Movement 09 Sunday Review

Alex Calhoun —  May 25, 2009 — Leave a comment
Sunday, another glorious day of banging techno all day and night. Made it down to Hart Plaza a little later which was fine, there was nothing I was really jumping up and down about earlier in the day. On the convenience tip, Cobo roof is the parking spot of choice. It’s a short jaunt to Hart Plaza, and you can tailgate some drinks. For $10, it was definetly on point. The first thing we checked out was Tiefschwarz on the Beatport stage. Tight set, but the breakdowns were getting a little minimal for my taste, you gotta bang those speakers! Made my way down to the Real Detroit stage next and caught the end of Jay Denham’s set while catching up with an old friend. Dude was droppin some hot, bassy techno. I gotta say I really like how they had the stage set up down there this year.

The most anticipated for me by far was Dennis Ferrer, and he did not disappoint. I was front and center on the main stage for his set, and I don’t think it was possible for someone not to dance down there, his mix was just that jumpin‘. Hot New York style house, dripping with soulful vocal hooks, and that track that he played with the ragtime breakdown was ridiculous. I noticed his boys, the Martinez brothers shared the stage, and hyped Mr. Ferrer the whole time. I really wish there had been an afterparty with Dennis Ferrer and the Martinez brothers, but oh well, wishful thinking.
I tried to make it over to the Redbull stage for RJD2’s set, but it was crowded to the point that I didn’t feel like muscling my way through, so I only caught a sliver of his set from a distance, but it sounded like some atypical hot ass RJ beats.
Loco Dice vs. Luciano took over the main stage next, and they had a very hard performance to follow, but them boys brought the heat, and had the crowd going crazy. Their music was all over the place as far as genre’s are concerned, but they kept it to the more techno side of the spectrum.(yes, electronic music has a spectrum)

In between the hotness at the main stage, I did get the opportunity to check out Anthony Rother at underground. Awesome analog sickness, with vocorded vocals, I really wish I could have caught more of it, but that’s Movement, there’s always

multiple great things going on simultaneously.

We left the festival a little early in hopes of making it to the Tangent Gallery to take advantage of the “before midnight” price break. When we got there, the line out the door told a different story. We all said fuck it, and made tracks over to Bookies for some delicious house music. It was great that they had the party upstairs, with the roof terrace, I love dance music outdoors. I was a little miffed that we hadn’t checked the set times, and completely missed Gene Farris. I mean really, a 9:30 timeslot? I thought this was an afterparty. But all my bitching aside, I really enjoyed seeing Roy Davis Jr, with the live drummer. Good house music just always creates such a great vibe, especially when you can look around the room, and even the people who aren’t dancing have a grin on their face, and can’t help but to bob their head or tap their feet to the beat. Big ups to the bar staff at Bookies, they hooked it up all night.
The night ended up at the Bohemian National house again, I love this venue, ravey as hell and pulsating music that shakes the soul of the building. The people who run things are super cool, and the place has an overall great vibe. The house was pounding strong in the dark, and it was a great way to end the night.

Alex Calhoun


Alex Calhoun is a writer, vinyl collector, and lover of all things odd and electronic. He currently lives in the Detroit Metro area.
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