Release Date: Aug 12, 2014
Record label: Astralwerks
Genre(s): Electronic, Club/Dance, EDM
If Porter Robinson didn’t make an album like Worlds in 2014, someone else would have. Never mind that, if one were to squint real hard, the North Carolina producer’s shimmering, saccharine-sweet new album could be seen as an antidote to the aggressive, toxically masculine culture that’s pervaded mainstream American dance culture over the last few years—a culture whose fuck-it sense of hedonism has recently resulted in fatal consequences, even as its corporate benefactors continue to cynically bleed its participants dry. Much more than a corrective gesture, the specific mix of sounds on Worlds—part synthy indie-pop, part twinkling bedroom-beatmaker fare, part festival-ready electro—comes at an excellent time.
Porter Robinson was a teenage Beatport chart-topper -- one of the youngest and fastest-rising EDM producers. In 2012, after a few singles, he issued "Language," his first song to dent Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart in the U.S. Just after his 20th birthday, it went into the Top Ten of the U.K. pop chart.
Like fellow main stage draws deadmau5 and Hardwell, 22-year-old Porter Robinson has been critical of the EDM revolution since he himself transformed the scene with his frantic, genre-blurring “complextro” soundscapes back in 2012. Unlike his contemporaries in criticism, Robinson has made a calculated shift away from his former career-defining sounds. His debut LP, Worlds, pivots toward the tender electronic layers of talents like M83 and Passion Pit.