Every year it seems Coachella manages to ensemble and even more exciting motley crew of performers to headline their stages. This year they outdid themselves by reuniting one of hip hop’s most beloved group – Outkast – following a near 8-year hiatus. Add to that show stopping performances from Pharrell Williams, Disclosure, Nas, A$AP Ferg, Solange, Warpaint, Lana Del Rey, Banks and heaps of others, not to mention the special guests some of these artists brought out including Gwen Stefani, Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Juicy J et el.

As the first weekend comes to an end, we’ve compiled some of the best performances from the past two days for you to sit back and enjoy. We’ll keep adding more full performances as they become available. And we’ll do the same with next weekends festivities too. Watch Outkast’s set up top and all the others after the jump.

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Who hasn’t been obsessed with Warpaint’s debut album? We’ve been enamoured with them since way (way) back when. Take a look at the girls’ new 8-minute double video for their singles ‘Disco//Very’ and ‘Keep It Healthy’ – both of which serve as awesome singles and subsequent videos. Love.


However overlooked ‘Stranger in Moscow’ is amongst Michael Jackson’s iconic discography, it survives as one of his most haunting classics. Taken off Jackson’s double-disc HIStory album, the ballad has amassed a near cult-appreciation since its release in 1996; the portrait of loneliness MJ paints in that song (and its unforgettable video) is eerily tangible. His performance is flawless.

It feels befitting then that an emotive band like Tame Impala felt inspired enough by the song to cover in such a delicate and respectable way. Impala’s softly curated palate of padded drums, coiling synths and echo-soaked vocals gives an exciting new dimension to Michael’s near-mythic original. This is wonderful.

Blaue Blume impressed us last year with their exquisite attitude towards melodies and stirring vocals on songs like ‘Helen’, ‘On New Years Eve‘ and ‘Jealousy’, and now the Danish outfit return with yet another superb number. ‘Lost Son of Boys’ continues their strong run and like their previous efforts is filled with honeyed vocals and transitive instrumentation. It’s so rather nice, take a listen…

With less than a 1000 plays and one song on their Soundcloud page, I am pretty sure of two things. Firstly, I most likely attributed to at least 100 of those plays (maybe more) and secondly, I’m almost certain that we’re one of the first platforms to properly discuss Babe Heaven.

This London duo have piqued our ears with the first track off their forthcoming EP. Taking their time to create their sound, you may be waiting a (hopefully short) while for more from them. In the meantime, submerse yourself in the elegantly addictive sounds of these loving melodies, soaked in the dreamy soothing harmonies.  ’Friday Sky’ is a sublime slice of teenage crushing. Swoon.

Denmark’s hottest new export Blaue Blume have already left us spellbound with both ‘Helen‘ and ‘On New Year’s Eve‘, and now they’re back to mystify with their newest offering, ‘Jealousy’. Lead singer, Jonas Smith’s impeccably haunting and spine-tingling vocals wrap themselves perfectly around a wavering backdrop of faintly drifting percussion and pockets of gorgeous guitars. As they head back to the studio, there’s no doubt 2014 will unveil more of this exquisite quartet. For now, give ‘Jealousy’ a spin below.

Acoustic sorcerer’s simply don’t get better than Chicago’s Willis Earl Beal, who’s readying the release of his sophomore album Nobody Knows (Hot Charity/XL) for a September 10 release. In conjunction with the album, Beal recently unveiled the Cat Power assisted ‘Coming Through’ in which the two slip in and out of each other’s serene vocals, in what becomes a stunning, dreamy duet. Whilst you’re enjoying this, why not check out the previously released album cuts ‘Too Dry to Cry‘ and ‘Everything unwinds‘.

Danish quartet Blaue Blume follow up their stunning debut track ‘On New Years Eve‘ with an equally entrancing new release. Glistening in its indie-rock glory, ’Helen’ makes use of the band’s intricate vocals (in perfect harmony, might I add) on top of the rapturously moody production to tell a heartfelt narrative through the record’s ardent lyrics.  Building a haunting atmosphere over a sulky backdrop, frontman Jonas Smith yet again mystifies with his quavering, trippy vocal adding to the track’s majesty; see for yourself below.

‘Hold On We’re Coming Home’ could possibly be one of Drake’s strongest singles to date – a bold statement, I know. And while to some it may seem relatively unremarkable, for anyone familiar with So Far Gone or even his debut album, his artistic progression is undeniable. In fact, it’s verging on genius. He’s gradually (and successfully) pushed the envelope at every opportunity and has done so in a way that allows his audience to evolve and grow along with him. Anyways – Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes has clearly taken to the track as he’s served up a rather delectable, albeit rough, alternative to Drizzy’s original. Take a listen…

Yesterday our minds were positively blown by King Krule’s majestic ‘Neptune Estate’, today though and a week ahead of it’s scheduled release the artist formally known as Zoo Kid shares a full stream of his debut album 6 Feet Beneath the Moon. Aged just 18, it’s no exaggeration to say that this young man has one of the most uniquely powerful voices on the planet and that this debut will undoubtedly end up one of the highlights of the year. Stream the entire LP below and buy the album on August 24th via XL Recordings. The album is also streaming live over some CCTV of London at kingkrule.co.uk.

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