Archives For Movement 2018

Movement Electronic Music Festival has begun and Detroit is alive with Techno steadily resonating through every fiber of the city.

The annual Memorial Day weekend festival is a precisely curated festival from the Paxahau event crew, aimed at the deeply knowledgeable Techno fan, but also providing a diverse array of electronic music acts from Drum N Bass (Ed Rush and Optical) all the way to live bands (Will Sessions Feat. Amp Fiddler). Day one is in the books, but there are still two days left for one of the most well respected festivals in the world. Tickets are available via the ticket booth at Hart Plaza, where the event is held, as well as online at this link

Check out the brief picture tour below, and check back for a full detailed review later in the week.

Day 1 Picture Tour:

Carl Craig with Jon Dixon and Niko Marks- Performing a hybrid live set with live renditions of classics such as Strings of Life by Derrick May


Too Short in top performance shape, worked through what seemed like an endless amount of songs, and wowed the crowd with pin point lyrical accuracy and a vibe to match

Ed Rush and Optical with their patented Drum N Bass sound, destroyed the dancefloor and did not stop.

Luciano with the peace sign for the D.

The Pyramid Stage with Detroit Skyrscrapers in the background

The Renaissance Center sets the backdrop for Detroit’s Movement Festival.

Check back later for more updates, see you at the fest!

Hart Plaza – Dodge Fountain

Thursday May 24th

DEQ Magazine Roll Out Party @ 2905 Beaufait w/ Lafleur, Big Strick, Jesse Cory, Craig Gonzales, Kevin Reynolds

House Music DJ Battle Series @ MIX w/ Craig Alexander vs Walter Glasshouse, Bruce Bailey, DJ Magic, Ash Lauryn, Prixmatic

Summer Sessions @ Exodus w/ Worthy, Chuck Flask b2b Andrea Ghita, ADMN

Fog 4.5 @ The Works w/ Tim Baker, Sergio Santos, Ryan Dahl, Dru Ruiz, David Powers, and many more

Residents night @ TV Lounge

CRAFT @ Grasshopper – Nightenjin Takeover w/ Pat Osirus, Pete Quest and more

Friday May 25th

Bang Tech 12 Anniversary @ Bookies w/ Sean Rudiman (live), Drivetrain, DJ Seoul, DJ Psycho, Benji Hayes, T Linder, DJ Psycho, DJ Roach, and many more – Starts at 4pm

DJ Dan @ Briggs Rooftop w/ Sonya Alvarez, Henry Brooks, Pressed and Proper, Just Alexander, Ghita Sisters, Daniels Jack, Players Club, Pig Pen, Mona Black, Adam Westing, and more

Techno Art Gallery @ 5101 Trumbull w/ Alan Oldham and Abdul Haqq

Modern Cathedrals: Eden 4 w/ Anastasia Kristensen Headless Horseman (live) Deepchord (live) Evigt Mörker Clay Wilson (live), Alstadt Echo (live)

Live Modular Show @ Apparatus Room w/ Komprezzor, Monix, Amnesiac

Music Gallery Eight @ Artist Village Detroit

Jesse Saunders @ Tires w/ Chip E, Joh Collins, MIke Agent X Clark, Troy Redmond b2b Dopke

Viva La Resistance @ Motor City Wine w/ Blair French, Haz Mat, Lafleur, Moonlighter, Peter Croce, Ponthchartain

Blank Code : Function (live) @ The Works w/ Dustin Zahn, Karl Meier, Mike Gervais, Anthony Jimenez, Centrific, Christian James, Gabi, Andy Fitton, Dave Eckblad, Rachel Palmer

DEMC Week Closeout Party @ DIME w/ DJ OP Miller, Alton Miller, DJ Holographic, Gia, Nick Speed, and more

Night Logistics @ Leland City Club w/ Cervello Elettronico (live), Komprezzor (live), Fluxion A/D (live), Iconian (live), Xanna, Composuresquad, and many more

10 years of No. 19 Music @ Magic Stick w/ Art Department, Kenny Larkin, Terrence Dixon, Ryan Crosson, Nitin, Teeloo

Fit Sound @ Menjo’s w/ Fit Siegel, Davide Gualandi

Grace @ Temple Bar w/ Ladymonix and Rimarkable

Alton Miller @ Whisky Parlor w/ Seth Carter, Vincent Patricola

Patio Loco @ 3rd Street w/ Ryan Dahl, Aboudi Issa, Pilar Cote, PRGRM, FrancescoeMarcello

Prelude @ Northern Lights Lounge w/ Tim Baker, Punisher, Sergio Santos, Jeremy Poling, Sutter, Atnarko, and many more

Frequenza Records Showcase @ Whiskey Disco w/ Wolf Story, Soul Goodman, Jason Patrick and more

The GET DOWN @ Nandi’s Knowledge Cafe w/ One Five, John AD, DJ Emmett, Earl Mixxin McKinney, DJ Righteous, Notsonice

Wongo & OMNOM @ Grasshopper 

Confessions @ Bleu w/ NOIR, Anthony Attalla

House Party @ Ant Hall w/ J House, Masquenda, illingsworth, Lord Gully

Saturday May 26th

Movement Electronic Music Festival @ Hart Plaza

Texture @ Marble Bar w/ Danny Daze, Lena Willikens, Randomer, Dr Rubenstein, Gilb’R, Olin, Shady P, Jacob Park, Turtle Bugg, Soren, Darwin

House of Efunk @ TV Lounge w/ Soul Clap, LTJ Bukem, Egyptian Lover w/ Brian Ellis, Dam Funk, Tony Humprhies, Stacey Pullen, Tom Trago, Frankie Bones, Scott Grooves, Patrice Scott, Jayda G, HAZ MAT (live), Javonntte, Garrett, Pontchartrain, Punisher, Dan Bain, Peter Croce

Tresor.Klubnacht @ Tangent Gallery w/ Alexander Kowalski (live), Hakim Murphy (live), Mark Broom, Johanna Knutsson, DisX3, Andrew Red hand, and more

Tresor.313 @ Tangent Gallery w/ Anthony Shake Shakir, Dasha Rush, Daniel Bell, Noncompliant, Mareena, Claude Young, Adam X, Silent Servant, Marcellus Pittman, FIT Siegel, Handmande, Justin Aulis Long

Shipfaced Boat Party @ 1340 E Atwater St, Detroit w/ Eyes Everywhere b2b JK, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, Mikey Lion, Porky – A Desert Hearts Takeover

Deep Detroit #10 / NDATL 10 Year Anniversary @ Red Door Digital w/ Kai Alce and Derrick May

Ocotpus Records Showcase @ Bleu w/ Sian & Marc Houle, Carlo Lio, Lee K, Juheun Lice, Shelly Johannson, Michelle Sparks

Detroit Love @ Magic Stick w/ Luciano, Carl Craig, Greg Gow, Wajeed, Al Ester

Dirtybird Afterparty @ Masonic Temple 

Mike Huckaby and Rick Wade @ Whiskey Disco

Maceo Plex @ Leland Hotel w/ Ida Engberg

Soul Skate 2018 @ Northland Skating Rink w/ DJ Narsistic, DJ Arson

Vinyl Days @ Whisky Parlor w/ Crate Digga, BLK_OUT, Dretraxx, Pablo R Ruiz

Exhibit 3000: Detroit House @ Redbull Radio

Club Toilet @ Menjo’s w/ Justin Cudmore, Jason Kendig, Turtle Bugg, and many more

Feelin Real Good @ 1480 Gratiot w/ Scott Z, Jef Risk, Haute To Death, Charles Trees, Ladylike, Frankie Banks and more. Day Party

Sunday May 27th

Movement Electronic Music Festival @ Hart Plaza 

A U X E T I C @ Mix w/ Sinistarr and DJ Jalen

Sunday Morning Slap @ Northern Lights w/ Greco, Ghostea, Grensta, Daniels Jack, Sonya Alvarez and more

Clave House Presents: Elixir 2018 @ Briggs w/ Appian, Berndt, Kevin mcq, David Marroquin, and more

Drunk Brunch @ MIX w/ Grensta, Tombz b2b John Summit, Players Club b2b Foodfight, Discreet Disco, DJ Lynda Carter

Just Add Water | Visionquest Boat Party w/ Lee Curtisss and Ryan Crosson @ 1340 E Atwater St, Detroit, MI

Excursions @ Baltimore Gallery w/ Marcellus Pittman, Uchikawa, Heiroglyphic Being, Radius, Cordell Johnson, James Vincent

Interface Scene 2018 @ The Works w/ VRIL, Kr!s, Cell Injection, I Murdered (live), Hyperactive, Sophia Saze, Milkplant, Sebastian Bayne, Dani Lehman, Project 313, Joe Sousa, Cesar Acosta

OK COOL @ TV Lounge w/ Eats Everything, Ardalan, Delano Smith, Ralph Lawson, Comsin TRG, Eddie C, Ataxia, Mr Joshooa, and many more

Country Club Disco – Warehouse Afterparty @ Russell Induistrial Center w/ Chris Lake, Justin Jay, Yotto, Cut Snake, Dillon Nathaniel

Sampled 16 @ Marble Bar w/ Riva Starr, Kenny Glasgow, Harvard Bass, Mark Farina, Andres, Rick Wilhite, Chuck Daniels, Hazmat, DJ Holographic, and many more

Return To Raw @ Motor City Wine w/ Jon Dixon, Niko Marks

North Lake (live) @ POP Offworld w/ Heidy P, Gustav Brovold, Dave Anger – No Cover

Tec-Troit @ The Works 7am-4pm

Nina Kraviz and Marcel Dettmann @ Masonic Temple w/ Luke Hess

Origins @ Magic Stick w/ Kevin Saunderson b2b Kink, Octave One, DJ Minx, The Saunderson Brothers, Kweku Saunderson

The Do-Over Detroit @ Belt Alley 2pm-10pm

Day Life @ Motor City Wine w/ Chez Damier, Demuir, Iz + Diz – Day Party

Vinyl Days @ Whisky Parlor w/ Nandi, John Joseph, Max Daley, Greg Mudge

No Way Back @ Tangent Gallery w/ Patrick Russell, BMG, Erika, Mike Servito

Monday May 28th

Movement Electronic Music Festival @ Hart Plaza 

Move It or Lose It @ Olympus Theatre (warehouse next to Menjo’s) w/ Masahiko Uchikawa, Gary Chandler, Max Gardner, TYLR, Stacey Hotwaxx Hale, Darryl G, Walter Glasshouse, Sleezy Hamilton, Air DMG, Sxxysauce, Gia, and many more

Lee Curtiss + friends @ Exodus Rooftop

Daylight Showcase @ Gold Cash Gold Patio w/ John Collins, Moppy, Isaac Prieto

Staub @ TV Lounge

Anthology @ Leland Hotel w/ Juan Atkins, Terrence Parker, Scan 7, DJ MoReese

ModdRAW @ Masonic Temple w/ Dubfire, Hito, Nicole Moudaber

Bang On The Rooftop @ Briggs w/ Bruce Bailey, Big Rob Martinez, Phil Tha Mixx, Prizmatik, Vernell Byrd, One Five, Pierre Reynolds, George Jackson and more

Technocity @ Exodus Rooftop w/ Nick Speed b2b Sheefy McFly

Country Club Disco 5 @ The Works w/ Codes, Eyes Everywhere, Option 4, Dillon Nathaniel, Option 4, Sonya Alvarez, and many more

Blu Party @ Level Two Bar & Rooftop w/ Doc Martin, Kenny Glasgow, Christian Martin b2b Worthy, Nitin, Syndney Blu, Soul Goodman, Dabura b2b Derek Specs, and more

Vinyl Days @ Whisky Parlor w/ Julian Kendall, Tink Thomas, Jakob Harris

MGUN @ POP Offworld w/ Adrian Rew, Adult Contemporary

The Bunker @ Tangent Gallery w/ Jane Fitz, Eric Cloutier, Function, Adam X, Mike Servito, Bryan Kasenic

Last Man Standing @ TV Lounge w/ Antwon Faulkner, Asher Perkins, Patrick Brauitgan

Hot Mass’ LOT MASS @ Tangent Gallery w/ CL, Ciel, Chris Cruse, Jeffrey Sfire, resom, Titonton Duvante, Tony Fairchild

Assimilate @ The Works w/ JGarrett, IX Kaiell, Lindsey Herbert, Rubidim, Sebastian Veytia, Tanya Leigh

House Gallery’s Annual Memorial Day Soiree @ Motor City Wine w/ Jesse Saunders, Uchikawa, Claus Bachor, DJ Denouement, Detune and Smith, J Garcia, Jay Ramsey, Adam Francecsconi

Plastic Dreams Detroit @ Southwest Detroit location TBA

Tuesday May 29th

Techno Tuesday @ PJ’s Lager House w/ John Collins

The Morning After @ TV Lounge w/ Mister Joshooa, Mindy, Duke Shin and more

DJ Skurge @ POP Offworld w/ Isaac Prieto

Junglists Rejoice?

Laura Bailey —  May 21, 2018 — 4 Comments

Disclaimer: The opinions divulged in this article are not necessarily representative of all junglists and are in no way a criticism of the fabulous Movement Festival that I have been happily attending since 2006. Please note that the author (that’s me) was in elementary school in the 90’s and all historical reference to the early years of jungle and drum n’ bass is based off of musical taste, research, and the insight of my older friends. You may find discrepancies or errors in my writing. Don’t be shy to comment and tell me I’m wrong!

Our prayers have been answered: Paxahau is bringing drum n’ bass headliners to Movement 2018! After a year hiatus, this is a welcome reprieve. Though should we be so relieved? Modern DNB has diverged from the path of the hardcore junglist, creating a new “wompy-er” sound that some of us call “drumstep”. It is because of this new style that DNB DJs are often paired on stages with dubstep, trap, and ghetto-tech acts. Have no fear, the jungle is near! A hearty lineup of jungle producers and local talent is a short walk from the festival at the Ital Vibes after party on Bagley. Plus the king of intelligent DNB, LTJ Bukem, will be performing at the House of Efunk after party. The Movement lineup also has a diverse mix of techno, house, electro, hip hop, and other such electronic and electronic-influenced artists (see the schedule here –>, which is really what everyone is coming to the festival for anyway… right??

Ed Rush & Optical are returning to Movement this year to headline the Red Bull Music Stage Saturday night. Ed Rush was a b-boy who learned to love the break. He began producing with a hardcore, industrial sound. “Bludclot Artattack” (’93) and “Guncheck” (’95) are jungle classics, invoking the gangsta attitude of the time. He manipulated bass sounds by running synths through a guitar distortion pedal, like in his ’96 release “Killimanjaro”. Optical was the engineer of choice for popular jungle producers and Metal Headz artists. He engineered Ed Rush’s “Skylab” EP in ’96 and in ’98 they released “Wormhole” together. Optical is known for his obsession with precise percussion. The duo performs after Too Short, so expect a modern influence and potential for a more “drumstep” sound, though I do hope to hear some of their early work.

DJ Hype and Hazard will be closing the Red Bull Stage Saturday night. DJ Hype won the DMC mixing championship in 1989, was a stunner from the legendary Shut Up & Dance crew in the early 90s, and a member of The Kicksquad. His style draws heavily from hip hop and he helped to bring the art of scratch DJing and turntablism into the jungle scene. His ’94 hit “Rrroll the Beats” is a classic. That same year, he released “You Must Think First” under the pseudonym Dope Style. In ’96, his single “We Must Unite”, sampled Malcolm X, and his remix of The Fugees “Ready or Not” infiltrated the scene. He started the Ganja record label and later the Ganja Kru on his own Tru Playaz Records. DJ Hazard is on the Ganja and Tru Playaz labels, having been noticed by Hype while producing under DJ SS’s label Formation Records. Both DJs have been playing more to suit a younger audience recently. This junglist will be dancing her socks off, old school jungle or not. Let me see that footwork, babies!

LTJ Bukem is an innovator of the jungle sound, using his Fender Rhodes keyboard to create warm melodies that would contrast the dark cold cuts of the harder hits of early jungle. He is attributed to having started the sub-genres jazzstep, artcore, and intelligent drum n’ bass, turning down the heaviness of the breakbeat and supplementing with the easy listening of jazz instrumentality. His releases from ’91 and ’92 “Demon’s Theme” and “Atlantis” on his label Good Looking Records were smash hits. James Brown drum breaks and a Maya Angelou sample in his ’95 release, “Horizons”, would pave the way for the atmospheric drum n’ bass style that has encouraged many electronic music lovers to branch out from techno and house. This acceptability is why he has been booked at a major festival after party alongside popular deep house, techno, and electro artists. This is bitter sweet for me. I am very excited to see LTJ Bukem again. To be honest, he is the first jungle DJ I liked. Though this event is the same night as an all-around solid jungle after party that I have been looking forward to attending all spring. I’ll tell you one thing, I will be rushing from one event to the other. My only hope is that LTJ’s set time does not interfere with me seeing Spinscott, or a careful compromise will need to be made.

Ital Vibes is an all jungle/DNB event brought to us by a Detroit jungle crew that will never surrender the true sound, 2nd Nature, and an old favorite, DubAtomic. Headlining the event is Spinscott, a lifelong drummer who plays jungle rhythms in real time on his drum machine, mixing the rhythms with tracks on CDJs for a impressively interactive set. He has been at it since the mid 90s and it will be a real treat for musicians and music aficionados to see him this year. The event is probably the cheapest after party you will find, at only $15 a ticket, yet the music will be as high quality as any stage you will visit at the festival. Also on the lineup are DJ Slinky (representing Konkrete Jungle Nashville, a crew that is still kicking out the jams), Mark “8en” Moss (Detroit original nuttah and former Movement performer), Augustus Williams (aka DJ Gusto, performing a live set), and others. Full lineup and event details here —>

Why I am dissatisfied with modern drum n’bass? Pioneers of jungle, such as Aphrodite and Hype, have been playing drumstep to attract younger listeners. The scrunching of rhythm and increased sub volume is, for some reason, easier for people who didn’t come to age with the syncopated percussive loops of jungle to hear. The “womp” note is prominent in this style of music, along with other robotic and mechanical sounds that, I am guessing, remind listeners of the computer-generated, cybernetic nature of modern video. Though the full, rich instrumental storyline of the classic drum n’ bass track has been diluted for a less sophisticated and overly synthesized sound. Drumstep likes to speed up tempo and “drop the bass”, with an end goal of “melting your face”.

“Evolution is a main ingredient of drum n’ bass.” said the old school junglist, Doc Scott. Back in the early 90s, jungle was described as sonic malice, unpleasant, punishing, gruesome, and brutal. In fact, one of its first names after it split from mainstream electronic music was darkcore. The light and airy sounds that once epitomized the Ecstacy experience were transformed into rougher ganja-infused breaks. Reggae, jazz, and hip hop inspired tracks used samples from old funk and soul songs. This was done primarily by black artists who had been a minority in the techno rave scenes in Europe. Jungle opened electronic music to more diversity and provided black youth in the UK an outlet for musical expression where they were recognized as the innovators. Are new genres like drumstep and dubstep evolutionary? Or have these genres prompted a degeneration of diversity in electronic music?

To really evolve, we need to diversify the genre again. We need to see more of the early black innovators who created the scene, the masterminds who we have to thank for musical evolution. We need to see more females, who are vastly unrepresented in the jungle scene. Promoters need to get back to the roots of jungle. Let’s see DJ Storm give a tribute to her work with the female co-creator of Metal Headz, Kemistry (RIP Kemi). Or let’s see what DJ Rap is up to. Book new female jungle talents such as Mollie Collins or Kyrist who are finally getting recognition in the UK. Bring back originators such as Goldie and Roni Size, or bring us Bailey, Fabio & Grooverider, or Shy FX & UK Apache. Better yet, why not devote an entire stage to jungle and DNB again? Or maybe (just throwing this out there) desegregate the music and intersperse the different styles of our genre with all the techno and house that’s booked every year, unifying the people and connecting the flow.

Regardless of genre or style, electronic music must be accessible to the dance floor – a DJ watches faces and feet in the crowd, looking for emotion and movement. Likewise, a musical movement must represent the times, both socially and culturally, feeding off the strengths and struggles of the people. Drum n’ bass can be dark, gritty, and sinister, representative of the disillusioned masses. It can be strongly influenced by jazz and hip hop, building off the groundwork masters laid before us. Jungle sprung from dub reggae basslines and hip hop breakbeats, creating multi-layered soundscapes that tell a story reflected in the enterprising city of Detroit: we are here and we want to be heard! We are fighting, we are dying, we are living, we are flying. We must unite! Listen and respect the beat, wherever it takes us.


A Brief History of Jungle and Drum N’ Bass at DEMF & Movement


  • 2000 – local Ronin Selecta, Lauren Flax, A Guy Called Gerald, Dego from 4-Hero
    • Influencers: DJ Spooky (trip hop), The Roots
  • 2001 – LTJ Bukem with MC Conrad
    • Ayro (jazz, trip hop), Kid Koala (turntablism, trip hop), De La Soul, Saul Williams (poet), Mix Master Mike, Binary Star (hip hop)
  • 2002 – DJ Krust, Roni Size
    • DJ Shadow (turntablism, trip hop)
  • 2003 – local Matt Clark
    • Ayro live, DJ Milo (trip hop)
  • 2004 – locals MD! with MC Bombscare
    • Madlib & Peanut Butter Wolf ft Jay Dee, Amp Fiddler live, Fat Freddy’s Drop
  • Fuse-In 2005 – proper hip hop representation with Slum Village and Onebelo


  • 2006 – locals Ronin Selecta and Matt Clark, the Planet of the Drums Tour (AK 1200, Dara, Dieselboy)
    • Noteworthy: a tribute to J Dilla (who passed away earlier that year)
  • 2007 – locals MD! ft Bombscare and Matt Clark ft Marcus Flow, Gridlok, Evol Intent
  • 2008 – Dieselboy & MC Messinian, Soundmurderer
    • Influencer: Peanut Butter Wolf
  • 2009 – local Mark “8en” Moss
  • 2010 – locals Sinistarr with Teddy MC & MC Bombscare, DJ Hype
    • Mr. Scruff (trip hop)
  • 2011 – Goldie, local Matt Clark
  • 2012 – Roni Size, Photek
  • 2013 – Andy C, Break Science, locals Ronin Selecta ft MC Bombscare, Sinistarr, and Sandoz ft Marcus Flow, Squarepusher live
  • 2014 – DJ Marky, Ed Rush & Optical, Konkrete Jungle Detroit Showcase
  • 2015 – Konkrete Jungle Detroit stage (with all the local heavy hitters)
  • 2016 – Konkrete Jungle Detroit stage with locals and Dub Phizix ft MC Strategy
  • 2017 – null
  • 2018 – Ed Rush & Optical, DJ Hype b2b Hazard
  • 2019 – everyone