#5 Rrose - Both his DJ set at the preparty and his live set at the festival were fantastic. I like his level of restraint, it really keeps the set building.
#4 Azari + III - I thought they were gonna lay an egg in the rain on monday but they brought it hard with great funky dance music and live vocals.
#3 Terrance Parker - I walked away from Richie to show my girlfriend a little bit of TP and we couldn't leave. He is the best technical DJ i have ever seen.
#2 Luke Slater - I didn't know who he was before everyone hyped him up, and thank you. What a mindfuck. It was artistic, complicated and utterly intense. Loved the changes they made to the underground stage this year. No joke, this set gave my girlfriend her period.
#1 Maetrik - Dude played such a fantastic headliner techno set in a monsoon. I like Maetrik WAY more than Maceo Plex. He played a 10 minute version of my favorite techno song of the year that I still haven't been able to ID. If I could pick one moment of glory I guess it would be that.
It is really hard to make a list because everything was so good. All of the oldschool heavyweights from Moodyman to Cajmere were fantastic. Brodinski and Gesstafelstein were great, a little cheesy, but fun none the less. They also were NOT playing pre-recorded sets. I'm glad the reviews of Squarepusher are so positive. I am a big fan but I decided to skip him because I'm going to catch him at Bisco in July.
One of the few letdowns for me was George Fitzgerald, who really isn't a very good DJ. I also watched Moby jump around on stage for an entire build and drop and promptly walked away. I had no expectations for Moby, I knew he was going to play a cheeseball prerecorded set, even in Detroit. The only other letdown was that I didn't meet Nick O, or see MJA all weekend.