Monday was the perfect cap to Movement 2014. A long, late weekend led to a late start at Hart Plaza. The air was hot, which complemented the hot music perfectly. The crowd was exceptional for the last day of the festival, leading me to believe that the 15 Ways to Survive were followed by many, leaving them to enjoy some amazing sets.
My first stop was the Made in Detroit stage. DJ Seoul and T. Linder were tag teaming a set of sinister techno and electro in their usually hype manner. It was a great way to bring my energy back, and I was glad I got to hear part of their set. There’s a reason these guys seem to play like 365 gigs a year, they know how to throw down and keep a crowd moving.
Next up I wanted to be sure to check out Lee Foss. I’ve been a fan of this dude’s DJ sets ever since I watched him destroy it at an after party a few years back. He brought it just as I expected, deep, sexy banging house music; the kind of music that tends to whip a crowd into one giant, pulsating rhythmic body. I was having a hard time trying to focus on taking pictures, because I kept finding myself dancing. This was easily one of the best sets I saw Monday.
I missed Escort to my disappointment; whom I have heard was amazing, but managed to catch part of Kenny Larkin throwing down that Detroit style fire. I wanted to see Adam X play Underground, but the sound was way off and too bass heavy for driving techno, so I made a quick escape to hear an oddball house-ish set from Bonobo. I then caught the end of Jamie Jones banging out an amazing house set on the Redbull Stage, followed by a transition into some straight techno from Loco Dice. All of this in the matter of an hour and a half or so, but so much good music so fast, totally worth all the running around.
After a quick pit stop, the rest of my evening was spent at the Made in Detroit stage, and for good reason. Kevin Saunderson back to back with Seth Troxler was a set not to be missed. Undisputed dance music champions of both the new school and the old school tag teaming a Detroit flavored set of house and techno, and had one of the largest crowds I have ever seen at this stage swollen in to catch part of it. The energy didn’t let up and after Saunderson/Troxler closed out their set, Octave One dove right into a hard techno/electro live set to close out the stage. The next hour was a driving, raw, analog soaked journey into what really defines Detroit Techno. Automated, pulsing mechanical drums, and raw analog synths was the best way you could have possibly closed out an electronic music festival in Detroit. Cheers to Octave One.