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No Way Back

05.20.11 | 1 Comment

No Way Back

If I hear Adonis at this party, I will step outside. No, I probably won’t, but do you have any idea how much this song gets played in and around Detroit? Probably because it’s so dope.

I think I have a little crush on Sal P. I mean come on … Liquid Liquid …

ANYWAY … Here’s some info about the folks playing at the Bohemian National Home next Sunday:

“Launched in a leaking warehouse somewhere deep in Detroit in 2007, Interdimensional Transmissions’ No Way Back has become a famed underground institution of sorts. This years party will be IT’s 10th DEMF after party, and The Bunker’s second year in collaborating with No Way back. In 2008 we held No Way Back as a loft party in the dethloft tie lab, with a free form tag team preamble called Too Far Gone… This year we bring back that loft party feeling with Too Far Gone… hosted by the psychedelic disco post disco loft masters Carlos Souffront, Scott Zacharias and Sal Principato. That party will dissolve into the dark room No Way Back after midnight with the usual suspects and special guest live show and Detroit debut from Jay Ahern’s Cheap and Deep.”

“Sal Principato is best known as one of the original members of legendary New York group Liquid Liquid. Actually, calling Liquid Liquid “legendary” is an understatement. Born in the No Wave scene that launched DNA, Lydia Lunch and James Black, and the art scene that launched Basquiat and Keith Haring, Liquid Liquid transformed their original post-punk angst into a highly organic garage funk that freely pastiched everything incredible about NYC and also drew on tribal music (when that meant Gamelan & Pygmy music, not just a sampled conga loop) and trance music (when that meant Fela, PiL, Can, Neu!) making a groove that could resonate in the Paradise Garage to the Zanzibar and all the way to the Shrine. Although they really started from an art-rock background, it was the early club scene that embraced their sound. This is what made New York’s music scene so interesting in that era, the division between the avant garde and pop music was fuzzy at best, and collaborations and cross pollinations were celebrated. One of the early Liquid Liquid singles was copied for Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five’s massive hit “White Lines”, and was played by early visionary DJs such as Afrika Bambaataa, Tony Humphries and Larry Levan. Much of the popular “dance rock” music you hear today simply couldn’t exist without Liquid Liquid. Rumor has it that Liquid Liquid is back in the studio working on material that could see the light of day soon. Sal will be joining Carlos and Scott in Too Far Gone… and integrating voice and percussion into BMG’s No Way Back set.

Carlos Souffront is one of our favorite DJ’s from Detroit whose impeccable taste has manifested one of the best record collections we have ever seen, or heard. Since 1994, his taste, style and integrity have made him one of Detroit’s best kept secrets. Anyone he’s played for from Koln to Chicago would surely agree, when Carlos plays it’s more than simply “DJing”. Carlos claims that he just wants “to expose the funk and psychedelia of my favorite records in a new way”, and we couldn’t agree more. New Yorkers will surely remember the time LEVELED The Bunker at our inaugural 303 acid party back in 2006.

“Scott Zacharias is musically ambidextrous and is co founder of both Detroit’s Macho City and Disco Secret with Mike Trombley, and the original resident of Oslo. He started in thrash bands as a teenager then moved on to space rock project Monaural before his interests in Jazz ultimately led him to the traditions of Detroit’s deep house DJs, and then beyond into a truly expansive almost psychedelic take on Disco and all its weird friends. He has blossomed into Detroit’s best kept secret, a true student of freeform dance music. For this year’s loft party themed Too Far Gone, Scott will be blowing minds tag teaming with one of the deepest minds in dance music, Carlos Souffront and the ever mercurial Sal Principato.

Derek Plaslaiko has long been the resident DJ at The Bunker, and was widely considered to be one of the best DJs in New York during his stay here. Derek has a repuation for blowing up The Bunker whenever he appears behind our decks, often outshining the world famous special guests he’s supporting. After a very solid 2009, when he continued to heavily tour the United States, and made appearances at Berghain and Club der Visionaire in Berlin, Derek really took things to the next level in 2010. In late summer, Derek relocated to Berlin to focus on production and European gigs, and is already taking the city by storm. His debut vinyl EP on Perc Trax came out in September and has been well received on both sides of the Atlantic, selling out at Hard Wax in Berlin and getting a really great review over at Halcyonline. In addition to nailing down a very exciting gig at Berghain at Tobias’ album release party in July, Derek will have a residency at Club der Visionaire this summer.

“Raw, humid, dubby, mysterious – when Cheap and Deep’s Jay Patrick Ahern goes to work on tracks, those are usually the characteristics that are going to define the end results. Born in 2009 while Jay was working at the Hard Wax shop in Berlin, Cheap and Deep is only the latest in a long line of aliases for Ahern, who has spent nearly two decades floating under the surface as a quintessential producer’s producer. With a catalogue dating back to 1992, when Ahern began releasing mixes by Carl Craig, Morgan Geist, Deep Dish and his own Aquarhythms project, by the late 90’s the singles became cult classics and were reissued on the Astralwerks label. Later, Jay reappeared with the Earsugar and Handwerk labels while releasing his own music under the “Add Noise” moniker. Jay also has collaborated with Stefan Schneider (Mapstation, To Rococo Rot) as the mesmerizing “Hauntologists” with Robert Henke (Monolake) as “Termulator X” and most recently launched a new musical adventure with Jonah Sharp (Spacetime Continuum) which premiered at this year’s CMKY festival. But it is his Cheap and Deep alias that sees the veteran producer working on the cutting edges of techno once again. This analog live set will mark his Detroit debut.

“BMG, also known as Brendan M. Gillen, has a very unique and interesting perspective on the history of dance music. A real historian, he’s the kind of guy who can talk endlessly about pretty much any artist you can think of and offer new information and insights, no matter how nerdy you thought you were about the subject. He is perhaps most well known as one half of Ectomorph and founder of Detroit’s Interdimensional Transmissions imprint. He was an early adopter of Ableton Live, and uses it in his DJ sets to quickly mix between classic material and newer sounds, leaving no genre untouched while getting deeply psychedelic in the mix. BMG will be joined by Sal P on voice and percussion.

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 has an ear for bringing all sorts of different music into the fold in unexpected ways that still works beautifully on the dancefloor.

“Bryan Kasenic (aka Spinoza) is known in the electronic music world for throwing many successful parties, playing adventurous DJ sets, launching an influential newsletter, and starting Beyond, his own booking agency. The past few years have seen Spinoza take his infamous Brooklyn-based party, The Bunker, to Unsound Festival in Krakow, Communikey Festival in Bouder, Decibel Festival in Seattle, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Philadelphia, and of course Detroit. The Bunker celebrated it’s eight anniversary in January.”

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