Posted by Scott Willats
Porter Robinson week continues here at bpmtv.com, as we re-post our first look at the North Carolina prodigy’s smashing debut EP, Spitfire.
Don’t forget: Porter Robinson plays Toronto’s Sound Academy tomorrow night, courtesy of Embrace Presents. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS AND INFO.
What were you doing when you were 19? Some of you haven’t even hit that magical number yet and are anticipating a great year, the first year of freedom. Some of you are in that age bracket and are beginning to enjoy life as an adult … or getting high in your parents basement. For those of us who have passed that brilliant age, apart from the wonderful memories and personal achievements, probably none of us did anything that would affect the rest of our own lives and, at the same time, touch the lives of many many others.
Enter Porter Robinson. Born in the not-yet-distant year of 1992 (sigh), this prodigy from the Tar Heel state of North Carolina has been thrown into the roller coaster of the electro scene, and has established himself as one of the leaders of the pack when it comes to the North American dub revolution. If I’m correct, all it took was Fl Studio 9, a Midi controller and talent. Porter has not only been one of the headliners of electro-dub-house scene — he has also changed it for the better. Breaking boundaries and genres with his songs, Robinson has become a fan favourite throughout the world.
The first track I remember hearing was “Say My Name,” which had so many sounds to it I wasn’t sure what genre to place it in. (“I dunno … electric music?”) The strings from the house anticipation, the wobble of the dubstep, the drums of electro — this kid is onto something. And so it went, as he released other tracks and remixes that proved he was no one-hit wonder, but rather a major figure in the game. Touring and fraternizing with the industry elite (Skrillex, Zedd, Lazy Rich and many others) didn’t hurt either.
Well, Porter just dropped his debut EP Spitfire, which is typical of everything else he has done in his early career: it’s really good. The EP features many remixes from some well known DJs and one from the flavour of the week known as Knife Party whose version of “Unison” is most certainly going to be playing in all clubs throughout the winter. But it’s Porter’s originals that are truly stellar.
In case you’re just finding out about the homie, here are two tracks that got me hooked last year. The first is classic Porter …
… and this one is a beaaaaaaaast. Check the remix by Lazy Rich when you get a chance, both are hard!
Mr. Robinson, I believe you’re trying to seduce me…..xx
[Originally Posted: Sept. 15, 20122]