The Bunker with Paranoid London LIVE, Plaslaiko & Servito, Selway & Ulysses at Good Room
The Bunker with Paranoid London LIVE, Plaslaiko & Servito, Selway & Ulysses at Good Room 98 Meserole Avenue 21+, 10p-5a
$10 Drip Members, $15 advance
The Paranoid London mission statement wraps it up pretty well: "Paranoid London was born out of a desire to do things differently, Bored of how house music has developed, with vinyl hit so hard recently and labels desperate to do anything in order to sell a few records; we decided back in 2007 that the time was right for a brand new, old school acid label. We press on 180g vinyl, no downloads, no CDs and no promotion. Using vintage synthesizers and outboard equipment, we deliver warehouse/acid tracks with carefully selected vocalist to achieve the Paranoid London sound. Need we say more?”
We've been wanting to book these guys since the first record dropped, and could not be more pleased that it's finally happening.SOUNDCLOUD FACEBOOK
Many DJs have reputations defined by a certain place and time. Not so for Derek Plaslaiko, whose 20-year career behind the decks has seen him gather a loyal fan base wherever and whenever he may be.
Some will know Derek as a favorite of the mid-90s Detroit warehouse scene, which lead to a personal invite from Carl Craig to appear at the inaugural Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 2000. Others recognize him from his near decade-long residency at The Bunker New York parties, during which time he was named “Best Techno Party DJ” by the Village Voice in 2006. Then there was the summer of 2011 spent behind the decks at Berlin’s infamous Club der Visionaere, as an honorary resident at the weekly Visionquest nights—a worthy introduction to the city he now calls home.
Of late, there is a new generation of party people who will know Plaslaiko from his extended sets (up to 12 hours) in New York, Paris, Seattle, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, or his regular appearances at clubs like Tresor, Hot Mass, Beta, Output, Smart Bar and Berghain, and festivals like Decibel, Communikey and Movement. Or some who caught his name on the flier for the No Way Back series of parties put on by Interdimensional Transmissions, the Detroit imprint that has put out several of Plaslaiko’s rare original releases, along with Perc Trax and Minus.
There are tens of thousands of others who caught on to Plaslaiko following his record-breaking 12-hour Boiler Room set, where he gave viewers a look into his living room, while friends and friend’s toddlers enjoyed the day. This landmark session properly archived the full Plaslaiko musical experience, from flawless house and techno, to hip-hop, classic rock, and whatever other musical moment this life-long record obsessive chooses to share. And let’s not forget the thousands of folks who have befriended Plaslaiko while sharing the dance floor with this committed clubber who refuses to hang out in the booth and will always skip the DJ dinner in favor of catching one of his peers behind the decks.
Wherever one picks up Plaslaiko’s story, maybe during his days dealing discs in Detroit’s famed Record Time dance room or possibly the years spent moving serious weight at Watts and Syntax Distribution, the one constant is top-shelf musical taste, as defined by Plaslaiko’s personal heroes—names like Laurent Garnier, Daniel Bell and Zip, and colleagues including Carlos Souffront, Jason Kendig and Mike Servito—and a passion for music that over-rides the usual trappings of the modern DJ industry.
This may mean to some that Plaslaiko is still unsung. But for those who know better (and there are many all over the world), praise for Derek has been sung for decades.SOUNDCLOUD BOOKINGS OUTSIDE NORTH AMERICA
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
When it comes to new music from Ulysses, you never know what you're going to get. His career has spanned genres from techno and house to experimental and disco, with every release delivering an exciting musical surprise.
An essential pioneer of the late-‘90s electro scene in New York, Ulysses threw some of the biggest large-scale electro parties with legends such as Alexander Robotnick and Arthur Baker, as well as stars like I-f, Adult, and Miss Kittin and the Hacker. Over the span of his eclectic discography, this Brooklyn-based DJ and music producer has collaborated with Thugfucker’s Holmar Filipsson as Filipsson & Ulysses as well as with John Selway in the prolific Neurotic Drum Band.
When we visited Ulysses in his basement studio, we discovered that he had built up a huge archive of unreleased tracks over the past few years as he raised his family. We released our three favorite tracks as "The Casual Mystic" EP (The Bunker New York 005).
He's putting the finishing touches on his follow up EP now.SCATALOGICS.COM SOUNDCLOUD
In a world of electronic-music hit and runs, John Selway is a rare beast: an innovator and originator whose current work rivals his groundbreaking early projects. And while the DC-born, NYC-based producer and DJ has left his mark on countless styles, he’s defined by none of them, remaining devoted to his own multi-faceted muse.
Selway’s roots run deeper than most. He worked with deep-house luminaries Deep Dish in their earliest days; he produced hard, acid-laced techno with Disintegrator and mind-bending trance tracks in Koenig Cylinders with Oliver Chesler (aka The Horrorist); he collaborated on remixes with living legend Carl Cox; he helped spark the late-‘90s electro scene at the helm of Serotonin Records.
As a DJ and live act, Selway has performed the world over. When he’s not filling rooms, he collaborates relentlessly: with DJ Ulysses as Neurotic Drum Band, with his longtime friend Abe Duque, and with his CSM label partner Dave Turov. Still, Selway’s own productions and remixes are the center of his musical world: darkly glittering, gleefully syncopated dance tracks that effortlessly straddle the techno/house divide, sounding as good in headphones as they do at 115 dBs on the dancefloor. In other words, the work of a consummate professional working at the height of his powers.
The Bunker returns to Good Room with a party that's been in the works for a long time. From the moment we heard their first 12", we knew Paranoid London HAD to play The Bunker, and we could not be more thrilled to host them in Brooklyn on their first ever tour of the United States. If you've been to a good party in the past few years, you've probably heard one of their tracks. Their three man old-school live acid set blew the roof off of Dekmantel and left Servito speechless.
The Bunker residents Derek Plaslaiko & Mike Servito will be opening and closing the night as only they can. And we're letting old pals John Selway and Ulysses dig deep into their incredible collections to present and all night DJ set in the Bad Room.