By Jennifer Picht
Since Porter Robinson’s debut EP dropped on Sept. 13th, Spitfire has been burning up the Beatport charts. While captivating audiences with his versatile sound and skillful techniques in the art of eclecticism on stage, Robinson’s new studio release has been critically lauded, raising the bar for all electro producers. Building a sturdy assembly of followers through association with dubstep sensation Skrillex and trance idol Tiësto, this 19-year-old producer from NC has the potential to exceed these electronic masters with his raw DJing talent. Robinson and Skrillex joined forces earlier this year for the debut OWSLA tour with Zedd, which served as a precursor for the label’s major release.
The 11-track extended EP is remarkably powerful beyond Robinson’s years of experience. Each track is diverse from the next, blowing away listeners with its intricate patterns and radical rhythms.
Jump-starting the dance landscape with the title track, this hyperactive tune is still completely cohesive while keeping the audience on their toes. “Unison” is practically an anthem of the new rave scene. It has a young, flirty feel and an addictive rhythm.
Robinson collaborates with fellow artists Amba Shepherd and Jano, creating two multifaceted tracks that are simply enticing. Anchored by romantic, melodic voices, tracks four and six are sure to please. Spitfire enlists the remix skills of Rob Swire’s (Pendulum) Knife Party, Downlink, SKisM, Kill The Noise, and Mikkas. Mikkas’ remix of “Unison” has a trance feel, where the Knife Party reworking adds more eccentric dubstep charm.
This EP is the new cutting-edge and without a doubt, a top seller. It’s the perfect balance of nitty-gritty, classic electro, moombahton, and trance. You can catch Robinson on his current tour alongside Tiësto, blasting audiences with massive amounts of rare, lively talent.
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