You recognize this moment when a certain raw energy hits you right in the chest like a forgotten feeling you used to know from your youth. When something reverberates so deep, so massively that you can’t ignore it. You can’t shape it, tweak it or deny it. It will overrun you like a faceless virus. A rhythm without colour. May I introduce you to Blac Kolor?
Blac Kolor is a music project by long time DJ, promoter and graphic designer Hendrick Grothe from Leipzig. Coming from the wild eastern electronic body music scene in Germany in the early 90s, he continuously developed & pushed the boundaries in an open-minded way that many partygoers seemed not prepared for. On the producer’s side he consequently figured there is some space to be filled with a new musical narrative: banging rhythms for a dark world of windowless basements – the typical BK sound.
First Blac Kolor started out with his friends Daniel Myer & DSX known as Haujobb and his mate Square7 to introduce a cold techno induced night called “FROST”. They rinsed the merciless b-sides of their favourite producers to a mesmerizing video
installation by Robben Bollocks. Guests of their choice were: Paul Kendall (Mute), Cute Heels (Black Leather Rec), cEvin Key (Skinny Puppy) and so on. In January 2013 they released the first “FROST EP” from Basic Unit Production. Soon followed by Blac Kolor’s first proper release, the “RANGE EP”, which featured a nightmarish, and zombie-esque vision of techno. With successor single “KOLD” Blac Kolor’s sound developed towards rough breaks, marching snares & lots of uneasy vibes but
nonetheless a groove at his black and rotten heart.
2014 was then the year of his debut full length “Wide Noise” followed by “Born In Ruins” in 2016 (both on BUP) and the 3rd album “Awakening” on infamous HANDS label, where he even collaborated with Front 242’s very own Jean-Luc De Meyer.
Soon followed several 12 inches EPs and the 4th album on splendid Aufnahme+Wiedergabe plus some heavy bangers on the legendary Ant-Zen label.
His 5th full length concept album “Weltenbrand” has been released on ant-zen in 2023, collaborating with respected artists like Panter Noise, Jennifer Touch, Donis (from the legends of Think About Mutation) and Berlin’s upcoming XTR Human.