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A Luminous Veil
BLACKEST 014
02 May 13
Industrial/Noise
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The Third Room - (5:56)
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Black Thread - (5:47)
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Mirror Fragment - (4:17)
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She Demands Attention - (4:21) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Figure Moving - (4:20)
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Winter Flower - (2:38)
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Retrieval
BLACKEST 024
30 Sep 15
Experimental/Electronic
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Harbor - (3:55) 75 BPM
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Switch - (5:28) 57 BPM
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So, How Much Do You Know About Me? - (2:55) 78 BPM
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Hallway - (7:58) 76 BPM
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Repeating Pit - (5:31) 89 BPM
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Retrieval - (4:33) 61 BPM
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Bird's Eye - (6:02) 74 BPM
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Weld
BLACKEST 042
19 Jun 15
Experimental/Electronic
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Truth Teller - (3:52) 87 BPM
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Dreamsnake - (4:59) 87 BPM
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Healer - (6:12) 74 BPM
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Blight - (4:19) 111 BPM
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AM Horizon - (5:32) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rose Eye - (3:51) 63 BPM
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Agate Cross - (5:23) 59 BPM
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Ash Grove - (2:41) 106 BPM
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Antigravity
BLACKESTDL 011
14 May 15
Industrial/Noise
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Nanook - (1:30) 91 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Overload - (5:55) 84 BPM
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Panic In Bali - (1:43) 111 BPM
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Rock'n'Roll Station - (2:35) 126 BPM
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Where Flamingoes Fly - (4:31) 99 BPM
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Kinder Lieder - (2:07) 131 BPM
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Tsouking Chant - (2:33) 60 BPM
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Valse Des Lilas - (3:52) 138 BPM
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Nanooks - (1:44) 58 BPM
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Solaris - (3:30) 152 BPM
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Ife L'ayo - (1:43) 82 BPM
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Spain - (3:17) 55 BPM
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Riga Centraal - (0:43) 111 BPM
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L'Essai Des Suintes Ou Le Bal Des Futaies - (4:00) 100 BPM
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Dark Pool
BLACKESTDL 009
30 Sep 15
Ambient/Drone
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Dark Pool - (0:53) 81 BPM
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Profusion - (2:47) 157 BPM
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Watering Hole - (3:16) 115 BPM
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Endourban - (4:00) 136 BPM
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Burst - (3:22) 98 BPM
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Xibalba Road - (5:31) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Data River - (4:27) 107 BPM
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Night In New Chiang Saen - (3:46) 100 BPM
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Protoplasm - (6:28) 80 BPM
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Profusion II - (3:42) 126 BPM
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Who Will Save The Tiger? - (2:48) 131 BPM
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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.
You Know What It's Like
BLACKESTDL 015
28 Oct 16
Ambient/Drone
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Italian Cinema - (1:50) 136 BPM
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Fast Moving Cars - (3:31) 97 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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DB Rip - (3:49) 97 BPM
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What You Gonna Do Now? - (3:55) 96 BPM
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Dry In The Rain - (3:27) 147 BPM
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You Know What It's Like - (4:05) 86 BPM
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Dragon Breath - (3:20) 157 BPM
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The Same Reply - (5:17) 60 BPM
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What You Gonna Do Now?
BLACKESTDL 015DS1
04 Aug 16
Ambient/Drone
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What You Gonna Do Now? - (3:55) 96 BPM
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Fast Moving Cars
BLACKEST 052
29 Apr 16
Experimental/Electronic
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Fast Moving Cars - (3:30) 97 BPM
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Better Yet - (3:27) 90 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Berlin-based Melbournite Carla Dal Forno, one half of uber cool duo Tarcar and one third of F Ingers, strikes out on her own for the always impressive Blackest Ever Black. Aimed as a taster for a forthcoming solo album, Carla Dal Forno presents two tracks of reduced goth tendencies on "Fast Moving Cars", with her gorgeous vocals backed by a bare bones rhythmic arrangement, subtle synth swells and a raw bassline. Things get even gloomier yet on "Better Yet", where her haunting vocals assist you in drifting away to a dark and lonely place, sounding reminiscent of early Sisters Of Mercy or The Cure.
Festival Of The Dead
BLACKESTDL 010
30 Sep 15
Experimental/Electronic
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The Claw - (6:27) 61 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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I Know What I Must Do - (0:49) 70 BPM
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Damballah 58 - (6:40) 57 BPM
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Parataxic Distortion - (3:27) 66 BPM
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Festival Of The Dead - (4:53) 71 BPM
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Belladonna Theme - (3:10) 100 BPM
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Vaudou Take Me High - (6:50) 60 BPM
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Inlightenment - (3:14) 96 BPM
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None Of Your Bones Are Broken - (2:39) 81 BPM
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Madwoman (Festival mix) - (5:52) 64 BPM
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Fruit Is Ripe - (2:16) 74 BPM
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Fire Ends The Day - (3:34) 51 BPM
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Review: Blackest Ever Black's unwavering commitment to gracing 2014 with some of the most distinct sounds continues apace as their latest long player sees the return of William Bennett's Cut Hands project. Entitled Festival Of The Dead, this new album feels like the next logical progression in the Cut Hands sound, with the label describing it as "most potent distillation yet" of Bennett's "malign percussive energy". If you checked lead track "The Claw" which was made available to stream when BEB first announced the album, you will no doubt have an idea of what to expect but this relentless, bracing approach shown there is not the only card played by Bennett across the album. Indeed it's the moments where the sonics get twisted and chewed up (such as the suitably named "Parataxic Distortion") that prove most memorable.
Mitchell Heisman
BLACKEST 012
24 Jan 13
Experimental/Electronic
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You Don't Know What You Want, Do You - (7:31) 75 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Success Is Her Sensuality - (4:28) 75 BPM
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An Ambassador For Laing
BLACKESTDL 003
21 May 13
Experimental/Electronic
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He Was Human & Belonged With Humans - (6:50) 61 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Physical Body - (3:00) 94 BPM
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Anger Sees Red - (2:07) 110 BPM
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Bolder & Lighter Than The Beat From A Wing - (2:27) 58 BPM
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Who's Here, You're Here, I'm Here... - (1:19) 100 BPM
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Dalhous - (6:57) 112 BPM
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The Cruel Practice Of Art - (6:02) 59 BPM
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Dwelling By The Meadow - (6:08) 75 BPM
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Eros, Love & Lies - (4:20) 63 BPM
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A White, White Day - (2:05) 94 BPM
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Dreamers Of Decadence - (7:17) 78 BPM
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Visibility Is A Trap
BLACKEST 029
30 Sep 15
Experimental/Electronic
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Active Discovering - (3:24) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Information Is Forever - (4:08) 103 BPM
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Sight Of Hirta - (4:13) 60 BPM
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A Change Of Attitude - (2:45) 106 BPM
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He Was Human And Belonged With Humans (Regis version) - (5:00) 78 BPM
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Review: Along with Raime, Dalhous are one of the few constant acts on the ever shifting Blackest Ever Black. Originally debuting on the label as Young Hunting in 2011, the duo of Marc Dall and Alex Ander moved from a soundtrack-inspired sound to a more fractured, sample-based electronic palette when they re-emerged as Dalhous at the tail end of 2012. After delivering a fine and rather under-appreciated debut album last year, Dalhous now return with Visibility Is A Trap, and it's seemingly the solo concern of Dall now. Featuring four new originals written and produced by Dall that reflect his "continued interest in the language and imagery of self-help, R.D. Laing and the anti-psychiatry movement", this EP shows a further progression in the Dalhous sound. Karl O'Connor returns for one of his irregular BEB appearances with a Regis remix of "He Was Human And Belonged With Humans" from last year's aforementioned LP.
The Composite Moods Collection Vol 1/House Number 44
BLACKEST 051
11 Mar 16
Industrial/Noise
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Response To Stimuli - (4:15) 121 BPM
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It Itself, Is Harmless - (2:33) 154 BPM
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Running Sheets - (4:52) 120 BPM
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Ecstasy As A Mask Or A Shield - (4:13) 120 BPM
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Consience Of Nerves - (2:30) 147 BPM
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Research Network - (1:13) 124 BPM
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On A Level - (2:22) 146 BPM
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End Of Each Analysis - (4:27) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mimetic - (2:55) 160 BPM
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Content For Feelings - (3:26) 138 BPM
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Zero Point Zero Six Per Cent - (1:52) 154 BPM
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Implicit Use Of Abstraction - (1:29) 157 BPM
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Statistical Order - (0:42) 140 BPM
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Results - (2:22) 146 BPM
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Vestibule - (1:08) 160 BPM
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Everything They Wanted To Hear - (5:29) 120 BPM
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Bahy-Oh-Feed-Bak - (3:43) 120 BPM
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Methods Of Elan - (4:06) 159 BPM
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Lines To Border - (2:57) 152 BPM
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Review: Alex Ander and Marc Dall, the two dudes behind the Dalhous project, have pretty much restricted their output to the mighty Blackest Ever Black label, but who could blame them? The label has been one of the most consistent and diverse stables for dark and industrial dance and non-dance music over the last five years, a true pinnacle of the 2010's. This latest work, entitled The Composite Moods Collection Vol 1 / House Number 44 is a beast of an album, nineteen piece of sparse and desolate electronic music that has much more in common with a soundtrack than an ambient album. In fact, the chilling backdrops of drones and electro-acoustic wails that flutter over this work are truly a piece of moody melodica, a times loosely infused with melted beats and a ritualistic form of percussion. It's classic BEB material, and if you're into travelling to sinister, cavernous places, this will surely do the trick.
Will To Be Well
BLACKESTDL 007
30 Sep 15
Ambient/Drone
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First Page From Justine - (1:37) 120 BPM
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A Communion With These People - (3:25) 75 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Function Curve - (3:17) 129 BPM
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Sensitised To This Area - (4:04) 105 BPM
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Lovers Of The Highlands - (5:18) 149 BPM
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Four Daughters By Four Women - (4:20) 120 BPM
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Her Mind Was A Blank - (1:43) 125 BPM
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Transference - (4:15) 120 BPM
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To Be Universal You Must Be Specific - (3:22) 118 BPM
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Someone Secure - (3:54) 119 BPM
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Entertain The Idea - (2:56) 123 BPM
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Abyssal Plane - (4:12) 85 BPM
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Thoughts Out Of Season - (4:46) 116 BPM
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DSM-III - (6:24) 120 BPM
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Masquerading As Love - (1:08) 157 BPM
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Review: Ambient explorers Dalhous - AKA producers Marc Dall and Alex Ander - have some intriguing influences; apparently this second full length for Blackest Ever Black was inspired by their fascination with the life and work of radical psychiatrist R.D Laing. Whether this is noticeable in the music is debatable, though there are plenty of varied moods, dreamy melodies, cascading electronics and glitchy rhythms to be found on Will To Be Back. Certainly, it's a thoroughly engaging and entertaining set, far lighter and more melodious in tone and texture than their 2013 debut. There are still droning passages of intense melancholy, of course, but these are countered by sun-bright melodies and beautiful, drawn-out sounds.
On A Business Trip To London
BLACKESTDL 008
16 Mar 15
Industrial/Noise
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Luckily I Was Allowed To Get Dressed When I Left The House - (1:04) 159 BPM
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I Am Made To Greet Each Guest With A Limp-wristed Handshake - (1:49)
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Only Carla - (5:03) 132 BPM
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She Is Pretty Strange, The Way She Dresses, That Punky Hair God Knows What She Gets Up To - (0:13) 148 BPM
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Jack The Damned - (2:25) 157 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Since I Am On A Strict 500 Calorie A Day Diet With Extensive Exercise & No Alcohol, I Have The Shape Of A Petite Little Woman, & My Wife Has Paid For Breast Implants & Facial Surgery To Make Me More Acceptable - (3:45) 65 BPM
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Duck Shall Not Have The Audacity To Request Release Himself. Duck Shall Not Gripe Or Complain About The Duration Of His Confinement, The Length Of Which Will Be Solely Determined By Mistress - (1:01) 123 BPM
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He Might Be Able To Earn A Meal Of Slop If He Does Dangerous Work (for Instance - Crash Test Dummy) THUNDERSKINS - (0:51) 144 BPM
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To Compensate, While The Average Lifespan Of A Male Will Be About 70 Years, Medical Advancements Will Make The Average Lifespan Of A Woman To Be About 750 Years - (1:02) 75 BPM
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When Thanksgiving Approaches, I'm Usually In My Third Week Without Release - (2:27) 123 BPM
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My Breasts Were Pierced, So Red Ball Ornaments Were Placed Through Each Nipple Additionally, Each Ear Was Pierced, So A Red Ball Ornament Was Placed In Each Earring Hole My Nipples Were Protruding - (8:36) 152 BPM
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Thunderskins London Dungeon - (1:11) 152 BPM
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The Grad Student Turned Her Eyes Toward The Closet Where She Had Made Him Hide THUNDERSKINS - (5:33) 150 BPM
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Drugs Alan, I Don't Believe It But Somebody Saw Her Shooting Up In The Restroom - (1:07) 123 BPM
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Only Tease - (5:02) 110 BPM
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Tennis Has Always Been My Life Since I Was A Small Boy In Mexico City My Father Was The Head Gardener At An Estate Owned By A Very Important Man & He Used To Take Me With Him So I Could Hit The Balls On The Court - (0:21) 152 BPM
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Wild Spectrum - (3:09) 144 BPM
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Credits - (2:56) 100 BPM
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Review: Something has clearly stirred at Fernow Towers of late with this collection of material under the Exploring Jezebel name one of several album endeavours from the multifaceted US noise icon due within 2015's first quarter. Dominick Fernow completists will be fully aware of Exploring Jezebel, a project of S&M themed nocturnal transmissions issued on limited cassette format mostly through his own Hospital Productions. It's perhaps the one creative endeavour that shows off Fernow's black sense of humour best, as evidenced on the tracklisting for this Blackest Ever Black album. The label describe On A Business Trip To London as a "dramatic document of curious electronics" and that's certainly the case from what we have heard.
Hide Before Dinner
BLACKEST 044D
04 Sep 15
Industrial/Noise
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Escape Into The Bushes - (4:31) 118 BPM
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Mum's Caress After Trip - (3:42) 159 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tantrum Time - (5:22) 120 BPM
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Blissfull Cubby House - (5:12) 126 BPM
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Useless Treasure - (6:58) 69 BPM
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Under The House Hard To Breathe - (4:43) 129 BPM
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Hide Before Dinner - (5:53) 119 BPM
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Review: F Ingers is an Australian trio made up of Carla Dal Forno, Samuel Karmel, and Tarquin Manek - a new and exciting outfit dealing in stone-cold electronics. "Escape Into The Bushes" is an opener fit for an apocalypse thanks to its shivery waves of ambience and hymns, while "Mum's Caress After Trip" is sinister and foreboding in a wholly different way, and "Tantrum Time" fully enters the doom with its drugged-out vocals and broken melodic patterns. These are just three of the most chilling sculptures inside, but it's clear that F Ingers will be around again in no time and that BEB have found material fit for their catalogue.
EP
BLACKEST 021
17 Oct 13
Experimental/Electronic
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Murphy - (4:18) 92 BPM
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Stacie - (4:23) 60 BPM
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Clancy - (4:01) 59 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Oake
Dead Unique
BLACKESTDL 006
30 Sep 15
Indie
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Nest - (1:59) 94 BPM
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Elephant Flowers - (3:41) 82 BPM
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It Goes Up/Revenge - (2:33) 150 BPM
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Go Back - (3:34) 96 BPM
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Cows Hum In The Fields - (2:19) 126 BPM
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Shrug/Good - (3:19) 107 BPM
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Biteman - (1:52) 140 BPM
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Nardis - (5:22) 136 BPM
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Someone At The Door - (5:45) 74 BPM
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Stewed Fruit - (4:41) 96 BPM
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All I Got - (2:03) 74 BPM
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VIM - (5:31) 157 BPM
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Bugs In Amber - (4:59) 62 BPM
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Guess - (1:09) 129 BPM
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The Pony Was Contented - (4:39) 129 BPM
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Rachot - (6:24) 152 BPM
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Lilac & Orange - (1:15) 123 BPM
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Clint - (3:32) 133 BPM
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Hennail
BLACKEST 005
26 Dec 11
Experimental/Electronic
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Told & Collapsed - (6:01) 65 BPM
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You Will Life Your Frame Clear - (6:09) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dead Heat
BLACKESTDL 014DS1
24 Apr 16
Experimental/Electronic
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Dead Heat - (4:35) 61 BPM
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Tooth
BLACKESTDL 014
10 Jun 16
Experimental/Electronic
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Coax - (4:10) 63 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dead Heat - (4:35) 61 BPM
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Hold Your Line - (4:28) 63 BPM
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Front Running - (4:24) 88 BPM
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Dialling In, Falling Out - (4:57) 65 BPM
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Glassed - (5:15) 65 BPM
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Cold Cain - (4:58) 62 BPM
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Stammer - (4:47) 65 BPM
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Raime EP
BLACKEST 001A
04 Oct 10
Experimental/Electronic
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This Foundry - (6:31) 75 BPM
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We Must Hunt Under The Wreckage Of Many Systems - (6:20) 56 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Cloud Boat
Quarter Turns Over A Living Line
BLACKESTDL 001
26 Nov 12
Industrial/Noise
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Passed Over Trail - (4:30)
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The Last Foundry - (5:52) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Soil & Colts - (5:42)
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Exist In The Repeat Of Practice - (5:28)
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The Walker In Blast And Bottle - (5:11)
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Your Cast Will Tire - (5:31)
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The Dimming Of Road & Rights - (5:33)
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If Anywhere Was Here He Would Know Where We Are
BLACKEST 002
13 Dec 10
Techno
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If Anywhere Was Here He Would Know Where We Are - (5:48) 132 BPM
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This Foundry (Regis version) - (7:54) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Glassed
BLACKESTDL 014DS2
19 May 16
Experimental/Electronic
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Glassed - (5:15) 65 BPM
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Privacy
BLACKEST 034
30 Sep 15
Indie
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Lionhead - (4:30) 115 BPM
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II - (0:44) 130 BPM
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Light Surrounds Me - (3:22) 83 BPM
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IV - (0:51) 148 BPM
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How The Strings Are Pulled - (3:43) 157 BPM
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Nail Biting - (1:47) 134 BPM
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VII - (1:48) 133 BPM
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Finger Bones - (2:22) 120 BPM
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IX - (0:53) 123 BPM
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Behind The Glass - (2:23) 85 BPM
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XI - (1:11) 115 BPM
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Hopelessly Alive - (2:30) 87 BPM
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XIII - (0:56) 131 BPM
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Big Grin - (5:15) 115 BPM
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Deformed Worship
BLACKEST 018
02 Sep 13
Indie
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Cracked Flesh - (4:29)
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Lusty Climbing - (3:08)
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When A Lie Becomes The Truth - (2:51)
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Before Man - (1:31)
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Standing In Line - (2:46)
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By The Root - (5:41)
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Groping The Angel's Face - (3:01)
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Wild Inside - (1:50)
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I Was Wrong - (4:47)
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Fooling Around
BLACKEST 043DL
31 Jul 15
Indie
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Fooling Around (long version) - (7:08) 144 BPM
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Waiting In The New World - (3:26) 83 BPM
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Strays - (5:39) 140 BPM
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Should I Leave You Alone? - (3:47) 156 BPM
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In A Syrian Tongue
BLACKEST 004
28 Sep 11
Experimental/Electronic
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Blood Witness - (6:24) 66 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Blood Witness (MJ Harris / Karl O'Connor Live Version 8211) - (6:46) 65 BPM
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Blinding Horses - (4:58) 65 BPM
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Manbait
BLACKESTDL 013
25 Sep 15
Techno
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Ike Yard - "Loss" (Regis version) - (7:16) 126 BPM
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Dalhous - "He Was Human & Belonged With Humans" (Regis version) - (5:00) 158 BPM
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Regis - "Blood Witness" (feat MJ Harris & Karl O'Connor - original 12" mix) - (6:24) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Vatican Shadow - "Church Of All Images" (Regis version) - (7:12) 126 BPM
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Family Sex - "Manbait" (Regis version) - (6:47) 123 BPM
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Blinding Horses - (4:58) 130 BPM
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CUB - "C U 1" (original mix) - (6:43) 157 BPM
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Blood Witness (Downwards extended version) - (7:19) 130 BPM
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Tropic Of Cancer - "Plant Lilies At My Head" (Alternate version) - (4:10) 149 BPM
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Blinding Horses (Turin version) - (7:10) 126 BPM
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Raime - "This Foundry" (Regis version) - (7:54) 126 BPM
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Blinding Horses (Stableboy version) - (2:34) 120 BPM
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This Is Always Where You've Lived
BLACKEST 023
11 Dec 13
Experimental/Electronic
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Summer Wheels/Mysterious Fires - (3:12) 97 BPM
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Silvering The Wing - (3:00) 65 BPM
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Form Me - (4:22) 100 BPM
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Flashback - (4:21)
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Remarkable Fluids - (2:01) 79 BPM
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Beyond The Darkness - (4:02) 53 BPM
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Dream Scrape - (1:24) 70 BPM
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Glint & Follow You - (1:57) 108 BPM
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Have You Heard About This House? - (2:24) 113 BPM
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Last Town - (2:49) 76 BPM
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Deleted Hill - (8:13) 75 BPM
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This Is Always Where You've Lived - (5:18) 57 BPM
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Memory Care Unit
BLACKEST 045
26 Feb 16
Experimental/Electronic
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The Singing Bile - (7:18) 60 BPM
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Little Jammy Centre - (8:58) 94 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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They're Playing Themselves - (4:46) 61 BPM
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Paean Delle Palme - (3:46) 74 BPM
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Stripping At The Nail - (8:23) 74 BPM
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Memorize Them Well - (8:15) 76 BPM
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Review: Blackest Ever Black is back with another release by Secret Boyfriend, the solo project of North Carolina's Ryan Martin, also one half of Boyzone and the man behind the Hot Releases label. This is his most recent effort for the label since his 2012 album This Is Always Where You've Lived, however he's had around half a dozen cassette releases on a variety of labels including his own Hot Releases imprint since then. For the most part these are sombre and reflective journeys for inner city introverts where dark ambient merges with shoegaze sensibilities swimmingly. But we particularly enjoyed "Little Jammy Centre" and "Stripping At The Nail" which are dusty, indie-goth gems reminiscent of Faith/Pornography era The Cure. Like pretty much anything on B.E.B., this is highly recommended.
Tearing Down Heaven
BLACKEST 038
15 Jun 15
Industrial/Noise
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Tearing Down Heaven - (4:20) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Reprise - (4:15)
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Review: The latest Blackest Ever Black release revisits "Tearing Down Heaven" by Six Six Seconds, a track that will be familiar to fans of the excellent 2012 Downwards compilation and a rare musical outburst from the band fronted by Claude Eden. With the arrival of "Tearing Down Heaven" in two slightly different versions on this 10" comes a bit more information about the origins of the track, with Eden laying down the recording in Berlin in 2012 with the assistance of DNS boss Karl O'Connor. For this new BEB edition, an extended version sits on the A-side, adding a further nine seconds whilst the reprise is a more drastic revision, embellishing the dronish qualities with breath-taking effect.
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CONFESSION 001
10 Oct 12
Industrial/Noise
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Pete Swanson - "Positive" - (4:21)
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Moin - "Elsie" - (3:55) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mince Glace - EP
BLACKEST 37
30 Sep 15
Experimental/Electronic
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Game Is Up - (2:00) 74 BPM
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Visions Of The Night - (5:47) 74 BPM
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Emboldened - (2:25) 108 BPM
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Loathing And Fear In December - (1:52) 109 BPM
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Refugees - (2:17) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fireball - (5:54) 79 BPM
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Review: Carla dal Forno and Tarquin Manek together are Tarcar and they're here to sign off another winner of a year from the now cult-like Blackest Ever Black label. There isn't much that BEB haven't deserved a medal for, and they have yet again amazed us with their ludicrously on-point artistic repertoire! Mince Glace is a true thing of beauty, an album which doesn't give a damn about genre or style, but instead travels the treacherous paths between noise, drone, dub and pretty much any other genre of music! In our opinion, the nuttiest cit on here has to be "Emboldened" for it wavy jazz edge and far-out melodies, but be sure to also check out "Fireball" for a real spin down the wormhole. Lovely stuff from both label and artists. Don't miss it.
Wreck His Days
BLACKEST 053
26 Aug 16
Ambient/Drone
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Wreck His Days - (7:55) 95 BPM
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Ghost From The Coast - (5:51) 142 BPM
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Reverberasia - (7:10) 147 BPM
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...And I Tried So Hard - (8:20) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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I Beat As I Sleep As I Dream - (2:49) 88 BPM
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Ay Carmela - (4:01) 110 BPM
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Rosa/Kollantai - (7:48) 146 BPM
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Review: While the label were concentrating closely on post-industrial techno in their early days, Blackest Ever Black are now on more of an ambient tip. Tomorrow The Rain Will Fall Upwards is a mysterious outfit that has released a few EPs to date, and their back now with this new LP, Wreck His Days. While tracks like "Ghost From The Coast" are sparse and hollow in their approach, they still contain enough movement to set them apart form pure drone, and the title track "Wreck Hi Days" itself is a masterful piece of percussive melancholia. We're also digging the jarring sonic landscape of "...And I Tried So Hard", along with the cello-led excursion named "Ay Carmela". This ain't no typical ambient, it's BEB ambient. Recommended.
Archive: The Downwards Singles
BLACKEST 041
13 Nov 15
Indie
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The Dull Age - (5:20) 110 BPM
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Victims - (4:41) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Be Brave - (6:57) 130 BPM
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Restless Idylls
BLACKESTDL 005
03 Oct 13
Experimental/Electronic
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Plant Lilies At My Head - (4:28) 75 BPM
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Court Of Devotion - (5:14) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hardest Day - (6:43) 85 BPM
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Children Of A Lesser God - (7:31) 90 BPM
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More Alone (album version) - (4:43) 60 BPM
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The Seasons Won't Change (And Neither Will You) - (4:43) 110 BPM
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Wake The Night - (5:58) 60 BPM
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Rites Of The Wild - (2:45) 60 BPM
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Played by: Blocks
Stop Suffering
BLACKEST 049
13 Nov 15
Indie
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Stop Suffering - (5:35) 100 BPM
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I Woke Up And The Storm Was Over - (7:01) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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When The Dog Bites - (5:39) 159 BPM
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Played by: Joel Forsberg
The Sorrow Of Two Blooms
BLACKEST 003
23 May 11
Experimental/Electronic
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A Color - (4:21) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Temporal Vessels - (3:33) 99 BPM
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Dive (Wheel Of The Law) - (4:42) 98 BPM
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Iraqi Praetorian Guard
BLACKEST 008
15 Apr 12
Industrial/Noise
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Cairo Sword Unsheathed - (5:06)
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Gunmen With Silencer - (5:11)
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Church Of All Images (Regis version) - (7:12) Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Night Of The Burning
BLACKEST 006
25 Jan 12
Experimental/Electronic
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Embers From The Pyre - (4:53) 67 BPM
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A Hunger Artist - (6:17) 60 BPM
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Spiritual Abandonment - (5:03)
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Entrance From The Carnal Mind - (7:24)
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