Wata Igarashi

Wata Igarashi and Gunnar Haslam will both release new EPs on The Bunker New York next month. 

The Kioku EP is Wata Igarashi’s third release on The Bunker New York. Like all his material, the EP showcases a considerable emotional range that speaks to the Japanese artist’s long career as a sound designer. All four tracks feature a cinematic, expansive quality that make it easy to imagine how each could fit specific moments across the arc of a party. Different aspects of the music are carefully balanced and combined: seemingly simple patterns in the foreground are animated by precise intensities at play in the background. 

Reflecting on the tracks, Igarashi says, “….there are many times when you’re listening to powerful music and you are not really able to think but your body still remembers how to move and breathe.” “Kioku” means “memory” in Japanese and Igarashi goes on to explain that “all the fast and complex melody combinations (of the title track) make me imagine how our memory functions: connecting via synapse and nerves, going all over the place…the music comes from my experience and memory.” 

Seasick Acid is also Gunnar Haslam’s third release on The Bunker NY. We’re told that all four tracks bring a “woozy, driving force to the dancefloor.”

Tracklisting, The Kioku EP

A1. Body 

A2. DNA 

B1. Gravity 

B2. Kioku 

[Digital-only] Kioku (Big Room Ambient Version) 

Tracklisting, Seasick Acid EP

A1. Leeward Tripping 

A2. Coastal Geography 

B1. Seasick Acid 

B1. Seasick Version 

Both releases land June 21 on 12” and digital formats, with clips below.