Just over a week before the upcoming installment of Mad Decent Block Party, the label/event brand took to Facebook to confirm the festival’s imminent cancellation.
The rather nebulous announcement attributes the decision to “circumstances beyond our control,” hindering organizers from throwing the festival “the way that it was envisioned.” The hallowed annual event has been a longtime vessel for Mad Decent to show off its illustrious label roster, as well as gather extraneous, up-to-date talent from across the electronic/hip-hop continuum.
This year’s July 20-21 Block Party, pegged to land in Foxborough, Massachusetts, was scheduled to see scene staple performances from the likes of REZZ, Major Lazer (which includes Mad Decent label boss, Diplo himself), RL Grime, Zeds Dead, Billie Eilish, and more across the weekend. Per the announcement, Mad Decent will be issuing refunds to all ticket-holders on or before July 12.
Major Lazer has debuted the video for their new summer single “Make It Hot” featuring Brazilian superstar Anitta. The video is in partnership with BACARDI, with the famous rum brand making several appearances throughout the feature. The song unites Spanish vocals from Anitta with the group’s dancehall-inspired signature sound, with the viewer participating in the party from the video’s onset.
Anitta speaks about the video and working with Major Lazer, noting,
“It’s amazing when you work in synergy with someone who completes you artistically, Having the opportunity to write/compose another song with Major Lazer was really special. We have developed this energy that is similar to being around family and close friends when we work together. It’s good to be able to bounce ideas off each other and that’s something that happens naturally now. I think it’s difficult for anyone to listen to this song and remain still.”
Anitta steals the show, dancing through the feature with the members of Major Lazer making cameos throughout. The video is total sensory overload, making the visuals as colorful as the sonic elements of the track, and ultimately serves as a perfect compliment to the release.
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.
Major Lazer has been going through some lineup changes as of late — longtime member Jillionaire recently quit the group and was replaced by Ape Drums — but the Diplo-led project has been chugging along with new songs. Their last full-length was 2015’s Peace Is The Mission and there’s been a couple false … More »
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.
Can you believe it’s been less than 10 years since Miley Cyrus released “Party In The U.S.A.”? The song, which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became her bridge from the Disney Channel to a grownup mainstream audience, feels like it has existed for several lifetimes. It was in fact released in August … More »
In recent weeks, Jillionaire quietly slipped away from Major Lazer and was replaced by Ape Drums for the group’s ramping performance schedule. The move came without much fanfare until the news officially broke on June 3. A few weeks ago, when Major Lazer began promoting the concept for their new Lazerism LP, Dancing Astronaut reached out to Diplo for comment on Jillionaire’s absence from the video. The request went unanswered until news officially broke—then Diplo reached back out to us to provide some more clarity on the situation.
According to Diplo,
“Jillionaire is always part of the team. Ape Drums is helping with production on some tracks (he’s done a few songs with us before) so he is going to tour with us as well…it’s like John Mayer joining the Grateful Dead.”
More details on Lazerism are expected to surface in the coming weeks, and Ape Drums’ stylistic influence within the dancehall group should begin to show. Over the years, group and it’s rotating members have always maintained a collective ethos, so even while Jillionaire is off on new pursuits, his place in Major Lazer seems indefinitely open.
Major Lazer took the stage at Governors Ball over the weekend. My coworker Julia Gray tells me it was a wonderful experience. Meanwhile my corporate siblings at Billboard tell me it was the group’s debut performance with a new lineup. More »
Major Lazer is notoriously known for elevating the popularity of dancehall rhythms across the globe. Made up of Diplo, Walshy Fire, and until this week, Jillionaire, the group have spread peace and love through music from Miami, to Brazil, to Cuba and Japan – finding a diehard fanbase wherever they go. With over 6 smash
Replacing the Feel Up Records helmer in Major Lazer’s live lineup is longtime close affiliate of the group, Ape Drums. Jillionaire’s departure started to become apparent in a recent social media post hyping Major Lazer’s hotly anticipated new LP, in which he was clearly absent. Now, following Ape Drums’ live debut at Major Lazer’s Governor’s Ball performance this past weekend, Jillionaire’s retirement from Major Lazer is all but confirmed, thus marking the end of an era, and the beginning of an exciting new one for the legendary electronic group.