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Everything you need to know from Coachella Day 2

Everything you need to know from Coachella Day 2

Day 2 of Coachella saw dance music once again take the spotlight at some of the festival’s biggest slots. Flosstradamus and Axwell Λ Ingrosso notably drew two of the larger crowds of the night to the Outdoor Theatre, while the Yuma Tent provided what was likely its biggest lineup of the weekend with Danny Tenaglia, Loco Dice and more on hand. Meanwhile, the Sahara saw a wide variety of acts perform from Gramatik, to Deorro, to Ratatat — leaving plenty of options for fans of all forms of electronic music.

Read on to check out everything you need to know from Day 2 of Coachella 2015, and don’t miss our recap of Day 1.

Words by Michael Sundius; Photos by Stephen Bondio.

Yuma Tent brings out the house and techno legends

The Yuma Tent’s booking is always on point, but Saturday was a special treat. With Carl Craig playing into Danny Tenaglia and DJ Harvey, it was a showcase of the legends of the underground. Over the last twenty years, each artist has played a pivotal role in their respective niches, from Carl Craig’s work in the Detroit techno scene to Danny Tenaglia’s sacred NYC legacy. For five straight hours, the Yuma was a sweltering beast of sweaty bodies and endless beats. Entering the Yuma with these veterans on hand almost felt like a rite of passage, only to get chewed up by the beast and spit right back out.

Of course, the heroes of new were on hand as well, with Tale of Us, Loco Dice, and Andrea Olivia representing the current crop of techno and house elite. Tale of Us in particular brought a near-apocalyptic energy to their early afternoon set, leaving listeners emotionally and physically spent in the span of just an hour.

Travis Barker joins Deorro on stage for new collaboration

After a rousing performance from Duke Dumont, Deorro received a prime set time in the Sahara tent on Saturday night. Though one of the original leaders of the colloquially termed ‘Melbourne bounce’ genre, the LA producer has since come to serve as a major player in the electro and big room spheres as well with his new home under Ultra Records.

A couple weeks back, Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker mentioned his plans to join Deorro on stage at Coachella. Amid a slew of other guest features, the two debuted their new collaboration with Barker providing one of his flawless drum solos to the backing of Deorro’s potent instrumental. The appearance harkened back to six years prior, when Barker and the late DJ A.M. joined forces on the very same stage for a performance as TRV$DJAM.

Tycho and Ratatat showcase blissful live electronic music

While much of Saturday’s agenda was focused on more aggressive forms of dance music, Tycho and Ratatat were two such acts holding down the mellower tip of electronic music.

Last year, Tycho brought his fourth studio album Awake to light. It’s the kind of album which deserves to be heard live to be fully appreciate, and thankfully, Tycho’s Mojave performance on Saturday night with a full band in tow proved the perfect platform to do so.

Ratatat returned with their first performance in four years, closing out the Sahara tent with the eyes of the live stream on them as well. Weaving through plenty of nostalgic cuts from Classics and the like, the duo showcased new material from their upcoming album LP5, including new single “Cream on Cream” which became available yesterday at midnight.

Gramatik premieres new single featuring Raekwon

Despite having an early 3:30pm set, Gramatik still managed to draw a full crowd to the Sahara Tent for his Saturday performance. In the heavy afternoon heat, the ‘Lowtemp’ king kept the crowd jiving for the entire hour thanks to some a mix of Grizmatik singles and older Gramatik classics.

Amid the funky hip-hop breaks and sporadic dubstep-infused drops, Gramatik premiered a soulful new original alongside Raekwon and songwriter Orlando Napier. As the story goes, Orlando came to Gramatik with the skeleton of the song, only for the two to materialize it and send it off to Wu-Tang Clan legend Raekwon for the perfect verse. Both Raekwon and Napier joined Gramatik on stage to perform the new single, the first off the producer’s forthcoming Epigram EP.

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