More announcements made for Unsound 2016

Lena Willikens, Apeiron Crew, Helm, Don’t DJ are among the motherlode of new additions to the Krakow event. 

First announced back in April, this year’s chosen Unsound theme of Dislocation has taken on a new degree of prescience in the aftermath of the recent Brexit vote. Mindful of this, Unsound programmers have revealed a jam-packed second round of line-up announcements for October’s flagship event in Krakow that gives additional focus to UK artists – especially by way of cross-border collaborative work.

Chief among these is a new PAN project called Inner Space: Siberia involving label regular Helm, Greek Embassy For The Displaced collective and Russian musician Moa Pillar will be unveiled at the festival and sees them visually exploring of diverse landscapes through digital media. This project will also appear at an Unsound event in Russian city Vladivostok scheduled in September in conjunction with CTM and Goethe-Institut Novosibirsk. Other UK artists announced are brotherly Poly Kicks pairing Truss and Tessela who join Unsound to perform live as Overmono, the new project that was recently signed to XL Recordings, whilst Paula Temple has also been invited to grant attendees a world premiere of her new live show.

Berlin-based Irish artist Eomac will premiere a live performance tailored around his upcoming Bedouin Trax album for Bedouin which features visual artist Syn and a dancer. The Body Sculptures ensemble encompassing members of Posh Isolation and Northern Electronics are among the other transnational collaborations announced, working with Israeli conductor Ilan Volkov and Krakow’s Sinfonietta Cracovia on a new performance merging electronic music, classical instruments and improvisation.

Further Scandinavian presence on the Unsound bill can be found with the addition of the most recent subjects of a Juno Plus feature, Copenhagen’s Apeiron Crew. Another compelling booking and recent Juno Plus interviewee is Florian Meyer, who will be polyrhyhmically exploring the fetishisation of native cultures by the West under his Don’t DJ name.

The long tradition of RVNG Intl artists performing at Unsound continues with Mikael Seifu booked to present his self-styled “ethiopiyawi electronic” music at the festival, with Ghanaian artist DJ Katapila, recently profiled on Awesome Tapes From Africa, another addition aimed at exploring how African producers are discovering the untrodden paths of electronic music. Footwork has been a prominent feature of Unsound recently, and Teklife associate DJ Earl follows the likes of previous performers JLin and RP Boo in gracing the festival. Expect a hybrid set based around his Open Your Eyes LP on Teklife flanked by Sirr Tmo and Dre, dancers from The Era footwork crew.

Among the house and techno-focused additions for proceedings at Hotel Forum are Salon Des Amateurs selector Lena Willikens, 1080p associate Via App, deep house guru Fred P, Japanese icon Soichi Terada and rising Berlin DJ Dr. Rubinstein. Information on the many further artists included in this second round of Unsound additions can be found over at the official website.

These follow an initial round of line-up announcements for the Krakow event arrived over the May bank holiday that included a Senyawa and Raibih Beaini collaboration, Severed Heads playing live, Forest Swords previewing his new LP, JD Twitch performing a 100% Muslimgauze set and a ‘digital cemetry’ from Kara-Lis Coverdale and Marcel ‘MFO’ Weber.

Unsound will take place in Krakow on October 16-23.