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Robin Porter

Like many teenagers living in England in the late '80s, Robin Porter was sucked in and swallowed whole by the acid house craze. Luckily for him, he lived but a stone's throw from Manchester's infamous (though now sadly defunct) Hacienda club, a regular stomping ground for U.K. acid house pioneers such as Mike Pickering, A Guy Called Gerald, and 808 State. It was at the Hacienda that Porter experienced the gritty Chicago house and early Detroit techno of pioneering legends such as Larry Heard, Farley "Jackmaster" Funk, and Juan Atkins.

After picking up a degree in design and photography (as well as a healthy vinyl collection), Porter left the scarred landscape of Northern England for the somewhat sunnier climes of Los Angeles where he soon established himself in the underground house and techno scene. Noting a shortage of labels that dealt with the tougher sounds of techno and the deeper sounds of house, Porter founded his own Immigrant imprint. Early releases came courtesy of Alexi Delano (as G.O.L.), Casey Hogan, Paul Mac, and Kenneth Graham.

In late '01, Porter released the first Immigrant compilation LP, Border Crossing, an eleven-track collection of mind-bending tech and soothing future soul from the cream of the U.S. dance community. Porter himself provides two tracks, the minimally intoxicating "Compromise" (co-produced with San Fran's Jasper) and the tech-house anthem, "Father Nature."