Yesterday I put together a mix composed of a bunch of songs I love but don’t get the opportunity to play much, simply because of their tempo. I start out at 75 and end up at 125 bpm. Usually I make house mixes, or have a little Trap in there- but there is so much great stuff in between. Definitely an up tempo mix, hope you enjoy!
Seeing that Coachella Weekend Two just wrapped, I thought it would be appropriate for us to provide our review of Weekend One. Austin and I had the extreme pleasure of witnessing some amazing artists during our time in Indio. This post will provide a brief recap of the weekend and highlight our favorite electronic acts. We’ll have another post with our favorite non-electronic acts that we saw.
WHYH’s Top 3 From Coachella Weekend One:
1. Richie Hawtin- MY GOD…there is a reason this man is the Michael Jordan of minimal and techno. My friend Gies put it perfectly “Now I can see how people in Berlin party for days straight listening to this stuff”. Richie’s set was impeccable. The mixing was flawless and people did not stop moving during the duration of his 90 minute set. It was impossible not to get down and dirty with each new selection Richie provided. The Yuma stage was my personal refuge for the weekend. The tent was decked out in disco balls, bangin speakers, and adults with great taste for dance music. I’m a firm believer in the Richie hype now and can’t wait to witness another one of his incredible sets.
2. Booka Shade- What else can be said about these guys, all they do is deliver! Every time I’ve seen them they absolutely crush it and closing out the Mojave tent on Saturday night was no exception. They played some tracks from their new EP Blackout: White Noise as well as Booka Shade classics like Charlotte, In White Rooms, Regenerate, Night Falls, and Body Language (Interpretation). Arno and Walter had the crowd going nuts and definitely garnered themselves some new fans along the way. Throughout the course of the show I heard people proclaiming their love for Booka Shade that had never seen them perform before. It’s definitely love at first set with these guys!
3. Simian Mobile Disco- SMD played earlier on Saturday night on the Gobi Stage. They were the perfect warmup to get me in the right mindset for Booka Shade. I had never seen them perform a live set before, so it was quite a treat to watch them operate. They played some hits like I Believe and Audacity of Huge. I’m assuming a majority of their set came from their new album and unreleased material. It was an awesome blend of house and techno served Simian Mobile Disco style.
Eric Prydz- Pryda smashed the Sahara to close out the weekend. I could not think of a more perfect ending. It’s really amazing the variety that Eric puts into his sets. This was my third time seeing him and second in the same month; each set was completely different than the last. The highlights from his set were opening with his remix of Faithless’ Not Going Home, dropping Power Drive and EPIC Radio 003 ID, and debuting his new smash F.A.T. (see video below)
Loco Dice- Loco Dice followed Richie Hawtin on Sunday evening in the Yuma tent. I was in the perfect state of mind after Richie’s set and Loco Dice kept the wave going. He played a bevy of techno and tech house bangers, picking right up where Richie left off. After his set was over our group realized we just danced our asses off for three hours straight…it felt no more than 30 minutes. We were completely lost in the amazing tunes that Loco and Richie were pumping out. I was literally hypnotized by their music.
Hot Chip- As the sun set on Saturday evening the UK pop group took to the main stage. Hot Chip has steadily been building themselves a reputation as one of Britain’s best pop bands, and their set did not disappoint. Playing mostly their new album along with classic hits, they had the main stage in a dance frenzy from start to finish. We couldn’t think of a better way to kick off Saturday evening. Below is a video of my favorite song, “Flutes” from the Coachella live stream.
Last Saturday at The Warfield was one of the greatest concert experiences of my entire life. It was a night of pure, progressive, and amazing music thanks to Sir Fehrplay and Lord Pryda. To be frank, no one does progressive like the Pryda Friends camp. They are just on a completely different level compared to the rest of progressive house artists these days. Unlike my previous Pryda experience at Identity Festival, this was a concert full of fellow Prydateers (Eric’s term). This made the concert that much better because everyone in that room was on cloud nine listening to the amazing tunes Fehrplay and Eric had to offer.
Fehrplay could not have been a more perfect opener for this show. He got the crowd warmed up with selections like Fairfax by Jeremy Olander, Wakanapi by Pryda, and his own Nightride. He did a great job building up the anticipation for Eric with an impeccable track selection. My personal highlight from his set had to be when he dropped Jeremy Olander’s Let Me Feel. I’ve listened to it 50 times since it was released and hearing it live makes it all the more epic. My other highlights were Fehrplay’s remix of Everyday, Incognito, and his newest release I Can’t Stop It.
After Fehrplay worked the crowd into a frenzy, Eric Prydz stepped up to the decks to put us all into body bags. Eric delivered a classic Pryda set with masterful builds and flawless mixing. The 2+ hours felt more like one continuous song rather than separate tracks mixed together, that’s how good this guy is. He kicked things off with his MASSIVE tune Welcome To My House. He followed that up with an ID-ID that has the interwebs buzzing right now. Then came his unreleased Rotunda and another unreleased Pryda track that’s being dubbed Warfield ID. It was quite the pleasure to hear some unreleased stuff from Eric that I had never heard before. Next came Pryda- Glimma, the Eric Prydz Dub Mix of Let Me Feel, and Pryda- Juletider. Check out these two videos that cover this whole selection of tracks.
The second half of his set Eric got deeeeeeeeeeeep. Tracks that stood out during this part of the set included the EPIC mix of Cirez D- Knockout, Pryda- Power Drive, Guy J & Henry Saiz- Meridian (Pryda Remix), and my highlight of the entire night Faithless- Not Going Home (Eric’s Insomnia Bootleg).
Eric played not one, but TWO encores. If the sound engineer didn’t cut his sound he probably would’ve played all night. The first encore was his amazing We Are Mirage mashup and the second encore was his most classic Pryda track, Pjanoo.
Overall, it was an incredible night of music and absolute privilege to see those two masterful producers and DJ’s perform. Eric Prydz is going to be in the states all year so if he comes to a city near you, DO NOT MISS HIM. I’m lucky enough to see Fehrplay again at Vessel in SF next month.
Check out this link for a full setlist from Eric’s set: http://www.1001tracklists.com/tracklist/25399_eric-prydz-at-the-warfield-san-francisco-united-states-2013-03-09.html
STS9 kicked off their tour at the Crystal Ballroom last night in Portland. They wasted no time getting right into their groove. Their opening had the crowd itching in anticipation, whistling and cheering in support, and screaming, stomping and clapping to the beat when they dropped it in. The rest of the night was just as lively. Having never seen The Sound Tribe before, I was completely blown away. These guys fucking rock. The classic guitar, bass and drums are masterfully transformed with all kinds of live effects, creating a bone rattling sound sure to have you smiling ear to ear.
Here is Blu Mood, recorded live last night:
And here is a link to purchase the entire live set from the Portland show:
Check out the set list below in the photo from their Facebook page.