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Apr 15
2014

8 Coachella Weekend 1 Sets You Need To Listen To

Indio, California was ablaze with music, good vibes, and bros once again this past weekend for the sixteenth annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Coachella has long embraced electronic music as a major staple of its festival lineup before many other major US festivals, and this year was no different. The electronic side of the spectrum featured acts from the big room, bass music, techno, and indie electronica worlds, and was mostly centered around the arched Sahara tent and the massively improved Yuma tent. The latter boasted almost three times the space this year and more disco balls than a clothing-optional club in the '70s, including a shark-shaped fixture positioned directly in front of the DJ booth.

Unfortunately, not all of the sets from Coachella are available online, but of the ones available, we chose eight that are required listening for anyone who didn't make it, or anyone who simply wants to reminisce on their time in the picturesque Southern California desert.

Dillon Francis



Even if you've seen Dillon Francis live twenty times, you still probably get massive FOMO if you even consider not going to his set at a festival you are attending. We succumbed to the FOMO and hit up his Saturday set, where he was sporting a new, cubic-esque stage with plenty of cats and Dillon faces thrown into the visuals for good measure. In a true display of his prolific artistry, the vast majority of his set was made up of his own tracks, including his new collaboration with wee Martin Garrix, who showed up onstage to intro the track. Even Diplo dropped by to extol Francis, yelling to the crowd “I just wanna say right now that Dillon Francis is the future of music!” View the tracklist here.


Darkside

New-ish superduo Darkside consists of Nicolas Jaar and Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington, and on Saturday the eclectic outfit brought guitars, keyboard, and DJ decks to the Gobi tent for a dark and tantalizing performance. The set primarily consisted of tracks from their 2013 album Psychic, with Harrington's brooding guitar providing a grounded base for Nico's heavy kickdrum and piano accents. Check out their setup here.


Disclosure



Do we even need to sell you on this one? The biggest breakout dance act in recent memory, Disclosure, ripped the Outdoor Stage a new one on Sunday with a set that culminated in a climactic cameo by Ms. Mary J. Blige during their F For You collaboration. Watch a video of the appearance here. The lady's still got it.


Flosstradamus



The boys of Flosstradamus literally turned the crowd into a mosh pit on Sunday. Prior to dropping Mosh Pit, the duo instructed that they wanted the entire crowd to mosh... and they did. We're glad we survived it. Otherwise, the Mojave tent set was full of massive trap, tribal, and hard dance heaters that would even leave a Southern trap purist with a smile on their face.


The Glitch Mob



Given the breadth of genres the trio that is The Glitch Mob has covered, one is never quite sure what to expect when seeing the versatile group in a live setting. This time, the boys brought a heavy dose of electro and glitch hop to the Sahara tent on Friday, featuring several tracks from their new album, Love Death Immortality.


GTA

We at LessThan3 are thrilled that the GTA boys are getting booked at festivals like Coachella. Armed with a tribal-tinged flavor currently unmatched in the "EDM" world, GTA brought the Sahara tent to its knees on Saturday with more snare drums than you hear at a DCI Competition. Check the full setlist here.


Calvin Harris



It doesn't matter how jaded you are toward mainstream dance music, there is something magical about seeing an unsuspecting crowd of dance music virgins get aurally pounded for the first time with live four-on-the-floor beats. This is exactly what happened during Calvin Harris' mainstage set, with the man throwing down a set that even raised the eyebrows of long-time Harris fans for its sheer intensity. Harris reported the following day that Coachella officials had informed him he drew the second biggest crowd in Coachella history, the first biggest being 2012's Dr. Dre/Snoop Dogg/Tupac hologram performance.


Skrillex



Skrillex showed up with a brand new design for his Mothership stage and enough energy to power all of Manhattan to close out the Sahara tent on Saturday. Special guest appearances included A$AP Rocky on Wild For The Night and the vocalist from Niki & The Dove to perform her poignant vocal on Sonny's new take of Niki & The Dove's 2012 release, DJ, Ease My Mind. Find the full tracklist here.
Dillon Francis - Coachella 2014, Weekend 1
Darkside - Coachella 2014, Weekend 1
Disclosure - Coachella 2014, Weekend 1
Flosstradamus - Coachella 2014, Weekend 1
The Glitch Mob - Coachella 2014, Weekend 1
GTA - Coachella 2014, Weekend 1
Calvin Harris - Coachella 2014, Weekend 1
Skrillex - Coachella 2014, Weekend 1
Apr 08
2014

Skrillex Launches New Label, Gives Away AC Slater EP

Skrillex has launched a new free-release label called Nest. Operated separately from his other label OWSLA, Nest will run through Nest HQ and will exclusively feature free releases from both up-and-coming and mainstream artists.

Aaron Clevenger, better known as AC Slater, has offered up his new EP Back To The Floor as the label's inaugural release. According to AC, the five-track EP focuses on taking the focal point of dance music away from the “superstar DJ concert” and bringing it back to the club:

Back to the Floor is just a statement of where my head is at musically.... The whole “put your hands up” and shit is cool but it’s kinda played out for me personally. I want to focus more on the music and how it makes the individual feel. Everyone having their own experience and vibing out in the club rather than watching someone tell them what to do. It doesn’t have to be on 10 all the time. It’s okay to zone out and get lost in the music...
Back To The Floor is available to download via Nest HQ here.
exclusive
AC Slater - Drink It Down
AC Slater feat. Micah Freeman - On The Run
AC Slater - Roll Up
AC Slater feat. Tigerlight - Clouds On Fire
AC Slater - Freaky
Apr 07
2014

EDM In MLB: Ballers Who Bump Dance Music Before They Bat

Let's face it--if America's sport has a musical genre, it's more likely to be country than EDM. The worlds of baseball and electronic music rarely collide, but when they do, it's pretty much magical. With 2014's baseball season officially in full swing, we're paying homage to some players who have honored EDM in one of the best ways possible: by choosing it as their walk-up music.


Cody Ross (Arizona Diamondbacks)
Bassnectar - Vava Voom




Pablo Sandoval (San Francisco Giants)
Baauer - Harlem Shake




Bud Norris (Baltimore Orioles)
Kavinsky - Nightcall




Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals)
Moby - Flower




Neil Walker (Pittsburgh Pirates)
A$AP Rocky feat. Skrillex & Birdy Nam Nam - Wild For The Night




A.J. Griffin (Oakland A's)
Wolfgang Gartner - Illmerica




Matt Joyce (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
Flux Pavilion - I Can't Stop




Mat Latos (Cincinnati Reds)
Benny Benassi feat. Gary Go - Cinema (Skrillex Remix)




Aaron Crow (Kansas City Royals)
Swedish House Mafia & Knife Party - Antidote




Drew Stubbs (Cleveland Indians)
Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch - Sweet Nothing

Bassnectar feat. Lupe Fiasco - Vava Voom [Amorphous]
Baauer - Harlem Shake [Mad Decent]
Kavinsky - Nightcall [Record Makers]
Moby - Flower [Little Idiot]
A$AP Rocky feat. Skrillex and Birdy Nam Nam - Wild for the Night [RCA]
Wolfgang Gartner - Illmerica [Ultra]
Flux Pavilion - I Can't Stop [Circus]
Benny Benassi feat. Gary Go - Cinema (Skrillex Remix) [Ultra]
Swedish House Mafia & Knife Party - Antidote [EMI]
Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch - Sweet Nothing [Sony]
Apr 06
2014

The Elliphant In The Room

Some may classify Swedish singer Elliphant as a pop artist, but she is anything but. To prove it, the self-described "twisted illegitimate offspring of MIA and Diplo--as deliciously fierce as the former but as intelligently playful as the latter," has joined forces with Mad Decent to release her international debut EP, Look Like You Love It.

Unapologetic and outspoken, Elliphant's defiant attitude is on full display in the lead track Revolusion--the rough, ragged, and raw cut is both gritty and genuine. Two tracks on the EP feature production from Diplo, including Booty Killah, a superlative dancehall thriller that is heavy on bass and short on compromise. Unsurprisingly, the hottest track of the bunch features the rudeboy of bass himself, Skrillex. His hard-hitting, in-your-face production on Only Getting Younger is the perfect complement to Elliphant’s edgy vocals. Check out the video of the lead single, Revolusion, down below, and grab the full EP on iTunes now.

Elliphant - Revolusion [Mad Decent]
Elliphant feat. The Reef - Booty Killah [Mad Decent]
Elliphant feat. Skrillex - Only Getting Younger [Mad Decent]
Apr 01
2014

Skrillex’ Latest Video Comes From ‘A Galaxy Far, Far Away’