Early ’80s synth recordings made by the former Whitehouse and Skullflower artist in 1982 are collected on the forthcoming Drained In Connotation album.
The amount of new music currently being released is verging on the unquantifiable; in any given week there is on average around 150 new twelve inches classed as deep house alone. As if it wasn’t hard enough to keep up with all this music, new labels have continued to pop up throughout 2013, with some presuming all it takes to successfully cloak themselves in authenticity is an increasing reliance on well-worn terminology and a sizeable PR budget.
That’s obviously not the case, but if not that, then what are the criteria for a record label to stand out in this well populated climate? A label with a strong sense of curation, a distinct aesthetic and conviction in the music they release tends to be key, all of which breed expectation in those that follow the label, and which encourages the artists involved with the label to dig deeper into their creative processes. The people behind the labels listed below certainly fall under this category, and regular readers of Juno Plus should find the ten inclusions make for perfect sense. As well as reflecting the overall enthusiasm for techno, house and more experimental flavours that have felt so prevalent in the underground this year, these ten labels came with a strong work ethic and a genuinely passionate view of music which has made it a pleasure to show them our support.
Blackest Ever Black will end a triumphant year with This Is Always Where You’ve Lived from the North Carolina-based artist.
Releases from Claremont 56, Studio Barnhus, meandyou and Honest Jon’s were amongst last month’s best dressed records in town.
Win a pair of tickets to the BleeD hosted Blackest Ever Black showcase at Corsica Studios later this month plus a special print.
Two figures from the US noise underground combine for the forthcoming Retrieval LP.
Best known for their work as Raime, Tom Halstead and Joe Andrews are also responsible for Blackest Ever Black’s latest release, expanding on their differing approach under the Moin moniker. This self titled EP by the London based duo separates itself from Raime’s distinctive dark breed of electronics while providing an approach that is more stripped down. Where guitars take the forefront, there is a keen reference to post-punk influences, perhaps even drone metal. Without forgetting their affinity for darkness, a clear aesthetic that has matured throughout their involvement with Kiran Sande’s label, this EP delves into themes that have been associated with previous Raime releases.
William Bennett will return to the label with a second EP of confrontational rhythmic music.
Ahead of her appearance at this year’s Unsound Festival, Scott Wilson talks to Camella Lobo about the sometimes challenging path to the release of her debut album, Restless Idylls.
Label to release vinyl edition of Dickon Hinchliffe’s original score to 1980, the second film in the Red Riding trilogy.
The Blackest Ever Black regulars will adopt a different alias for their next EP on the label.
Details of the debut album from Camella Lobo for Blackest Ever Black are fully announced.
New material from Stuart Argabright’s project and a limited 7″ LP teaser from Camella Lobo are due on Kiran Sande’s label soon.
When Dalhous originally appeared on Blackest Ever Black in 2011 under the name Young Hunting, Scottish duo Marc Dall and Alex Ander stood out amongst the likes of Raime, Regis and Tropic of Cancer for their singular take on chamber pop. Heavily treating their string samples to create cinematic, baroque backdrops for their half sung narratives, The Night Of The Burning was an EP that created the distinct sensation of watching a satanic order performing a ritual sacrifice in a remote church somewhere in medieval Scotland; suffice it to say, it probably wasn’t to everyone’s taste, even amongst Blackest Ever Black’s more open-minded followers.
Blackest Ever Black will release the first album in five years from dark ambient pioneer Lustmord.
Blackest Ever Black welcome you into the world of Shampoo Boy with the full ten minutes of meditative electro acoustics that is “Still”.
Blackest Ever Black have announced details of their next foray into the musical ether, with the debut album from Vienna-based guitar, bass and electronics trio Shampoo Boy.
The upcoming Dalhous album An Ambassador For Laing is one of this year’s most interesting debuts – here its lead track gets a worthy visual accompaniment.
Some teenage recordings from a group featuring Karl O’Connor form the debut release from Blackest Ever Black’s new cassette label.