Wednesday, May 25, 2011

anatomy picks: movement 2011!

it's finally upon us... detroit's movement festival!
movement, or DEMF or PEMF, depending on how you ask, hosts five stages of music from noon to midnight, saturday/sunday/monday, and as usual there's plenty of options to choose from. there are the obvious picks - ricardo villalobos will return to the US for the first time in years; richie hawtin and sven vath will draw the usual mass jubilation; adam beyer's festival-closing set on monday could be fun - but smilecoldanatomy likes it even deeper, so here's my recommendations for must-see artists at the fest.

CIO D'OR charmingly abstract productions... warm, endlessly hypnotic studio mixes... cio d'or is, to me, a real artist. if you need a teaser, check this collaborative mix with donato dozzy that i've already praised. her set at the festival will be her first visit ever to detroit, and i have no doubt that it will be special. torino stage, saturday 6-730pm

MONOLAKE another anatomy favorite, robert henke aka monolake obviously has a fan in cio d'or, who uses his tracks frequently in her mixes. long story short: monolake created the ableton live audio program, and his austere, bass-heavy techno (try out this youtube) should roll over quite perfectly in the torino underground where he'll play a live surround set with visuals provided by his VJ. i'll check out visionquest upstairs beforehand, but i'll probably be missing hawtin in order to close the festival with monolake. torino stage, saturday 1030pm-close

MARGARET DYGAS a resident DJ at the infamous panoramabar in berlin, dygas is clearly doing something right. check out her deep, dubby mix for lwe... a smooth dj who has a slim output as a producer, last year saw the release of her debut full-length album, how do you do, which is definitely worth a listen or two (or for now, just check out this track from the album).... pretty spaced out 'house' music that keeps a dark, cerebral edge. also worth noting: one of my favorite sets last year came from fellow panoramabar resident cassy, who stormed the beatport stage before hawtin's sub-in for the cancelled villalobos appearance. this year, dygas gets two hours on the big stage to get things going before villalobos; i have high hopes for her set. vitamin water stage, sunday 5-7pm

TRAVERSABLE WORMHOLE otherwise known as adam x, who is also known as the boss of sonic groove, the long-established nyc techno label that seems to be really hitting its stride right now (killer 12s by northern structures, dino sabatini and realmz). as traversable wormhole, adam performs live, jamming dubstep and techno to create something dark and fierce... here's this youtube video of function remix a TW track. i'll probably miss the first bit of dygas' set in order to get my wormhole traversed. torino stage, sunday 5-6pm

BEN KLOCK and MARCEL DETTMANN it's probably worth pairing these two. they both call berghain (the berlin club connected to panoramabar) their home-base, and are prolific producers for berghain's ostgut ton imprint, both having released their debut albums via o-ton. both also run their labels (klockworks and MDR) and stick to a tough, raw techno aesthetic - i'll admit, i usually prefer dettmann's more clinical approaches. and both will be doing the business underground at torino sunday night with klock leading the way for dettmann's closing set. this is probably how i will end sunday at the festival. torino stage, sunday 9-1030pm (klock), 1030-close (dettmann)

... so, those are my festival picks. where's monday, you say? monday will be everywhere after a weekend of dance music around detroit. if i make it back to the festival (which i plan to do!), i intend to catch PEARSON SOUND/RAMADANMAN and SCUBA at the red bull stage- two dj's with a similar penchant for taking dubstep sounds, pitching them down a bit, and adding elements of house and techno. should be a pleasant final-lap change from strictly 4/4 beats.

that's all for now. and yes, those picks mean i plan on spending a lot of time underground at the torino stage. my friends and i begin our journey to detroit in 10 hours. i plan on checking out the smartbar party at tv lounge friday night, the RA CLR party at elysium saturday night (probably followed by the 'i love you but' party), and probably the monday old miami party, and who knows what else. look for the tall skinny guy with glasses and you've probably found me. cheers, and happy memorial day weekend!

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