest Ever Black, they aren’t techno boys: wow! Instead, they play a blackened form of minimal psychedelia, forging a direct link to some foresty nether regions of the mind. Eclipsed is their second for the label, and stretches out over 2 LPs.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BLACKEST048)
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Tropic of Cancer
Stop Suffering

Fitting nicely alongside Blackest Ever Black’s reissuing of Tropic Of Cancer’s Downwards Singles is this new work, the first we’ve heard since 2013. Stop Suffering opens out from the dancefloor into what could almost be called songcraft, though still swathed in heavy club melancholy. Rad.

Tarquin Manek / Martina Quake
Locks On Our Doors Not On Our Hearts

Lock On Our Doors… is a collaborative piece between Blackest Ever Black artist Tarquin Manek (F Ingers, LST) and English poet Martina Quake. Recorded on valentine’s day 2016, and using an array of electronics and synthesizers to back the prose, Manek processes Quake’s voice to the point of robotic non-emotion adding further disconnect in this twisted tale of love.
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Silvia Kastel
Air Lows

Formerly half of prolific industrial-tinged noise rockers Control Unit (who collaborated with Smegma, Gate and Factrix among others), Italy’s Silvia Kastel has been developing her solo style over the course of a few low-key releases, leading to this debut LP proper. The murky, minimalist atmosphere and post-Suicide vocal effects will be familiar from her past work, but with the influence of early synth pioneers (Morton Subotnick, Ruth White, Sun Ra) to the fore, and a wholly new line in skewed electronic pop.
  • Vinyl LP (BLACKEST069)

Amateur Childbirth
Your Afterlife Is Cancelled

Amateur Childbirth is Ivan Matthew David, and Your Afterlife Is Cancelled is him confidently skewering religious cults, a different specific one with each track. Dark folk-rock is the chosen style, which is perfect for the sadistic post-apocalyptic vibe of the album. Released on vinyl by Blackest Ever Black.
  • Vinyl LP (BLACKEST059)
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Pessimist
Pessimist

After releases on Osiris, UVB-76 and A14, Bristol based producer Pessimist found a home for his dark twisted and techy drum and bass at Blackest Ever Black. Now releasing his first full length record with them as a self titled. Ten tracks of brooding dystopian D’n’B and techno deconstruction. Bleak and heavy, just how Blackest Ever Black like it.
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Jabu
Sleep Heavy

The debut record from Brighton based down tempo R&B artist Jabu. Sleep Heavy is a great addition to a genre of music that is seemingly becoming more and more same sounding. How he combines soothing vocals with ambient drones and rhythmic beats is something more artists should look into doing. Available on vinyl LP and CD on Blackest Ever Black. 
  • Vinyl LP (BLACKESTLP016)
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John T. Gast
wygdn

After releases with Copeland and albums out on Planet Mu, 5 Gate Temple, and Bus, John T. Gast has find a rightful space at Blackest Ever Black, wygdn features two new tracks that lack simple distinction, with a woozy dancehall inspired track that’s gone via a distorted Dead Can Dance, and a near ambient piece which find it’s devastating ethereal nature in Burial interludes.
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Dalhous
The Composite Moods Collection Vol. 1: House Number 44

Dalhous are back on Blackest Ever Black and as melancholy as usual. The Composite Moods Collection Vol. 1: House Number 44 on double vinyl LP deals with the idea of how people live together closely for long periods of time. This is expressed musically with longform drones, degraded samples and intimate synthesizer passages.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BLACKEST051)
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Officer!
Never Mind The Bucket

Never Mind The Bucket is a live recorded, compilation album from the band Officer!. The recorded setlist includes songs from the band’s album Dead Unique as well as some very well constructed covers. The album is both humorous and marvellously clever, showing Mick Hobbs’ personality at its greatest. Available on Vinyl LP.
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Jac Berrocal, David Fenech, Vincent Epplay
Why

Jac Berrocal, David Fenech and Vincent Epplay’s wild and unusual trio have three new pieces for you to gaze curiously at. Why is a burst of woozy-weird art-rock built out of flaring electronics, lurching rhythms and Berrocal’s wildman vocals. Intriguing 7” single, limited to just 300 copies on Blackest Ever Black.

Pessimist
Through The Fog / Peter Hitchens

Pessimist has a preview of his forthcoming debut full-length to show off: two tracks, cut to white label wax so the club movers can get started on it. Through The Fog / Peter Hitchens, which pleasingly plays twisted tribute to a certain Mail columnist, hits hard with a dark techno / drum & bass mixture. 12” on Blackest Ever Black, limited to 350 copies.

Raime
Notion 2 Notion

Here's a brand new standalone 12" from London based production duo Raime containing two tracks recorded after the sessions for last year's highly regarded 'Tooth' album. The duo match live playing with more electronic means of music creation incorporating the bleak atmospheres of garage, grime and dub techno. No re-press on this and no digital either so this is your only chance to get it.   

Naaahhh
Themes

Naaahhh is a sound project that seems to have pushed through to the other side of underground rave culture, simulating the vibes of the next day’s grotty hangovers with queasy electronic tones and textures. And yet Themes still sounds good enough that you’d actually want to listen to it! Vivid dark atmospheric material, released by Blackest Ever Black.
  • Vinyl 12" (BLACKEST054)
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People Skills
Gunshots at Crestridge

Jesse Dewlow is People Skills and Gunshots at Crestridge is the second album from People Skills. The record accommodates a wide range of sounds from the spectrum that is experimental-indie, including rock’n’roll slurs on the one end and malevolent aggro-electronics on the other. This album is available on Vinyl LP.
  • Vinyl LP (BLACKEST055)

Ashtray Navigations
To Make A Fool Ask, And You Are The First

Leeds’ very own genuinely-psychedelic noise explorers Ashtray Navigations are releasing their latest statement on the Blackest Ever Black label, but that doesn’t mean they’ve gone industrial techno. No, To Make A Fool Ask, And You Are The First is full-bore AshNav, moving through strange organic piano, searing guitar fury, and much more squishy territory in between.
  • Vinyl LP (BLACKEST056)

Caroline K
Now Wait For Last Year

Now Wait For Last Year by Caroline K was originally released in 1985 and is the first time it has been reissued on vinyl. The co-founder of ‘80s sound art project Nocturnal Emissions created an atmospheric and soporific work that would be her only solo album. The synth textures here are perhaps less abrasive than the work she did with Nocturnal Emissions. Original vinyl copies of this have been highly sought after for the last 30 years, so it’s reissue should be a welcome sight.

Carla dal Forno
You Know What It’s Like

Carla dal Forno, who has previously been active in Tarcar and Mole House, has a thickly melancholy singing style that somewhat recalls Nico. Solo debut You Know What It’s Like is an album of highly personal songs, but, because this is out on Blackest Ever Black, it naturally also has a good deal of heavy electronic weight to it. A super-atmospheric record.
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Tomorrow The Rain Will Fall Upwards
Wreck His Days

This is the debut full length record from this curiously monikered and altogether mysterious collective. It's a wildly ambitious work that takes in astral psychedelics, blissed out dub, music concrete, pummelling soundtracks and what the press release describes as death jazz. Should appeal to fans of Arthur Russell, Swans, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Jon Mueller.    
  • Vinyl LP (BLACKEST053)

Lustmord
The Word As Power


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Carla dal Forno
Fast Moving Cars

Carla dal Forno (of Tarcar) makes her first ever solo release with this here 7” on Blackest Ever Black. Fast Moving Cars presents a pair of songs, each of which locates dal Forno’s voice in the centre of dark and sparse soundscape: she sounds at once stranded and in total control of the wispy sonics around her. 7” single.

Tropic of Cancer
Archive: The Downwards Singles

Blackest Ever Black consider Tropic Of Cancer’s The Dull Age / Victims to be more or less their foundational text apparently, so fans of the label will be glad to see it brought into the fold and re-pressed (alongside 2011 tunne Be Brave) as Archive: The Downwards Singles. Dark post-techno of premium quality.

Raime
Tooth

The second album from Raime lands with a bang: 8 tracks of precision-tooled bass-shudder and industrial wobble. Tooth feels like it has a huge amount of power kept tightly under control, the spindly guitar lines and post-dancehall dynamics acting as a straightjacket, keeping the tension high. A strong return, out on Blackest Ever Black.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BLACKESTLP014)
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Af Ursin
Aura Legato

Auro Legato was initially released in 2005 by Af Ursin’s own private press imprint La Scie Doree. The limited run of 350 copies meant that, even as this album’s reputation grew, few were able to pick up this semi-abstract suite of drones, folk, jazz, and whatever else has been folded into this lovely dense mix. Thankfully, Blackest Ever Black are reissuing it.
  • CD (BLACKESTCD012)
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Regis
Manbait

‘Manbait’ is the new double LP release from Regis aka Karl O’Connor (Downwards records, Sandwell District collective, British Murder Boys). The record features several new versions of three original tracks, remixes of Raime, Vatican Shadow, Ike Yard and Dalhous, an alternate mix of Tropic of Cancer’s ‘Plant Lilies At My Head’ and a new take on a song from Regis’s teen, synth punk band Family Sex.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BLACKESTLP013)
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Secret Boyfriend
Memory Care Unit

The Blackest Ever Black label continues its search for the bleakest drone and synthesizer music with this release from Secret Boyfriend. On Memory Care Unit the artist explores live improvisation, but keeps the Coil-influenced dark ambient elements seen on 2013’s This is Where You’ve Always Lived. The icy drones on this vinyl LP, and included download, are abrasive, yet intimate.
  • Vinyl LP (BLACKEST045)

Tarquin Manek
Tarquin Magnet

Taquin Magnet by Australian Tarquin Manek is a timeless mix of folk-jazz ideas, delicate chamber dub and synthetic post-techno electronics. Although this is Manek’s first solo release on Blackest Ever Black, he has previously contributed as one half of Tarcar with Cara Del Forno and as one third of Fingers again with Del Forno and Samuel Karmel. Manek has also released music under his LST moniker for the Another Dark Age label. Tarquin Magnet is built on a base of improvisation and field recordings then mixing a whole host of sounds in a big pot and expertly and painstakingly editing and arranging the sounds into a cohesive work.  
  • Vinyl LP (BLACKEST047)

Cut Hands
Festival Of The Dead

William Bennett's new record under the percussive Cut Hands moniker, 'Festival Of The Dead', is based around aggressive, deathly drums, as you'd expect by now -- it's the ex-Whitehouse member's third record under his new alias, and this particular branch of noise continues to sound more organic and rhythmic. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (BLACKESTLP010)
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F ingers
Hide Before Dinner

Spooky spooky business here from Fingers, a trio operating on the Blackest Ever Black label. Hide Before Dinner is a little like a Ghost Box album where the implicit threat and unease is made explicit. Electronics swath fragments of murmured songs about childhood darkness. A successful attempt to conjure a certain aesthetic.
  • Vinyl LP (BLACKEST044)

Tarcar
Mince Glace

Blackest Ever Black have spent 2014 moving away from electronic sad-sack tropes and this 12” vinyl from Tarcar is somewhere between the two points. A groovy little DIY electronics ramble with some sultry vocals, it’s not upbeat -- Nico’s The Marble Index is a good reference point -- but it’s more of an isolated, lonely dub kind of bleak. For real connoisseurs of despair and desperation.
  • Vinyl 12" (BLACKEST037)
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Rat Columns
Fooling Around EP

‘Fooling Around’ is the latest E.P release on Blackest Ever Black from spaced out modern garage rock band Rat Columns (David West). Originally released in it’s fledgeling form on Rat Columns' album ‘Leaf’ the title track, written in collaboration with Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring), appears in its full glory with its relentlessly jaded guitars, West’s unmistakable vocals and Young’s psyche synth embroideries finally committed to vinyl.
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Ossia
Red X

A member of the critically acclaimed Young Echo collective, Ossia is now breaking out under his own name, presenting a platter that is half noise-blasted techno and half abstracted spooky delay-scapes. Red X is a proper hard-hitter, ready to wear you down with the A side and remove your ability to stand again with the B side. On Blackest Ever Black.
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Six Six Seconds
Tearing Down Heaven

Six Six Seconds’ Tearing Down Heaven was first heard on a Downwards compilation a few years ago, but it was agreed by all involved that it was worth being released on a disc of its own. Here it is on a 10”, in all its dark, seething glory, backed with Reprise, a fresh return to the same territory.
  • Vinyl 10" (BLACKEST038)
  • Limited edition

Jac Berrocal, David Fenech, Vincent Epplay
Antigravity

Available on 12” vinyl LP with full colour reverse board sleeve and printed inner bag or CD, on Blackest Ever Black. To help Blackest Ever Black raise the bar yet again they’ve brought in french avantgard trumpeter Jac Berrocal. Sucking you into his film-noir Dale cooper/Bohren und der Club of Gore musique contréte world. Dark and twistedly romantic, his trumpets swirls into an almost 8-bit like crunching.
  • Vinyl LP (BLACKESTLP011)

Shampoo Boy
Crack

Disorienting, haunting, paranoid - these are just a few of the words that might justly spring to mind on your first listen of Shampoo Boy. Crack might well be named for the time this trio from Vienna looked into the tiny space between the fabric of the world. Filled with nihilistic and delirious noise, this is not for the faint of heart.

Barnett & Coloccia
Weld

Could there be a more Blackest Ever Black album title than Weld? Answers on a postcard… Weld is the second album of the duo Barnett & Coloccia, and it swoops and shimmers its way through all manner of dark synth-canyons over its eight tracks. Almost electro-acoustic in places, but underscored always by clicking beats.
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Black Rain
Dark Pool

After the recent revival of interest in this old NYC project, spearheaded by Stuart Argabright, Black Rain deliver their first new album in 18 years. Dark moody experimental techno and futuristic EBM for fans of Carter Tutti, Severed Heads, Adam-X, Ron Morelli & L.I.E.S. plus yr dystopian sci-fi literary/celluloid classics. 
  • Vinyl LP (BLACKESTLP009)
  • CD (BLACKESTCD009)
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Felix K
Tragedy of the Commons

12” Vinyl limited to 500 copies. A new year, and the dread continues to build from London’s Blackest Ever Black. A logical step from Felix K’s darkened techno and drum and bass through his own Hidden Hawaii imprint. the EP centers around the 17 minute long title track, a dense textural piece sucking you into late night underground city scapes.
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Officer!
Life At The Water's Edge

Exquisitely progressive and melodic piece of work from a pre-Half Japanese Mick Hobbs. Originally available on the 1983 cassette 8 New Songs by Mick Hobbs, Life At The Water’s Edge gets a new lease of life here as Officer! courtesy of Blackest Ever Black. Infused with Canterbury vibes it’s a pastoral-inflected cut from the archives. Out on 7” vinyl from Blackest Ever Black.
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Raspberry Bulbs
Privacy

Hardcore band Raspberry Bulbs' newest record, Privacy, was recorded swiftly and uncaringly to 4-track, hoping the recordings would stay up close in the face of their recipient and continue to fashion their punk rock after black metal's rugged, raw production qualities. It's possibly their last record for Blackest Ever Black, but the Raspberry reign continues.
  • Vinyl LP (BLACKEST034LP)
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Officer!
Dead Unique


  • Vinyl LP (BLACKESTLP006)
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  • Blackest Ever Black
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Dalhous
Will To Be Well


  • Vinyl Double LP (BLACKESTLP007)
  • CD (BLACKESTCD007)
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Killing Sound
$ixxx Harmonie$ Version


  • Vinyl 12" (BLACKEST032)

Weekend (Alison Statton, Spike Williams and Simon Booth)
The '81 Demos


Dalhous
Visability Is A Trap


  • Vinyl 12" (BLACKEST029)
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Tomorrow The Rain Will Fall Upwards
How Great A Fame Has Departed


Barnett & Coloccia
Retrieval


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Secret Boyfriend
This Is Always Where You’ve Lived


  • Vinyl LP (BLACKEST023)
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Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement
Black Magic Cannot Cross Water


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