HOLD ON FOR DEAR LIFE (✖_✖
Set in a post-industrial space inside Kraków’s former railway yards, the second late night event at Unsound features a main hall and a second smaller floor. Although we’ve intentionally kept A/V shows to a minimum at this year’s festival – we figure people have spent enough time looking at screens! – tonight includes audiovisual extravaganzas. The premiere of The Harlecore Experience sees virtual puppet master Sam Rolfes (also the creator of the Unsound 2021 visual identity) gleefully bring to life the alter-ego DJs featured on Danny L Harle’s Harlecore album, while Polish artist Julek Ploski will also present a new A/V show. Scotch Rolex sees Japanese producer DJ Scotch Egg team up with Uganda’s MC Yallah and Duma’s Lord Spikeheart from Kenya to present an incendiary performance, while US-born Berliner LSDXOXO’s world premiere live show follows DEDICATED 2 DISRESPECT, a bold EP exploring the intersections between rave, techno, house, gender, sexuality and race. Jamaican-born New Yorker Tygapaw then steps up with a blazing DJ set, followed by a b2b from Polish icons Dtekk and Olivia.
Meanwhile, the second floor brings together Athens-based vocalist and artist Evita Manji, the stereomodernist rhythm and soul of Speaker Music (DeForrest Brown, Jr.). and the European premiere of South African gqom producer Menzi. DJ sets come from Shannen SP – curator of the recent compilation Amapiano Now, Warsaw bass explorer Phatrax and a b2b set between TSVI and Object Blue.
Setting the mood for the night is Hermeneia of Progrefonik, who also DJs.