Movement 2012 Detroit-Day 3 Review

Alex Calhoun —  May 30, 2012 — 1 Comment

Ahhhhhh…..Mondays at Movement. For me it’s always been kind of a mix between chilling out from the weekends debauchery mixed with an odd sadness that I have to wait 362 days until I can repeat this again. Good thing the music was on point.

Got down to Hart Plaza a little later in the day due to having an awesome night prior at Detroit vs. London.  Hats off to all those who put on or were present at this party, it was fucking spectacular. First things first, we made it down to the Beatport Stage, which for the most part, was my techno mecca throughout most of the weekend. Subb-an was dropping some deep house and techno dopeness, and provided me the musical boost I needed to start my day.

I wandered around Hart Plaza despite the heat, checked out Made In Detroit and Main Stages, but found myself drawn back to Beatport for The Martinez Brothers. Now, at the Detroit Techno House, we love these dudes. We’ve been peeping their sets whenever they’re in town for the past couple years, and these guys know how to throw down some proper music. The unique blend of tech-house that the Martinez Brothers always bring is awesome and of course they had me on my feet.

Next up, we made our way to the Redbull stage for araabMUSIK. I’ve been peeping this guy’s skills on Youtube for a minute now, and I have to say, he does not disappoint live.  Straight up MPC madness that had the crowd completely jumping, this set was definitely one of my highlights of the weekend. If you missed this, you really missed out.

I managed to catch bits and pieces of Chris Liebing and Stacey Pullen, and watched Kevin Saunderson destroy a crowd with a remix of “Perculator”: all great sets that made for some enjoyable evening wandering.

I ended my evening catching a slice of Jeff Mills set. I’ve gotten mixed reviews from friends who stayed for the duration, but from what I heard, something was jacked as hell with the sound the whole time. I’m not sure if it was the worn wax that Mr. Mills was playing or that the speakers were destroyed from a weekend of abuse, but there was something surely amiss.

Overall, musically this was a great festival. Lots of good sets by an eclectic mix of electronic artists made for a fantastic Memorial Weekend. Thank you to Paxahau for the media access and to all the people that made this an memorable way to spend this past weekend.

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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One response to Movement 2012 Detroit-Day 3 Review

  1. I thought that Mills’s set was excellent. It was a little unusual with all of old school but I thought it was a good history lesson and ended with an incredibly strong finish. My wife, whose seen Mills three, times thought it was the best set of his that she had heard. I am not sure, I have probably heard him ten or so times, but I thought it was one of his most interesting in awhile. My other highlights for Monday were Nina Karviz and Brian Gillespie/DJ Godfather. Not living in Michigan anymore I always love to catch those two cats. Take me back to the Packard Plant and the early 90s.

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