Acres of lush green grass. Majestic palm trees highlighted by a purple mountain backdrop. Sunny Southern California skies. Desert nights in the Spring. Cutting edge art installations. The hottest artists/DJs in the world. And 75,000 of your closest friends. As far as music festivals go, The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is as good as it gets. What makes Coachella the premier festival in the country & one of the top festivals in the world? First and foremost, the music. Coachella first began in 1999, took a year off in 2000, and since then, I’ve attended the last 13 festivals. And if there’s one thing I can say unequivocally, it’s that the music lineup always delivers. Not only does Coachella consistently offer the hottest musicians of the moment, the festival has also played host to some of the greatest acts of all time: Paul McCartney, Prince, Madonna, Roger Waters, Radiohead, Daft Punk, Dre & Snoop & many others. Artists come out of retirement & bands reunite for Coachella. Musically speaking, it’s an A-list festival. But to achieve that A-list status, you have to deliver the goods from top to bottom. While keeping an eye on the mainstream, Coachella has always had its finger on the pulse of the underground. At the height of the Disco Punk revival in 2004, Coachella made sure to book acts like LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture, !!! & Le Tigre. During those glorious Bloghaus years from 2007-2009, Coachella didn’t miss a beat with Bloghaus darlings MSTRKRFT, Klaxons, Justice, Sebastian, Kavinsky & Ghostland Observatory. And last year Coachella took a more underground approach by adding the Yuma Tent & keeping things deep & dark with acts like Seth Troxler, Maya Jane Coles, Julio Bashmore, Loco Dice & Richie Hawtin. For Coachella, it’s ALWAYS been about the music.
As we put the cork in the sweet bottle that was 2013, dance music can toast to the New Year after having one of her finest years yet. Dance music has been stuck into the mainstream vein like never before, and the subsequent resurgence to underground sounds have been thriving across the globe. From the deserts to the beaches, festivals both new and old continue to pack sold out audiences, and there are no signs of slowing.
On behalf of the GDD™ collective, we’d like to say thanks for riding along with us. Whether you were with us from the beginning, or have only recently stumbled across our page, we’re honored to share our taste in music with you. We’ve humbly amassed a year’s worth of tunes and tallied up our favorite DJs and producers. This has certainly been the most difficult year for selections due to the awesome amount of great tunes that dropped, which is why most of the categories have expanded. It warms our hearts to see a host of our friends in the running this year, as well as all the fresh faces that broke through with massive years.
We hope that 2013 was a prosperous one for you, and we bid you all a Happy New Year.
Lauren Lane has been on quite the tear of late, supporting some of the finest DJs the darker side of dance music has to offer. A BPM Festival veteran, resident DJ at Framework at Sound Nightclub in Hollywood, and a former New York resident now residing in LA, it’s been nearly exactly one year since we first brought her to your attention via this post about her stellar release on Visionquest with dOP frontman Jaws.
Perhaps her biggest moment to date though, fortunately for all of us, was caught in a high-quality one-hour recording. The new “Yuma Tent” at this year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival was all the rage because it had a) some semblance of air conditioning and b) house and techno’s finest were represented non-stop for three straight days. Lauren definitely held her own amongst the best the underground scene has to offer, and this downloadable mix is living testament to that.
With a slew of quality tracks currently slated for release on some more of the biggest labels in the game, I think it’s only a matter of time before her ascent of the underground is complete.
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As the Indio dust is finally settling from two weeks of wind, heat and wild spirits across the polo fields, we look back at our favorite moments of this years Coachella Music Festival. With a staggering artist lineup each day making it almost impossible to catch every set we wanted to see, the most memorable performances are all that stand alone from such an incredible experience in the desert. Here are the “best of the fest” we have to give royalty to… Continue Reading
I couldn’t have imagined a better way to close out Coachella this year than by watching the Disclosure boys rock the Gobi Tent. Their blistering set was the perfect end to an amazing weekend. The set ended with two special guest vocalists, Jessie Ware on “Running” and Sam Smith on “Latch” (see below). No offense to the Red Hot Chili Peppers or Eric Prydz, but if you weren’t at Disclosure to close out the festival, you were doing it wrong.
Midway through their set, Disclosure announced that they were playing a new track off their upcoming album. The track turned out to be “You & Me” featuring Eliza Doolittle, and despite the fact that nobody in the crowd had heard the song before, it did little to deter them from cuttin’ some serious rug (or in this case, some serious grass). Check out “You & Me” below and get to steppin’.
• New single ‘You & Me’ available April 28th
• November UK Tour Announced! Pre-Sale details here: www.disclosureofficial.com
• Album featuring ‘Latch’, ‘White Noise’ and ‘You & Me’ available for pre order www.disclosureofficial.com
• The Album ‘Settle’ out June 3rd
• PMR Records
• Maya Jane Coles‘ debut album out July
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• Catz ‘n Dogs and Martin Dawson to release album as Different Marks: stream the first track
• Diplo to produce “EDM craze” film
This year our favorite festival has a very special addition that we are all very excited to experience. The Yuma Stage is a new feature at Coachella that is stacked with some of the top DJs and legends of the deep house scene. To some this is probably everything you have dreamed of; while to others the names and the music might be unfamiliar. Not to worry though because I have crafted a mix that hopes to encapsulate the vibes played throughout the Yuma the next two weekends. Take a listen to prepare yourself for Coachella’s newest stage. It’s going to be a glorious two weeks!
Germany’s Paul Kalkbrenner will be making his Coachella debut this weekend on Sunday from 5-6PM in the Sahara Tent, so we wanted to rap with him for a quick bit about his thoughts on the festival, his love of silence, album-driven music, and more in this quickfire Coachella Q&A. If you’re not familiar with Paul, definitely make your way over to his set on Sunday and we promise you’ll have a good time. Interview below… Continue Reading
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