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Madeon celebrates 24th birthday with special ‘Shelter Evil Edit’

Madeon turning 24 years old is a true sign that time is flying by. For the young French producer, making tracks like ‘Icarus‘ and his famed ‘Pop Culture‘ mashup kick started his career, turning him into the huge producer that he is today, taking on world tours and every festival known to man. His journey to success is remarkable, but the talent he displayed at such a young age was always bound to lead to greatness. Another stepping stone on his journey to the top was his impeccable collaboration with long time friend Porter Robinson titled ‘Shelter‘, and as a treat for his loyal fans on his 24th birthday, the Frenchman has dropped his ‘Evil Edit‘.

The track ‘Shelter’ has great significance to each producers’ career, as it was the title of Porter and Madeon’s worldwide tour. The Shelter Live Tour hit every stage you could imagine, taking over America, Europe, Japan, Australia, and rounding off at Coachella. Combining the sounds of two producers of such skill and magnitude resulted in rave reviews about the tour, plus the incredible lead track that provided its name. Madeon’s new spin on the track was never necessarily required, however when you hear the track you’ll be more than happy that it was released.

Madeon wrote a note in part of the track file:

Hello !
Nice find !
This is a version of Shelter I made one gloomy evening, I wanted to corrupt its spirit a little !

It’s very different from the music I’m making in the studio but I had a lot of fun with it still.


The iconic vocal chops that drive the original are kept intact for the edit, amid some more effects, but the instrumental is completely revamped. The relaxed style of the original introduces the track through a collection of synths and pads, but the progression of the track leads to new territory altogether. A very minimal approach is taken – little percussion and the spotlight planted firmly on the rising synths and vocal – yet the drop is quite the opposite. Somewhat unexpectedly with its timing, the drop hits hard and signifies the choice of title: this is where it gets its ‘evil’ aspect. Maintaining a slow beat with a gritty kick and snare combination, the bass-driven sounds combine elements of dubstep, drum and bass, and bass house to create a drop deserving of its newly edited title.

The flawless arrangement of sounds is exactly what Madeon has become known for over his ever-evolving career, and provides quality and a unique spin on the original, but that’s what Madeon does, so its no surprise as to how good this edit really is.

Check out Madeon’s ‘Evil Edit’ of his collaboration with Porter Robinson ‘Shelter’ by clicking here.

Lewis is a 21 year old UK-based writer and editor, bringing interviews with Carl Cox, CamelPhat, and more to We Rave You in his 2+ years with the team. His musical preferences cover most genres, with a deeper love for progressive and trance.