Last year I was fortunate to head to Detroit, Michigan to spend Memorial Day weekend reveling in some of the best electronic music I have witnessed at Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival also known as Movement.
The historic Motor City festival provided artists such as: Tiger & Woods, Maya Jane Cole, Maceo Plex, Kevin Saunderson, Todd Terje, and Jeff Mills. In addition to aching legs from dancing so hard, I found myself immersed in a city that has much more than automobiles, and I could not help but take a step back and enjoy the entire ride. I can appreciate the festival because there is a little bit of everything for everyone, and while its roots derive from techno, the festival now features artists who showcase genres such as deep house, electro, disco and hip hop.
My excitement to return exponentially grew last week as Phase II of the lineup of artists were announced. I felt a rush of nostalgia fall over me, thinking about how much fun my DPC co-author, Tyler, and I had last year. Here are a few tracks from artists that I am most excited to see at this year’s Movement festival.
Zak Khuterotsky, DVS1, has been making a name for himself for the last few years. Besides tracks that span from techno to minimal house as a producer, he also boasts a large wax collection and improvises his sets as he feels out the crowd and environment. I love watching DJs read a crowd and feed off the energy to create an amazing set. The shift of energy that a DJ can produce with one simple segue is an element of a show that I can truly appreciate.
Nicolas Jaar is also joining the DEMF line up this May. If there is one thing I can get down to and enjoy, it’s live production with a band which adds a deeper element to the (already) layered track. Jaar’s debut album, “Space is Only Noise,” was released back in 2011 and is still on constant rotation for me. It has an ambient, hip-hop and house feel with guitar riffs and piano laced into it. The album has so much depth that it’s hard to believe he was only 21 when it was released. [Ed. note: His BBC Essential Mix is also..well… essential]
Hot Creations did themselves a huge favor when they signed Miguel Campbell to their label in 2010. While I have known about him for quite some time, it wasn’t until after hearing his track, “Not That Kind of Girl,” that I was completely smitten with the Leeds producer and wanting more. His debut,”Back in Flight School,” album was released at the end of October and does not disappoint. The album takes the listener on a trip that is sure to keep the dance party going whether you’re in your car or getting ready to go out for a night on the town.
Stacey Pullen, a native of Detroit, is no stranger to the DJ scene playing his first gig at a 1985 high school party. Pullen played on the final day of DEMF last year, and if my memory serves me correctly, it was a long, whiskey and beer fueled day. So, I am happy to see his name on the bill this year so I can fully delve into his set in Detroit. Much like DVS1, Pullen’s sets are not mapped out prior to a gig, and many times Pullen will use tracks he edited that day in his sets.
Bonus materialz! Our–BYTLogan speaking here–friends Sinister Sound Set just released a new nu-disco mix. Enjoy:
1. Misun – Coffee
2. Misun – Coffee (Gavin holland Remix)
3. Lana Del Rey – National Anthem (Black Russian Remix)
4. Aeroplane – Caramellas
5. Phoenix – Lisztomania (Holy Ghost! Loves Paris Remixomania)
6. Saint Like – It is but it isn’t
7. Killtronik – Paris La Nuit (secuem Remix)
8.Jupiter – Saki (Anoraak Remix)
9. Tim & Jean – I can show you (Jump Jump Dance Dance Remix)
10. Kimbra – Two Way Street (Aeroplane remix)
11. The Metaphysical – Someone Else’s Beat
12. Breakbot Feat Irfane – Baby I’m Yours (Aeroplane Remix)
13. Dan Croll – From Nowhere (Ben Gomori’s Staring you in the eye remix)
14. Drop Out Orchestra – It will never be the same (Punks Jump Up remix)
15. Lykke Li – I follow Rivers( The Magicain Remix)
16. Moullinex – Take My Pain Away (Gigamesh Remix)
17. Miami Horror – I look to you (Bootleg)