Sunday at Movement DEMF 2012 was quite stacked with talent so a majority of the day was spent bouncing from stage to stage catching what we could and staying when it seemed right. We made it in to the festival a little late and headed straight for Tiger and Woods at the Red Bull Stage. Their set was fun and impressive.
Next we bounced to Maya Jane Coles at the Beatport Stage. Her set was quality though it didn’t keep us from venturing to the Main Stage so see what Dj Sneak had under his hat. It was a solid set from Sneak, but this is the time when I first noticed some slight sound issues at the Main Stage that also popped up later during Marco Carola. We caught some Maceo Plex and Ian Pooley at the Beatport Stage and even found a little time for an ol’ school acid set from Josh Wink on the Main. The night really started to kick in at and absolutely amazing Dopplereffekt live electro set. No laptops – just the masked duo tapping away on gear trapped in the cavern of the Underground Stage: only to be brought to life by their dark, unique sounds, bright visuals and the love and dedication of the crowd.
The one and only Ice T and his Dj kissing wife Coco warmed up Movement festival goers for Loco Dice on the Main Stage. Although I grew up on gangsta rap cassettes such as Fear of a Black Planet, witnessing aging rap stars and a recovering crack addict made flamboyant reality TV star hype the crowd at Detroit wasn’t a ‘must see’ set for us. That being said (and putting aside the groups shameless self promotions of such things as their twitter accounts and new restaurants) shit was dope. Public Enemy was everything I remembered as a teen – we were clownin’ and having a great fucking time just like we was suppose to. All was well.
Sunday night was the Interface 36 / Scene 04 by Droid Behavior + Blank Code Movement after party. We arrived in time to catch Cell Injection the remix/live duo comprised of Drumcell and Audio Injection and their set was just as impressive as I imagined. I was extremely interested to see what DVS1 planned on bringing to Detroit being that I’ve heard varied styles on some of his recorded sets. Needless to say he brought the fucking heat with him. His set was 3 hours of relentless bangin’ techno and a highlight of the Movement 2012 weekend.
Mondays at the Movement festival are always tough. It was hot and we were tired. We only contemplated moving spots if there was shade or greasy cheese fries nearby. We didn’t make it all the way through the festival to see Jeff Mills throw down but we did see a great live set from Detroit orignal duo Project 313 who also happen to run the new label Blank Code and had their hand in the Interface 36 / Scene 04 party the night before. Their set was impressive – very dynamic and colorful, not one-sided as I’ve seen many live sets be. They were having such a great time on stage which projected onto the crowd and seemed to heightened the mood and enhance the sounds. We had a great time over the entire weekend and look forward to Movement 2013.