Best Forward-Looking DJ: Jamie xx
Jamie xx is the progressive sound scientist of few words behind the singer-songwriters of Britain's the xx. His work outside the trio is groundbreaking in a different way, and during his second weekend at Coachella, the DJ-producer unleashed a vibrant soundscape that transcended genre. The beats were endlessly danceable, but the ingredients ranged from rock to electronic, tossing in bits from his work with the late Gil Scott-Heron ("I'll Take Care of You") or spinning the xx's "Sunset." His audience was as engaged as any crowd for the weekend's superstar DJs, carried away by Jamie's endlessly forward motion and a fluency in all styles, all the time.