In 2011, 19-year-old EDM prodigy Porter Robinson was poised to become the next big thing, releasing his Spitfire EP on Skrillex's OWSLA label and booking some of the highest-profile DJ gigs around. On Worlds, he pulls an even crazier stunt: he reinvents himself completely. Swapping four-four kicks and laser-synths for languid beats and kaleidoscopic textures, Robinson nods to acts like M83, Washed Out, and Boards of Canada. The midtempo thump of "Sad Machine" is joined by soaring harmonies and sparkling melodies, "Flicker" gleams brighter than Times Square, and "Sea of Voices" gets celestial à la Sigur Ros. This is big, bold, inspiring music, exemplified by the orchestral strings on "Fellow Feeling": orchestral strings!

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