After his first Soundcloud upload in 2010, Virtual Riot’s first Disciple release came in 2014. He’s since become synonymous with the label. I remember VR really burst onto the scene in 2015, when “Warm Ups” became a favorite of Skrillex and Jack U.
Simulation takes us on the creative multi-genre adventure we can always expect from Virtual Riot. Riddim, future bass, hip-hop, and melodic elements all make an appearance. His third LP and his first full album of new music since 2013, Virtual Riot’s Simulation is top-tier bass music.
Virtual Riot invites us to “Login” to his “Simulation” with the first two tracks, setting the stage for an hour of heavy bass.
The energy increases quickly with “REDLINE“, an appropriately titled dubstep tune. He then shows his versatility with “Don’t Worry” and “Get Away“, which explore both melodic bass and hip-hop.
“CHROMA”, one of the lead singles from Simulation, brings the melodic dubstep sounds that perfectly capture Virtual Riot’s incredible talent.
“Rewrite” captures a similar vibe. The album wouldn’t be complete without some hard dubstep, and long-time Virtual Riot fans will definitely enjoy “So Sorry” and “Touhou Riddim“
The rest of the album, complete with appearances from Lektrique, Modestep, and FRANK ZUMMO, continues to impress. “Fork Funeral” is a proper bass house cut, while the best is saved for last with “Neon Angel” and “This Could Be Us“.
Virtual Riot continues to push forward the dubstep scene in every release, and Simulation is no exception.
With an appearance coming up at Lost Lands Music Festival, he’s definitely starting the Fall 2021 festival season on a high note.