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“Sad Machine,” the boy-meets-robot love story from EDM wunderkind Porter Robinson’s grandiose electro-pop turn Worlds, was among the most striking statements we’ve heard this year from any musician anywhere. I fawned all over it here and here — and for what it’s worth, the sparkling and expansive teaser track “Sea Of Voices” was spectacular too. Now comes another single from Worlds, and it further demonstrates Robinson’s mastery of these new frontiers.

“Lionhearted,” a collaboration with Swedish indie-pop outfit Urban Cone, inhabits that same sonic universe Robinson established with the last single, grafting his signature electro-house to the space-age synthpop practiced by festival mainstays like Passion Pit and M83. But whereas “Sad Machine” sounded like landing on sex planet, “Lionhearted” feels more like a joyride through the galaxy with “St. Elmo’s Fire” blasting louder than the afterburners. Zane Lowe just called it “the hottest record in the world,” and it’s certainly not hard to imagine “Lionhearted” becoming that kind of hit.

This year at Coachella, the DJ-focused Sahara Tent was often more crowded than the main stages, but the most rapturous reception and biggest crowds were reserved for the likes of Calvin Harris and Disclosure, who brought EDM out of the tents and into a more traditional headliner’s environment. This Worlds material feels like Robinson’s own bid to move from the DJ tent to the main stage — stepping to the mic himself, embracing pop songwriting, and zeroing in on an extremely potent combination of today’s most effervescent sounds. For the latest demonstration of this prowess, listen to “Lionhearted” below.

Worlds is out 8/12 on Astralwerks. Pre-order it here, and check out Robinson’s North American tour dates:

8/28 Vancouver, BC @ Vogue
8/29 Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater
8/30 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
8/31 Portland, OR @ Roseland
9/1 Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theater
9/2 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
9/4 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
9/5 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Great Saltair
9/6 Denver, CO @ Fillmore
9/9 Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater
9/10 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theater
9/11 San Diego, CA @ SOMA
9/12 San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
9/13 Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Exposition Center
9/17 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
9/18 El Paso, TX @ Buchanan’s
9/19 Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall
9/20 Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
9/21 Houston, TX @ Stereo Live
9/22 Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
9/24 Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club
9/25 Minneapolis, MN @ Myth
9/26 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
9/27 Madison, WI @ Orpheum
9/29 London, ON @ London Music Hall
9/30 Guelph, ON @ Guelph Concert Hall
10/2 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
10/3 Toronto, ON @ Koolhaus
10/4 Ottawa, ON @ Earnst & Young Center
10/5 Buffalo, NY @ Rapids Theater
10/7 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
10/8 Hartford, CT @ The Dome
10/9 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
10/10 Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theater
10/11 New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10/13 Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
10/15 Tallahassee, FL @ Coliseum
10/16 Tampa, FL @ Amphitheatre
10/17 Orlando, FL @ HOB
10/18 Miami, FL @ Fillmore

Comments (1)
  1. As a mid20s American man, I’m slowly getting out of the phase where witnessing young people with extreme talent made me existentially irritated, like, say, Blake Griffin did four years ago. Porter is 21 and awesome. I imagine Porter Robinson’s Worlds will be to EDM what Good Kid Maad City was to modern rap. Both elevated the artists into super stardom by meticulously critiquing what their respective genres had succumbed to in ways that weren’t self-important or self-reverential. It’s exciting. It makes me excited for the electronic releases in 2015. I love this.

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