Madeon’s debut studio album ‘Adventure’ is three years old

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On March 27, 2015, French producing powerhouse Madeon released his debut studio album, Adventure.

The album was the result of years of work from Hugo Pierre Leclercq. He first announced the beginning stages of the album in May 2013 and, though the album was rumored to come out in 2014, Leclercq took some additional time to get Adventure just right.

It was worth the wait.

The inaugural LP, which featured standout tracks like “Pay No Mind” with Passion Pit, “Home” and “Imperium,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s top dance/electronic albums and was met with high praise from fans and media outlets around the world. Madeon released two editions of Adventure: a 12-track LP and an 18-track deluxe format that included additional tracks like “The City” and “Cut the Kid.”

The debut collection of songs truly lived up to its title as an adventure. Whether he’s collaborating with Kyan in “You’re On” or Foster the People‘s Mark Foster in “Nonsense,” Madeon further cemented his status as a first-class artist through an LP that’s only become more loved as time has passed.

Relive Adventure in all its glory below.

A-Trak shares sharp scratch routine of Porter Robinson and Madeon’s ‘Shelter’ [WATCH]

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A-Trak‘s taste in music is generally a pretty solid barometer for what’s hot right now. He closely keeps up with fan favorite pop, dance, and hip-hop, but where he differs from the rest of us mere mortals is his ability to step behind Technics and a mixer and do something magical with the earworms he’s into. In the tail-end of the year, A-Trak has ramped up his video channel, frequently sharing short scratch routines and personal edits of the tracks that are in his rotation at the moment. He’s covered Chance The Rapper, Major Lazer, DJ Snake, Post Malone, N.E.R.D. and more, though his latest addition to the ‘#REALDJing’ video series is a flawless tribute to Porter Robinson and Madeon‘s sweeping success “Shelter.”

Clocking in at just a minute, A-Trak chops up the young superstars’ hit collaboration with his legendary Midas touch, finessing his way through immaculate padwork and scratch breakdowns. Not quite a remix, but rather an homage so to speak, A-Trak’s rendition of “Shelter” and obvious seal of approval for the next generation of dance music’s torch carriers.

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Porter Robinson x Madeon – Shelter (Akari Remix)

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Porter Robinson’s new technic-utopian Virtual Self-reign is among us, but surely fans mustn’t, and likely will never forget about his seminal Worlds. 2016’s “Shelter,” too, embodied an unforeseen stylistic narrative. We even went on to name it one of the biggest tracks of 2016, standing at the No. 3 slot. Robinson and Madeon injected an unbeknownst, singular vision into the EDM ecosystem, which has since flourished, and gone on to birth an inconceivable number of artists in the track’s very wake.

Naturally, there have been many reworkings of the artists’ esteemed collaboration. The rising producer Akari is the most recent to have taken on the number.

Akari boats an impressive assemblage of remixes. From artists like Flume and Ekali to M83 and Flux Pavilion, his widespread track affinity is a testament to his effervescent creativity. In his latest fervent fury of future bass, Akari infuses new life into the seminal “Shelter,” which ensures that if its listeners do seek shelter, they do so in anticipation of his next release.

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Porter Robinson x Madeon – Shelter (JayKode Remix)

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Porter Robinson and Madeon’s “Shelter” collaboration was unequivocally one of the biggest tracks of 2016 — in fact, we even named it our #3 top track of the year.

While remixes of the blockbuster collaboration pervaded 2016, “Shelter” has now received a refreshing facelift from multi-talented beatsmith JayKode. The LA-based producer lays down a charmingly sedative backdrop for the vocal anthem, transposing the vocals to give it an entirely new feel.

It’s a highly inventive spin on the track. As it happens, it was never meant to be a remix. “I had no plan to remix shelter since the original was perfect in every aspect,” JayKode writes. “I was actually working on a hip-hop instrumental and messing around with some guitars. Then I started plugging in different a capellas just for fun and when I plugged shelter in, it was complete magic.”

Listen to JayKode’s remix of “Shelter” below, and download it for free here.

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Madeon announces ‘new era’ coming in 2018

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It’s been nearly a year since Madeon and Porter Robinson completed their iconic Shelter tour, and the world has been craving new material from the former.

The French producer has been fairly quiet on social media and hasn’t released new music since the “Shelter” single and his Adventure album in 2015. In a series of social media posts on Nov. 13, the artist broke his silence to give his fans an update — letting them know a “new era” is coming in 2018.

Though we’re able to deduce exactly what this entails just yet, it sounds like he’s been working non-stop on the next stage of his work as a producer. He notes that he has kept his fans in mind and is working hard to give them material “worth being passionate about.”

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Porter Robinson and Madeon release limited-edition Shelter merch collection

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Porter Robinson and Madeon may have given their final performance of their massive Shelter tour this past April, but fans lucky enough to witness the legendary duo firsthand will likely let the experience live on forever in their memories—and now their wardrobe.

While the duo did release a merch line for the Shelter tour, now they’ve decided to release a limited run, this time tailoring it around the music video for “Shelter.” The new limited-edition merch line includes multiple “Rin-themed” shirts, a hat, a stuffed bear, and a beach towel. Of course, Rin is the anime that Porter had created with A-1 Pictures and Crunchyroll. See the full, limited-edition merch line here.


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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 2

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

Let’s kick off this week’s playlist with a beautiful track from Puppet that blurs the lines between electronic music and alternative rock. After following his music through various Monstercat releases, I can enthusiastically say that “Here Again” is one of Puppet’s best yet. His vocals and production in “Here Again” truly impress as he takes his own spin on A Will Away’s original song. As electronic music spreads its roots into other genres, we need talented producers like Puppet at the forefront of the movement.

First things first: Madeon is a genius and “Pay No Mind” is a work of art. The disco-fueled collaboration with Passion Pit came out as a part of the French producer’s Adventure album in 2015 and has since received a medley of reworks from artists like Lemaitre. Since it’s a few years old, though, I figured the remixes were done. I was wrong. Phantom Sage released his own version of the iconic track after seeing that Madeon had released the stems, and “a hundred projects later,” he put out his own interpretation. The Colorado producer pays homage to one of his favorite songs in the best way, with dancing synths and an even funkier groove than the original.

It’s now time to switch gears completely. I’ve been following PsoGnar and Teminite‘s collaborations since they first started working together and was thrilled when I saw they were putting out an entire EP together. With PsoGnar’s reggae-infused, silky vocals and Teminite’s filthy dubstep stylings, the two are a unique, formidable force. “Rally The Troops” has both a fierce, driving melody and the elements of grimy dubstep both producers’ fans have come to know and love. It’s one of those songs that’s truly a story: taking listeners on an exciting adventure from the first second to the last.

The journey continues with Stonebank‘s newest trap anthem. The introduction to this song is masterfully composed, with the first 30 seconds feeling practically symphonic. Though I love the entire track, the beginning 60 seconds are what really drew me to this track. Stonebank has proven he can produce everything from happy hardcore to trance to drumstep and shows no signs of slowing down.

My love for drum & bass knows no limits. My love for 80s-style music lately knows no limits, either. After a song called “Kyra” by a Los Angeles group called The Midnight popped up on SoundCloud and mesmerized me with beautiful saxophones and gorgeous vocals, I began following the duo’s music. Yearning for more material from them, I put their discography on repeat and waited patiently (OK, impatiently) for more. Luckily, they released a beautiful remix album at the beginning of the month that has (for now) quenched my thirst. The highlight of the album is a six-minute drum & bass remix from Russia’s PROFF. His take on The Midnight’s track “Days of Thunder” is a beautifully minimalist drum & bass rework that highlights the vocals and tunes in completely to the euphoria of the original track.

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Porter Robinson & Madeon – Shelter (Hi I’m Ghost Re-work)

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Infusing exotic elements and blissfully distorted vocals into the world renown collaborative piece, “Shelter,” producers Porter Robinson and Madeon co-created a wonderfully colorful track that has won over the hearts of millions. With such a mesmerizing and rich sound, the chance to remix “Shelter” has been a treat for artists such as Mat Zo and Robotaki.

Newcomers Thiago Nunez and Nathan Davis, who comprise Hi I’m Ghost, have taken the plunge to render their own spin on the notable anthem, taking the piece one step further with a more mellifluous production than their standard fare.

Although the build is prolonged by a more downtempo soft filter, adding an uplifting sweetness to the track, layers of melodic future bass sound complement an exaggerated rugged bass line. With samples from Madeon’s “Pay No Mind,” “You’re On,” and Porter Robinson’s “Sad Machine,” Hi I’m Ghost pay tribute to many of the legendary artists’ songs while staying true to the main structure of their “Shelter” remix.

Taking the collaborative classic to new heights, Hi I’m Ghost flaunt their creative juices with fervor, showing off their distinct, skillful, and promising potential.

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Porter Robinson has deemed all but 11 of his songs ‘unofficial’

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In a recent tweet, Porter Robinson announced that all but eleven of his tracks are now being dubbed “unofficial.” “This is the canon,” Robinson wrote. “I’ve been making music for 12 years and i only wrote 11 songs, wow.” He follows the tweet with a list of the eleven songs deemed to be a part of his “canon” in his eyes, which includes “Language,” “Shelter”, and “Sad Machine,” and is noticeably missing fan-favorites such as “Lionhearted” and “Spitfire.” Robinson includes one remix in the list as well – his spin on Nero’s “The Thrill.”

Whether Porter Robinson’s dissociation from his past catalogue is due to a disconnect with his recent aesthetic or a simple desire to start anew after the conclusion of the Shelter tour, we will continue to support Porter Robinson and his career decisions, and we hope him all the best.

H/T: Run The Trap

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Dancing Astronaut Pres. 5 Under 5k: Vol. 16

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5 Under 5k is a feature on Dancing Astronaut dedicated to spotlighting talented upcoming and undiscovered artists who we believe deserve more exposure. Each edition of 5 Under 5k will highlight five artists from a wide variety of genres with under 5,000 followers on SoundCloud (at the time of writing).

A SoundCloud playlist of the tracks featured can be found at the end of the article.

His first all-original track, “Last Train Home,” does a great deal of foreshadowing for Citylights (4,225). All of the producer’s previous tracks are covers of well-established artists such as deadmau5, Madeon, and Porter Robinson – though not exactly the kind of cover that the term normally brings to mind. Citylights’ covers are instrumental remakes of the songs that expertly utilize the originals’ chord progressions and melodies while giving the tracks a healthy dose of his quickly-developing sonic signature.

Citylights has a laid-back, yet contagiously groovy sound that will surely go over well with a large portion of listeners, from indie lovers to future bass enthusiasts and even those more on the side of hip-hop. “Last Train Home,” is a tad more upbeat and cinematic than his covers, proving his productions are not going to be stagnant going forward. He plays around with some phenomenal poly-rhythms that allow him to do something with which many musicians and producers struggle: he completely changes up the rhythm without losing the overall theme of the track.

As Elon Musk’s SpaceX project endeavors to help billionaires to reach outer space, two fellows from Burnaby, British Columbia, Moonmelt (375) have already flown over the radar, and have since been hanging out up there crafting productions stellar enough make Buzz Aldrin proud. The artists’ cosmic style of house has not yet generated the gravitational waves that they easily deserve, but tracks such as their latest single, “The Other Side,” go to show that Moonmelt won’t have to wait long to achieve galactic recognition.

The side of the moon that humans never see while looking up at it from Earth has always had dark connotation. However, it is true that the side of the moon in question is not always dark, just unknown. “The Other Side” is an easy-going jaunt that perfectly encapsulates their name and style, putting forth a perspective on the unknown side of things not as something to be afraid of but as something to be explored.

A talented pianist, vocalist, and songwriter, the young Luke Cusato (2,350) not only has some incredible solo tracks under his belt, but also boasts numerous spectacular collaborations with those specializing in more electronically-oriented productions. Thusly, Cusato has developed a skill set which could lead to ubiquitous appeal. Furthermore, Cusato also takes advantage of the ever-deepening pool of aspiring producers to put out remixes of his originals and collaborations, adding even more breadth to his potential audience.

The artist’s latest track, a collaboration with indie-influenced future bass producer Dooqu, does a spectacular job showcasing the talents of both artists. Cusato’s winsome piano can be heard in the intro and breaks, flowing flawlessly into a good-natured vocal chorus where Dooqu subtly shows off his production skills by backing up the benevolent vocals with sophisticated staccato synths and percussion that make great use of negative space.

Mullaha (2,650) possess level of skill may baffle listeners, who could likely be beguiled by the group’s small number of followers. The quality that the outfit’s songwriting and production talent has reached while just over halfway to the 5,000 follower mark is telling of the fact that, when Mullaha inevitably blow up, they will have the core skills to back up that growth.

The act’s latest single is perhaps their highest quality output to date. “When I See You” has all the characteristics of outstanding disco house, and gives some of the greats – Madeon, in particular, comes to mind – a run for their money without sounding too much alike to anyone else in the space. Quick, funky guitar licks and an appropriate retro-style vocal part draw the listener in, and although the main beat doesn’t resolve into a normal four-on-the-floor pattern, the feeling of disco house is prominent throughout.

New York-based producer Nick AM (1,084) isn’t afraid to try his hand at tastefully remixing tracks that may not be normally considered suitable for a remix or edit. One of the most rewarding aspects of searching out artists that have yet to “blow up” is watching, in real time, as they work on defining themselves creatively with each new track. Nick AM’s style can be said to have prominent house influences, but an examination of his SoundCloud will soon prove to the listener that he enjoys switching things up – a quality that will make the artist’s ascension all the more fascinating to watch.

Nick AM’s latest is an edit of A Tribe Called Quest‘s “Electric Relaxation,” and could easily be considered the most refined piece of work he has released thus far. The edit achieves the difficult balance of keeping the feeling and overall tone of the original song while injecting a certain amount of personal flair. The track is sped up a bit to fit into a comfortable four-on-the-floor beat, and subtle percussion is added along with a simple, groovy bass line that provides the personal flair without being overbearing.

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