The Bunker presents Kassem Mosse, Ambivalent, JPLS, and Patrick Russell at Public Assembly
The Bunker presents Kassem Mosse, Ambivalent, JPLS, and Patrick Russell at Public Assembly 70 North 6th Street 21+, 10p-6a
Does Kevin McHugh, aka M_nus's Ambivalent, really need any introduction to anyone in the New York City electronic music community? We would hope not, but it seems that many are unaware of his history here, and need a refresher course. He made his big splash in New York City in 1996, when he began to produce and curate Creative Time's Music in the Anchorage series at the age of 20. What where you doing when you were 20? Curating and producing huge events for one of New York's largest arts organizations? Us neither. On one very memorable night in 2001 (and there were a LOT of memorable nights at the Anchorage), when there was little to no techno happening in Brooklyn, he brought Zip and Thomas Brinkmann to play in the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, which is still one of our all time greatest Brooklyn memories. Kevin went on to produce the very successful Micro Mini events at Filter, bringing in artists like Akufen, Sammy Dee, Matthew Dear, Magda, and many more. After a brief stint in Berlin working with Richie Hawtin, he moved back to NYC, got a very "real" job, and occasionally surfaced to throw The Novay events at APT (with guests like Magda, Roman Flugel, and Luciano). For the most part though, he disappeared into his studio to work on his own productions. All of that hard work paid off in a big way in 2006, with huge releases under his Ambivalent alias on M_nus, Clink, and Klickhaus. His "R U OK" single on M_nus was at the top of the Beatport charts for a long time and Kevin was suddenly very in-demand on the international DJ scene. Soon after, he moved back to Berlin to work on music production and touring full time, and has been very successful at both. We had a chance to catch his DJ set at Movement last month, and all we can say is, you are in for a very special treat. An Ambivalent set at The Bunker is something we have been working very hard to make happen with Kevin for years now. The time is finally here, and Ambivalent will be treating you to both the opening and closing set tonight.
Jeremy Jacobs aka JPLS has been on our radar as one of the most interesting members of the M_nus crew for quite some time. His early singles and first album for the label showcased his unique vision of stark, psychedelic minimalism. His second album, "The Depths," released on M_nus in 2009, was easily one of the best albums of the year for us, and his greatest artistic achievement to date. It's essential listening for those of you who haven't picked it up yet. It feels a bit like the album we thought Plastikman would make after "Consumed", but it has Jeremy's sonic signature all over it. Jeremy deeply impressed everyone at The Bunker when he played before Function last April. Tonight he returns with a special 2 hour peak time live set.
Not a lot is known about German artist Kassem Mosse, and we're happy to keep it that way. He came to our attention via his string of releases on the mysterious Hardwax-distributed Workshop label over the past few years. The deeply narcotic sound of these records reference many of our favorite artists, yet have Kassem's undeniable sonic signature written all over them. We've been trying to get him to come over to Brooklyn for a couple years now, and the time is finally right. Tonight, in his North American debut performance, Kassem will be treating us to an extended live set, and a short DJ set.
Patrick Russell is a serious name to watch. A Detroit-bred DJ, artist and producer since the early 90's, Patrick has played countless clubs, parties, and high-profile events throughout his career. His resume highlights include everything from performing at the 2001 & 2008 DEMF/Movement festivals to an exclusive opening for Jeff Mills in Detroit in 2007. His taste has always been impeccable and his sets just get better and better as time progresses. And fans in Detroit and beyond are taking notice, as many of them are singing the praises of his artistry very loudly these days. Patrick found himself playing a prime time set in the back room at Unsound Festival New York last year and rose to the occasion. Patrick's closing set at The Bunker in January was nothing less than incredible, and we're very excited to hear what he brings to the table tonight.