With so many different styles of music represented in the madness that is Movement and Detroit, it's possible to see a lot of artists for the first time and also tons of your favorites in the same weekend.
The only thing keeping you from getting around is some of the congestion at the festival and lines for the afterparties. But if you have the patience to spend a lot of time dodging ravers on a rampage, you can successfully hear plenty.
So while we pick 'our top sets' of the festival, it's important to remember that we only judged what we heard in person and we obviously can't be at four or five stages at the same time or multiple afterparties at once.
Catz 'n Dogz @ Beatport
Voitek and Gregor are always known to bring the party proper, but this set was perfect for a Saturday afternoon at Movement. The weather was beautiful and sunny. The setting along the Detroit River was immaculate. The fellas came in with some serious heaters for their 90 minutes and got the crowd going. Some of the highlights were an intro that had a sample saying "Detroit" and then a track that sampled Marky Mark's "Good Vibrations" near the end that sent things over the top. A classic summer kickoff by Catz 'n Dogz.
Method Man @ Red Bull
People seemed to have some hesitation about seeing Method Man at a techno festival - or at least admitting that they wanted to. But for those that made it over, you were treated to energy and a physical performance by him that you're not soon forgetting. Anyone who even touched hip-hop in the late 90's and early 00's is familiar with Method Man and Wu-Tang Clan's classics. But the coolest part was how hyped he was on stage. At one point, Method Man surfed the crowd and then stood up, with one foot each being supported by the mass of people under him, and rapped in the middle of the throng. As one veteran agent said, "It was one of the coolest things I've ever seen at Movement."
Dixon @ City Club
While Dixon is always highly-anticipated, his set on the main stage at the festival earlier on Saturday left something to be desired. While it was alright, there was just never a connection with the crowd. But once it came to the Innervisions afterparty at City Club (a crumbling goth club that is part of an abandoned hotel), Dixon found the dark and dingy basement and was in his element. For two hours, he weaved a story full of classic "Dixon moments" where you ask yourself "where does he get tracks like this?" That's the reason he is so revered, though, is his ability to take us on a journey like nobody else.
Art Department @ Movement
It was a surprise to many people to see Kenny Glasgow and Jonny White up on the main stage together on Sunday. The duo had announced that Glasgow was leaving to pursue his solo career just weeks earlier, but they had made certain commitments to festivals to honor their contracts and play together. Fortunately for us, Movement was one of them. They delivered the signature Art Department flavor and it was the best its tasted in some time. The grooves were tribal, but the bass was bumping and brought the audience to a flashback from years before when the duo had started taking the world by storm. At one point, a topless girl got on someone's shoulders and waved furiously at Kenny and Jonny. Kenny just smiled sheepishly and waved back. Art Department was in full effect.
Move D @ TV Lounge
While David Moufang was not scheduled to play the festival this year, we were excited to see him on the lineup for OK Cool at TV Lounge. Even better, Move D was playing outside on the patio - which meant not having to deal with the heat at a place like City Club. Playing the entire set with his trademark huge smile on his face, Moufang brought it jazzy and jacking at different times, but it was all smooth - and definitely all good. More and more Americans are starting to be exposed to Move D in the last couple years, which is good news for those wanting to see his unique talents in places other than Detroit, New York and L.A.
Seth Troxler @ TV Lounge
It may be a surprise to see Troxler on this list, as his sets have often been hit or miss for us in recent years. Many times he has been all over the place and the programming doesn't quite make sense. But in his hometown, with the vibe thick like it was at TV Lounge, Troxler brought the goods. His set was deeper and lacking some of the crazier vocals or disco samples that throw the flow off in other performances. We planned to leave the party after Move D if Troxler lost the plot, but he definitely won us over this night as we stayed until the end of his set - and gladly so.
Stacey Pullen & Carl Craig @ Old Miami
There were some people who were disappointed that Need I Say More didn't offer any "new" or "international" artists this year, but hopefully you weren't one of them. The lineup at Old Miami was full of homegrown Detroit talent, which meant that these two legends were on closing duties for this epic Monday day party. Once Pullen and Craig hit the decks in the afternoon, it immediately became a mix of weird acid lines and Detroit classics. There were rarely vocals (except for some samples) and there were even less breakdowns. The beats came consistent and dirty all afternoon, which despite many tracks we hadn't heard before, the crowd was as into it as its ever been at Old Miami - hands up in the air, hoots and hollers raining down. The hype surrounding it and the lines getting in were less, but this may have been our favorite Old Miami yet.
MK @ Made In Detroit
MK said before the festival that he was viewing this as his "first Movement appearance" because he was so excited being around family and friends and about playing after Lee Foss and before Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May. The Detroit native did not disappoint as he started out with some more banging tracks and worked his way into some of the soulful and melodic house that he became famous for. The vibes were unbelievable during his set as it was packed in front of the stage and dancers were into every track. MK was clearly having an amazing time as he clapped his hands above his head and snapped shots on a cell phone between mixes. There are some DJs who are clearly deep in the moment when they play Detroit and Marc Kinchen was one of those, as he provided much-needed energy at the end of this marathon festival.
Catz 'n Dogz - Catz 'n Dogz Facebook
Dixon - @tryckytryck
Art Department - @tryckytryck
Move D - OK Cool
Seth Troxler - OK Cool
MK - MK Facebook