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Dark Pool
Dark Pool (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: BLACKESTLP 009. Rel: 29 Aug 14
Techno
  1. Dark Pool
  2. Profusion
  3. Watering Hole
  4. Endourban
  5. Burst
  6. Xibalba Road Metamorph
  7. Data River
  8. Night In New Chiang Saen
  9. Protoplasm
  10. Profusion II (Fallofthehouseofagodofbiomechanical)
  11. Who Will Save The Tiger?
Review: The belated release of New York industrial ambient crew Black Rain's early '90s soundtrack work in 2011 sparked something in founder Stuart Argabright. It inspired a belated return to the studio and this surprise album, Black Rain's first for 18 years. Given how long they've been away, Dark Pool is a pleasingly accomplished set. Like their previous material, it wades in dark waters, joining the dots between droning electronic textures, skittish, IDM-inspired rhythms, horror chic, industrial noise and bleak electronica. It's hugely atmospheric, of course, but also strangely claustrophobic. It's a brilliant set, all told, but one that shouldn't be taken lightly.
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Played by: Ethyl
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Second Launch
Second Launch (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: BLACKEST 033. Rel: 04 Jun 14
Ambient/Drone
  1. Entering Phase Two
  2. Hollow Wave
  3. The Forgotten Ones
  4. Static Inteferences
  5. They Were Drifting
  6. Sweepers
  7. Threshold Crossing
  8. Pace Of Time
  9. Walking The Skies
  10. Voxnan
  11. Sun Son
Review: If there's one thing that can be said of Blackest Ever Black, it's that the label continues to confounds expectations. Having just issued Dead Unique, a "lost classic of English art-rock" by Mick Hobbs under his Officer! guise, Blackest Ever Black now turn their attentions to Sweden and Bremen, a duo comprised of Scandinavian underground punk figures Lanchy Orre and Jonas Tiljander. Their BEB debut takes the form of Second Launch, an eleven track collection that further explores the instrumental blend of krautrock, drone, and progressive rock that made up Bremen's 2013 self-titled debut. Guitar and organ are the primary weapons wielded by Orre and Tiljander on Second Launch, subjected to all manner of reverb and feedback, with drums and synthesiser tones offering some rhythmic balance.
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You Know What It's Like
You Know What It's Like (LP + MP3/FLAC download code)
Cat: BLACKESTLP 015. Rel: 28 Oct 16
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Italian Cinema (2:08)
  2. Fast Moving Cars (3:12)
  3. DB Rip (3:48)
  4. What You Gonna Do Now? (3:52)
  5. Dry In The Rain (3:26)
  6. You Know What It's Like (4:04)
  7. Dragon Breath (3:24)
  8. The Same Reply (5:06)
Review: Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Carla Dal Forno was once a member of a number of legendary Australian outfits. These days, the Melbournian resides in Berlin, which is presumably where she met Blackest Ever Black boss Kiran Sande. He loved her clandestine, atmospheric take on pop - think minimal wave, cold-wave and early Joy Division mixed with contemporary ambience, and leftfield synth-pop - and has decided to put out this debut album. Comprised of four songs and four instrumentals, You Know What It's Like has a timeless feel; the folksy, Scott Walker-influenced "Dry In The Rain", for example, sounds like it could have been recorded at any point over the last 40 years, while "Dragon Breath" has a genuine Radiophonic Workshop feel.
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An Ambassador For Laing
Cat: BLACKESTLP 003. Rel: 02 May 13
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. He Was Human & Belonged With Humans
  2. The Physical Body
  3. Anger Sees Red
  4. Who's Here You're Here I'm Here...
  5. Dalhous
  6. The Cruel Practice Of Art
  7. Eros Love & Lies
  8. A White White Day
  9. Dreamers Of Decadence
Review: An Ambassador For Laing sees the Edinburgh-based duo of Marc Dall and Alex Ander further explore their new sound as Dalhous, having previously surfaced with film score influenced gothic pop under the Young Hunting moniker. As Dalhous, the pair has traded in the Young Hunting sound which perhaps sounded a bit too close to Blackest Ever Black label mates Raime for an approach more explicitly concerned with lurching industrial rhythms and sweeping orchestral vistas. Across the eleven tracks on the album, Dalhous explore soundscapes that feel dreamlike yet there's always a sensation matters could take a wholly more foreboding turn at any moment. Standout moments include the bristling instrumental hip-hop of "Who's Here You're Here I'm Here..." and the hazed out finger snaps of "The Cruel Practice Of Art". Overall the album marks another compelling entrant into the Blackest Ever Black canon.
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Devil's Dance
Devil's Dance (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: BLACKEST 075. Rel: 01 Mar 19
Techno
  1. Concrete (5:52)
  2. Radiation (with Ollie Moore) (5:34)
  3. Devil's Dance (5:56)
  4. Slow Dance (2:16)
  5. Dub Hell (6:07)
  6. Hell (version) (5:56)
  7. Inertia (with Jasmine) (2:39)
  8. Vertigo (with Rhaki Singh) (23:02)
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Pessimist
Pessimist (2xLP)
Cat: BLACKESTLP 017. Rel: 25 Aug 17
Drum And Bass
  1. Intro (1:39)
  2. Bloom (5:39)
  3. Grit (5:35)
  4. Spirals (6:19)
  5. Glued (feat Loop Faction) (6:11)
  6. War Cry (2:10)
  7. Peter Hitchens (7:08)
  8. No Matter What (feat Overlook) (7:23)
  9. Through The Fog (6:33)
  10. Outro (2:10)
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Manbait
REGIS/VARIOUS
Manbait (unmixed CD)
Cat: BLACKESTCD 013. Rel: 29 Sep 15
Techno
  1. Ike Yard - "Loss" (Regis version)
  2. Dalhous - "He Was Human & Belonged With Humans" (Regis version)
  3. Regis - "Blood Witness" (original 12" mix)
  4. Vatican Shadow - "Church Of All Images" (Regis version)
  5. Family Sex - "Manbait" (Regis version)
  6. Regis - "Blinding Horses" (original 12" mix)
  7. CUB - "C U 1" (original mix)
  8. Regis - "Blood Witness" (Downwards extended version)
  9. Tropic Of Cancer - "Plant Lilies At My Head" (alternate version)
  10. Regis - "Blinding Horses" (Turin version)
  11. Raime - "This Foundry" (Regis verison)
  12. Regis - "Blinding Horses" (Stableboy version)
Review: The BEB boys have had this LP from Regis in the works for a while now, getting every coldwave freak from here to Timbuktu raving with excitement. Although this LP isn't made up wholly of new tracks, it is a fine compilation of the man's most important material post his purist techno days of the late 90's and early 2000's. Within, you'll find all of his most diverse and thought-provoking works, from the infamous remix of Raime's "This Foundry" to the gorgeous techno excursion that is the remix of "Loss" by Dalhous, a collection of works that span ambient, goth, techno and EBM. However, there a three new tunes: there's the excellent Nitzer Ebb-style remix of "Manbait" by Family Sex, the electrifying "CU1" by CUB, and the wavy, far-out trip that is "Plant Lillies At My Head" by Tropic Of Cancer. Yes, this is a bit special, so do the right thing.
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Sekundenschlaf
Sekundenschlaf (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: BLACKEST 067. Rel: 08 Dec 18
Techno
  1. Catching Rare Birds (4:14)
  2. The Grand Pacific Garbage Patch (4:12)
  3. Walking Distances (4:52)
  4. Quicksand (4:24)
  5. Matted Feathers (3:35)
  6. Pacifier Habits (4:25)
  7. Are You Still Hurt (5:52)
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A Short Illness From Which He Never Recovered
VARIOUS
Cat: BLACKEST 077. Rel: 21 Nov 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Scythe - "Flower, Drop" (6:25)
  2. Lightning In A Twilight Hour - "The Munich Post" (5:01)
  3. Unchained - "Gray D'Aboukir" (3:38)
  4. Hypnotic Sleep - "De Droigen Blaar" (3:35)
  5. Jam Money - "Dawn Swoop" (1:29)
  6. Bridget Hayden - "Solace" (3:32)
  7. Brainman - "Kilonova" (4:38)
  8. Carla Dal Forno - "Blue Morning" (2:37)
  9. Ian Martin - "Missing Realism" (7:01)
  10. The Fulmars - "Fish On" (3:13)
Review: There's no denying that Blackest Ever Black has released some stellar music over the last decade, so it's rather fitting that the London imprint's final release is arguably one of its strongest for some time. To say goodbye, label boss Kiran Sande has put together a superb collection of poignant explorations of ambient, electronica and lo-fi pop that includes a swathe of label debuts. There are far too many highlights to mention, though our current favourites include the folksy acoustic guitars and dreamy shoegaze ambience of Lightning In A Twilight Hour's "The Munich Post", the spaced-out lo-fi dreaminess of Bridget Hayden's "Solace", the throbbing creepiness of Brainman's "Kilonova" and the gentle warmth and slow-burn bliss of Ian Martin's "Missing Realism". To misquote Douglas Adams: so long, and thanks for all the bliss.
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