Music critics give it up for Movement must-sees
Published: May 25, 2011
When: DJ Set, Monday, May 30, noon-2 p.m., Beatport Stage.
Terrence TP Parker
Sounds like: House music played by a turntablist with one foot in Saturday night and the other in church the following Sunday morning. TP calls his sound "inspirational" because of the uplifting messages.
Danceable?: As anybody who's been to his packed weekly "Music Works" Friday residency at Grasshoppers in Ferndale knows, yes. TP promises "G-rated fun with no bad language whole families will enjoy." DJ Daycare is born!
When: Monday, May 30, 3-5 p.m., Vitaminwater Stage.
From: Hamtramck-Detroit-Maastricht, NL
Sounds like: Funk-based, disco-tech-house producer and DJ who learned his trade from mentor Mike Banks of Underground Resistance at Submerge Recordings, where he worked before moving to Holland.
Danceable?: Franki Juncaj is all about the righteous beat, whether it was created by machines in Detroit or native instruments in Montenegro. Word is he's moving back home this summer to be closer to family and the authentic local vibe.
When: DJ set, Monday, May 30, 3:30 p.m., on the Made in Detroit Stage.
From: London, matriculated at Leeds University.
Sounds like: The future of dubstep! David Kennedy fuses UK rave, garage and grime influences with U.S. techno, house and juke, the new underground sound of Chicago.
Danceable?: Yup. Says he caught the bug to make dubsteppin' tracks when he began sneaking into licensed clubs while still in high school (he's barely past his teenage years now). It was then that he met Hessle Audio and Leeds U. mates Pangaea and Ben UFO and began challenging (and helping change) the wobbly bass establishment. First Detroit appearance ever.
When: DJ set, Monday May 30, 4 p.m., on the Red Bull Stage.
From: Detroit, eternally
Sounds like: Classic Detroit techno tracks covered by Detroit's greatest garage rock icons, so dope as to be narcotics synonymous. It only took, what, 20-some years for the city's greatest underground genres to have their love child. Led by Mick Collins (Gories) and Ko Melina backed by lots and lots of bass and drums, the Dirtbombs Party Store collection of covers of classic techno — from "Sharevari" to Aztec Mystic's "Jaguar" — is easily Record of the Year, and the most likable.
Danceable?: House-rockin'. And Hart Plaza is the house.
When: Monday, May 30, 5 p.m., Vitaminwater Stage.
Sounds like: The more melodic side of the second wave of Detroit techno, led by then-bangers Jeff Mills, Mike Banks and Rob Hood. He was there, innovating locally in the early '90s, then went international a few years later. Dude never stopped.
Danceable?: Standing around is not an option when Claude Young makes his grand room entrance.
When: Monday, May 30, 9:30 p.m., on the Made in Detroit Stage.
From: New York Fuckin' City
Sounds like: The history of New York and East Coast dance music, enough that he's taken the trance-tech-electro house-bangin' sound worldwide with his residencies at Pacha and is probably indirectly responsible for that.
Danceable?: Dude's spent the last two decades earning a living by making people dance the world over. You might want VC to be more ass-bumpin' than first pumpin' at times.
When: Monday, May 30, 9-10:30 p.m., Beatport Stage.
Sounds like: A '90s club kid who dreamed of becoming a techno pop star. He was even cast in a film about a techno pop star (Berlin Calling) and was the subject of a documentary in 2010. We think he's made it.
Danceable?: Kalkbrenner has a big, warm sound inspired by the first gen of German producers in the 1980s and fits neatly into Ellen Allien's BPitch Control roster of eclectic electronic artists.
When: Live set, Monday, May 30, 11 p.m., on the Torino Stage
From: Greater Los Angeles
Sounds like: Faded dashboard hip hop with a new car smell that is now basically its own genre and party scene in its native L.A. The distant relative of Alice Coltrane (born Stephen Ellison) has been compared to J Dilla, sounds a little too much like DJ Spooky with a medical marijuana card at times, but his noisy take on hip hop has earned him collaborations with the likes of Thom Yorke.
Danceable?: More like falling with style, as Buzz Lightyear once said, but it's fitting that Ellison would have the closing set of the festival, as his range and sound is probably the most eclectic and accomplished non-techno performer on the lineup, and arguably its most challenging.
When: Monday, May 30, 10:30 p.m.-midnight, Red Bull Stage.
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