The Bunker with Matrxxman, La-4a, Alessandro Cortini, Neel, Romans, Clay Wilson, Mike Servito, Bryan Kasenic at Output / The Panther Room
The Bunker with Matrxxman, La-4a, Alessandro Cortini, Neel, Romans, Clay Wilson, Mike Servito, Bryan Kasenic at Output / The Panther Room 74 Wythe Avenue 21+, 10p-6a
In the Cartesian view of identity, the body is a container for our mind, personality and ultimately our soul. But what happens when technology allows us to transcend the limitations of physical reality as we know it? In a post-corporeal life, our bodies may no longer be confined to the rather cumbersome form of a human but instead a vast digital network. Matrixxman happens to be a proponent of this possibility. When he is not preoccupied envisioning the emergence of myriad artificial intelligence entities and endless virtual worlds within worlds, he also enjoys composing music. The essence of which is crafting new interpretations of something straddling the grey area between classic Chicago house and Detroit techno. “Resurgent techno atavism” as he prefers to call it.
In 2013, Matrixxman’s debut EP “The XX Files” received critical acclaim, garnering praise from the likes of The Fader, Pitchfork, XLR8R and Fact Magazine. His relentless rhythm tracks like “Protocol” and "Procedure" have been played by a who’s who of dope underground elite, seeing support from Levon Vincent, Jeff Mills, Len Faki, Richie Hawtin, Fiedel, Boddika, Pfirter, DBX, Larry Heard, Joey Anderson, DJ QU, DVS1, Huerco S and Seth Troxler, to name a few. It should also come as no surprise that Duff has already earned a fierce reputation with numerous releases on tastemaker labels like Delft, Dekmantel, and Ghostly International. Endeavoring to construct “the most futuristic shit ever” with just a couple of years under his belt, Matrixxman is a name that will be known for years to come.SOUNDCLOUD
Does Kevin McHugh, aka 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. 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 for many years now. In 2014, Kevin is starting a new chapter in his career.
In 2014, he sneakily launched the vinyl only Delft imprint, releasing anonymous acid/electro records under the La-4a alias. These records found their way into the bags of The Bunker residents without any of us having any idea that Kevin was behind them. Delft also released music by Bunker faves JPLS and Matrixxman. Kevin also launched another label for his more straight ahead techno tracks called Valence. We're extremely proud of our friend and excited to see where this all leads, but one thing is for sure, this new chapter is off to a great start!
Kevin demolished Output when he appeared as Ambivalent back in October, so we rushed at the chance to have him back as La-4a, alongside Matrixxman, who has released on his Delft imprint.DELFT SOUNDCLOUD
Italian-born composer and performer Alessandro Cortini is a musical voyager. Having spent considerable time performing lead electronics in addition to revisiting his initial instrumental forays in guitar for Nine Inch Nails and How to Destroy Angels, as well as continuing a solo project under the banner SONOIO (an Italian echo from "sono io" translating to "it's me"), Cortini released his first recordings under his given name with the "Forse" series of works created on the Buchla Easel for Important Records.
In 2014, Cortini began an ongoing series called Sonno for Dominick Fernow's Hospital Productions, a gorgeously "restrained yet oddly emotive" call-and-response with the Roland MC 202, playfully dancing out of the academically driven approaches that typically infiltrate the aesthetic of hardware enthusiasts.
Under his Skarn alias (debut released on front line techno-experimentalist Shifted's Avian label in late 2014) Cortini once again displays his strengths as an interdisciplinary and incredibly talented producer and composer. Further works under the guise of Slumberman find spirit-collaborations with prominent techno/electronic label CLR and Den Haag's notorious Panzerkreuz series.
The 4 (!!!) albums Cortini has released in just 2 short years have received endless play at The Bunker HQ, and we're thrilled to finally have him perform at one of our events. Alessandro's set tonight will start on the early side, a deep ambient excursion warming us up for the heavy dancefloor pressure later in the night."FORSE 1" ON SOUNDCLOUD "FORSE 2" ON SOUNDCLOUD
Mike Servito is from a very special yet temporary and partially lost fertile crescent of techno / house / party DJing. It was a time when raves were still a fresh idea, almost felt like a revolution, and DJs like Claude Young, D Wynn, Derrick Carter and Mike Huckaby were informing an upcoming generation. If you look directly to that inspired generation you will find the lost threads of Detroit Techno, House and beyond, you will find a group of DJs with insanely deep mixing skills, the ability to rock almost any kind of party with an improvisational approach that is so skilled it makes everything seem so well thought out that even they don't know where their set will go. But, it will take you there! In the future, this special generation of deep midwest mixers will be remembered and revered as the wizards they are, long after the trendy players have lost their luster.
Detroit never forgot about Mike Servito, his upfront dirty deep and bitchy taste has had an impact on Detroit nightlife for over a decade. From debuting in 1995 at Dat's Poorboy parties, to being a resident at blackbx and Ghostly's Untitled (along with Derek Plaslaiko, Tadd Mullinix, Matthew Dear, and Ryan Elliott), contributing to the bizarrely popular, wild and free Dorkwave, and progressing that concept into Sass (the hippest queer party in Detroit at the time), to blowing minds at Interdimensional Transmissions' No Way Back parties, Servito has made his impression. Moving to Brooklyn, Detroit's loss has been their gain, as he has found a proper home with a residency at The Bunker, and representation by Beyond Booking in North America and Odd Fantastic in Europe.MIKE SERVITO SOUNDCLOUD FRAMEWORKS - WORLDWIDE BOOKINGS MINUS NORTH AMERICA MIKE SERVITO LIVE AT NO WAY BACK DETROIT 2018 MIX MIKE SERVITO LIVE AT HONCHO CAMPOUT AUGUST 2019 MIX
Bryan Kasenic (pka Spinoza) is known in the electronic music world for throwing The Bunker, playing adventurous DJ sets, and starting Beyond, his own booking agency. The past few years have seen Bryan take his infamous Brooklyn-based party, The Bunker, to Panorama Bar in Berlin, Corsica Studios in London, Unsound Festival in Krakow, Communikey Festival in Boulder, Decibel Festival in Seattle, Smartbar in Chicago, GAFFTA in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and of course Detroit. In January 2014, The Bunker celebrated it's 11th Anniversary and launched a record label.SOUNDCLOUD SETS AND INTERVIEWS FACEBOOK RESIDENT ADVISOR RA ORAL HISTORY OF THE BUNKER FEATURE (2013) THUMP: THE BUNKER IS THE GODFATHER OF WEIRD TECHNO PARTIES FEATURE (2014) SELF-TITLED FEATURE, OCT 2014
Italian Giuseppe Tillieci has always been as interested in the technical aspect of sound as he has the music itself. Furthering his understanding at University in both Rome and Rotterdam has leant his music a visceral and very unique quality that fuses rhythm and texture with techno and ambience in hugely captivating ways. A long-term professional and personal relationship with Donato Dozzy culminated in the pair working together as venerated techno duo Voices From The Lake, whilst Neel's own music - deep, obscure and fluid as it is, continues to appear on labels like Prologue and Silent Season.OCTOPUS AGENTS (NON-NORTH AMERICAN BOOKINGS) SOUNDCLOUD
Romans is Tin Man and Gunnar Haslam. After meeting at The Bunker during Unsound Festival New York in 2011, they began collaborating in their studios in Vienna and Brooklyn. Four years later, things come full circle as their studio experiments see the light of day on The Bunker New York with their "Ambulare Aude" EP set to drop this spring. Their debut came out on Tin Man's Global A imprint last year."AMBULARE AUDE" EP (THE BUNKER NEW YORK 012)
Clay Wilson’s life story is, for the most part, a mystery. Little is known about the 24-year-old producer, who began turning heads with mesmerizing tracks from his home base in Brooklyn last year. The deeply psychedelic groove of Clay’s debut release for Brooklyn's Styles Upon Styles’ Bangers and Ash series immediately caught our attention.
Before Wilson started making techno, he studied improvisation at music school in upstate New York. Wilson played bass, studying with noted jazz musicians who had worked with Ornette Coleman, Alice Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, and many artists who recorded for the ECM label. He counts Coleman, Coltrane, and Art Ensemble of Chicago among his major inspirations. You can sense the subtle traces of Wilson’s avant-garde jazz training in his techno. You can hear the shifting layers of intriguing textures in the music, his deep understanding of the low end, of arranging and composition, of form. “Understanding the foundation of form has allowed me to not worry so much about putting loops into a full ‘song’, which seems to be a common thing with electronic music,” he says. “I think the textures kind of come from trying to get away from standard musical ideas.”
While nerding out over our mutual love of fine craft beers and deep techno, we asked Wilson to create some music for our (then hypothetical) new label, and he obliged, in spades. Wilson was already a big fan of The Bunker, and a regular at our parties. He had already started making music before experiencing The Bunker, but the sound of the party inspired him massively, and helped him to refine his own aesthetic. He was deeply moved by Bunker sets by Voices From The Lake, Demdike Stare, Peter Van Hoesen, the Interdimensional Transmissions crew, Bee Mask, Atom™, Tobias, and many more.SOUNDCLOUD CLAY'S LOT RADIO ARCHIVE FACEBOOK
Tonight serves as a label showcase for both Delft and The Bunker New York, both of whom launched in 2014. Delft head honcho La-4a makes his first appearance in NYC under that moniker alongside label artist Matrixxman (who also has an album dropping on Ghostly International soon).
The Bunker New York completely takes over the Panther Room. Label artist Clay Wilson is on opening DJ duties, followed by Romans aka Tin Man and Gunnar Haslam. Clay's follow up EP on The Bunker New York and Romans' debut for the label drop this spring. Neel, who does all of the mastering for The Bunker New York, and is one half of label artists Voices From The Lake alongside Donato Dozzy, closes out the night with an extended DJ set.
Alessandro Cortini, a synth hero to the founders of both The Bunker New York and Delft, serves as our special guest and treats us to a rare live set on the early side over Output's immaculate Funktion One soundsystem.