by Tiana Feng
On Saturday I decided to check out the Mad Decent Block Party, an event part of this week’s Scion Sessions in Toronto. I don’t normally listen to a ton of electronic music but I had a great time and the energy was fantastic.
When I arrived Smalltown DJs, Pete Emes and Mike Grimes from Calgary Alberta were already riling up the crowd with their top 40 friendly remixes. The Mad Decent dancers also started coming out with some improvised (but sometimes synchronized dancing) as well as water guns to cool people off.
Next up was Toronto’s A Tribe Called Red. They have an interesting sound that mixes modern top 40 music with traditional pow-wow music of First Nation’s people. The growing crowd at the front was going crazy over it. You can download their album free at electricpowwow.com.
Britain’s Riton was a charming fella. He played some deep bass sounds. I also didn’t see a Macbook during his set.
Montreal’s Jacques Greene changed the pace into a more R&B inspired sound to cool the crowd off. It was more chill than some of the others. He also opened for The XX that night at the Phoenix.
Last up was instrumental modern jazz trio Badbadnotgood who I was actually thought wouldn’t fit the bill. However, they amazed me with a set that was a bit different than their norm with some crazy hip-hop beats mixed into their crazy instrumentals. These boys are young, but pretty crazy good musicians.