Three years ago this month, Porter Robinson unleashed an iconic collection of songs that for many defined an era of electronic music.
Robinson released Worlds on Aug. 12, 2014. The 12-track compilation, highlighted by standout tracks like “Sad Machine” and “Sea of Voices,” topped the Billboard charts that year and was enthusiastically received by Robinson’s fan base and the dance music scene alike.
Worlds, Robinson’s debut studio-length album, marked a shift — somewhat unexpectedly — in his music from heavy electro to a more alternative form of electronic music. Tracks like “Flicker” brilliantly showed the influence Japanese culture had on Robinson’s work, while “Lionhearted” with Urban Cone delivered more of a synthpop feel to the album. Fans of previous emotion-packed hits like “Language” weren’t totally lost in this new feel from Robinson, however. Worlds elegantly emulated the beauty of Robinson’s music and perfectly showcased his incomparable emotive style.
What’s perhaps more interesting is the fact that Worlds represented a massive left turn for the producer at the time. Up until its release, he was something of an electro house wunderkind. To so aggressively abandon that sound for something else, something pioneering would in and of itself be an accomplishment of artistic growth. To pull it off so astoundingly, however, raises Worlds and Robinson himself into another stratosphere was a musician.
Since Worlds, Robinson has kept busy. The release of “Shelter” with French producer Madeon, its anime music video, and the accompanying tour had Robinson flying all over the globe performing a glorious blend of his and Madeon’s music, much to the delight of fans who have been vying for the two to work together for years.
From “Say My Name” in 2010 to the wild Shelter tour, Robinson has proven time and time again that his music mastery knows no limits. At only 25 years old, the producer is sure to thrill us for many years to come.
Revisit the quintessential album below.