Mad Decent Block Party season is upon us. In what has become an annual treat for metropolitan revelers looking for a free good time, the string of concerts are popping off in Philly and New York this weekend, with later August dates set for Chicago and Los Angeles. (If you manage to lock an extra RSVP, let us know.) The lineups fluctuate across each city, with acts as dissimilar as A Tribe Called Red, Casey Veggies and Claude Vonstroke.
Paul Devro, Mad Decent’s unofficial director of talent acquisition, has put together a mix that embodies that diversity. In the first 10 minutes alone, Devro makes the transition from indie-flavored thug-step to flirtatious, guitar-driven dance-folk wholesomeness. But it’s not as straight forward as you’d think. His set takes an absurd twist at around the 33-minute mark, where Andy Milonakis, Riff Raff and Diplo trade consecutive tongue-in-cheek (or not?) verses over a beat sampled from an insurance commercial. Hazier, smarter raps from Theophilus and Action Bronson plus trap essentials from TNGHT and Baauer then close out this embeddable party. Like the event itself, the musical juxtapositions are indiscriminate up close, but looking from afar, everything works together seamlessly.