Unsound: Theo Parrish, Mala & More Added

A heavyweight raft of new names added to the Krakow festival

As we’ve previously reported, the line-up for Unsound Festival Krakow is already looking mightily fruity, featuring the likes of V/Vm, Tim Hecker & Oneohtrix Point Never, Vatican Shadow, Hieroglyphic Being and Shackleton. The festival, which takes place from 14th-21st October, is one of Europe’s best, and this year finds them celebrating their tenth birthday.

The latest raft of names, announced today, features a similar scattering of gems, including a few rare appearances and one-off commissioned pieces. Chief among them are a live outing for Digital Mystikz’s Mala’s new Mala In Cuba project – a performance of his much anticipated upcoming album for Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label, featuring a cast of backing musicians.

Demdike Stare will be playing an exclusive piece called ‘Concealed’, along with string players and classical percussion from the Sinfonietta Cracovia. The piece is being written in collaboration with cellist Danny Norbury and will feature visuals by Michael England, and will be the first time Demdike have played with live instruments. London trio and recent DFA signees Factory Floor will also be playing live, following the release of their Two Different Ways remixes 12" and in advance of their debut album due next year.

Heading to the dancefloor (as is the tradition in the evenings at the festival), a number of revered names in house music have been booked to appear, alongside already announced people such as Jamal Moss and Traxman. Heading up the list is Theo Parrish, whose DJ sets span genres, making expert use of both the space he’s playing within and the dynamics of the crowd to shift from raw house to funk, soul and disco. L.I.E.S label head Ron Morelli will also be DJing – over the past year or so his label and its white label subsidiaries have started to make a serious impact on dancefloors across the board, with heavy, psych-tinged analogue house and techno from the likes of Xosar, Legowelt and Svengalisghost leading the charge. New York’s MikeQ, head of the Qween Beat label, will be making a DJ appearance, as will Ukraine’s Vakula, fresh off a hugely productive last twelve months that’s seen him release a slew of brilliant, rhythmically tricky 12"s on his Shevchenko label and a recent full-length under the pseudonym Vedomir.

Elsewhere, Pole (aka Stefan Betke) will be performing, as will Brooklyn-based Slava, who is signed to Dan Lopatin & Joel Ford’s Software label and whose recent music has found him working footwork percussion into hazy and woozy shapes.

The full announcement is here, along with the full line-up so far. Tickets go on sale later this month.

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