Porter Robinson And Madeon Drop Surprise Single ‘shelter’
Speculation and rumours of a collaboration between musicians and longtime friends Porter Robinson and Madeon (Hugo Leclercq) have long been internet fan fodder. Today the duo puts the rumours to rest dropping a surprise joint single ‘Shelter‘ (ft. Madeon on lead vocals). Brilliant, shimmering, humanity-infused electronic pop – the single sees them take a decidedly old-school approach to collaboration, decamping to Madeon’s studio in Nantes, France to write the track together in real-time, face-to-face.
Madeon says about the collaboration: “Our intent was to make music that would reflect our friendship.”
‘Shelter’ is the first taste of new music since Porter Robinson’s album Worlds debuted at #13 on the ARIA Charts, #3 on the Australian iTunes charts and in Billboard’s Top 20. Having performed on our shores for the first time as part of Stereosonic in 2014, his Worlds tour, an interactive live show as ambitious as the album it was named for, saw Porter return to Australia in 2015 for a run of sold out dates and a much-talked about performance at Splendour in the Grass.
While this collaboration is a first for the two artists, they have played a pivotal role in each other’s work over the past decade of their young careers. Having first met on an internet message board a decade ago as young Daft Punk fans who wanted to produce music, Porter and Madeon have pursued distinct but coincidentally parallel careers to become electronic music creators of their own, each has emerged out of the electronic music scene to become crossover electronic pop powerhouses.
Porter first caught the ears of tastemakers in 2010 with his track ‘Say My Name‘. An EP on Skrillex‘s OWSLA label followed and he signed to the venerated Astralwerks in 2013 when he was all of 21. The next year he released his debut artist album, Worlds, an expansive LP that included the songs ‘Divinity’ (as heard in Google’s “Year in Search” commercial) and the landmark ‘Sea of Voices’.
Madeon first came to global attention with his game-changing video and track ‘Pop Culture’ in 2011. Early last year, he released his highly-anticipated debut album, Adventure, which spawned the singles ‘You’re On’, co-written with Jimmy Napes (Sam Smith, Disclosure), and ‘Home’. Having sharpened his live skills as an opener for Lady Gaga and with sets at Coachella and Lollapalooza, Madeon launched two tours in support of Adventure: Adventure Live and the Pixel Empire Tour.