Felix K, Carla dal Forno (live), Dynamo Dreesen, Pessimist, DJ Benetti, Chain of Flowers (live), Tarquin Manek (live), Ossia, Andrew Ingram, AD Jacques (live), Chris Farrell, Kenny White
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Blackest Ever Black returns to Corsica Studios for the first time since 2013 for an all-nighter across both rooms of the venue.
It also marks the label's possibly foolhardy relocation back to London after a three year exile in Berlin. A homecoming, a funeral, a Hard Brexit special.
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.
22:00 KENNY WHITE
22:45 TARQUIN MANEK (LIVE)
23:15 KENNY WHITE
23:45 CARLA DAL FORNO (LIVE)
00:15 KENNY WHITE
00:30 CHAIN OF FLOWERS (LIVE)
03:30-end FELIX K
22:00 AD JACQUES (LIVE)
22:45 CHRIS FARRELL
23:30 DYNAMO DREESEN
02:00 DJ BENETTI
03:00-end ANDREW INGRAM
(HIDDEN HAWAII / BLACKEST EVER BLACK)
Berlin’s foremost drum ’n bass/techno innovator, co-founder of the peerless Hidden Hawaii label and the man 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. 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, Australian artist 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.
(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 they fancy. Their house is not your house. Avant-garde but unpretentious, simple but 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.
(RUFFHOUSE / UVB-76 / SAMURAI / BLACKEST EVER BLACK)
Hands down one of the most exciting young producers currently operating in the UK, get to know. 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, icy, minimalist sound was showcased on his recent 'Balaklava’ 12” for Blackest Ever Black’s A14 series - you can hear the influence not only of early Photek, Dom & Roland and Doc Scott, but also Chain Reaction, T++, Regis and early dark garage in its moody, dubwise rollers.
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 punk backgrounds into epic, ultra-heavy, shoegaze and goth-inflected post-punk that brings to mind early Creation and Factory fringe operators, The Sound, The Birthday Party, The 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.
(YOUNG ECHO / BLACKEST EVER BLACK / BERCEUSE HEROIQUE)
Ossian 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 RWDFWD shop and distro, and has a hand in some of the most interesting new 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, and we've been hungry for more ever since.
(BLACKEST EVER BLACK - live)
Melbourne's Tarquin Manek is the brains 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, ectoplasmic jazz and tripped-out hypno-electronics. His live performances fall somewhere between crooning synth-pop, improv, and dubbed-to-all-fuck techno-splack. You know what to do.
Co-pilot of the redoubtable Tabernacle imprint, 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 galaxy. Heads down, closing out Room 2.
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 pressure sounds.
(BLACKEST EVER BLACK)
Avant-garde electronics from the mysterious ADJ, who contributed to our Low Company cassette compilation and has appeared at nearly all our London showcases to date. Expect him to make the most of Room 2's ferocious system.
The one and only.