It sure was a hot one yesterday. With the intense heat from the sun and all the hot music going on, you could say that I was overheated by the end of the night. I got down to Hart Plaza around 4:00PM and immediately headed over to the Beatport stage to check out The Martinez Brothers, and of course they were tearing it up with excellent House music and a contagious vibe. After I was done watching them I strolled along to the main stage to check out DJ Pierre who was mixing some serious Acid House. After him was Larry Heard rocking some good old Chicago classics. I was excited to see him because I have so many of his records but had never seen him in person, and he delivered exactly what I expected. I was just wandering around after him and ended up at the Torino stage where Orlando Voorn was twisting it up with effects and midi controllers. He also had two electronic drummers providing a nice live element to the set. This one really impressed me, and makes me want to get a percussionist for when I spin. After refueling and meeting up with some friends I went to the pyramid stage to peep out a hometown Hip-Hop favorite, Guilty Simpson, along with Phat Kat and the Will Sessions Band. They tore it up for sure. I’ve seen them together before and I just love how they play J.Dilla tracks live, “Take Notice” being my favorite. After that I headed downstairs for Rolando, an oldschool favorite of mine, who was ripping up some Detroit Techno and Electro. This is when the night took a drastic turn for me. I went over to the Movement Torino stage to witness Derrick May absolutely tearing it to shreds. Playing his mix of hard, jazzy, deep Detroit Techno had everybody losing their minds. I hung out here for a while and didn’t want to leave but also needed video of Derrick Carter, so I headed to the main stage to check him out. I’m glad I did because like May, Carter was also destroying it. Looking at everyone in the bottom bowl crowd surfing and bouncing all over was quite inspirational to say the least. I made my way through the massive crowd back down to the underground to see Robert Hood. I’m always impressed with the sound quality of his sets and am always flipped out by his alien sounds and deep bass. He was using some kind of sampler/drum machine that had some killer sounding hi-hats. The last act to go on was Inner City and they ended off on a positive note with uplifting Detroit House music. There classic, “Big Fun” was a hit that stood out to me in their set. Overall this day was great. It made me think about what seperated all the new DJs out there with their fancy computers from the oldschool cats. Most of the artists on Sunday were founders and creators of our music, and they provided an electric vibe that hightened my awareness. Maybe because they use vinyl, maybe because they don’t fuck up, or maybe they just got soul. Either way I’m glad they educated the crowd with the spirit of Detroit the way it should be done. Proper!
Movement 2010: Sunday
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