Here’s, admittedly, a minimal effort by me, but that more or less characterizes the thrust of musical perfomers–lots of minimal techno. So much so that Richie Hawtin, usually refreshing in his difference from the rest of the artists involved, was almost anticlimactic in his festival-closing performance. Standouts (sadly I missed Saturday) included Carl Craig, Mike Huckaby, le petit Orb (who killed it with “Little Fluffy Clouds” and a strange, dubby remix of Aqua’s “Barbie Girl.” The original, I was informed last night, was produced by Booka Shade and proceeds helped bankroll Get Physical.) Sweeping around I also heard lots of Tortured Soul, Greenskeepers, Planet of the Drums, Deadbeat, Josh Wink, Mikkel Metal, Derrick May and Donnacha Costello. Whew. Nitzer Ebb pounded and growled through a hell of a perfomance, considering their ten-year layoff, but the crowd didn’t know quite what to make of them.
The near-90 degree heat during the day sapped a lot of afterparty drive, but I did manage to get out and check out Doc Martin on Saturday night and Souldega’s I Heart House on Sunday. Andy Caldwell, DJ Sneak, Fred Everything and the pros from Souldega put on a great show. Unfortunately the evening ended abruptly at around 3:45 when a pipe burst and the club began to flood. Hot, sweaty revelers didn’t realize it was from a broken toilet at first, so you can imagine the relief turned to panic, all observed with dark hilarity.