Before mega events like Ultra Fest, EDC and Electric Zoo turned EDM into big business (again), a little upstart festival called Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF) denied all of the odds and brought the sounds of techno and house to the struggling metropolis for all to enjoy. Now in it’s 13th year, the gathering renamed Movement continues to buck the trends by offering a unique overview of global electronic music that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Our performer picks for 2012 aren’t all of the biggest names on the line-up, but give yourself a chance to catch something you won’t find on every other event listing in the world.
Perennial favorite Mark Farina has rocked many a dance floor, but for a generation of party kids, his contributions to the after party are just as significant. The DJs Mushroom Jazz series was the soundtrack to many the “morning after,” and virtually became it’s own genre of downtempo, acid jazz, trip-hop and other slow and soulful beats. Don’t miss this rare public performance of tunes the SF legend usually reserves for private playing. (Saturday, Main Stage, 3-5) …MORE
What can we honestly say about the unique individual that encompasses the guise of Madteo, the Italian-born, Queens-based producer that has been brewing up a storm in the cavernous worlds of underground house and techno. Sonically understated and uniquely inventive, Madteo’s sounds spread across the labels of Meaksuma, Workshop and most recently, Hinge Finger, a label headed by UK producer Joy Orbison and Honest Jon’s in-house-artist Will Bankhead. His Bugler Gold Pt. 1 EP has been well-received is a further continuation of his exploratory and enigmatic source of sounds. With forthcoming material already in the pipeline, Madteo shares his musical tastes eloquently with URB with a mix entitled “Irradiance Cache Mix”, as well as a few words to highlight his influences, history and forthcoming material. Check out the Q&A, mix and tracklist after the jump. Oh and be sure to check him out with “Shake” Shakir tonight at TURRBOTAX. Details here.
Memorial Day weekend is approaching, which for the international techno community can only mean one thing — it’s time for Detroit’s Movement Electronic Music Festival. Heading into it’s lucky 13th year, Movement is coming with one of it’s best line-ups ever, including headliner sets by Public Enemy, Lil Louis and Jeff Mills (performing a retro-’80s set as The Wizard). URB has a pair of tickets to give away to Movement 2012. E-mail is at contest[at]urb[dot]com with the subject line “Movement 2012″ to enter. Winners will be notified on Monday, May 21st. …MORE
Several thousand records, said to have belonged to the late J Dilla, have been found in a storage locker in the Detroit suburb of Clinton Township and are being sold at a local record store, according to the Detroit News. …MORE
The newest video from MC SelfSays (Directed by Matt Barth) features famed New York producer Blockhead on the beat. The feisty Detroit rapper has a few new projects in the works at the moment — saying you can expect a new flexi-disc single out on Insect Records just in time for SXSW.