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Friday, February 25, 2011

Dub you very much: Movement lines up first 20 artists

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 2:16 PM

While perpetual enfant terrible trance-tech crossover clown Sven Väth and the equally hilarious Visionquest (made up of homies Seth Troxler, Ryan Crosson, Shaun Reeves and Lee Curtiss) may get top billing in the first round of lineup announcements for Movement 2011, we beg to go even deeper, darker and further outside the box in making our first "must-see" recommendations for this year's festival.

Let's start with Echospace, the Detroit dub techno duo (technically Port Huron and Chicago) with origins in Deepchord (Rod Modell) and Soultek (Steven Hitchell), which last played the festival in 2008. The group has put out out a ton of dense, hypnotic, vertigo-inducing original and remixed material (including killer remixes by other artists, including King Midas Sound, the Sight Below and Detroiter Mike Huckaby) on its own Echospace label (see related projects cv313, Intrusion, and Variant) and Manchester UK's Modern Love over the past four years.

Also tipped: Scuba, an Englishman doing it abroad (in Berlin, yes), destroying what all you haters call "dubstep" and moving it into another level of categorization. He was here last year at TV Bar; check him out on a beefier sound system for maximum dub effect. He's a fixture at Berlin's Berghain, as is trippy minimalist Marcel Dettman, who was also announced this week. Also on the list: Reference (more homeboys, Luke Hess and Brian Kage), drum & bass ace Goldie, Green Velvet, Dâm-Funk & Master Blazter, Detroit house vet Bruce Bailey, Alan Oldham's DJ T-1000 (aging ravers will recall his WDET radio show Fast Forward. It aired 1987-1992: wow, was it that long ago?) and more.

Movement 2011 is May 28-30 at downtown Detroit's Hart Plaza. More announcements coming soon. We'll jump all over 'em when they roll in.

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