Tropic of Cancer’s ‘The Dull Age’/’Victims’ 10″ on Downwards (2010) was an enormous influence on the formation of Blackest Ever Black, and Camella Lobo’s project – at this point still a collaboration with Juan Mendez (Silent Servant), and based in Minneapolis – was a natural choice to helm the label’s third release, released in March 2011.
Together with the two Raime records that preceded it, and the Regis EP that followed it, Sorrow defined the early sonic and visual identity of Blackest Ever Black, and remains one of its signature offerings.
Original press release:
“Blackest Ever Black returns for 2011 with a new EP of crushing, sensuous darkwave pop from Tropic of Cancer – follow-up to the two much-loved 10″s on Downwards,’The Dull Age’ and ‘Be Brave’. Tropic of Cancer is the LA-based duo of Camella Lobo and Juan Mendez. Mendez is best known as Silent Servant, venerable techno producer, former Cytrax boss and core member of the Sandwell District collective. With Lobo he makes raw, visceral music in the loose tradition of minimal synth, post-punk, industrial and goth, produced with authority and a supremely evolved grasp of spatial arrangement.”
There have been three editions of this record to date. The first was housed in a full picture sleeve; the second, issued a few months later and with the same catalogue number, came without the picture sleeve but with a printed card insert instead. In Summer 2013, a third edition, limited to 500 copies and pressed on clear vinyl, was released – it bore a new catalogue number, BLACKEST003B, and was housed in a replica of the first edition’s picture sleeve.