Takeover Tuesday: Empire of the Sun's Coachella-Prepping Playlist

Takeover Tuesday
 Jen Campbell


Welcome to Takeover Tuesday, where each week Billboard taps chart-topping artists and taste-makers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. We give the artists free reign to base the list on any subject they want and add whatever tracks they choose. The only rule? Make it as creative and unique to them as possible. 

This week, Luke Steele of the Australian electronic duo Empire of the Sun shares his playlist of comforting songs to play when traveling from city to city, festival to festival, exclusively with Billboard

With weekend one of Coachella set to take place this weekend, unofficially kicking off the summer music festival circuit, Steele says, "Even though we’re just going out to the desert, which is two hours away [from where we live], there’s something special about Coachella."

Though Steele and Nick Littlemore are staying relatively close to home for this festival, that's not always the case. Steele says this playlist is made up of go-to songs the two always play when they're away from their family, especially when on the road late at night. His favorite song off the playlist is "Face Like Thunder" by The Japanese House, while his most surprising pick is Gene Wilder's "Pure Imagination," from Willy Wonka, which he says has always been a favorite because of its inherent magic.

"I have a deep connection with these songs, the melody and the lyrics and the way they feels" Steele tells Billboard. "I wanted a playlist full of songs that are like your best friends."

Listen below.

1. "Daddy’s Groove" -- Royksopp

2. "Face like Thunder" -- The Japanese House

3. "Friends (feat. Bon Iver)" -- Francis and the lights 

4. "Hero" -- Family of the Year 

5. "Colorvision" -- Com Truise

6. "Stone Woman" -- Bryan Ferry 

7. "Please Don’t Ask Me To Smile" -- You Am I 

8. "I Feel Possessed" -- Oh Mercy 

9. "Lost in The Dream" -- The War On Drugs 

10. "Outside" -- TOPS 

11. "Blue Bucket of Gold" -- Sufjan Stevens 

12. "They Thought I Was Asleep" -- Paul Kelly 

13. "Sumahama" -- The Beach Boys 

14. "Pure Imagination" -- Gene Wilder Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory 

15. "Lovin’ You" -- Minnie Riperton 

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