Music critics give it up for Movement must-sees
Published: May 25, 2011
When: Saturday, May 29, 7-8 p.m., Red Bull Music Academy Stage.
From: Detroit-Kalamazoo-Grand Rapids-Berlin-London.
Sounds like: The end of the world as we know it. A fun-loving, hard-partying techno-house-disco blend with humor and heart, a rare combination.
Danceable? Ryan Crosson, Lee Cutiss, Shaun Reeves and Seth Troxler were seemingly born to make people move — even if it's a stumble around the dance floor from 7 to 11 a.m. One of the hottest live acts in the techno nation right now.
When: Saturday, May 28, 8 p.m., on the Made in Detroit Stage.
Sounds like: Zeros and ones meet blood and fire — Monolake Surround is made up of Ableton developer (f'real) Robert Henke and VJ Tarik Barri, so the whole soundtrack, trippy, sound-as-journey thing is literally massive.
Danceable?: More like Hart Plaza sharing one massive set of headphones while watching the Wall/Fantasia and Heavy Metal in surround sound.
When: Saturday, May 28, 10:30 p.m., Torino Stage.
Sounds like: Advanced electronics played though motherboards from another planet in a galaxy far, far away. A mobile lab manned by mad scientists Tommy Hamilton and Keith Tucker.
Danceable?: Music to contort yourself to all night long. A bonus: you can trip the light fantastic during the live audio set thanks to live video mixing by homey starship trooper Detronik.
When: Sunday, May 29, 11 p.m., on the Red Bull Stage
From: Princeton, N.J. via upstate New York
Sounds like: The hidden track at the end of your favorite record. That and Black Moth Double Rainbow. Com Truise is actually the latest in a long line of nom-de-productions from Seth Haley, and this latest is, in his words, "mid-fi synth-wave, slow-motion funk." So as far as ...
Danceable?: More like inhibition-toppingly earnest in its it's-the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it-and-I-feel-fine wistful so-dope-its-narcotics-synonymous way. In other words, Com Truise is more a Moog where every key is a snooze button and the only thing "rapid" is the REM feel (the dreaming kind) to the whole thing. Sigh.
When: Live set, Sunday, May 29, 1-3 p.m., Red Bull Stage
Space Dimension Controller
Sounds like: Groovy, chill, Detroit-inspired house with treated vocals and fat basslines. He's compatible with next-gen Detroit producers like Kyle Hall, who has remixed his tracks.
Danceable?: He wouldn't come all this way if he wasn't.
When: Sunday, May 29, 3 p.m., on the Red Bull Stage
Deepchord presents Echospace
From: Port Huron-Chicago (nexus: Detroit)
Sounds like: A radiator with a pulse, the perfect marriage of analog and digital, a production team that pounds one blissed-out, heavy-metal ambient jam after another.
Danceable?: Rod Modell and Stephen Hitchell were long ago touched by the raw physical dub power of Detroit and Berlin, punctuated by effects-laden roots music. Once exposed, you have no chance but to move, and move real slow, baby.
When: Live set, Sunday, May 29, 4 p.m., on the Torino Stage.
From: Berlin, after stops in NoCal, New York and London. Born in Poland.
Sounds like: Marathon funky house and dubby techno presented as a journey to the center of the heart and soul — and back again. Dygas' first full-length, 2010's How Do You Do, was inspired by published work of zoologist Desmond Morris.
Danceable?: Are the Naked Ape and the Human Zoo primordial? She's evolved, after working scenes in NYC and the UK, into a dynamite dance commander after landing in Berlin, where she's a resident at Panorama Bar and played 20-hour sets at Club Der Visionaere.
When: DJ set, Sunday, May 29, 5 p.m., on the Vitaminwater Stage.
From: Detroit, Denver
Sounds like: Having that cool older brother who had all the Air tracks on Moon Safari on 12-inches years earlier who's now this cool dad, who came of age working with Detroit acts as diverse as Charm Farm, the Final Cut and Richie Hawtin (Warner famously ran his Plus 8 and M-nus labels). As Warner puts it, "Dragging moods, grooves and mellow beats through the listening garden. The feel is surreal and the flow is key, no hard turns, upper-cuts or bad trips."
Danceable?: "It's a warm-up session, like we've done together before [he and wife Liz Copeland, of overnight WDET legend], reflecting on the water and the music on home turf. Whether you're pulling up from a late, late night out or starting off your amplified day, the mix will be inspired for all parties. Straw hats and yoga mats." So, if they want you to, yes. And, likely smile.
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