THE MARBLE FACTORY:
Motor City Drum Ensemble [3hrs]
David J Bull
Crack Magazine returns to Motion this December with a line-up that brings together true club heavyweights with some of the most exciting DJs coming through right now.
Jeff Mills is a name that’s intertwined with the very fabric of dance music history. A founding member of mythologised Detroit collective Underground Resistance, he has championed a stripped-back, minimalist approach to techno that has shaped generations. And while Mills’ productions remain cornerstones of the Detroit techno genre, his influence isn’t confined to the past – as a prolific DJ, he has stayed at the very cutting edge of techno through a blend of technological innovation and conceptual scope.
Motor City Drum Ensemble – aka Danilo Plessow – has been at the forefront of German house music for over a decade now. Possessing a deep, diggers’ knowledge of music, his soulful, Detroit-infused sound has helped established Plessow and one of the most respected DJs out there – and one of the most in-demand.
These auspicious veterans are supported by a handful of vital DJs currently redefining dance music in 2018. Najaaraq Vestbirk, better known as Courtesy, has risen to the international DJ top-tier in a relatively short space of time. A testament to her intuitive, original style behind the decks – refined in the Copenhagen underground where she first came up. Also joining the bill is UMFANG, part of the pioneering Discwoman collective. Known for her expressive, raw-edged mutation of techno, the Kansas-born, Brooklyn-based DJ – real name Emma Olson – delights in pushing crowds out of their comfort zone.
Likewise, Tokyo DJ Powder charts a course that is specifically her own. Over the last year or so, her kinetic sets have stirred up a word-of-mouth buzz stemming from her ability to create textural sets that may move from ambient to acid, krautrock to hip-house without ever sacrificing their own internal logic.
As well as being one of the minds behind Glastonbury’s Block9, Gideön has built a rep as a DJ in the capital’s underground queer clubs and illegal spaces, honing his selections over two decades – now, though, the rest of the world is starting to catch on.
Support will come from Amsterdammer DJ and Lullabies head Izabel and three local names currently edging their way on to Crack Magazine’s radar: NTS affiliate Danielle, Wisdom Teeth head Facta and David J Bull.