DJ Nobu x Wata Igarashi
Darwin x Hodge
Mike Servito x Derek Plaslaiko x Bryan Kasenic
Going In Room
Marco Shuttle x Patrick Russell
Otodojo x Sophiyah E. – live
CCL x Sister Zo
Titonton Duvanté x Jadalareign
Octo Octa x Beige
10pm - 6am
Return to the Source — Day 3
After co-presenting 11 editions of No Way Back in Detroit, and 9 editions in Brooklyn over the last decade, in 2016 The Bunker and Interdimensional Transmissions started a new tradition of throwing The Bunker on Memorial Day at Tangent gallery. This year, we celebrate the TWENTY year anniversary of The Bunker, an ongoing night of musical exploration, constantly evolving since it started in the tiny basement of (sub)Tonic in January of 2003, growing into an international music institution. The Bunker will once again be the last 8 of 32 hours of continuous music that starts with No Way Back at Return to the Source at Tangent Gallery. Embracing the concept of collaboration, we're featuring a series of specially curated DJ pairings for this Monday night wind down.
Years ago, we named The Dance Room after Mike Huckaby’s infamous greeting whenever he picked up the phone at Record Time, and the name will stay in honor of our fallen hero and brother. Opening the room we have a special b2b2b set from longtime Bunker residents Mike Servito, Derek Plaslaiko, and Bryan Kasenic. Next we have Bristol’s legendary Hodge, whose sound is hard to pin down, but always feels firmly footed in the future, playing with Darwin, an international bass music ambassador who runs SPE:C records, and the Reef nights at Berghain. Closing the night we will have an immense set from Japan’s DJ Nobu and Wata Igarashi, who rarely play together but have agreed to bless us with a festival closing set that will surely be one for the books.
The front room of Tangent will be transformed into the Going In room. Going In is a sub-label of The Bunker New York, dedicated to long-form musical compositions geared towards healing, meditation, plant medicine ceremonies, psychedelic therapy, yoga, or simply spacing out and going inside yourself. This room is intended as a space to relax and integrate a heavy weekend as we slowly land the spaceship that is Return to the Source. There will be plenty of seating and the amazing sound system RTTS is known for, so sprawl out with your friends and take it easy.
Opening the room is Chicago’s Farplane (aka Sold & Hi-Vis), who are making their first IRL appearance at Return to the Source after melting all of us with their set on the No Way Back stream in 2020. Next we have a live set from Going In stream vets Otodojo, who released a stunner of an album on The Bunker in February, and Sophiyah E., a brilliant multi-sensory artist and sonics practitioner involved in Detroit community advocacy organizations. Closing the room we have Marco Shuttle and Patrick Russell, who’ve only played together once before, but never in the context of a chill out room, and they are both absolute masters of that realm.
We are deeply excited to add a third stage for the first time this year. The Garden Stage, in the outdoor area, will feature collaborative sets from familiar faces both old and new from The Bunker universe. This stage starts immediately following Lot Mass at 10pm and ends at 3am. We had so many artists we wanted to add to this party to properly celebrate The Bunker 20 Year Anniversary that it was hard to choose just six.
Opening the stage will be CCL, whose primetime set with Batu at this party last year opened a wormhole we still haven’t escaped from, alongside The Bunker’s rising star Sister Zo, a 3024 and Scuffed Recordings artist making her Return to the Source debut. Taking over from there is Titonton Duvanté, an undeniable legend of the midwest techno scene who has been at it since the 90s and remains as relevant as ever, in his first ever collaborative set with JADALAREIGN, an invaluable member of the Brooklyn community not only through her exciting DJ sets for Nowadays, The Lot Radio, and NTS, but also through supporting marginalized artists with her Community Skillshare and Insession programs. Closing things out will be T4TLUVNRG’s Octo Octa, who is no stranger to anyone reading this, with Beige, Detroit’s rising star who has recently played at Panorama Bar, De School, and T4TLUVNRG’s weekender.
Return to the Source 2023 is an organic evolution of the original concept, with careful attention to detail put in at every level. We’ve used this time to improve ourselves and our infrastructure, to mindfully choose what it is we want to do and share with our community. Our weekend at the Tangent includes 4 parties for the price of one weekend wristband, with an outdoor area containing a harm reduction zone, food truck, and a greater outdoor sound system. Once the music starts at No Way Back on Sunday night, it won't end until Tuesday morning — 32 hours of continuous music. A weekend wristband will allow you to experience all this with no interruptions.
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