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Porter Robinson
Worlds
7.8
Often times, the art is not worthy of the artist, often falling victim to style over substance, refusing to sacrifice flashy aesthetics in favor of functionality. But what if it’s possible to reinvent the EDM genre and refuse to be dictated by the flow of popularity and trends? The result is Porter Robinson’s ambitious debut album, “Worlds”.
After months of promotion and anticipation we are now left wondering if Porter’s project has lived up to the hype. The answer is, perhaps, but only just so. The problem with overhyping an album is that the musician often falls flat on his or her face when expectations aren’t met. That’s not the case with Robinson, it’s more of a wobble, a trip on the staircase but for the most part he delivers music with worthwhile substance.
Overall, the album plays like the soundtrack to a video game flowing smoothly for the most part. At it’s best, it seems to fulfill Porter’s goal of “taking you places”, and with the aid of isolation, a pair of ear buds, and some imagination the sensation of soaring through landscapes can be achieved. Unfortunately, at it’s worst, the album becomes almost unbearably cheesy (I’m looking at you “Fellow Feeling”) but this time, unlike most of the songs, it’s the lyrics and vocals that are at fault. It’s campy which means you’ll either love it or hate it.
Every album, no matter how great it may seem, almost always contains some sort of filler and Worlds is no exception. “Natural Light “ is the first that comes to mind, and while it’s not a bad song per se, I can’t see fans, let alone casual listeners coming back to that track often. Worlds could be commended or criticized for evoking a film soundtrack and in cases like these, that’s where it should belong- in the background layered with dialogue until it’s just noise to mask the silence.
Ultimately, does Porter’s ambition pay off? Absolutely, although self-bloated, the music sounds fresh but short of revolutionary although who’s to say good music needs to be? Robinson does not reinvent the “EDM” (gasp, a label?!) wheel, but instead takes the parts that already work and uses it to his advantage. At times it falls danger to becoming “generic” calling to mind various synth-pop bands but Porter has hand crafted the whole package to save it from this- from the vocals ranging from robots to Alice Glass-esque to the lyrics and the abruptly changing melodies- the art has lived up to the artist.
Far from perfect, the record does provide a needed escape from the constant barraging of sledgehammer beats that the electronic music world has thrown at us. It’s a step in the right direction and if this is a glimpse of things to come from Porter, then we are in very good hands. Much like the Vocaloid in “Sad Machine”, “we depend on you.”
 

Porter Robinson

Worlds

7.8

Often times, the art is not worthy of the artist, often falling victim to style over substance, refusing to sacrifice flashy aesthetics in favor of functionality. But what if it’s possible to reinvent the EDM genre and refuse to be dictated by the flow of popularity and trends? The result is Porter Robinson’s ambitious debut album, “Worlds”.

After months of promotion and anticipation we are now left wondering if Porter’s project has lived up to the hype. The answer is, perhaps, but only just so. The problem with overhyping an album is that the musician often falls flat on his or her face when expectations aren’t met. That’s not the case with Robinson, it’s more of a wobble, a trip on the staircase but for the most part he delivers music with worthwhile substance.

Overall, the album plays like the soundtrack to a video game flowing smoothly for the most part. At it’s best, it seems to fulfill Porter’s goal of “taking you places”, and with the aid of isolation, a pair of ear buds, and some imagination the sensation of soaring through landscapes can be achieved. Unfortunately, at it’s worst, the album becomes almost unbearably cheesy (I’m looking at you “Fellow Feeling”) but this time, unlike most of the songs, it’s the lyrics and vocals that are at fault. It’s campy which means you’ll either love it or hate it.

Every album, no matter how great it may seem, almost always contains some sort of filler and Worlds is no exception. “Natural Light “ is the first that comes to mind, and while it’s not a bad song per se, I can’t see fans, let alone casual listeners coming back to that track often. Worlds could be commended or criticized for evoking a film soundtrack and in cases like these, that’s where it should belong- in the background layered with dialogue until it’s just noise to mask the silence.

Ultimately, does Porter’s ambition pay off? Absolutely, although self-bloated, the music sounds fresh but short of revolutionary although who’s to say good music needs to be? Robinson does not reinvent the “EDM” (gasp, a label?!) wheel, but instead takes the parts that already work and uses it to his advantage. At times it falls danger to becoming “generic” calling to mind various synth-pop bands but Porter has hand crafted the whole package to save it from this- from the vocals ranging from robots to Alice Glass-esque to the lyrics and the abruptly changing melodies- the art has lived up to the artist.

Far from perfect, the record does provide a needed escape from the constant barraging of sledgehammer beats that the electronic music world has thrown at us. It’s a step in the right direction and if this is a glimpse of things to come from Porter, then we are in very good hands. Much like the Vocaloid in “Sad Machine”, “we depend on you.”

 


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Porter Robinson Premieres Music Video For “Lionhearted”
Jun
17

@porterrobinson and his gang release their angst through a kawaii rebellion. 

Watch the video below and don’t forget to pre-order his upcoming album “Worlds”. 


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Dillon Francis Releases New Music Video For “Get Low”
May
22

Dillon Francis premieres his new music video for his latest single “Get Low” featuring DJ Snake.

His new album, “Money Sucks, Friends Rule” is set to be released some time in July, no official date has been announced. 


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La Roux Premieres New Music Video “Let Me Down Gently”
May
22

La Roux is back and better than ever! You can watch the new video of her latest single, “Let Me Down Gently” below: 


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Porter Robinson Announces Tour + Official Album Artwork
May
16

Earlier today, electronic producer Porter Robinson announced a North American Tour in support of his highly anticipated album, “Worlds”. The tour will take place in the fall of this year, no dates and cities have been announced yet. You can watch the official tour announcement  + official album artwork below: 

official album artwork

*Sea Of Voices and Sad Machine are now available on iTunes*


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Porter Robinson to Release New Single “Sad Machine”
May
5

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Porter Robinson has announced the release of the second single from his upcoming album, ‘worlds’. “Sad Machine” is expected to drop on May 13th. Stay tuned for more information.

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Buy “Sea of Voices” here:
http://smarturl.it/SeaOfVoices?IQid=SC


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Zedd Collaborates With Ariana Grande
Apr
30

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One of the most talented producers of electronic dance music, Anton Zaslavski better known as Zedd has collaborated with Nickelodeon’s star Ariana Grande.

Grande commented on the recent collab, “I never thought I’d do an EDM song, but that was an eye-opening experience, and now all I want to do is dance.” She also mentioned, the process was “fantastic and super-experimental for me.”


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Hard Summer 2014 Full Lineup Released
Apr
22

The official Hard Summer 2014 lineup has been released! 

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HARD Summer 2014 | August 2 + 3 
Whittier Narrows Recreation Area
Los Angeles County, CA
2 Days | 5 Stages | 18+

For tickets and more info visit http://www.hardsummer.com 

You can also watch the official trailer below 


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Lana Del Rey Releases First Single From Upcoming Album “Ultraviolence”
Apr
14

It only makes sense that Lana Del Rey would debut her new song “West Coast" at the massive music festival on the west coast, Coachella 2014. You can listen to her new song below. 


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LED Anniversary 2014

San Diego, CA 

Photography by Rafael Estrada 


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Dannic 

LED Anniversary 2014

San Diego, CA 

Photography by Rafael Estrada 


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Adventure Club 

LED Anniversary 2014 

Photography by Rafael Estrada 


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Coachella 2014 Set Times Are Out!
Apr
8

Coachella set times have finally been released! 

For those who are not able to attend the festival, you will be able to experience this year’s impressive line-up through the live stream. image

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Mad Decent Block Party 2014 Lineup Revealed
Apr
7

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The Mad Decent Block Party 2014 lineup has been revealed! Pre-sale tickets are now on sale! http://cdn.maddecentblockparty.com/index.html


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Zedd Premieres New Music Video For His Latest Single “Find You”
Mar
17

Zedd premiered the official music video for his single “Find You” featuring vocals from Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant. You can watch the video below and can also purchase the track on iTunes. 


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