Memorial Day weekend has come and gone, and with it one of the best techno festivals on the planet: Movement Electronic Music Festival. For three days and nights–plus several early mornings–the city danced to the sweet undergrounds sounds of Hart Plaza. As you can see from the picture above, most of us are still recovering.
In celebration of this incredible occasion–and my impending physical and mental collapse–I have dedicated this week’s edition of The Technodrome to the best new techno music from several artists who performed, including Joseph Capriati, Maceo Plex, Joris Voorn, and more.
Joseph Capriati – This Then That (Original Mix) [Drumcode]
Capriati closed out the Beatport stage with style on Sunday night, sending the crowd into collective apoplexy with a foot-stomping blend of high-intensity techno. Pick up one of my favorite tracks on Beatport here.
For those of you who missed out on his set, you can listen to it in full here.
Gregor Tresher & Peter Dundov – Taurus [Break New Soil]
I heard this monster being dropped at the Underground Stage and the rest is pretty hazy, because I’m pretty sure I lost a good chunk of my mind in some dark corner. If you were looking for good, hard, unrelenting techno, there was no better place this weekend than that cacophonous, concrete cavern.
Heron – The Man Who Sold His Life (Original Mix) [FLASH]
Speaking of the underground, I’d be remiss if I skipped over a powerhouse trio of Rodhad, Marcell Dettman, and Ben Klock, who annihilated Sunday evening with three back-to-back-to-back sets. One of the highlights was Heron’s The Man Who Sold His Life, courtesy of Mr. Dettman. Pick it up on Beatport here.
Maceo Plex & Gabriel Ananda – Solitary Daze (Original Mix) [Ellum]
After watching Maceo throw it down last year at both the main festival and the official closing party, I was more than excited to see what he would bring to this year’s edition, and he didn’t disappoint. After an exhausting first few days I was content to relax in the grass while he dropped some absolute bombs, but his recent collab with Gabriel Ananda gave me that third (or was it fourth?) wind that I needed. Pick it up here.
Royksopp – I Had This Thing (Joris Voorn Remix) [Green]
While the award for best set of the weekend may end up going to Loco Dice’s jaw-dropping surprise set at the Leland City Club afterparty, I’m confident in saying that Monday belonged at to Amsterdam’s Joris Voorn. While Snoop Dogg was busy embarassing himself on the main stage, Voorn was weaving a beautiful blend of thumping techno and touching progressive electronica that made for the perfect sendoff. Pick it up this gorgeous remix on Beatport here.