Six sets we hope you didn’t miss at Movement 2013 afterparties in Detroit

Gaby Izarra June 6, 2013 0

James Holden

As if the festival weren’t enough, Memorial Day weekend in Detroit plays host to a slew of back-to-back-to-back afterparties, drawing even more artists than the festival lineup can hold. Though our feet throbbed and our backs ached, we made our way through the lot of them – some staples like Circoloco and Need I Say More at Old Miami, and some that are just establishing Detroit traditions like Life and Death. We’ll admit some parts are blurry, but here are our picks for top six (from what we remember) at the afterparties in Detroit.

Written by Gaby Izarra, Jessica Hruska and Stephanie Fundora; Featured photo of James Holden at Life and Death

6. San Proper at The Endgame; May 27
T’was a cold and soggy Monday filled with disheartened partygoers trying to decide if/where to spend their last day getting soaked for beats. We opted to head for the shelter of TV Bar once again, and it was probably one of the best decisions we made all trip. San Proper took the decks following Hector and instantly lit up the patio with his radiant energy. Upbeat feel-good tunes had the crowd giddily dancing themselves dry. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, BAM! He busts out a killer “Thriller” remix that sent a jolt of energy through an already riled up dance floor. That moment (and his set in general) was a definite highlight of the weekend for many. –SF

5. Andrew Grant at Circoloco; May 25
A getaway from the cold, Andrew Grant transformed TV Lounge’s dark and intimate main room into the ultimate bunker spewing driving tech consistent with that of the party brand Circoloco. It was an uplifting end to the night and start of a long yet fierce morning. This video provides hardly any visuals and terrible sound but what else can you expect from a dark, loud afterhours? – GI

4. Jon Gaiser – live at Jak Attack; May 25
My friend had been raving about Gaiser for so long that I was nervous he wouldn’t live up to expectation. That was a fleeting thought. Like many of the M_nus artists, Gaiser unleashes the primal instincts hidden deep within our loins when he plays music. He’s a true musician in the sense that his performance was very well musically structured yet captured our imaginations with brilliant improvisation techniques. Gaiser really plays to the crowd and the setting, which happened to be a dark, dungy building known as City Club. As quoted from a fan on Facebook, “The ability of this artist plays with your mind. I cannot explain it.” Gaiser may have played with our minds but we liked it. -JH

3. Three b2b D’julz at The Endgame; May 27
Monday’s relentless rain gave way to a very special -unplanned- surprise, Three and D’Julz tagging at Endgame, TV Bar. Both were originally intended to play the same set times, Three in the Red Room and D’Julz in the patio; but due to weather conditions the patio was closed early, which resulted in one of the most impressive and nostalgic back-to-back sets we witness the entire time in Detroit. Playing throwback jams like Terry Francis’ “Took from me” and Doc Martins “Just As”, the two took us on a trip in the Delorean to retro deep tech-house land. Normally we like to capture a bit of the magic on video to share with you all, but this was one set that is better left in the memories of those present that night. –SF

2. Ben UFO b2b Gerd Jansen at Need I say More, Old Miami; May 27
Even as the rain pounded down on the Need I Say More party at Old Miami Monday afternoon, Ben UFO back-to-back with Gerd Jansen kept the flame lit while true fans soaked up the storm. They ripped favorites like Joy O’s “Big Room Tech House DJ Tool – TIP!” and in true Detroit fashion, the guys finish with Kevin Saunderson and Inner City’s 1988 classic “Big Fun”. – GI

1. James Holden at the Life and Death Showcase; May 26
It was an intimate affair – almost private. Most were upstairs catching Tale of Us during the Life and Death showcase in Detroit, but what I’ll call the ‘James Holden experience’ drew me to the bunker basement of St. Andrews Hall. Only his silhouette shone through a showerhead of lasers, but Holden kept us absorbed with pace-changes and intricate synths and sounds. Like if he could sense what we wanted, he started off with Four Tet’s “For These Times” and nearly concluding with Atoms For Peace “Before Your Very Eyes”. – GI