Posts Tagged ‘Porter Robinson’

December 21, 2017
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A few weeks ago, Porter Robinson dropped his first EP as Virtual Self, and that five track release is a dream of a sonic excursion for this ex-raver and epic trance-head. It was almost like Porter read my mind and knew my heart. The tracks off of Virtual Self’s self-titled EP make for fine remixing fodder, and Los Angeles producer Hex Cougar, one of our favorite rising electronic artists this year, has given Ghost Voices a wicked makeover. He permeates the track with a grittier dubstep feel by adding guttural shuddering bass and a sense of dark urgency, but Virtual Self’s atmospheric trance still runs deep in the remix’s backbone. The masterful remix is a free download, here.

November 9, 2017
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Porter Robinson has revealed a second epic anthem under his new alter-ego Virtual Self after dazzling us with his trance and techno leaning single Eon Break. Song number two is named Ghost Voices, and it’s a dynamic sprawling track which he describes as “neo-trance”. I, for one, am supremely glad Porter has taken on this new project to experiment with his new sound, which melds classic electronica with contemporary elements. If this is the impetus for a new rise in trance in the scene, I’m all for it, being the ex-trancehead I once was. There’s something about vocal trance/epic trance’s crisp synths and fluorescent melodies that I still find incredibly uplifting and euphoric. Ghost Voices definitely brings me back to my System F loving days (aka Ferry Corsten, for the younger ones who weren’t around yet when he was releasing songs like Out Of The Blue and such).

November 2, 2017
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Canadian production whiz Ekali has partnered up with New Zealand’s QUIX to pay tribute to the great Porter Robinson. The union presents us with a spectacular remix of Porter’s Language, lifting us to great zeniths of ecstasy with their melodic thrusting, synth flickering rendition. Its smooth future bass and bright eyed chill trap complements Porter Robinson’s hallmark wondrous and widescreen production. The breathtaking, heartbursting edit is a free download, here.

November 2, 2017

Who’s ready for some new Porter Robinson, except it’s not really Porter, but it is? The beloved producer recently unveiled a new alias, Virtual Self, with the release of an astonishing anthem named Eon Break. This intense stuttering, melodic rumbling extravaganza ventures close to happy hardcore territory, but mostly resides in the trance and techno side of things. It’s a profound and expansive, cosmic and magical adventure, with tinkling keys and luminous synths reminiscent of the late great Robert Miles’ pioneering epic trance classics. The ex-ravers within us welcome this new edition of Porter Robinson’s sensational creativity with wide open arms, and we hope Eon Break is a sign of more to come from Virtual Self.

July 25, 2017
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Porter Robinson and Madeon’s Shelter will obviously go down in electronic music history as a timeless classic and one of the seminal dance tracks of the decade. As such, we’ve had plenty of remixes crop up from all sorts of musicians and producers, but none have sounded quite like this one from KRILLA, a production project from Toronto. He explains that he wanted to remix one of his all time favorite tracks to show it some respect. KRILLA even adds in a little psy trance (which brings back good old memories for me) on his dark and menacing yet wickedly exhilarating edit. It’s a bass trilling tech and dubstep exposé that takes us on an intergalactic adventure, where we’re ready to battle anything that comes at us out of the mysterious void of deep space. You can snag the stand out remix, here. For another taste of this Toronto artist’s edgy electronoic music, stream KRILLA’s original, Lunatic, below.

May 4, 2017

Porter Robinson and Madeon’s Shelter could very well go down as one of the timeless electronic classics of the 2010′s. In fact, every time I hear it’s chiffon melody, I already find myself overwhelmed with nostalgia, and it hasn’t even been long since the world danced to their hearts’ content to the song while the beloved production talents toured the world together. Today, we revisit its glowing beauty via a remix by Montreal’s Robotaki. The producer explains that the song will always have a special place in his life (as it does with so many of us). He goes on to say that Shelter has been an inspiration, even showing him the “richness of music and beauty of friendship.” Robotaki captures those emotions with his gorgeous remix, which takes off into the stratosphere with ethereal surging synths and a choppy radiance (plus an intensely shuddering ending that is far too enthralling). It’s a breathtaking edit that stays true to the original yet launches us even deeper into the vacuum of space with our hearts filled to the brim with contentment and joy.

March 17, 2017

A relatively unknown New York act, 18 year old Ruchir gives me the bubbly-soul-filling sensation that a Madeon and Porter Robinson show brings. His new track, ‘Sleepless’, features Emma Sameth.

January 3, 2017
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I’m still kicking myself for having had to miss Porter Robinson and Madeon’s now legendary tour together, since I was out traveling when they played their sold out shows in San Francisco. From all accounts, it was magnificent. The show seems to top many fellow music heads’ best of the year lists. Though I missed the Shelter Live Tour, reddit using fans of the production heavy weights have recreated some of the magic through a sensational mashup of Porter and Mat Zo’s Easy and Madeon’s Pay No Mind, featuring Passion Pit. TheDialol and Kyllian1212 offer up seamlessly fused Pay No Mind x Easy and deluge us with a tidal wave of luscious disco, ebullient electro, and vivacious progressive. I’m left wondering if Porter and Madeon will ever tour together again. If not, maybe we can have our own intimate dance parties. After all, we have this mashup to play on loop all night. I wouldn’t complain. 

December 3, 2016
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Though I had a jolly good time visiting Vietnam and Cambodia last month, one of my greatest regrets during my wanderlust indulgence was the fact that I had to miss Porter Robinson and Madeon’s sold out performances whilst on tour in San Francisco. I can only imagine how legendary the two production heavy weights were on tour together. At least I can find momentary solace in a fresh new remix of their collaborative hit, Shelter, by British producer Mat Zo. Shelter gets a complete makeover under his fine tutelage, turning into a dreamy ambient, sunkissed breezy progressive house track. Golden washed bongos lull us deep into the jungle before chunky synths and bursting beats rev up the energy level on this magical carpet ride through the cosmos. Mat Zo captures the beauty of the original to the tee but in a very different manner with his remix. 

November 26, 2016
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After having two stellar nights at The Bill Graham in San Francisco, I find this future gem of Porter Robinson and Madeon’s ‘Shelter’ by Irvine product Fook. The synth’s and drums conjure images of Tron-like beings having their systems reprogrammed. I’m not complaining though.