The Spirit of Gravity presents BUNKR / RAAD /Adam Martin
BUNKR: Maximal melodic electronics from the outer orbit
RAAD With Two As: Hove-orientated nano-utopian angst
Adam Martin: Attention Deficit Deluge
The origin of BUNKR was the result of a happy accident. Back in 2017 Brighton (UK) based musician and producer James Dean (also known for his work under his Lost Idol guise) was tasked with making a chilled out house track for a TV commercial for German sausages. Whilst his track didn’t make the ad, it did unintentionally set him off on a path of writing zoned out house music and bubbling melodic techno as BUNKR.
The German connection continued as the first BUNKR release was issued by Berlin’s Love On The Rocks label, picking up fans across the globe including Tim Sweeney who featured Cloud Chaser in his best of 2017 round up on his Beats In Space radio show.
2018 found BUNKR further broadening his sonic horizon collaborating with the fledging V LSI label set up by the Echaskech crew. His Outerstellar and Appl Skies EP’s traversed techno and chugging house styles and were well received by some of the scene’s more discerning DJ’s including James Zabiela, Posthuman (I Love Acid), Joris Voorn, Nick Warren (Way Out West) and DJ Food (Ninja Tune).
Following these releases BUNKR set about producing his first long player. The end result was 2019’s The Initiation Well. This album was a far more exploratory affair than any other BUNKR material that had come before with slow-burning ambient interludes rubbing shoulders with hypnotic crawling techno and pastoral Kraut-esque electronica.
Skip to the now and BUNKR activity continues apace. He contributed a track to the highly lauded Castles In Space compilation The Isolation Tapes (Electronic Sound magazine’s compilation of the year in 2020), whilst recent live shows have seen him playing alongside Ulrich Schnauss, Richard Norris, Soccer96 and Leafcutter John. His second album Graveyard Orbit was released in October 2021 and took his sci-fi techno approach deeper into the electronic cosmos, thematically providing reflections on man-made waste and our own longevity. Or as one reviewer summed it up, “a dazzling, tone-rich journey that captures the moments when life ends and the story just begins”.
RAAD With Two As is mid-concept Hove-orientated nano-utopian emergence from the pressures of the quotidian. It is also dead clever.
Improvised double bass, sampled live vocals, droney bits, some found dialogue, leftie over-educated angst, and Edinburgh accents; oh, and you will likely receive a gift.
Adam Martin: A new piece exploring the depths of attention deficit disorder by sampling his YouTube history. Adam Martin has performed at The Spirit of Gravity in a number of guises, lacing serious intent and outrageous performance art.
Chris [Symmetrical Forces] creates live visuals for each performance using his own lo-fi footage, dusty VHS tapes and obscure videos from the internet to create futuristic images from the past overlaid with out-of-reach memories and vague fragments of lost visions.
Thursday 2nd June 2022 | 8pm – 10.30pm | £5
Downstairs @ The Rossi Bar
8 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3WA