Top 10 Performances of Movement Detroit 2017
Richie Hawtin – Close
Richie is no stranger to Movement and seems to enjoy getting out of his comfort zone in Detroit. This year’s CLOSE performance was a refreshing dive back into the analog hardware that started his career back in the early 90’s…on steroids. The live setup was a massive horseshoe of synths and drum machines. The visuals complimented the live setup nicely, with abstract renderings of what Richie was doing to create the sounds. The tracks sounded well composed yet very fluid, showing Richie’s ability to improvise while keeping things interesting and the crowd dancing. Top notch performance this year!
Carl Craig Presents Versus Synthesizer Ensemble
Carl Craig took over the main stage with an assortment of musicians that really delivered his classics. The sound was really nice..all the punch of the originals with a studio quality arrangement of live musicians delivering the melodies. This was born out of the Cite de la Musique project and featured Francesco Tristano. This performance really fit into theMovement vibe, while pushing the boundaries of quality musicianship in Detroit house and techno music.
The RA underground stage was absoutley on point thsis year. It was really refreshing to get all the improvements to sound with a consistently techno lineup. Rebekah was a standout among colossal techno sets. She delivered a high-energy set that rarely backed off the throttle. Her decades of experience were on showcase, leaving the audience mesmerized.
Ben Sims b2b Truncate
This is the set the Underground stage has worked its way up to over the years. Ben Sims and Truncate (David Flores) deliver exactly what the underground stage needs every year. Together they delivered a techno head’s dream set. A huge crowd both on and off stage was going crazy through the whole set. While the music was blistering techno that would feel right at home in a German underground club, the atmosphere was very celebratory. This set was the ultimate closure to the Movement weekend
Leon Vynehall’s Movement set stopped you in your tracks and kept you dancing in anticipation of the next musical twist. A truly masterfull selection of tracks with top notch mixing, this was a DJ’s DJ set. The Red Bull Music Academy stage curated an eclectic lineup this year. You would fear a legend like Leon Vynehall could fade into the noise amongst the likes of Thundercat and Mount Kimbie’s lve performances. This couldn’t have been further from the truth and he showed Detroit his signature introspective deep house style… a Robotic Peacock favorite of Movement 2017!
With a record collection that rivals any record store and the dopest turntable skills around, DJ Psycho performed at Movement as his alter ego, Piggy McTiggers. McTiggers was introduced to the audience as the “crazier side of DJ Psycho” and his set explored all genres of music in a swirl of sound that captivated listeners. The set opened with the jazzy laden “Also Sprach Zarathustra” by Deodato. The self-proclaimed audio illusionist was flipping records faster than flapjacks, providing an effortless mashup of tracks that sounded like they were menat to be played together. The highlight was watching everyone absolutely lose it when he expertly blended “Drop it Like its Hot” and “Sweetest Taboo.” McTiggers brought the heat and we’re excited to see what he does next.
With a handful of releases in early 2017, Octo Octa DJ skills were on display as she straddled the lines between dark house beats and bubbly, bright synths that she’s known for. Even though it was an early set, the crowd was full of fans who were enjoying the perfect start to day 2 at Movement. The highlight was most certainly when she played the track that put her on the map, “Let Go.” The crowd was in pure bliss mode when she dropped that track. We would love to see her come back and headline a party in Detroit sometime!
Larry Heard/ Mr. Fingers – LIVE
What a funky treat it was to hear the legendary Mr. Fingers throw down a live set. It was surreal to hear some of our favorite classic dance hits played live. The crowd was groovin’ from start to finish as he played all of the fan favorites and fresh material.
Starting Movement off with a proper dark techno set at the Underground Stage, Matrixxman brought the sonic heat to Detroit. The music was intense, complex and rhythmically hypnotizing. He definitely set the tone for the underground stage for the rest of the weekend.
Thundercat’s live performance was excellent. The star played electric bass, backed by an impressive band that blessed the crowd with their funky spirits. The energy of the set matched the perfect sunset dripping across the Detroit river. It was an eclectic live show worth seeing again when he comes back to the Motor City.