With Diplo’s signature Mad Decent Block Party just a month away, fresh material from the EDM goliath’s very own dancehall collective, Major Lazer, serves as a warm welcome to the impending festival season.
In what started as a project to repackage reggae and dancehall to the dance music masses, the Diplo-led trio—which also sports the talents of Walshy Fire and Ape Drums—has blossomed into an auditory melting pot of cultures, fusing musical and visual inspirations from around the globe. Major Lazer’s new single, “Make It Hot,” does just this, finding common ground among Eastern and Latin sound palettes all within a trudging moombahton beat.
Rio de Janeiro’s very own Anitta supplies vocals, which not only puts a much-needed sheen on the amalgamation of sounds present, but slathers the summer-ready beat with Major Lazer’s patented brand of grinding EDM swag.
Hosted at the Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts on July 20 and 21, this year’s Mad Decent Block Party is headlined by Major Lazer, Billie Eilish, G-Eazy and Miguel. Tickets to the event can be found here.
Diplo, the DJ-turned-pizza-authority recently joined Barstool’s Dave Portnoy as the first electronic artist in over 600 episodes of Portnoy’s One Bite pizza reviews. In the episode, Diplo drops his review of an artisan pie from Sotto 13 in New York, while Portnoy does the same, between an anecdote involving Diplo, the cameraman and, unsurprisingly, a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit after party.
The ‘za reviews are topped with a taste of what’s to come at the Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival. Splayed across July 20-21 at the New England Patriots’ Gillette Stadium, this year’s outdoor party needs not an ounce of bolstering, with headliners like Billie Eilish, Miguel, and Major Lazer on the roster.
TLDR: Diplo’s final thoughts on the pizza: Mad Decent.
Tickets to the Mad Decent Block Party are available here.
The festival features eight different stages to cater to fans of rock, indie, country, folk, electronic, and hip-hop, so regardless of one’s musical persuasion, this lineup features something for everyone.
Tiësto continues to steamroll through releases, adding a hybrid big room, G-house, and Brazilian bass spin to Billie Eilish‘s single “Bad Guy,” off her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? The Dutch DJ builds a four-on-the-floor percussion arrangement along with riding open hi-hats that cascade into the haunting melody from the original, hand in hand with a bouncing bass line.
The 50-year-old patriarchal force in dance music proves his production prowess is keen as ever, re-envisioning the 17-year-old prodigy with ease, in turn curating a collaboration that spans generations. Tiësto ended last week by releasing his collaboration with fellow touring musician, Justin Caruso, “Feels So Good,” featuring vocalist, Kelli-Leigh. The track was the ninth song from Tiësto’s recent Together EP, released via his own imprint, Musical Freedom.
When listening to the “bury a friend” by Billie Eilish, you’ll note that the vocals stand out as percussive elements that you might find in a horror movie. Around the two minute mark, a heavy synth glides by, leaving bass heads yearning for more low-end action. The track works with so much empty space that a remix to fill the original’s sonic voids seemed only a matter of time, and now, Zeds Dead deliver a rework that does just that.
The Deadbeats label bosses add their classic spin to Eilish’s track, which hails from Eilish’s debut LP, WHEN WE FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? The result is a gritty, downtempo bass remix of the aforementioned album inclusion. The remix has an “Eyes On Fire” feel, evocative of Zeds Dead’s highly acclaimed take on the Blue Foundation original. Playing with a dynamic percussion patterns and sustained bass notes that rest among Eilish’s sultry vocals, this collaboration fits like a glove.
Life is Beautiful returns to Las Vegas later this year, taking over 18 blocks of the city to host a multi-day festival of today’s biggest names. For its seventh edition, the festival boasts a multi-genre set of talent, with some of EDM’s hottest acts topping the bill.
Coachella is ensuring those unable to attend this year’s installment of its painfully cool congregation of music and art can still soak up the excitement from home. The perennially pored-over affair has confirmed over 50 artists to be featured on the festival’s live stream schedule throughout its two-weekend duration (April 12 – 14/19 – 21), for the first time ever.
Since the festival’s inclusion of a second weekend in 2012, one-weekend streaming (typically the first) has been the standard. But this year, viewers can trace both first and second legs, with the latter, dubbed Coachella Curated, equipped with supplemental content in the form of “full Yuma Tent sets, performances and more.”
All times are listed as PST, and the number next to the performer denotes the streaming channel they’ll be featured on. See the full Coachella livestream schedule below.
Friday, April 12th: 04:15 p.m. – Hurray for the Riff Raff (2) 04:15 – Los Tucanes De Tijuana (3) 04:40 – Juaz (3) 05:10 – JPEGMAFIA (1) 05:40 – Mon Laferte (2) 05:45 – SG Lewis (3) 05:55 – Kacey Musgraves (1) 06:25 – Gorgon City (2) 06:30 – Calypso Rose (3) 06:45 – Jaden Smith (1) 07:20 – DVSN (3) 07:25 – Tierra Whack (2) 08:05 – Polo & Pan (3) 08:30 – BLACKPINK (1) 09:00 – Rüfüs Du Sol (2) 09:30 – Khruangbin (3) 09:35 – The 1975 (1) 10:30 – Janelle Monáe (1) 11:15 – Charlotte Gainsbourg (2) 11:25 – Childish Gambino (1) 11:30 – Nora En Pure (3) 12:00 a.m. – DJ Snake (2) 12:05 – Kayzo (3)
Saturday, April 13th: 04:15 p.m. – ARIZONA (1) 04:15 – Wallows (2) 04:15 – Jambinai (3) 04:35 – FKJ (3) 05:00 – Guava Island, A Childish Gambino Film (1,2,3) 06:00 – Mr. Eazi (2) 06:00 – Steady Holiday (3) 06:30 – The Interrupters (3) 06:40 – Mac DeMarco (2) 07:05 – Bazzi (1) 07:15 – Clozee (3) 07:30 – Sir (2) 07:50 – J Balvin (1) 07:55 – Virgil Abloh (2) 08:00 – Bob Moses (3) 08:25 – Maggie Rogers (2) 08:45 – Weezer (1) 08:50 – Gryffin (3) 09:15 – Christine and the Queens (2) 09:30 – Four Tet (3) 09:50 – Billie Eilish (1) 10:15 – Juice WRLD (2) 10:30 – Parcels (3) 11:00 – Tame Impala (1) 11:05 – Wiz Khalifa (2) 11:15 – Smino (3) 11:55 – Kid Cudi (2) 12:00 a.m. – Little Simz (3) 12:30 – Bassnectar (1)
What Diplo wants, Diplo gets, specifically the first-ever Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival. If the length of the name tells us anything, it’s that the seminal Mad Decent festival is sure to be one hell of a doozy, as the newly minted event’s lineup confirms. Billie Eilish, G-Eazy, Major Lazer, and Miguel head the festival, which will manifest as a fine balance of highly sought electronic acts and equally illustrious hip-hop artists alike.
Needless to say, the inaugural Mad Decent Block Party branded affair is a must attend for many reasons, primary of which—at least, for dance music fans—is Major Lazer’s occupancy of a headlining slot. Diplo previously intimated that Major Lazer will likely dissolve after delivering their fourth—and probably final—album together, in a January interview with Complex. As such, The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival might well be one of Major Lazer’s last large-scale performances.
The unveiling of The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival’s lineup comes just after Mad Decent Block Party Festival tweeted out a video with a particularly suggestive caption on April 5: “IT’S HAPPENING.” While the far from subtle warning altered past attendees of Diplo’s multi-city Mad Decent Block Party party series to be ready for a followup announcement regarding the fate of a MDBP festival, Diplo’s presentation of a full-fledged lineup has presumably taken many by surprise, given how quickly it succeeded the preliminary Twitter hint that a MDBP festival was in the works.
The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party will descend upon Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts for two days of fun, come July 20-21. Tickets to the festival will go on sale at 10 a.m. EST April 12.
Billie Eilish has liberated her debut album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? With an air of authenticity, listeners are gifted a peek into the mind of the talented singer and songwriter, who uses her sultry voice to express a contrast of apathy and pain throughout the project. Her center-stage vocals are surrounded by the haunting and heavy production from her brother, Finneas O’Connell, that showcase a beauty in minimalistic pop with a lo-fi edge. The harmonies between Eilish’s voice, sometimes artfully stacked, and tasteful melodies are another strong point in the producer’s repertoire.
The maturity in her music is certainly impressive, at the young age of 17. She released four singles before unleashing the rest of the 14-track LP: “you should see me in a crown,” “wish you were gay,” “when the party’s over,” and “bury a friend.” This includes an intro where Eilish takes out her Invisalign, a proper introduction to the personality that follows.
Mad Decent Block Party may be making a return and Diplo wants the party to be bigger than ever. The California producer has reportedly been building an ambitious proposal aimed at throwing what’s being called a “Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival” with SGE Entertainment—the company that produced festivals like Lost Lands and Moonrise. Luckily, the mouthful is being shortened simply to “Mad City.” Diplo’s infamous block parties grew from his a small Philly outdoor affair and skyrocketed in popularity to a circuit of block parties and eventually an ill-fated cruise. Despite 2018 only seeing one Mad Decent Block Party, it seems the event brand could be gearing up for its biggest iteration yet in 2019.
If approved, the “Mad City” festival will take place at the Brockton Fairgrounds in Massachusetts on July 20-21 with a proposed capacity of 37,000 people—the largest festival the city would host. Major Lazer and Billie Eilish will reportedly headline with Diplo acting as a main curator. Performances are expected to last from noon until 11pm on both days.
Diplo’s lofty sights have already seen pushback; the team’s initial application has been rejected by the Brockton License Commission on the basis of being too big to handle in regards to safety. Initially, Diplo planned on announcing a complete artist roster on March 25, but the opposition from city officials against the festival will most likely set their team back a bit.