For his latest release, Virtual Riot revs up the intensity with a six-track compilation that shows him flexing the heavier side of his production style.
German Engineering takes off straight out of the gate, opening with the ferocious “Pray For Riddim.” Virus Syndicate lend a hand in “Show Up,” incorporating energized rap and hip-hop elements into Virtual Riot’s production. As the EP continues through tracks like “Chop Chop” and “Jump The Gun,” Virtual Riot proves the grimiest of dubstep is here to stay.
A slight wind-down begins to take shape in the EP’s later two tracks, as “Komputermusik” — while still heavy on the bass and dubstep elements — incorporates soothing piano melodies into its verses. The final track of German Engineering, “The Darkest Night,” leans into the melodic side of Virtual Riot’s production with playful, choppy vocals and a simple bass-infused melody. He closes out the EP on a high note, reminding listeners just how broad his style range truly is.
Two certifiable bass maestros have combined forces for a grueling, riddim-inspired festival tune.
“Warriors of the Night” amalgamates Datisk‘s heavy set bass lines with Virtual Riot‘s snarling synths in a sonic concoction that is certain to have bass heads across the country leaning and rocking come festival season. The track comes on the heels of Datsik’s collaboration with 1000volts on “Monster” back in August. Recently, Datsik has been trying his hand experimenting with the alter ego known as Ephwurd. Virtual Riot recently turned heads with his satirical outline of ‘EDM News in 2055’ and the VIP release of his track “Everyday”.
Monstercat alum Virtual Riot offers a potential shape for “EDM News in 2055” in a recent slew of tweets that show shades of the producer’s futuristic sense of humor.
EDM News in 2055 – edc Vegas sells 200.000 regular and 150.000 virtual reality tickets – @porterrobinson ‘s anime renewed for another season – @steveaoki still in cryosleep – @Skrillex plays first show on mars – @Excision healthy after half-robotdinosaur-half-human surgery
– @steve_duda creates plugin that converts sounds from your brain into audio files – @ImFigure releases Monsters Vol. 185 – @skism_uk sets Guiness world record playing a set on 20 CDjs – Ableton Live 11 released, still no VST 3 Support
Highlights of Virtual Riot’s vision of the electronic future include a “half-robotdinosaur-half-human surgery” for Excision, a Skism-secured Guinness World Record for a 20 CDJ-supported set, and the sale of EDC Las Vegas “virtual reality tickets,” for tech-transcendent “owls.”
Virtual Riot is finishing off 2017 strong with a fiery VIP mix of his summer track “Everyday.”
The song, which came out in July, was a light and breezy tune that showed a softer side of the versatile producer. Featuring the alluring vocals of Yosie, “Everyday” captured a perfect summer vibe.
Months later, Virtual Riot has released a VIP mix of the song — one that’s much heavier than the original it’s derived from.
The VIP mix starts off much the same as the original: focused on Yosie’s soothing vocals over a lighthearted bed of synths. Virtual Riot builds to something much more formidable, though, as he takes the listener through a bridge that contains elements of drum & bass. The first drop is hard-hitting heavy bass and dubstep, while the second drop leans more to trap stylings.
The VIP mix serves has a perfect showcase for the variety of genres the artist is well-versed at producing.
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INTERCOM returns to Monstercat with a ferocious drum & bass VIP mix of his September track, “Decoy World” with Park Avenue.
Adding to the VIPs hitting the SoundCloud stream, Virtual Riot has released his hard-hitting mix of his track “Everyday.”
Dubspeeka has released a deep 10-minute anthem, “Enter Theme.”
Merk & Kremont are ending 2017 with a bang, releasing a hefty future house tune called “Turn It Around.”
K Theory have reworked their 2014 track “Stadium” into a fresh and clean remaster.
After playing it out for years, The Prototypes have finally released their insane drum & bass bootleg of Knife Party‘s “LRAD.”
After a fervent 2017 edition, the founders of the traveling bass music festival Wobbleland are bringing the festival back to its home of Northern California, alongside Vital Events and Another Planet Entertainment, where the festival will enter its eighth year in a row. Hailed as the biggest bass festival in the state, Wobbleland follows-up on its vehement previous edition with an astonishing array of bass-adjacent acts.
Virtual Riot is virtually unstoppable. With dubstep hard-hitters like “Juices,” “Throwin’ Elbows,” and “Alien,” Virtual Riot continues to impress us with his impeccable ability to maneuver his way through the audio spectrum, curating perfectly crafted bass and dubstep wobbles. Now, he’s released yet another dubstep arrangement called “Degenerates.”
Don’t be misled by the beautiful introductory piano. The strings fade in and complement the piano, but the build shortly follows, bringing in orchestral horns, an arpeggio and epic cinematic drums. Virtual Riot builds “Degenerates” up superbly, letting everything go in the drop with his inevitable hard-hitting sound.
Excision‘s powerful, slamming Virus album featured collaborations with heavyweights like Space Laces, Dion Timmer, Protohype, and Datsik on standout songs like “Throwin’ Elbows,” “Are You Ready,” and “Final Boss.” Like everything Exicision does, Virus was all-encompassing, showcasing the power the dubstep genius is able to harness.
Virtual Riot is one of a handful of genuinely unique producers in the bass/future bass scene that leaves a strong impression. “Still Kids Ft. Yosie,” Virtual Riot’s latest release, features the coldness of a MrSuicideSheep release with the rich feeling of a modern future bass track. Virtual Riot made another keeper in what seems to be the 3rd track off his new EP released on Spirited.