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.
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.
‘Shelter’ was easily one of the biggest release of 2016. The collaborative project between Porter Robinson and Madeon which gave life to a tour of the same name helped cement the talents of the young duo more or less forever. It was a powerful and emotional track which captivated fans everywhere. A-Trak who has been
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.
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.
Following the worldwide success of Porter Robinson and Madeon’s collaboration on “Shelter,” Madeon is back on his solo career and just announced something major for 2018. In a tweet, Madeon wrote “I’ve been working non-stop on my next era for a while now, I love it. I feel very privileged to have people who care
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.”
I should give you an update! I’ve been working non-stop on my next era for a while now, I love it.
I feel very privileged to have people who care about what I do. You are allowing me to have high standards, so thanks for your patience. I’ll show you next year! good times pic.twitter.com/sY6WiPUlGP
RL Grime has a stack full of never released productions that we as fans have been calling for the release of for years now. This past weekend at his show in NYC RL Grime brought back one of his most beloved IDs that has been floating around for years and included the vocals for ‘Shelter’
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