We spent this past Memorial Day Weekend taking in the plethora of sights and sounds offered at Detroit's annual Movement festival. After dancing, partying, and vibing to as much electronic music as is likely possible to cram into a three-day span, we published a wrap-up of the festival—read that here—with a good amount of photos from our time in the Motor City. But we found ourselves with lots of leftover shots that we figured XLR8R readers would like to take a look at. As such, we've compiled some of our favorites—including photos of Azari & III, Terrence Parker, The Bug, Nicolas Jaar, Ellen Allien, George FitzGerald, T.Williams, Squarepusher, Masters at Work, and many more—which can be perused after the jump. Read more »
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Hi. I'm eating veggie dumplings from Prosperity Dumpling. I just got back from Movement in Detroit. I had a great time and saw awesome sets from Benjamin Damage, Cajmere, George FitzGerald, Brodinski, Samo Sound Boy, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, and Azari & III. Shouts to Chuck and the Paxahau crew for really throwing a special festival and all the people that I had fun with. Extra props to Red Bull Music Academy. I can say I'm gonna miss everyone when they leave NYC in the next few days. It's been an incredible month. I've also still kinda been processing how much I enjoyed Spinn and Rashad's set at Santos last week. Read more »
After spending enough time with the radiant style of bass-focused electronic music put forth by Bristolian producer Hyetal (a.k.a. David Corney), it's easy to hear that his artistic vision owes a bit to the sounds of the '80s. On his excellent sophomore LP, Modern Worship, he digs deeper though, exploring more of his love for raw drums and thick atmosphere while somehow maintaining hints of that signature neon glow. Clearly, Corney's latest productions are influenced by more than just a single bygone era of music, so we were curious to find out exactly which tunes had a hand in shaping his creative process this time around. He came back to us with a list called "Five Record Shop Finds that Influenced Modern Worship," effectively proving that there's plenty more than just twinkling synths and vintage drum machines at work in the music of Hyetal. Read more »
Detroit's annual Movement festival is something of a Mecca for fans of electronic music, especially those who have a fondness for its history and the integral part the Motor City has played in its development. It's an event that has taken place every Memorial Day Weekend since 2000, and seems to have continually grown with each consecutive year, expanding its vision and curatorial approach. 2013 was no different, and from the moment XLR8R caught an early glimpse of Movement's line-up for this year, we had our heart set on attending the festivities. Thankfully, the organizers obliged, and invited us out to spend the three-day weekend getting our fill of all the house and techno (and its many permutations) presented by the huge number of performing artists. Little did we know how much of an undertaking the whole experience would be, so we've decided to share a condensed, five-point breakdown of our time spent at Movement 2013. Read more »
In electronic music circles, Barcelona's Primavera Sound festival is always likely to be slightly overshadowed by the presence of Sónar, which takes place in the same city just two weeks later. It's a festival that shouldn't be overlooked by dance fans though; despite a line-up that's generally weighted more towards rock and indie, in the last few years Primavera's electronic game has been surprisingly strong. Read more »
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