With contributions to Above & Beyond’s Anjunadeep and Sebastian Ingrosso’s Refune Records, Daniel Portman is no stranger to smooth beats. He’s also collaborated with Jerome Isma-Ae more than once for releases on trance label Armada Records. Along with the latest release in his progressive house compilation series Port, the Zurich-based producer has been working a series of big tech-prog tunes. Expect a balance of finely-tuned perfection and tasteful, bassy rhythms.
The Germs is a prime example of a track that displays Portman’s mastery of a distinct progressive style, with elements of tech house added for good measure. The track slowly crescendos by building upon constant, repetitive layers of sound. While it’s a sonic spectacle to behold by any means, you would have to imagine it played live on a big set of speakers to be able to understand its true power; “tech” qualities in a track tend to shine when played at overwhelming volumes.