Porter Robinson has made it no secret that his Virtual Self project is about putting a new era twist on old-style sounds – the two sets he’s played make that obvious enough, as well as an excerpt from an email sent out to industry insiders before the project’s debut EP released.
“Musically, the project is super super inspired by rhythm games and electronic music from [the early 2000s]. […] I wanted to morph 2001 tropes into a 2017 production sensibility. ”
With all of his original songs so far, we’ve seen that goal come alive. However, in a new minimix delivered to BBC Radio 1 – in which he blazes through 13 songs in 5 minutes – Virtual Self really comes to life. To the uneducated listener, a majority of the songs in the mix are wholly unrecognizable. With the obvious exceptions of Pryda and Virtual Self himself, the remaining tracks are a wild mix of tunes from the late ’90s and early ’00s, and songs released in the past couple of years that only sound like they’re from that era.
The mix goes through each track very quickly, so pay attention if you hear a song you like and give it a search. You might find yourself falling even deeper into Virtual Self’s world.
Pryda – Stay With Me
Virtual Self – Ghost Voices
KLANKEN – Vijf – Dee Wee
Push – Strange World (2000 Remake) – Bonzai
Enjoii – Let U Go – Liquid Ritual
Ayla – Ayla Part. II (Taucher Remix)
Utada Hikaru – Simple & Clean (PlanitB Remix)
Three Drives On A Vinyl – Greece 2000 – Hooj Choons
Hybrid – Finished Symphony – Distinctive Records
Tenth Planet – Ghosts (Vincent de Moor Remix) – Northern Exposure
Ian Van Dahl – Castles in the Sky – NuLife Recordings
Burial – Temple Sleeper – Keysound Recordings
Virtual Self – A.I.ngel (Become God) – Virtual Self
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