On Friday, I headed down to Cicero to check out the Mad Decent Block Party, held at the Hawthorne Race Track. Mad Decent Block Party began in 2008, it started off as a small party for Diplo and his friends in Philly. Now the Mad Decent Block Party has evolved, and it has become a national tour to show fresh acts in the dance music industry from a label that continues to show their musical boundaries. If you were lucky enough to attend, you know the madness that occurred. For those unfortunate souls who missed out, here’s a recap of the event.
Neo Fresco – Neo is an accomplished Music Video Director, Producer, Entrepreneur, and now add DJ. Neo has been supported by a variety of artist such as Diplo, Skrillex, Dillion Francis, Flosstradamus, Major Lazer, and many more. Neo managed to create his own music genre pretty unique to anything I have heard in a while. Neo found his groove on Saturday fluctuating between club-savvy 808’s and permeating samples. Neo is securing a strong presence in dance music and he will be an agent that the next wave of electronic music will employ.
Thomas Jack – Hailing from Australia is a very talented and emerging star Thomas Jack. The 20-year old put on a steady stream of gorgeous remixes and original tracks. For a DJ so young, he had a graceful but wise approach to interacting with the audience, making eye contact and gesturing gratefully at the crowd. The music choice was excellent, mixing his many tunes with some surprising twist on genre. Overall, this was an excellent set from a musician with nowhere to go but up.
Towkio – Towkio is a rapper with a lot of style and sense of fun to himself and the music he creates. When Towkio hit the stage everyone cheered and screamed. His energy was crazy and he stomped along the stage for the most part of his performance. The climax of his performance was when he performed his track “Heaven only knows” which features Chance The Rapper and Lido. He knows how to excite a crowd and his performance is evident that he is paving the way for a new generation of hip-hop.