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15 dance music films you should probably watch

If you get bored this weekend...

  • Rebecca Frankland and Mixmag Staff
  • 22 May 2015

1 High Tech Soul: The Creation Of Techno Music

High Tech Soul delivers the history of techno as told by those living, working, creating and dancing in its motherland: Detroit. Absolutely essential viewing that profiles the originators as well as later waves of artists coming out of Motor City.

2 Human Traffic

If you've ever got high and gone to a club with your mates then you'll relate to this. Human Traffic is every amazing Friday night you've ever had distilled into a feature film. The planning, the scrambling for tickets, the travelling, the come up, the come down, the pill romance, the pointless pill chats, some fucking cracking one liners that no one ever remembers the morning after… Cult classic status thanks to Mr Nice shouting "boooomshanka" and Danny Dyer sitting on the crapper with a tinnie hollering "Nice one bruvvvvvvva".

3 I'm Tryna Tell Ya

London film squad Don't Watch That went out to Chicago to film a defining documentary about footwork, the genre that's blossomed in the city since the late 90s. The team spent time with Teklife, the footwork crew founded by DJ Spinn and the late, great DJ Rashad. This film takes a trip to the dance halls, basements, studios and front rooms of the genre's key players (including Rashad) to learn about its history, how it's made, the competitive dance battles that it soundtracks and its spread beyond Chicago city limits.

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