Another Movement has come and gone and the dust has finally begun to settle. One of the more controversial topics surrounding this year’s event was the lack of true-to-form techno heard last year at the Underground Stage and how that would change in 2017. With Resident Advisor at the helm for the majority of the weekend, and artists like Ben Sims b2b Truncate, Rebekah, Ryan Elliot, and more on the bill, everything was in place for techno to reign supreme once again.
And it sure did.
Detroit local Altstadt Echo opened the stage up for the weekend and had the dance floor moving from wall to wall by the end of his two hour performance. Sterac (Steve Rachmed) was one of the most anticipated acts to grace the underground and did not disappoint. Rachmed spent the 90 minute duration of his set hunched over the decks working the knobs like a surgeon, cutting each track and sample with ease. The UK’s Rebekah took absolutely no prisoners during her monster hybrid set on the 29th, spending just over an hour meticulously layering bits of audio flawlessly. Ryan Elliot has been a regular for over 10 years now and so his incredibly robust, yet well-polished performance surprised few.
All in all, the Underground Stage provided quality techno all weekend long and rivaled 2015 for one of the better Underground lineups in recent memory.