Operating somewhere east of Eden on the hazy peripherals of “dance” music, BUNKR enslaves dust-coated synthesizers, dilapidated drum machines and rusted FX boxes to craft 4/4 tunes for its impatient overlords. Utilizing the familiar concepts and components of techno, electronica and ambient, BUNKR goes about its business sculpting a unique hybrid designed for headphones and discotheques alike.
It’s not yet clear if BUNKR is the work of one frenzied human or many lazy individuals but one thing is certain, the ringleader is James Dean, a sonic miscreant who previously released as Lost Idol and J’s Pool on labels such as Pork Recordings, Nature, Final Frontier and Cookshop.
BUNKR began life with the well-received ‘Cloud Chaser EP’, which was released early in 2017 courtesy of iconic Berlin-based label, Love On The Rocks. Featuring remixes from Shan and Igor Tipura, tracks from the EP ended up on “best of” year end mixes from Beats in Space’s Tim Sweeney and Whitesquare. BUNKR now returns with two EPs on the VLSI Records label.
The first EP release is ‘Appl Skies’, available on February 23rd. Here we find ‘Trains, Planes & Autobahns’ setting the agenda with chugging rhythm underpinning bubbling arpeggiated synth lines delivering knowing nods to the autobahn cruisers of old. ‘Tears At Dawn’ follows with pure 4am techno melancholy, pulsing along as wavering pads and processed vocal loops bring things to a sombre conclusion. ‘Sequins and Sequencers’ is a widescreen ode to ambient house maestros from days gone by; hypnotic and all-absorbing, culminating in an epic finale. EP closer ‘Appl Skies’ lays down a slow-burning slice of melodic electronica, dropping the tempo for a fitting conclusion.
Watch out for BUNKR’s second EP ‘Outerstellar’, released later in 2018, where you’ll find a lysergic house trip to a disco in the stars somewhere far, far away alongside urgent acid lines and vintage techno.
1. PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOBAHNS
2. TEARS AT DAWN
3. SEQUINS AND SEQUENCERS
4. APPL SKIES