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Pharrell Williams steals Coachella 2014 with star-studded live set; watch it now

By Jason Black
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Pharrel Williams and his magical mountain hat pulled out tons of tricks on Saturday night at Coachella’s Outdoor Theatre. Leading off the evening with his Daft Punk collaboration “Lose Yourself to Dance,” Williams ripped through a star-studded, hour-long set featuring special guests Nelly, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani, Diplo, and Tyler, the Creator, among others. Along the way, his voice began to wane due to the desert wind and dust. Yet, he soldiered on for the sake of the fans wrapping up the night with recent dance hits “Get Lucky” and finally, “Happy.” Watch Pharrell Williams’ complete Coachella 2014 set now.

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Chromeo conjure magical Coachella 2014 live set; watch it now

By Jason Black
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All hail the funk lords! On Friday night at Coachella 2014, Canadian electro-funk duo Chromeo played the main stage and delivered one of the festival’s most memorable first-day performances. David Macklovitch (Dave 1) and Patrick Gemayel (P-Thugg) ripped through an action-packed 45-minute set featuring a special cameo by Toro Y Moi’s own Chaz Bundick for infectious single “Come Alive.” Watch Chromeo’s complete Coachella 2014 set now.

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Moving Pictures

Check out Daft Punk's Grammy rehearsal version of "Get Lucky"

By Ken Taylor
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Daft Punk, as you well know by now, knocked out a pretty amazing performance of “Get Lucky” at the Grammys alongside Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers, and Stevie Wonder. Now you can catch the pre-show rehearsal version of them working out the tune, which leans toward medley with flourishes of “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,” “Around the World,” and Wonder’s own “Another Star” factoring into the mix.

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Track of the Day

Vindata finds a perfect soulful pitch with singer Kenzie May on "All I Really Need"

By Sean Lewis
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Bridging the gap from US to the UK, Los Angeles duo Vindata invites London vocalist Kenzie May to open their new EP, For One to Follow, with “All I Really Need.” The EP lands on Kastle’s own Symbols Recordings, so it’s not terribly surprising that it follows a very similar vibe to his, with futuristic bits of R&B and electronic music blended together to create a soulful compound.

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Synth god, disco pioneer, and Daft Punk collaborator Giorgio Moroder pens a career reflection for Billboard

By Ken Taylor
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Daft Punk didn’t only craft one of 2013′s biggest, most anticipated albums—they also almost singlehandedly gave a second life to two of disco’s most legendary figures: Chic’s Nile Rodgers and synth god Giorgio Moroder. As a result, those two icons from dance music’s golden age have been crazy-busy in the last year, with multiple collaborators and new studio output. Today, Moroder wrote a bit of a reflection on his own re-emergence as one of the scene’s most important players.

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Interview

Dutch one-man band Binkbeats amazes with live covers of FlyLo, J Dilla, Amon Tobin, and more

By Matt Ferry
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A modern master of the one-man band, Netherlands-based Binkbeats (aka Frank Wienk) covers the gamut of electronic music with the kind of smokey soul and ethereal groove you can only get with true talent—and a tool to loop it, of course. But it’s not so much his audio recordings of said music that get him noticed as it is his live performances, which find him playing drums, synths, turntables, and all sorts of miscellaneous sound-making toys (simultaneously!) while recreating tracks by the likes of Flying Lotus, J Dilla, and Amon Tobin.

In the lead-up to the launch of his seventh video in his Beats Unraveled series, February 10 on Boiler Room, Wienk told us about how it all goes down and let us in on his upcoming album plans.

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Festivals

Movement releases phase two lineup, includes Boys Noize, Claude VonStroke, Kevin Saunderson, Kode9, Ryan Hemsworth, and more

By Ken Taylor
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One of our favorite dance-music festivals anywhere in the world has just released the second phase of its lineup for 2014. Detroit’s Movement Festival, which is already set to host an incredible stream of performers this May 24-26, will also see sets from Boys Noize, Claude VonStroke, Kevin Saunderson, Kode9, Ryan Hemsworth, and about 40 more names—of course, with more names to follow in the months to come.

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Morning Roundup

More summer festival lineups, the Pacemaker gets an app-based relaunch, and stories behind the most legendary samples

By Beatport News Editors
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Is it just us, or is there a lot of stuff going on this summer? In just the last few days, we’ve counted about 10 new festival announcements, and there are plenty more to come. Today, Croatia’s Sonus and Unknown gatherings offered up their lineups, and we’ve got big news out of Detroit tomorrow, so while you ponder a trip to the Adriatic this summer, let us also point you to some music-tech news, mixes from Vladislav Delay and Jimmy Edgar, and the stories behind some of the most prominent samples in modern music.

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