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Porter Robinson Continues To Shape His 'Worlds'-view

By Staff in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 19, 2014 4:00PM

Porter Robinson released his single “I’m on Fire” nearly half a decade ago. Four years later and only months away from his debut record Worlds, that statement couldn’t be more true. At 21 years old, the Chapel Hill native has never once stopped evolving in his short career, taking on moombahton, electro-house, and earning a writing credit on Zedd’s 2012 breakout track “Clarity”.

Worlds, set for release on August 12 will perhaps mark Robinson’s most significant transformation yet. One that finds the artist venturing past core dance music and into a broader electronic soundscape influenced by acts like M83. This is immediately evident on the record’s third single, “Lionhearted,” that dropped Tuesday. Infusing indie-pop vocals from Sweden's Urban Cone with a generous amount of synth, Robinson crafts a style of dance music that remains approachable even to those who are less inclined to raving. It’s a feat for an artist who has played the main stage at both EDC and Ultra Music Festival, electronic meccas reserved for dance music’s most hardcore fans.

"Lionhearted" is another brave step forward for Porter Robinson. In a genre that has become increasingly self-aware, those most privy to experimentation and new sounds are sure to take the lead.

The producer brings his “Worlds Tour” to the Aragon Ballroom on September 26.

By: Robert Martin