Mad Decent Block Party: Philadelphia Preview

mad-decent-block-party-1024x616It’s summer time (obviously), and for the music fans of the world, that means festival season. Within that realm, though, stands the long time favorite of streetstyle EDM fanatics: the legendary Mad Decent Block Party. Diplo’s iconic label has racked up a massive following in recent years, and with that comes quite the expansion to the Block Party formula. Formerly a free street party in North Philadelphia, it has now expanded to a ticketed, traveling festival that has already begun its North American takeover. Coming back to its hometown on Saturday the 27th, MDBP has assembled quite the lineup for those lucky enough to attend.

Heading the pack, as usual, will be the Tribal-Jamaican-Dubstep-Moombah-Trap-Whatever else you can think of stylings of Diplo, Walshy Fire, and Jillionaire in the form of the legendary Major Lazer crew. Fresh off a massive European tour, the party boys of EDM and the preachers of dancehall will sure to be spinning a set of everything from trap to hip hop to their own unique sounds.

Coming along for the ride is the ultimate clown and the king of mombahton, Dillon Francis. After convincing his parents to let him try his hand at production for a year in a shed out back, Dillon was picked up by Mad Decent and hasn’t looked back since. Releasing massive remix after massive remix, producing nonstop originals, and working with everything from trap to moombahton to downtempo (see: Flight 4555), he has cemented himself as one of the most talented (and without a doubt the funniest) producer in the world right now.

And if you have the King of Moombahton, it’d be rude not to bring along his forefathers. Ever since Nadastrom dropped the BPM of Afrojack’s remix to Moombah down to 112, bassheads across the world haven’t heard music the same. Their iconic vision brought forth an entirely new genre, so be sure for them to continue to be pushing the boundaries on conventional dance music with their set.

But what’s a show these days without some trap powerhouses? Enter Flosstradamus. Ever since the widespread acceptance of the newest hot genre, these two have been all over everyone’s favorite playlists. Fusing their own trapped out sound with any type of hip-hop you can think of, they always bring the heat to any crowd they’re in front of.

The show’s not over when the show’s over, thankfully. Walk on down the street to Philly’s newest venue, Soundgarden Hall, to catch Diplo and a couple buddies DJing into the afterhours. Last time he was in Philadelphia, he tore apart that same venue with his classic Trap Hawk Down tour. Expect nothing less (only he may be going a little later than 11 pm this time around).

Oh, and Riff Raff’s coming too. But there’s not much you can even say to prepare you for that.

Get ready below with some new music, some classics, and some strange stylings courtesy of Riff Raff and grab tickets to the aftershow here (the block party’s sold out, you’re going to have to find a friend with tickets).