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  • Top Ten New Artists at the Mad Decent Block Party Tour

    The Mad Decent Block Party Tour is right around the corner and the wide-ranging talent on the lineup reads like an encyclopedia of the sounds that are likely to blow up in the coming year. Mad Decent is known for having its finger on the pulse of music scenes all over the world. Founding owner, Diplo’s thirst to discover fresh talent and push the boundaries of dance music makes him one of the people we trust. We can hardly wait to get sweaty on the pavement for the 13 block parties starting this weekend. To feed our excitement we put together a list of the Top Ten New Artists To Watch at the Mad Decent Block Party Tour. Click through the list above and get to know some of our favorites.
  • 1. Flosstradamus

    DJ Duo Flosstradamus is made up of Chi-town natives J2K and Autobot. They’re pretty much considered the fathers of the dance-trap movement. As part of Fool’s Gold’s roster, the label founded by A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs, they know how to take the heaviness, and down-tempo aspects of trap and inject them with unprecedented energy. If you missed their sold out North American tour in the spring, catch them at the MDBP Tour. While they might be new to some of you, this is actually their fourth year performing, so you can bet they’ll be well versed on how to keep the block hot. Click here to stream Flosstradamus' brand new remix of Flux Pavilion's "Do or Die," on Soundcloud.
  • 2. Anamanaguchi

    Anamanaguchi has such a devoted fan base they received almost $300,000 in donations to their kickstarter campaign to create their album Endless Fantasy. It was the second most successful Kickstarter campaign in history. The four piece band is made up of lead songwriter and guitarist Peter Berkman, bassist James DeVito, guitarist Ary Warnaar and drummer Luke Silas. They composed the soundtrack for the Scott Pilgrim VS the World Video game. Check out their 8-bit, videogame music-inspired sound and get hyped for the live show. Click here to stream "Endless Fantasy," on Soundcloud.
  • 3. Lunice

    Lunice is one half of acclaimed production duo TNGHT. One of his most recent accolades includes production credits on Kanye West’s YEEZUS. Lunice has worked with everyone from Diplo to Azealia Banks, and recently decided to focus on making a name for himself as a solo producer and performer. This is his third year on the mad decent block parties. Get to know Lunice on Soundcloud.
  • 4. Jack U

    The upcoming debut of Jack U is sure to cause a major stir in the electronic music scene. Diplo and Skrillex will officially join forces to perform as Jack U for the first time at the San Diego Block Party. They looked great side-by-side on the cover of Billboard earlier this year, and we can bet they’re going to sound insane when they reveal their new project to the world for the first time. Click here to check out POTATO, the YouTube channel Diplo and Skrillex created with A-Trak to debut new sounds. 
  • 5. Riff Raff

    Jody Christian AKA RiFF RAFF’s debut single off his forthcoming album Neon Icon is topically titled, “Dolce and Gabbana.” As the high fashion design duo faces jail time for tax evasion, RiFF RAFF sits pretty working on putting his first album with Mad Decent that’s due out in August. The Houston rapper is currently featured on Migos "Out Da Gym,” and is known as a pop culture icon more generally. You might remember him as a contestant on MTV’s 2009 reality show From G’s To Gents. Alternatively, you might know him as the man who claims to serve as the real life inspiration for James Franco’s character in Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers. Get to know his musical side this summer as he embarks on the Neon Icon East Coast Summer Tour with a few stops at Mad Decent Block Parties. Click here for info and tour dates. 
  • 6. 3Ball MTY

    What happens when you take cumbia, speed it up, and loop it? 3Ball MTY is a mexican DJ trio who perfected the art of answering just that question. Combining traditional Latin music with the pace and dance-driven structure of electro won the group the 2012 Latin Grammy for Best New Artist. The young up-and-comers are used to topping Billboard’s Latin Music charts and are slowing bleeding into the global markets. Make a point of watching out for these three, as much as their infectious sound is their draw, it’s also awesome to watch three guys under the age of 21 captivate the crowd.
  • 7. DJ Sliink

    DJ Sliink started in the Club Music scene in his home state of New Jersey where he amassed an impressive archive of bouncing remixes of artists like Shontelle, Rihanna and Beyoncé. Experimenting with heavier trap sounds in the past two years expanded his fan base. He collaborated with fellow top-ten-listers, Flosstradamus on one of the biggest songs of 2012, “Test Me,” and followed it up with another collab “CROWD CTRL,” this spring. After headlining the Certified Trap Tour with fellow Block Party performers, RiFF RaFF, Dirty South Joe and Swizzymack, Sliink is ready to take the Mad Decent stage with full force. Click here to stream Sliink's remix of "Body Party," on Soundcloud.
  • 8. Rockie Fresh

    Rockie Fresh is the newest member of Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group. The young Chicago rapper has worked with the likes of hip-hop heavyweight producer DJ Khaled, was heavily featured on MMG’s compilation Self Made Vol 3., and has close ties to rockers, Good Charlotte and Fall Out Boy. His widespread influences give him a unique sound that is best articulated on his most recent 7-song release, The Birthday Tape. Rockie Fresh is expected to release his debut studio album later this year. Keep up with his latest on Twitter.
  • 9. Big Gigantic

    Known for their high-energy live performances, Big Gigantic is likely going to be one of the most memorable performances on the Block Party tour. The duo consists of Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken, both long-time musicians with extensive backgrounds. (Lalli actually has a masters from the Manhattan School of Music.) Combining jazz-band style instrumentation with electronic production, their sets fall somewhere in between a psychedelic concert and an all around rave complete with light shows and visuals. Click here to stream their remix of Jay-Z's "Can I Get A..." on Soundcloud.
  • 10. Griz

    Grant Kwiecinski aka GRiZ grew up in Detroit and got his initial exposure on Soundcloud. He got some recognition for a remix of Aerosmith’s “Dream On.” A lifelong fan of jazz music and a skilled saxophone player, the producer incorporates elements of funk, soul and hip-hop into different iterations of bass music. Stream "Gettin Live," Soundcloud.