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May 28

Movement 2015: The Good, The Bad & The Techno

Phewww! Several days later and I'm still feeling the repercussions of the 72-hour extravaganza known as Movement Detroit. I consider myself a bit of a techno junkie, but on Memorial Day weekend myself and 100,000 others definitely got our fill. From noon on Saturday until the early morning on Tuesday, somewhere, people were dancing to techno music. As we look back at moments we'll never forget--and the moments we can't quite remember--here are the things that stood out.

The Good: The Music

Photo Credit: Steven Pham

Unless you've grabbing a flight over to Europe, Movement is truly the Mecca of underground dance music. As such, the assorted 140 artists brought their A-game to all six stages. From the dark and minimal sounds of Matador at the Underground Stage, to the uplifting vibes of closing act Joris Voorn, to the all-family Saunderson affair at the Made In Detroit Stage, and back to the groovy vibes of first-time act Disclosure, all different sounds and style were on full display. With so many incredible artists playing at the same time it was impossible to catch them all, but here's a list of my favorite performances, in no particular order. Apologies to anyone I missed out--there was too much good for just one little journalist!

Day 1: Gaiser, Mano Le Tough, Eats Everything, Dixon, Stacey Pullen, Cell Injection, Carl Craig, Disclosure, Richie Hawtin
Day 2: Josh Wink, Loco Dice, Maya Jane Coles, Joseph Capriati, Matthew Dear, Rodhad, Marcel Dettman, Ben Klock
Day 3: Classixx, Ten Walls, Maceo Plex, Paco Osuna, Nicole Moudaber, Joris Voorn, MK, Matador, Ben Sims

Special mention has to go to all the performers at the Underground Stage. It might not be for everybody, but there's nothing quite like throwing it down to pounding, no-holds-barred, dark techno in a sweaty, concrete cavern. Special consideration to those people who got right into the middle of the carnage. I still can't get Cell Injection and Rodhad's sets out of my brain.

The Good: The People

Photo Credit: Tanya Moutzalias

Despite estimated crowds of over 100,000, there were few, if any, problems to be had at the festival. People were kind, courteous, and more than willing to think about more than just themselves. I met several fantastic people during my trek through Hart Plaza, from a young girl teaching impromptu yoga classes to a 70-year-old grandmother at her first festival looking to try something new. Perhaps as a result of the festival's lack of "mainstream" sound and Las Vegas-style DJs, as well as the city of Detroit's somewhat shady reputation, the people that came to Movement were in it for the music and the experience, not for bottle service and the chance to flash steroid-fuelled biceps.

The Bad: Ticket Problems

Photo Credit: Elaine Cromie

On opening day, thousands were left standing in lines for up to four hours as a result of a ticketing malfunction. It wasn't much better in the VIP admission line either, as frustrated would-be dancers cried foul that Movement's Facebook page showed a photo of an empty line. Although the problem was eventually rectified, it was a poor start to the event. Paxahau would later issue an apology and promise to increase the number of staff in 2016.

The Bad: Snoop Dogg's Closing Set

Photo Credit: Christopher M. Bjornberg

Let's be honest--did anyone think that booking Snoop Dogg, aka DJ Snoopadelic, as the closing act on the final night of Movement was a good decision? I made the smart decision and caught Joris Voorn's awe-inspiring performance on the Beatport Stage, but I heard enough horror stories from other festivalgoers who made the mistake of watching the Doggfather. Anyone who plays out Bis Sean's IDFWU for the entire 6-minute runtime and closes with a Will.I.Am track should have their Detroit music card revoked.

The Good: The Afterparties

Although the music during the day was undeniably world-class, anyone who has ever been to Movement knows that it at the afterparties where the festivities really take it to the next level. With multiple venues playing host a series of shows each night, the question wasn't whether you were going to party until 6 a.m., but what party you were going to party at until 6 a.m. No disrespect to Disclosure, Kevin Saunderson, and company on Saturday, Dirtybird's 10th anniversary party on Sunday, or Richie Hawtin's closing party on Monday--because all of these were fantastic--but my pick goes to Leland City Club's Sunday night party, most specifically Loco Dice's surprise performance. It's one thing to own a room, especially one as historic as the City Club, but it's another altogether when you blow the roof off a dancefloor that has Skrillex, Art Department, Boys Noize, and more dancing on it. No one on the corner has swagger like Loco...

The Good: The City

Photo Credit: Elaine Cromie

I said it during last year's review, and I'll say it again--Detroit is an awesome city. Forget about whatever horror stories someone has told you, because in my experience, you can't ask for a better place to hold a dance party. Not only are the local residents happy for the business, the city is steeped in musical history, perhaps moreso than any other city in the United States, from Motown and punk rock to hip hop and techno. Need proof that Rock City has got it going on? Check out this video of a cop hyping up the crowd down below.

Cover Photo Credit: Steven Pham
Joseph Capriati - Live @ Movement Festival 2015
Eats Everything - Live @ Movement Festival 2015
Model 500 - Live @ Movement Festival 2015
May 28

The Beatport Box 55

Welcome back to our series with Beatport known as The Beatport Box, where we bring you the best of Beatport exclusives on a weekly basis. This week, Toolroom brings together some of the biggest names in house music, Ummet Ozcan releases his strongest track in years, Andrea Oliva drops an LP on Objektivity, and more.

Deep/Tech | Sebastien San - Darker Shades (Deepchord Remixes) [Ab Initio]
Channeling his legendary dub techno vibes, Deepchord takes classic Sebastien San track Darker Shades and gives it the Detroit makeover. As you’d expect, we have dense atmospheres, endless reverbs, and grooving basslines to keep our head in the clouds for the entirety of this release. A great chance to bag the Sebastian San classic, but the Deepchord Fog Mix is the pick of the bunch here. Get it here.
Deep/Tech | Dani Casarano & Felipe Valenzuela - Introspection EP [Cadenza]
Continuing to contribute some of the world's finest tech house to the masses, Cadenza sees the return of Felipe Valenzuela and Dani Casarano to Luciano's famed imprint with Introspection. Both tracks feature the label's signature groove and delicate drum patterns that dance around the track's central rhythm. These will easily find their way into the sets of top jocks through summer 2015. Pick it up here.
Deep/Tech | Andrea Oliva - 4313 LP [Objektivity]
After amassing an impressive collection of originals and remixes on some of the top deep and tech house labels, Andrea Oliva makes his album debut through Dennis Ferrer's Objektivity with 4313. Providing a perfect representation of his melodic house sound, 4313 effortlessly leads deep/tech heads into the summer party season with melancholic sunset grooves that encapsulate the open air vibe. Grab it here.
House | Mark Knight, Harry Romero, Chus & Ceballos feat. Cevin Fisher - The Machines [Toolroom]
UK, USA, and Spain come together for a spectacular meeting of the minds on Toolroom's The Machines. Toolroom head honcho Mark Knight, Spanish duo Chus & Ceballos, New York house legend Harry Romero have created a house monster on this one--with all those names on one track, how could they not? Either "the machines are taking over," or these guys are. Download here.
House/Big Room | Ummet Ozcan - Lose Control (Original Mix) [Spinnin']
Ummet Ozcan started out in trance, then he made a successful left turn into big room/electro, and now he's flexing his house muscles on his newest release, Lose Control. With soulful vibes and a tastefully destructive drop, this is certainly our favorite Ozcan release of the last couple of years. Purchase here.

Matt Ferry of Beatport contributed to this article.
Sebastien San - Darker Shades (Deepchord Fog Mix) [Ab Initio]
Dani Casarano & Felipe Valenzuela - Instinct (Original Mix) [Cadenza]
Andrea Oliva & Jimi Jules - Cloud 9 (Original Mix) [Objektivity]
Mark Knight, Harry Romero, Chus & Ceballos feat. Cevin Fisher - The Machines (Original Mix) [Toolroom]
Ummet Ozcan - Lose Control (Original Mix) [Spinnin']
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May 28

TomorrowWorld Announces Phase 1 Headliners

TomorrowWorld has revealed the first list of headliners for its upcoming festival, set to take place Sept. 25-27 in Atlanta, Georgia.

This year's lineup will feature massive mainstage names like Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin van Buuren, and Hardwell, as well as "underground" stars Adam Beyer, Jamie Jones, and Get Real, the new powerhouse duo of Claude VonStroke and Green Velvet.

The festival will include several curated stages, including All Gone Pete Tong, Smash the House, Drumcode, Q-dance, Future Classic, and more.

View the full Phase 1 Headliners announcement down below. Tickets for TomorrowWorld 2015 can be purchased here.

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