On Sunday night Diplo’s Mad Decent imprint came to Brooklyn’s Williamsburg Park for the third stop of their annual label showcase and summer sweatfest that is the Mad Decent Block Party. First held as a one-off rager in front of their Philadelphia headquarters in 2008, the block parties were originally meant to promote the then-tiny label’s roster of artists. Now, four years later, the block party has become a massive, all-ages, touring spectacle featuring performances from label’s entire arsenal spanned out over shows in LA, Chicago, Toronto, Philadelphia, and New York. Sunday’s lineup was by far the largest of the tour with a lineup that featured DJ sets from Major Lazer, Erol Alkan, and Lunice and live performances from Bonde do Rolê, Riff Raff, Zebra Katz and more. And while an unexpected downpour forced the camp to shut-down their stage suddenly, the thousands of attending revelers certainly got their fill of daytime partying regardless.
Do a search for “trap” on SoundCloud and you’ll find more than 500 tracks uploaded with the tag in the last three days. What’s interesting, though, are the labels that show up with the most frequency in the similar tags section: “bass,” “club,” “dance,” “dj,” “dubstep,” and “electronic” appear right below the expected “rap,” “hip-hop,” “remix,” and “South.” The correlation is directly reflective of a newly burgeoning movement where SoundCloud-fiending musicians have been using trap-like instrumentals to create a sub-genre of their own: trap-rave.
As TNGHT, the duo of beatmakers Lunice and Hudson Mohawke released a pretty great self-titled debut EP full of jittery instrumental bangers last week; we already posted their anthemic “Higher Ground.” In the brand-new video for their bubbling “Bugg’n,” a little kid’s art projects and a warehouse rave somehow blur into each other. Dominic Flannigan directs. Watch it below.