Movement 2015: Top 10 Must-See Picks
Everyone knows that the number of amazing acts at Movement creates a complete cluster f*ck when you try and plan out what sets you need to attend. I sifted through the jam-packed star studded official lineup (didn’t even want to try and get into the infamous after-parties for this post) to provide you with ten sets that are definitely going to deliver the goods this weekend. Detroit sometimes gets a bad rep these days, but Movement has become a proud declaration of the city’s musical heritage – let’s not forget that “the D” is home to some of the best music ever created: Motown & techno. This list has an emphasis on Detroit artists and is ordered chronologically to help you navigate through the dizzying amount of talent that will be present across the six stages in Hart Plaza. Here are my top 10 picks…
KINK live [4 – 5 pm, Beatport stage]
KINK is the Bulgarian sensation who causes a ruckus every time he releases something new – dominating charts and dancefloors worldwide with his signature mélange of melodic, bass-heavy, and break-beat tinged productions. This is not a ‘DJ set’ however – KINK is whipping out the heavy hardware for an actual live performance. His live show has been touted as one of the best in electronic music and there will be no better place for him to let it rip than at Movement.
Eats Everything [9 – 10:30, RBMA stage]
Few producers have been as quick to make a massive impact on the scene as Bristol’s Daniel Pearce. Since 2011, when he released the ubiquitous rumbling “Entrance Song” on Pets Recordings, Eats Everything has skyrocketed to the top of RA DJ polls, delivered two BBC Essential Mixes, and crossed the world a dizzying amount of times. Through it all, he still manages to deliver a different DJ set every time and makes it look so much fun in the process. Check out this Boiler Room from inside an English fish & chips shop to see why he’s one of the world’s most in demand DJ bookings…
Carl Craig feat. Mad Mike Banks [10 – 11:30, THUMP stage]
No one reps Detroit with the amount of style, grace, and renegade bad ass-ery that second-wave techno don Carl Craig has. Craig has spread the gospel of Detroit techno far and wide over the course of his multi-decade career and will be joined by Mad Mike Banks, one of the founders of the seminal militant techno group Underground Resistance (UR) for this very special DJ set. Craig is a master of absorbing whatever environment he’s playing in and creating the perfect vibes to go with; expect an earful of statement-making Detroit techno dished with attitude for this set.
Tuskegee (Seth Troxler b2b The Martinez Brothers) [10:30 – 12, Beatport stage]
Seth Troxler is somewhat of a household name at this point: between railing on EDM in a recent panel with Public Enemy’s Chuck D, starting a BBQ beef (pun intended) with DJ Sneak, DJing the world’s top tier clubs, and creating a new label, Tuskegee, helmed by him and New York upstarts The Martinez Brothers, Troxler has covered quite a bit of ground in recent years. The philosophy behind Tuskegee is simple: to represent the cultural heritage of dance music that was pivotal to the Detroit and Bronx natives. Part of the fun with Troxler is never knowing exactly what you’ll get from him, but with TMB also manning the decks, you can expect an eccentric yet refined selection with plenty of unreleased Tuskegee grooviness.
Josh Wink [6 – 7:30, Movement stage]
Josh Wink is a master manipulator behind the decks and is comfortable playing the deeper meditative cuts on festival stages, eschewing the typical banger approach that many main stage DJs often use. With an earlier time slot in the day and a knowledgeable Detroit audience at his disposal, it’s fair to expect that the Philadelphia Ovum Recordings boss will be all about creating a hypnotic mood with deep techno.
Danny Brown [8 – 9, RBMA stage]
There are only a few rappers on the Movement lineup, but including Detroit’s finest prodigal child on the roster only makes sense. The gap-toothed lovable MC knows how to own festival stages with his anthemic raps and his preference for hard electronic beats translates well to large crowds. Brown is definitely one of the most beloved Detroit figures out there right now, and you never know exactly what will happen at a Danny Brown show, so this should be a raucous good time.
Matthew Dear [10 – 11:30, THUMP stage, Ghostly International Showcase]
After an entire day of Ghostly International’s star studded lineup rocking the stage, label boss Matthew Dear steps up to close out the day in front of his hometown crowd. Dear has been anointed by the Detroit techno brass as one of the younger artists worthy of carrying the city’s torch forward and has played with many of the Detroit greats, such as Carl Craig. Dear has got a style to fit every mood, so whatever he ends up playing will be a perfect way to end the way. Peep his marathon six hour set with Carl Craig for a glance at what the Detroit icons were playing in the winter.
Brodinski [8:30 – 9:30, RBMA stage]
Brodinski is one of those DJs you really must see every time he plays somewhere. The French tastemaker and Bromance label boss effortlessly glides between techno and rap with an omni-present cigarette in his hand, executing technical DJ moves with the utmost cool. Hot off the success of his debut album and production work on Yeezus, Brodinski is a producer in-demand that undoubtedly has an enviable hard drive of unreleased next generation hip-hop techno. Perfect vibes to get ramped up as the night gets started on the final day of Movement.
Nicole Moudaber [9 – 10:30, Beatport stage]
Hand-selected by Carl Cox as one to watch and widely proclaimed as the “queen of techno”, Nicole Moudaber’s dark and sexy blend of techno that oozes out of her wild messy hair is never to be missed. With her new label MOOD releasing some of the finest techno around, you can surely expect some vibe-heavy devastating techno selections that will put you in the mood.
Kevin Saunderson & Derrick May present “Hi-Tech Soul” [10:30 – 12, THUMP stage, Kevin Saunderson presents ORIGINS]
Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May are living pioneers of electronic music and are two of the originators of techno. The idea behind Saunderson’s ORIGINS stage at Movement is to pay homage to the artists that have influenced the Detroit sound and spread the seed of techno far and wide, with appearances from the chart-topping MK, pioneering acid group Phuture, and even his sons Dantiez and Damarii. Saunderson and May have known each other since they were 14, so this closing set will surely be a memorable family-like affair as the techno dons deliver their interpretation of ‘Hi-Tech Soul’.