Coachella, since it’s first outing in 1999, has been a festival that brought together various different genres of music together for a weekend of pure fun. Having attended the festival since 2007, with the exception of 2008 and 2010, I have seen great names such as Radiohead, Bon Iver, Morrissey, Modest Mouse and Leonard Cohen alongside great electronic acts such as The Chemical Brothers, Andy C, Chase and Status, Boys Noize and Crookers. The past 2 Coachella festivals have yielded some incredible Electronic acts at their Sahara stage (the stage dedicated almost entirely to electronic acts) and this Goldenvoice’s choices for electronic acts this year were thoroughly impressive. I had many doubts because last year’s Sahara tent boasted many personal favorites, including Ed Banger’s dark prince SebastiAn, dubstep duo Nero, and drum and bass madmen NOISIA. After an incredible weekend in the desert with great people listening to great music, here are my top 5 Electronic acts of Coachella 2013

5. Knife Party
Being a die hard Pendulum fan (I forgive them for Immersion) I was quite skeptical about Rob Swire and Garreth McGrillen’s new project Knife Party. But after hearing their breakout track “Internet Friends” and their smasher of a drumstep remix of Nero’s “Crush On You”, I like many others fell in love with their aggressive sound. Being the only Sahara headliner I caught this past weekend, they had a very good 70 minute set. Dropping many fan favorites such as Internet Friends (the VIP version which tends to appeal to a greater audience), moombahton banger Sleaze, chaotic dubstep smasher Centipede, and their popular drumstep track Bonfire. Very aggressive throughout, playing a very great selection of songs including one of my all time favorites, Valentino Khan’s Mid Tempo monster of a remix of Kreayshawn’s “Go Hard”


4. Dillon Francis
Having seen L.A. based producer Dillon Francis many times in the past year, I would have to say his Friday afternoon set at the Sahara was possibly the best set I’ve seen him put on yet. A hilarious intro with Alphaville’s classic “Forever Young”, dropping many fan favorites including Bootleg Fireworks, Masta Blasta, Dill The Noise, and Brazzer’s Theme. An hour of pure moombahton and trap was fun and the fact he included a few great Acid House tracks was a treat for all those interested in the genre. Plus jumping around with a Tupac Shakur life-sized cut out was just the hilarious icing on the cake.


3.Dog Blood
For the past 2 years, Skrillex has been winning awards and selling out shows. In August of last year, however, the bass music poster boy shocked the EDM community when he collaborated with DJ/Producer, Boys Noize.  Together they create the most unlikely of duos, deeming themselves “Dog Blood.” Their 2 track EP was among the top releases of last year, with the pure terror house of “Next Order” and the glitchy smasher “Middle Finger”. Their highly anticipated their set on Friday night did not disappoint in the slightest. Dropping everything from trap to acid house; needless to say, they put on an incredible show. Great mixing and great song selections paired with jumping from genre to genre almost flawlessly definitely puts them at the number three spot for the weekend. Can’t wait to catch these guys again at Hard Summer in August.


2. Dirtyphonics
Despite a Sunday afternoon set, the French 4 piece dominated the Sahara tent with their aggressive and highly energetic set. Dropping some gnarly drum and bass tracks, throwing in some great moombahcore (a more aggressive take on the mid-tempo sound) that got the crowd immensely pumped up and a lot of dubstep and drumstep smashers. The best part of the set, I found, was the ending when they played an intense heavy metal tinged drum and bass track.  It sparked what was to be one of the most intense circle mosh pits Coachella has ever seen, which is a feat in its own. The pit spawned in the center of the crowd with people were bumping and shoving each other, and ultimately made it stretch the entire width of the mega structure.


1. Simian Mobile Disco
No other electronic Act this weekend impressed fellow EDM lovers as much as British duo Simian Mobile Disco. The analog electronic masters annihilated the Mojave tent on Saturday night. Their live set incorporated synthesizers, sequential circuits drumtraks, and analog mixers that made their performance truly impressive and innovative. The duo’s set consisted of some great house, techno, deep house, and nu-disco tracks. It was unlike anything else I heard this weekend. The transitions between songs, as well as the live beat making and overall feel of the set puts these simian badasses at the number one spot for the weekend.