[Event Review] Mad Decent Block Party – San Diego

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Last Sunday, following the recent heat wave that everybody would soon forget about, Mad Decent took their members and friends to sunny San Diego. The venue is located at Park Boulevard and Imperial Avenue near Petco Park and downtown SD. With only one giant stage put in the parking lot area, the artists definitely brought down the house with their high-energy performances and star power. Participating in this year’s lineup, we have artists like Cashmere Cat, Diplo, Flosstradamus, Laidback Luke, STRFKR, Thurz, TJR and Zeds Dead. It was a great mix of music, showing off their roster and connections with diversity.

With Kaytranada‘s set being cancelled due to personal reasons, STRFKR started off the one-day festival with some of their indie psych rock music to get the crowd in the mood. They put on a great show as people were just starting to roll into the venue and vibing their way into the crowd. Their mellow and enjoyable tunes are the epitome of a great band performing at a great festival.

Next up we have Thurz, a member of the underground hip-hop duo U-N-I. It was a smart choice for him to come on after an indie band. His high-energy performance definitely got the crowd going by playing some familiar rap songs and some of his own. At this point there was already a good amount of people in the audience, slowly and reluctantly making their way into the front of the stage even though the immense heat was getting onto everybody. Cashmere Cat, who was the next act, warmed up the crowd even more with his clever remixes of trap and hip hop tracks. His music covers a wide range of genres and sub-genres which take everybody on a fun and exciting joyride of both hype and chill music.

TJR was definitely the dark house of the festival. For those who weren’t familiar with who he is, the crowd referred him as “the mysterious bald guy who stole the show at Mad Decent”. The talented producer from Connecticut showcased his skillset with a variety of turn-up jams spanning the trap, house and funk genres. He incorporated funky drops and fast-paced trap beats into remixes of popular songs, which got the crowd pumped up like no other. His jaw-dropping performance definitely left the crowd in awe.

As the sun set and the heat gradually submerged into the horizon, the crowd was all warmed up and ready to get crazy. From the moment Laidback Luke got on stage, that’s when the real block party started. The Dutch DJ/producer got everybody on their feet and bobbing their head left and right with his incredible electro/deep house goodness. It is difficult as a house DJ to channel the right energy into a crowd at an open stage/venue, but Laidback Luke did just that. With lasers shining at your eyeballs, you just couldn’t help but dance your pants off to these hard-hitting house beats.

One amazing act following another, the artist introduced and welcomed Flosstradamus on stage. This is what the crowd came here to see, and what Floss were the best at doing. Needless to say, the Chicago-based duo delivered and killed it with style. The crowd was super loud and riled up, especially when they dropped a song like “Mosh Pit”, that there were a good amount of moshing going on throughout his set. To bring up the energy even more, the two hype men brought out special guest Waka Flocka, who gave his 110% at pumping up the stage with his anger and aggressiveness.

The headliner of the festival and Mad Decent’s frontman, Diplo, was undoubtedly the best act of the night. With so much energy and creativeness in his performance, Diplo always brings the most entertaining and trendiest electronic music to the stage. Mixing hip-hop with trap and electronica, the 35-year-old veteran never ceases to amaze everyone and never stops the innovation of his music. From taking off his shirt to bringing girls on stage for a twerk contest, Diplo sure knows what the crowd wants to hear and see. There was never a dull moment in the entire duration of Diplo’s set, and the crowd got about as loud and turnt up as they could be.

Amongst the shuffling pits, dance circles, exchange of kandies and fist pumping, the celebration never stopped for the Mad Decent crowd. Ending the night with a bang, Zeds Dead provided everyone with some hardcore drum & bass and dubstep. At this point, the lasers and lights were in full throttle. And with the heavy bass shaking the whole place down, you just couldn’t help but viciously headbang back and forth.

By assembling their roster and inviting friends and fellow artists to perform at their shows, Mad Decent has done it once again. With that said, our Ninja crew will be back for next year’s block party. We can’t wait to see what these talented performers have in store for us in the near future.

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SAVOY & Heather Bright – We Are The Sun (Laidback Luke Remix)

Laidback Luke has a knack for pumping out anthem after anthem. This one featuring some big room sounds that have already been supported by the likes of Steve Aoki, Diplo, Armin Van Buuren, Thomas Gold, and Sander Van Doorn. LBL transforms this track from SAVOY into a dance floor killer bringing massive drums, booming synths, and the always sexy vocals from Heather Bright. This should keep your foot moving all week long. Cheers.

’SAVOY & Heather Bright – We Are The Sun (Laidback Luke Remix) ‘
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[Mix] Laidback Luke – Year Mix 2010

Each year, Dutch house DJ & producer Laidback Luke creates an end of year mix featuring all the artists who made their mark on the scene that year. This year was no different with his mix playing through some of the sickest tracks of 2010, blended together in a cocktail of dirty dutch goodness!

Laidback Luke describes himself as a “production monster” and ever since he stumbled upon house music in ’92, he’s been mastering the art of creating sounds to rip through your sound system! This mix should give you a good head start for your next party soundtrack so hit the play button and get bouncing!

Laidback Luke – Year Mix 2010

’Laidback Luke – Year Mix 2010′


01. R.O.O.S. – Instant Memories (Kriss-One Rework) w/ The Partysquad & Afrojack – A msterdamn (Acapella)
02. Afrojack & Bobby Burns – Real High (Original Mix)
03. The Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up (AN21 & Max Vangeli Bootleg)
04. Swanky Tunes – Across The Light (Original Mix)
05. Laidback Luke Feat. Jonathan Mendelsohn – Timebomb (Original Mix)
06. Nouveau Yorican – Jackit (Original Mix)
07. Nick & Danny Chatelain – Katrinyla (Mastiksoul Buff Buff Remix)
08. Justin Martin, Ardalan – Mr. Spock (Original Mix)
09. Dennis Ferrer Vs System F & Laidback Luke – Super Hey Hey (Tristan Garner Bootleg)
10. Tensnake – Coma Cat (Original Mix)
11. Harry Romero, Junior Sanchez & Alexander Technique featuring Shawnee Taylor – Where You Are
12. Sandro Silva – Hands High (Original Mix)
13. Major Lazer – Pon De Foley (Ludachrist Remix)
14. Afrojack – Drive By (Original Mix)
15. Bingo Players – When I Dip (Gianni Marino Remix)
16. Vandalism – Throw Your Hands Up (Angger Dimas Remix)
17. Congorock – Babylon (Dub Mix)
18. Swedish House Mafia – One (Congorock Remix)
19. Tai – Rocking The Set (Original Mix)
20. B.o.B – Nothin’ on You (feat. Bruno Mars)
21. Wynter Gordon – Dirty Talk (Laidback Luke Remix)
22. Sandro Silva – I Told Ya (Apster Remix)
23. Itch-E & Scratch-E – R.E.f.r.E.s.h. (Tom Piper Remix)
24. Green Velvet – Harmageddon (Original Mix)
25. Afrojack Vs. Radioclit Vs. Armand van Helden – I Want Your Divine Control (Laidback Luke Mash Up)
26. Robyn, Laidback Luke – Indestructible (Original Mix)
27. Martin Solveig & Dragonette – Hello (Sidney Samson Remix)
28. Swedish House Mafia – Miami 2 Ibiza (Instrumental Mix)
29. Carte Blanche – Do! Do! Do! (Laidback Luke Remix)
30. Drop The Lime – Hot As Hell (Canblaster Remix)
31. Green Velvet – Flash (Nicky Romero Remix)
32. Sidney Samson – Fill U Up feat. Sicerow (Club Mix)
33. Adrian Lux – Teenage Crime (Axwell & Henrik B Remode)
34. Laidback Luke – Till Tonight feat Jonathan Mendelsohn (Original Mix)
35. D.E.R. & Julius Beat – Our feeling (KhoMha remix)
36. Wolfgang Gartner – Undertaker (Original Mix)
37. Michael Woods – No Access (Original Mix)
38. Calvin Harris – Flashback (Accapella)
39. Calvin Harris – You Used To Hold Me (Laidback Luke Remix)
40. Jay Robinson – Optimal Grime (Original Mix)
41. Adam F & Horx Ft. Redman – Shut The Lights Off (Caspa & Trolley Snatcha Remix)
42. DJ Die & Interface feat. William Cartwright – Bright Light (Original Mix)
43. Noisia – Shellshock ft. Foreign Beggars (Split the Atom)
44. Andy Milonakis – Chickentown (Original Mix)
45. Drake – Drake Over (Big Syphe Bootleg)
46. Steve Angello vs. Dr. Dre – Knas Episode (Laidback Luke & Junior Sanchez Mashup)
47. Avicii & Sebastien Drums – My Feelings For You (Original Mix)
48. Uffie feat. Pharrell – Add SUV (Armand Van Helden Club Remix)
49. Duck Sauce – Barbara Streisand (Ziggy Stardust Bootleg)
50. Boys Noize – Yeah (Original Mix)
51. iSquare – Hey Sexy Lady (Laidback Luke Remix)
52. Bart B More – Brapapella (Original Mix)
53. Kris Menace feat. Emile – Walking On The Moon (Respect To U-Tern Edit)
54. Mary J Blige vs. Fragma – Miracle Fine (ID Bootleg)
55. Tim Berg – Bromance (Instrumental Mix)

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One of the great philosophers of our time once said, “Go Hard, or Go Home”. These 5 syllables are inspiring words to live by as they can be applied to all aspects of life. When it comes to dubstep, filthy “Dirty Electro” house music, I believe understanding this principle is crucial. When I am in the mood to over-saturate my auditory sensors, I want to go extremely hard.

Please skip this post if you:JANUARY-2010-ELECTRO-MUSIC-HOUSE

– Have sensetive ears to extremely low frequencies.
– Have heart/respiratory problems.
– Are afraid to blow up your speakers.
– Dont want your neighbors to call the police.

MSTKRFT – Breakaway (Blende Remix)

Black Noise Jungle Iz Em (take me away VIP)


Jennifer Delano – Amsterdam (BeatauCue Remix)


Calvin Harris – You Used To Hold Me LAIDBACK LUKE Remix


A.G.Trio – Dancen (Ultrnx Remix)


Justice -DVNO (Les Petits Pilous Remix)


ussle Club – I Have High Expectations For What I Want To Be But In The Mirror I Don’t See Them Staring Back At Me (Felix Cartal Remix)


Sekta – Peterpan (Sharkslayer Nassau VIP)


And if you endoured through all that, you can relax a bit with something softer:
Groove Armada – Paper Romance (Urchins Remix)

So Shifty + Ward 21 – Wine (Them Jeans Remix)


Know of any other CRAZY MONSTER BANGERS? Comment bellow!

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