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Electronic essentials for this weekend's Movement festival
Three days. Four(-plus) nights. Some 115 performances on five stages. Thirteen official pre-parties. A staggering 49 late-night aftershow events.
Nobody can say this weekend's Movement Electronic Music Festival --in its 14th year and coming off a 2012 edition that drew more than 107,000 to Detroit's Hart Plaza -- doesn't know how to party.
With that kind of lineup, of course, choosing which parts of the party to join takes careful planning -- and pacing. It's a delicate dance for the dancers, in other words. After all, nobody wants to miss the very best that Movement has to offer.
Here, then, is a quick and subjective guide to a dozen Movement must-sees, the sets to catch by any means possible, even if it means hoping between stages...
Nina Kravitz, 4 p.m. Saturday, Underground stage: The Siberian-born, Moscow-based DJ is one of electronic music's hottest new faces of the past five years thanks to singles such as "Pain in the Ass" and her self-titled 2012 debut album. Expect to see her on a bigger stage in subsequent years.
Richie Hawtin, 10 p.m. Saturday, Red Bull Music Academy stage: The British-born, Windsor-raised artist and label chief returns to his old stomping grounds with a new production called Enter, which promises to be another landmark in Hawtin's history of sound-and-light phantasmagoras. Movement artist coordinator Chuck Flask of Paxahau also predicts that Hawtin and British DJ Dave Clarke, who goes on just before him, will "basically be a techno showdown. Those two dudes are super-intense and will both try to oudo each other. I think it's going to be some great competition for both of them."
Moby, 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Beatport stage: If anybody can go toe-to-toe with Hawtin it's this EDM legend, a multi-faceted star of the genre (and occasional chart hitmaker) who brings his ample DJ skills to the Movement site this year.
Andy C, 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Electric Forest stage: The drum-and-bass great and Ram Records founder makes his first-ever festival and Detroit appearance to bring a taste of his Ram events in London to the Motor City.
adult., 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Red Bull Music Academy stage: This month's release of the Detroit group's fifth album, "The Way Things Fall," gives some extra juice to its dinnertime set.
Luke Slater/Planetary Assault System, 9:15 p.m. Sunday, Underground stage: The veteran British techno king incorporates drummers, bass and even live vocals to his latest stage presentation, which has been making big noise in Europe.
Squarepusher, 10:45 p.m. Sunday, Red Bull Music Academy stage: British DJ and instrumentalist Tom Jenkinson is know for his inventive remixes and mind-blowing LED light shows. He'll flaunt both at Movement.
Masters At Work, 10 p.m. Sunday, Beatport stage: The New York duo of "Little" Louie Vega and Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez bring a history of pop, R&B, jazz and Latin remixes to the (turn)table every time they spin together.
Dantiez Saunderson, 2 p.m. Monday, Made In Detroit stage: A chip off the ol' techno block? There will be plenty of eyes and ears on the son of Kevin and Ann Saunderson, whose debut recording, "Undergo," also surfaces this month.
Nicolas Jaar, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Red Bull Music Academy Stage: What's kept the Chilean artist from playing Movement in the past? How about Comparative Literature studies at Brown University. He'll school us on what we've been missing at this year's fest.
The Hi-Tech Soul Concept: Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson, 10:30 p.m. Monday, Red Bull Music Academy Stage: There's no better finish for the festival than this duo of Detroit techno pioneers, who are planning to tag-team the turntables throughout their set.
Electric Forest stage, Monday: Arguably the most exciting single-day lineup on any of Movement's five stages takes the festival to its conclusion, with a live set from Detroit's own Deastro and an evening build that builds from Paper Diamond, Gramatik and GRIZ before the Denver duo Big Gigantic, Electric Forest's own festival closer in 2012, takes over at the end of the night.
The Movement Electronic Music Festival takes place Saturday through Monday, May 25-27, at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit. Tickets range from $49 daily to $99 for the entire weekend. Ticket, schedules and artist and party information can be found at www.movement.us.
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