Blackest Ever Black presents its third annual showcase on Saturday 12th October at Corsica Studios, London, in association with BleeD.
Headline live performances come from Los Angeles’ Tropic of Cancer, whose debut album, Restless Idylls was issued on BEB earlier this month, and Prurient – Dominick Fernow’s first UK set in this guise in four years. The night will conclude with Regis presenting Necklace Of Bites, a “disordered and resequenced” journey through 20 years of his imperious techno productions.
Also appearing live are Edinburgh duo Dalhous, drawing from their debut album An Ambassador For Laing and its as-yet-untitled follow-up, due out on BEB in early 2014; Shampoo Boy, the Viennese guitar/bass/electronics trio of Peter Rehberg, Christina Nemec and Christian Schachinger, who released their ferocious album Licht via BEB in May; Downwards’ darkwave duo Dva Damas; and A.D. Jacques, who made his live debut at last year’s showcase and will be cutting a record for the label in 2014.
On the DJ front, Raime – BEB’s first born sons – interrupt their US tour to play some records for us. The reclusive Jim Baker of dnb legends Source Direct returns after a triumphant outing at last year’s event, and we also welcome Benny Ill aka Horsepower Productions into the fray. Berlin dnb/techno innovator Felix K makes a rare UK appearance, and Hamburg’s Helena Hauff – the Golden Pudel resident who this year has released music on PAN, Werk Discs and Blackest’s own Krokodilo Tapes imprint – brings some St. Pauli acid to Elephant & Castle. Russell Haswell will be taking on the role of ‘HDJ’ in the venue’s main room, and Chris Farrell, proprietor of the Idle Hands record store and label in Bristol, will be playing a special dread-heavy reggae set.
Support comes from the bosses of three of the UK’s most interesting labels: Luke Younger, best known for the music he makes as Helm, but also owner of Alter Records (Liberez, Richard Youngs, Hieroglyphic Being); Brian Not Brian of Going Good (Aquarian Foundation, Moon B, Anom Vitrum); and Conor Thomas of The Death Of Rave (Powell, Merzbow, Kareem).
This showcase runs all night (10pm-6am) across both rooms of Corsica Studios, with the live acts performing between 10pm and 3.45am. Tickets are £14.50 and available here.