When Porter Robinson and Mat Zo announced that they would be rocking The Language Tour together, people were more than down to see two of the hottest young talents in EDM tour with The M Machine and crack some serious skulls. I caught their Montreal show this past Saturday, and the boys did not disappoint.
I got there a little late, so I didn’t catch The M Machine, but I got there right as Mat Zo was coming on around midnight. His set was a little darker, and even a little more subdued than I expected. I was disappointed that he didn’t drop “Bipolar”, but he did bump some classics by Tritonal and others, and kept a hard, deep vibe throughout the whole set. By the middle, everyone forgot who and where they were – they were entranced by the young Anjunabeats’ talented blend of spot-on track selection and insanely creative mashing and mixing. It’s pretty clear, though, that he didn’t rip it up as much as he could because he was opening for Porter Robinson, but it was still great, and if anything, Zo’s restraint allowed me to see yet another exciting side of him.
Of course, keeping it a little cool may have been a smart strategy, because once Porter came on, all hell broke loose. It wasn’t too different from his Coachella set, but that’s not a bad thing when you’re talking about one of the most energetic electro-dub sets this year. The beats came fast and hard, sending the crowd into epileptic shock. He teased so many songs, only to mix in drops from other songs and send everyone into a frenzy. He was having fun up there and taking chances, and the Super Nintendo imagery only helped punctuate the feeling.
Overall, the Language Tour was awesome, and at $30 a ticket it’s easily one of the best values this summer, especially when you consider that that same ticket will probably cost three times that in two years.
Shots from the show on June 22nd in Toronto
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