In the five years since Porter Robinson released his groundbreaking WorldsLP, the forward-thinker has kept himself busy with expanding his creative horizons. He linked with fellow visionary Madeon for “Shelter,” created a new alias, Virtual Self, and carved out an impressively successful debut behind the new moniker. He’s launched a new festival brand which takes place in Oakland this month, and now, he’s finally returning to just being Porter Robinson; and with that, new music is confirmed to be underway.
The “Spitfire” producer took to social media to announce his return to the studio, to many fans’ excitement. It is worth noting that while Robinson has steadily produced new material over the last five years, he has not released any work under his own name since 2014. Robinson was tight lipped about an intended release date, though, with his Second Sky festival around just the corner, that seems like the perfect testing ground for some new, unheard material.
Porter Robinson‘s Second Sky festival has been one of the most anticipated moments on the summer events circuit since it was announced back in March. The inaugural single-day event, hosted by Goldenvoice in Oakland, kicks off on June 15 with a stellar lineup curated by Robinson himself. The “Ghost Voices” producer is slated for two Second Sky performances, one as Virtual Self and the other a Worlds revival set, bringing the beloved live album performance back for the first time since 2017. Best of all, Virtual Self is actually the festival opener.
It is almost unheard of these days for a headliner—no less the festival’s curator—to open their own event, though the reason behind the scheduling is actually quite altruistic, not to mention smart. Robinson’s early performance is meant to encourage early attendance at the event, ensuring fans are there for the other early acts booked for the day. This year’s programming includes performances by G Jones, Nina Las Vegas, Cashmere Cat, and a late addition of Madeon, just weeks ahead of the debut of his new live show at Lollpalooza. Second Sky’s doors open at noon on June 15.
the idea behind having Virtual Self open Second Sky is to encourage people to arrive early & watch all the other acts that i love! https://t.co/FFuOL3THGt
A wealth of new developments are in store for the fifth anniversary of Mamby On The Beach, a lakefront favorite festival for Chicago’s niche music lovers.
This year, the double-day alcove of electronic, indie, and hip-hop acts will move to Montrose Beach on Chicago’s North side August 23-24. Splashed across three stylized stages, the 2019 lineup boasts headliners ZHU, a 3D set from Flying Lotus, Virtual Self, and more.
From the festival’s abundant undercard, indie electronic crossover duo, Phantogram will make a stop at Mamby amid their summer tour with Bob Moses, who will precede their tour partners at the Beach Stage August 24. Fervent up-and-comers Eli & Fur, SOFI TUKKER, Robotaki, and Kasbo appear on this year’s installment alongside longtime electronic eminence like Justin Martin and Sylvan Esso. Several artists from the forthcoming installment have still yet to be announced. However, it’s clear Mamby-goers are in prime position for a pristine fifth pursuit of beach-friendly reverie this summer season.
Two-day, single-day, VIP, and GA passes to Mamby are available here.
2019 Lineup (more to be announced):
A R I Z O N A BOB MOSES BROCKHAMPTON DJ SEINFELD ELI & FUR ELTON EMPRESS OF FLYING LOTUS 3D JOHN SUMMIT JUSTIN MARTIN KASBO MANIFEST MASTERIA NAO PAPG G PHANTOGRAM PHANTOMS QUINN XCII ROBOTAKI ROOSEVELT SAM GELLAITRY SANTIGOLD SMILES DAVIS SOFI TUKKER SOSUPERSAM SUMMER WALKER SYLVAN ESSO THE ACES TIM BARESKO TROYE SIVAN VIRTUAL SELF WAJATTA (Reggie Watts x John Tejada) WASHED OUT (DJ SET) WINDY CITY SOUL CLUB YOKE LORE YOUNG FRANCO ZHU
After a few years of Porter Robinson‘s Worlds tour, the producer’s Virtual Self moniker has been his main release for creative output, especially in the live realm. Playing both “Utopia” and “Clubsystem” sets, Robinson has been treating fans to diversified offerings of trance, techno, breakbeats, jungle, and more. Now bringing Virtual Self back to New York for the first time in 2019, Robinson has announced a daytime Clubsystem set at the Brooklyn Mirage.
Taking place on June 23, not many details have been announced about the set, though the event poster holds a cryptic message reading, below.
Ultra organizers are pulling out all the stops for the 2019 edition of Ultra Korea.
The worldly talent that will define Ultra Korea’s lineup gets further definition in the form of the festival’s phase-two lineup. The latest arm of artists sees certified crowd-pleasers like Skrillex, Martin Garrix, and Virtual Self take on headlining duties for the Seoul-based event. The star power is in no short supply, as Jamie Jones, Art Department, Eats Everything, and Josh Wink comprise the remainder of Ultra Korea’s latest additions.
Porter Robinson, who has spent much of the last year and a half operating under his Grammy-nominated Virtual Self moniker, has been taking the EDM world for a ride with his trance, jungle, and hardcore offerings. After introducing his stripped back Clubsystem sets in London, Los Angeles, and New York, Robinson has introduced another show into the mix, bringing the Virtual Self Clubsystem series to Miami Music Week for a special extended set.
With Boys Noize along for the ride in support, fans are sure to hear the absolute best in hard techno, acid, jungle, drum ‘n’ bass, and more genres that fit into the heavy-hitting, high-end of the BPM spectrum that Robinson has become known for. Taking place at Soho Studios on March 31, this show is poised to become one of the many highlights of the storied Miami Music Week.
Fresh from the Grammys Red Carpet, Virtual Self has gifted fans with Lane 8‘s remix of “Ghost Voices.” More popularly known as Porter Robinson, the producer was this year nominated for the Best Dance Recording category as Virtual Self for his wall-to-wall sensation, “Ghost Voices.” Though he did not win, the track has still not only had a tremendous impact on the electronic sphere, but has also reverberated through the music industry at large.
Lane 8’s take on the release flips the track inside out, pulling the piano to the forefront and shrinking the electronic elements out of focus in the introduction. Crescendoing notes eb and flow through the forefront of the track, while the vocal dances around the new sound structure. While the remix evokes an entirely different, more pensive set of emotions and energy than the original, it still soothes and sonically pleases the listener. The remix has been released on Robinson’s own YouTube channel.
A snippet from Porter Robinson‘s upcoming GQ Japan March edition revealed the Virtual Self creator is planning a new project. After his unique production pivot to Virtual Self in order to celebrate techno sounds inspired by late ’90s and early 2000s dance music, one can only imaging which direction the inspired visionary might go. This news dovetails nicely with Porter’s Grammy Award nomination for Best Dance Recording of “Ghost Voices” made under his Virtual Self moniker.
On Sept. 8, Porter performed a sold-out show at Extended Clubsystem in LA. The set was an hour and 45 minutes long, and he played a new song, “God Rays,” which was thankfully captured on film. While luring listeners with wide, lush synth chords, Porter flips the switch and drops hard techno.
Since its humble beginnings as an Anjuna appendage in 2005 in London, Anjunadeep has become one of the top purveyors of deep, textured, and melodic house music. Known for their towering catalog currently spanning over 400 releases, Anjunadeep artists and fans have come to revere the label’s compilation series since Above & Beyond released the very first in 2009. Coming in scorching yet tender as always, Anjunadeep have put together a special offering for their 10th mix in 10 years.
Due out Feb 22, the compilation features the label’s top-tier talent, new and old, like Luttrell, Yotto, and Lane 8, while pulling out deeper cuts from newcomers like BAILE, Ocula, and GRAZZE. Seamlessly mixed by Anjunadeep co-founder, James Grant, and Bristol-based DJ Jody Wisternoff, the release has been a profound source of reflection for the esteemed and aptly suited pair.
In trying to maintain a fresh and all-encompassing tone for the compilation, the DJs note that, “It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the 10th volume in the Anjunadeep compilation series. Despite Anjunadeep 10 being a bit of a milestone, we’ve resisted any temptation to go down a nostalgic route. Instead we’ve tried to keep the mix as forward-looking as possible. Our amazing family of artists have been creating far too much exciting new music for us to contemplate any other approach.”
With such high precedents already in place, anticipation for the newest installment is imminent. Fans can find the trailer, tracklist, and dates for global release parties below.
Hiatus – Relic
Lycoriscoris – Belong
Ocula – Immunity
BAILE – Soft Light
Ole Biege – All The Time (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Rework)
Nox Vahn feat. Mimi Page – There Is Peace Beyond (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Rework)
Tomas Barfod – Things That Matter feat. Louise Foo & Sharin Foo (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Remix)
Luttrell – Still Dreaming
16BL – You Are High
Virtual Self – Ghost Voices (Lane 8 Remix)
CRi – Initial
Modd & Hosini – Swallow’s Nest
Spencer Brown & Qrion – Sapporo
GRAZZE – Querencia
Nuage – H.A.L.O.
boerd – Someone (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Remix)
Modd – Ruskeala
Ben Böhmer – Little Lights
Aiiso – City Lights
Nox Vahn & Marsh – Prospect
Jody Wisternoff & James Grant – Dapple
Jani R – Autumn’s Feathers (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Remix)
Savvas – Peace Of Mind
Eli & Fur – Night Blooming Jasmine (Rodriguez Jr. Remix)
Aiiso – Programmer
Nox Vahn & Marsh – Serena’s Garden
Jazz Do It – For A Moment
Joseph Ashworth – Heavy
Dosem – Stay True
Jack Lost – Walls
SØNIN vs. Yotto – Nothing Like You
Fluida – A Self And A Mind
Luttrell – Out Of Me
Ben Böhmer – In Memoriam
Lane 8 – Feld (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Edit)
Antic & i_cann – Jura
Kidnap – Tempest
Anjunadeep 10 Release Parties
Feb 08 – Sound, Los Angeles – James Grant, Marsh
Feb 17 – Phonox, London – James Grant & Jody Wisternoff (Open To Close)
Feb 22 – The Penthouse at FIVE Palm, Dubai – James Grant, 16BL, Dom Donnelly
Released on Proximity, this talented group of musicians do Taking Back Sunday plenty justice. The vocals from Saint Slumber are impeccable, harmonizing perfectly for an aesthetically pleasing cover of the famed rock band’s original. When layered over some light piano and staccato leads, the perfect verse is born, building into a euphoric, synth-heavy drop.
Saint Slumber is on the rise and Modern Machines is coming off headline shows at Marquee NYC, E11EVEN Miami, and more, so expect this one to climb the ranks.