Jack Ü’s Mad Decent Block Party closing set at Brooklyn’s MCU Park on Sunday (Aug. 8) was all that and more. Perhaps most striking is how well the artists complement each other onstage. It only takes one competent DJ behind the decks to mix at a time, so the duo have embraced their newfound freedom in a way that Swedish House Mafia never took beyond fist-pumping.
Skrillex and Diplo switched off dancing wildly atop the DJ booth, zipping about the stage on futuristic IO Hawks, doing their best Iwo Jima impressions with smiling logo-emblazoned flags, and constantly goading the exuberant crowd to turn up even further.
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The result? The show’s energy level never flagged from muscular opener “Take U There” with Kiesza to confetti-flooded finale “Where Are U Now.” Pairing remixes of radio hits by Rihanna and Fetty Wap with fan favorites cherry-picked from each artist’s catalog — such as “Lean On,” “Bangarang” and “Revolution” — Jack Ü’s set-list sported the look of a greatest hits.
Jack Ü’s combined star power and recent chart success have also given them the clout to pull a continual stream of special guests at their shows. Sunday featured the fresh-faced Silentó performing his viral hit “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae),” as well as a fierce version of “No Chill” by Vic Mensa — who wore a black uniform with “Fuck” scrawled over its “Police” insignia to honor the #BlackLivesMatter movement on the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death.
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But it was Korean pop star CL (of girl group 2NE1 fame) that drew the evening’s loudest cheers for her steamy renditions of “Dr. Pepper” and “Dirty Vibe.” Managed by Scooter Braun Projects, the Seoul native has crossover in her crosshairs with a full-fledged solo LP set to drop next year — and the commanding stage presence she showed on Sunday night should aid her pursuit.