Soul Clap release their Prince tribute mix from Coachella
With the sudden passing of Prince before the second weekend of Coachella 2016, numerous artists used their performances to pay tribute to the iconoclastic musician. Gallant and Sufjan Stevens came together to perform “Purple Rain,” for instance, while LCD Soundsystem covered “Controversy,” and Usher joined Major Lazer to close their performance with renditions of “1999” and “I Would Die 4 U.”
Perhaps no artist, however, matched Boston duo Soul Clap in their homage to The Purple One. The funk producers dedicated their entire performance to Prince, kicking off their mix with his 1984 hit “Let’s Go Crazy” and ending it with fellow Purple Rain tracks “When Doves Cry” and the album’s title track. They have made their tribute mix available to stream, posted below, as well as released a statement on their feelings and wish to honor a musical legend who inspired them.
“News of Prince’s passing came smack dab in the middle of our first ever Coachella experience. We were of course shocked and knew immediately that a tribute of some sort was in order… But HOW could we POSSIBLY pick one song or two to represent our gratitude for The Purple One’s immeasurable musical contributions? We wondered, what songs would other artists be playing? Should it be a slow intro or a peak moment? After hours of deliberation we realized that we had to dedicate our ENTIRE 2nd weekend performance to one of our greatest musical heroes. Partially planned but mostly improvised, we took the crowd, ourselves and each other on a journey through some of our favorite Prince hits. By the end the Yuma Tent was full of tears and love and dancing bodies, all celebrating the life and music of Prince Rogers Nelson. It was a truly humbling experience, thank you for joining us.“