Funky Friday: Inner City

In sticking with the theme of the 2010 Movement festival, we want to highlight an oldie-but-goodie. Inner City is playing live on Sunday on the Vitamin Water Main Stage and I cannot get their biggest hits out of my head. Good Life (Amazon Affiliate link) is their biggest hit. It exemplifies the late 80s/early 90s for inner-city Detroiters. Big Fun (affiliate link) is their other highly-recognizable jam. Manned by one of Detroit Techno’s originators Kevin Saunderson, Inner City will always be a link in Detroit’s rich musical heritage.

The links posted are there in case you get the bug that I have and you want to add the tracks to your collection. Dig deeper, there is more goodness where those came from. Otherwise, enjoy the video and get ready for the long weekend!

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Movement Week: Hudson Mohawke – “Rising 5″ Star Producer

Hudson Mohawke is our sleeper pick of the 2010 Movement festival. The hip hop / electronic producer has caused quite a stir on the interwebs. Signed to Warp Records, the artist also known as HudMo has set the bar for the new generation of computer music producers. His production set-up revolves around the Fruity Loops software, which historically has not given us much in the way of impressive mainstream hits. If anything, it has provided with the tinny and stiff production we hear a lot of on places like MySpace.

Our favorite joint off of Butter (Amazon affiliate link) – his latest release on Warp – is “Rising 5,” which is just a spectacular arrangement of triumphant synth blasts and patiently-laid drums. You can check it out in the multi-media player above.

HudMo is playing a live set Sunday on the Red Bull Music Academy stage. If you dig what you To get you juiced for his performance, check out this video for his song “Joy Fantastic” featuring Olivier.

Movement Week | AVG: Kraak & Smaak – Squeeze Me

Kraak & Smaak is a band name that seems like it may be laced with irony. For some reason, I imagine this Dutch trio being the least dangerous troupe that you could meet, but then again, I have yet to meet them. Maybe the “indirect” drug reference is just a description of how addictive their tunes are. Yeah, that sounds about right.

On Sunday, May 30th, Holland meets Detroit on the Red Bull Music Academy Stage at the 2010 Movement festival. In anticipation of their arrival, we want to share the song they are best known – “Squeeze Me.” Enjoy!

Movement – Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival

Before I get into talking about one of my favorite events in my hometown – Movement (formerly known as Detroit Electronic Music Festival or DEMF) – I want to make it clear that my open letter to the production company behind the event is constructive. There is no malicious intent from anyone in the camp. We only want the best for Detroit, so we offered our ideas on what can keep the event thriving. With that out of the way, let’s get talk techno, shall we?

Well not just techno, Movement is a celebration of all forms of electronic-based and -inspired music, but techno is the nucleus of it all. This year is headlined by Richie Hawtin as Plastikman, Model 500 and Inner City. The original electronic music festival in the birthplace of techno started in 2000. It has gone through many hands with an attached story that could rival a soap opera. Through it all, it is still Detroit and it is still the festival for everyone that loves electronic music, whether it be artists from Ghostly, the Princess of Chicago Juke Revival Kid Sister or Mr. Scuff.

Recently, online electronic music magazine Resident Advisor posted the most extensive, candidly-structureed historical review of the electronic music festival in Detroit, starting at its genesis. Once we saw the oral historical account, we figured there is not much else we needed to do in that space. You can expect features throughout this week on many of the artists we look forward to checking out at the festival. We hope to see you there!

Who are you looking forward to seeing this weekend? Let us know in the comments.