We’re backkkkk! It’s day two at Made in America, and things promise to be hotter, sweatier, and generally more awesome (well, minus the hot and sweaty part), with acts like Danny Brown, Grimes, and Spoon hitting the stage this afternoon.
First though are locals Noah Breakfast and Cruisr, playing afternoon sets at the Freedom and Skate Park Stages, respectively.
They say it’s important to start each day with a good breakfast, and this holds true for MIA too. We kicked things off this afternoon with Philly DJ Noah Breakfast, who provided the nutrient vibe-rich pick-me-up we so needed.
Born Noah Beresin in West Philadelphia, Breakfast first turned heads as ½ rap group Chiddy Bang with Chiddy Anamege; he takes his moniker, “Breakfast,” from their 2012 LP. He split from the group in 2013 to focus on producer work, although the pair remain on good terms, and he still makes beats for Anamege occasionally. Known for his minimalist production style and smooth grooves (he once described the process as “deleting and massaging”), Beresin stirred early arrivers with low-key jams, perfect for easing into another jam-packed day.
Enveloped in a haze of dry ice, with iTunes-esque visuals, his half-hour set combined quintessential party jams like Young Thug's "Stoner" and DJ Funk's "Three Fine Hoes" with remixed pop faves like Destiny's Child "Say My Name" and Gucci Mane's "Lemonade."
"Yo, we got Jesus in the house," he exclaimed part-way through, gesturing towards our fave Biblical impersonator, Philly Jesus. The supposed son of God grinned and danced harder. Later he elicited cheers with his avowal to "Free Meek Mill!", shouting out the local rapper recently sentenced to 3 to 6 months in prison for violating parole. But the set highlight was a remix of Drake's "0 to 100 / The Catch Up," which defiantly declares, "I got all the hits!" Sounds about right to us.
Locals Cruisr, playing immediately after at the Skate Park Stage, felt like the perfect follow-up to Breakfast’s afternoon jams—offering sun-drenched pop numbers that almost made me forget how hot it is.
Formed in 2012 as a solo project for singer-songwriter Andy States, Cruisr quickly evolved into a full band, and won fans (including us!) with breezy, summer pop. They recently signed to Vagrant Records, and their set this afternoon feels like a celebration (and in fact, I later find out, it is--it's States 29th birthday). Playing MIA, I'd imagine, is a pretty great b-day gift, and perhaps as a result, States is passionate and sincere, closing his eyes as he croons escapist pop numbers like "California" and "Moving to Neptune" (then again, we get the sense he's passionate the other 364 days of the year as well). The rest of the band is equally on-point, laying down solid grooves for the growing crowd, who slowly make their way over to the Skate Stage, drawn by the promise of perfect vibes.
The band's 30-minute set draws mostly from their self-titled EP, although I'm psyched to hear a few new tunes from their forthcoming EP All Over as well, due out September 23. If today's set is any indication, it should be the late fall escape we've been waiting for.