Make sure to get to this year's Mad Decent Block Party in time for Liz.
You ever hear of the Mad Decent Block Party? You may or may not have, it’s only been around for a few years. But damn is it sweet. Basically, every summer Mad Decent books a day rager at some venue in about a dozen cities around the U.S. They then tour to each of these dates with a collection of Mad Decent artists that are both currently killing it and are also available to play the date.
That’s right, the lineup does change city to city based on artists’ availability. So, watch out if you’re trying to catch, say, Flosstradamus this weekend, because they won’t be there, even though they are playing the MD Block Party for pretty much every other date this summer.
The 2014 L.A. show this Saturday has a pretty sick lineup, too. You’ve got Diplo headlining, because, well, naturally. It’s a Mad Decent show after all. Right behind him you’ve got Djemba Djemba, a trap DJ that I personally just got in to. Check this “Boiler Room” set from him, it’s legit:
Also in the lineup, you’ve got two girl DJs that are each pretty rockin. Elliphant is a Swedish artist that’s got a really deep kind of dubsteppy sound. She throws in some elements of house and trap, but for the most part, the music is just overall kind of intense.
Then you’ve got Liz. I like her stuff. It’s sounds like some straight-up deep house, lounge kind of music, but she’s got a definitive edge to what she does. Essentially her songs sound like a basic b**ch’s wet dream. It’s good party/club music and is very fitting for a place like Los Angeles.
Also in the lineup you’ve got Laidback Luke and Strfkr, because apparently someone in the booking staff for this show still thinks it’s 2008; Thurz is mellow but still pretty sick; TJR, who is fun, but is going to totally stand out with his big-arena sounding techno and may be in the wrong place to present it.
The show opens up with a B2B set with Cashmere Cat and Trippy Turtle, who both sound like noise. Seriously, the two of them are just terrible.
So all that being said, maybe take a little bit of extra time when you’re pre-gaming for this one. No use seeing the early acts, they’re all pretty mediocre. But get there in time to see Liz at least. Her set is the point in the lineup where things start to get good.
What: Mad Decent Block Party
Where: L.A. Center Studios
When: Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 at 1 p.m.