The Best of Movement 2011: Live @ The Red Bull Stage

Words By Stevie Tee

Every Memorial Day weekend, Detroit pulses to the beat of some of the world’s greatest producers and DJs. This year’s Movement Electronic Music Festival was no exception, drawing record crowds of nearly 100,000 attendees throughout the weekend. Electronic music lovers grooved through pouring rain and tornado warnings the first two nights of the festival, though the weather was cooperative most of the weekend. Paxahau, the promoters who put the festival on, brought performances from two high profile artist cancellations from last year, Hudson Mohawke and Ricardo Villalobos. For the first time in the festival’s eleven-year history, almost every performance from the festival was broadcast through a live stream of each stage.

The thought of streaming webcasts brought only one thing to my mind… set recordings. Certain sets from the festival wind up surfacing every year, but usually not until it’s almost time for next year’s festival. Many sets started showing up on soundcloud pages while the festival was still going on. However, many of these sets have been removed from soundcloud and other direct download sites at the request of the artists and the festival because of sound quality issues. While I expect many of these sets to continue surfacing over the next year with or without consent, Red Bull Music Academy has provided recordings of numerous sets from the increasingly popular stage it’s sponsored each year at the festival since 2008. Some of my favorite performances from the Red Bull Music Academy stage have been posted below.


Here’s Daedelus offering up some bass heavy, beat explosion…


Check out drum ‘n’ bass legend Goldie’s fiery hot set with MC Armanni Reign…

Com Truise & Space Dimension Controller:

Thanks to Red Bull Music Academy, I could also hear some sets that I wasn’t able to catch live such as early afternoon sets from Com Truise and Space Dimension Controller.

Com Truise…

Space Dimension Controller…

Soul Clap:

Soul Clap’s R & B influenced blend of funky house kept audiences from taking cover while storms crept up on the riverside…

Aux 88:

For something with a live performance element, check out Detroit’s own Aux 88’s vocoded, electro styling…


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