Porter Robinson, Flux Pavilion & Kill The Noise @ The Arthouse, Sydney(10/03/2012)

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For Future Music Festival fiends and those who missed out on tickets to the massive event, VAMP Music presented Sydneysiders with an afterparty featuring the Skrillex-sanctioned Porter Robinson, Englishman Flux Pavilion and final act Kill The Noise. Taking place at The Arthouse in the heart of the CBD, this show gave fans an opportunity to witness some seasoned live favourites and exciting up-and-comers.

By now, most ITM readers would be familiar with the ever-raging dubstep debate that rears its head every once in a while – mostly in the comments section underneath articles about Skrillex. VAMP Music’s show gave us three artists who are in the midst of the discussion about the genre’s direction. While older dubstep producers prioritised deep and atmospheric production, newcomers have focused instead on brash wubb-wubbs and random robot noises. The popularity of these sounds was proven by all three artists playing to healthy crowds on Knife Party’s Ear Storm Stage at Future Music Festival.

Porter Robinson took the stage in the early hours of the morning, wasting no time in riling up the crowd. He dished out crowd favourites from Daft Punk and Steve Angello, before getting grubbier with the likes of Congorock’s Babylon. The 19-year-old looked impressively comfortable, given that he is a few years short of drinking age in his own country. Highlights included his single Spitfire and remixes of Nero’s Must be The Feeling, the latter of which is quickly becoming this year’s mandatory club/festival anthem. Robinson proved himself as a worthy performer, who has a bright future in bringing a greater intensity to electro sounds.

Next up was Flux Pavilion, whose frequent visits Down Under are always well-received. He has recently gained exposure in the most unlikely of places, with his signature track I Can’t Stop being featured on the Kony 2012 viral video. He ripped through his famed remixes of Gold Dust and Cracks, as well as original rumblers Got 2 Know and Bass Cannon, which unfortunately didn’t receive the remix treatment by P-Money. A rendition of Caspa’s Fulham 2 Waterloo proved that the Englishman hasn’t forgotten his roots, and blasted its way to become the highlight of his set. It was a well-rounded performance from Flux, who will undoubtedly return sometime soon for another run on the Australian festival circuit.

By the time recent Korn-collaborator Kill The Noise arrived for his set, the Arthouse had truly become unbearably hot and rambunctious as the crowd intensified within the intimate venue. After he dropped the likes of Doctor P and some weird guitar-heavy metal/electronic tracks with seizure-inducing lighting, we decided to call it a night before one of us collapsed of dehydration or epilepsy.

If there’s one criticism that can be made of tonight’s show, it’s that the newer breed of dubstep and wobble-infused electro can become overwhelmingly repetitive and monotonous, with a tendency to evoke serious headaches after extended exposure. But you can’t deny the effectiveness of this headbanging, testosterone-fuelled wave of electronic music in getting dancefloors moving with greater vigour. While many have questioned this style’s longevity, it has taken over stages rapidly over the last two years. VAMP Music’s solid showcase looks to continue this well into 2012.

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