“Blackjack Illuminist Records – 10 Year Anniversary Manifest”
Dark Ambient/Postrock/ Drone/Indie/Folk
Release date: 29 September 2017
Formats: CD, cassette, free download
Label: Blackjack Illuminist Records
By the end of 2017 Blackjack Illuminist Records will have sold their 1000th item. With 40 records (and one book) in ten years the label has been constantly growing from a bedroom project to an Indie brand with focus on atmospheric music which has shipped albums and EPs from eleven different projects to 30 countries. Handmade, hand painted, glued, cut, folded – every copy is personally processed by label boss Alexander Leonard Donat who originally founded BIR to give his first solo project Leonard Las Vegas a home. A decade later you can find his fingerprints on the sleeves of other artists’ releases, as well.
Celebrating the 10th birthday of the label this compilation was initiated to comprise exclusive tracks by artists and bands which crossed the path of Blackjack Illuminist in one way or another: friends, acquaintances, label mates, supportive folks, people who had an impact on the label’s philosophy (the 16 tracks come from Germany, the USA, the UK, Canada, France, Mexico and Sweden).
The manifest is organized in the following genre sections:
Tracks 1-5: Shoegaze/Noise/Psychedelic
Tracks 6-9: Electronic
Tracks 10-11: Ambient/Postrock
Tracks 12-14: Indie/Folk
Tracks 15-16: Drone/Dark Ambient