Porter Robinson



Porter Robinson Conquers WORLDS [Album Review]

It is immediately apparent to listeners as soon as the record starts that the 57:54 journey through Porter Robinson’s WORLDS is unlike anything out right now. The debut album from the NC native, which feels like M83 and MGMT fell in love with Dragonball Z and EDC, is one of the most complete and refreshing electronic music projects to come out this year as public opinion continues to sour regarding “EDM”. Having already proven his prowess as a dance music producer capable of crafting some of the most detailed, complex and beautiful tracks to grace festival stages since dance music’s explosion, the thoughtful lyrics and immersive songwriting present on WORLDS are a refreshing break of attention from finding the “BIGGESET DROP or harping over the merits of a producer’s sound design. Instead, Porter Robinson launches listeners into WORLDS of their own.

Porter Robinson Conquers WORLDS [Album Review]

From top to bottom, the rollout for WORLDS was nothing if not precise. Making it clear that this upcoming project was not an album of dance music starting with Sea of Voices as the first single, the vocaloid ballad Sad Machine hit the net next followed by collaboration with Urban Cone in Lionhearted. The tracks received the imminent onslaught of remixes with highlights coming from Giraffage, RAC, Anamanaguchi, Arty as well as Maxx & EJ.

The lack of waveforms in the NPR player forces the listener to actually listen to the song, rather than skipping to biggest portion of each waveform as SoundCloud listeners (myself included) are guilty of doing from time to time. With a project that is as thought out as WORLDS, it makes a huge difference that you actually take an hour to sit down and listen through the project in order; each song has a purpose in the context & order of the album, which can certainly explain why it was streamed on NPR as one single 57:54 track. WORLDS is more of an album with an overall aesthetic and narrative with a noticable focus on songwriting and production quality than a dance mix compilation that some electronic albums happen to turn into. It is certainly safe to say that with all of the thought that has gone into WORLDS, the live show is going to be an experience unlike anything we’ve seen (or heard) before.

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Porter makes the kind of music that inspires you to push yourself and and celebrate all of the beautifully quirky things that make up who you are. The self-awareness shown by removing himself from the environment which he felt was limiting him in order to craft a lane distinctly his own is something that everyone should take note of and apply to their own lives whether it pertains to music or not. The album is vulnerable where it needs to be, defiant in others, loud and vast all over and everything that I would’ve hoped it would be.

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MY TRACK BY TRACK NOTES:


Edit: i didn’t bother cleaning this up because i personally thought it conveyed the train of thought i was going through listening to each song. also try and turn “flaming lips kinda ish” into proper english…so here it is

Written by: @randymcrandell



ThatNewJamFM 015: Mid-Year Mix

At the halfway point of the year, we figured we’d take the opportunity to touch on some of our favorite tracks from the first half of 2014.  My runaway favorite song of the year has been the Cashmere Cat & Co produced Octahate by Ryn Weaver so we kicked off our mix with the Pusher flip that came out this past week.  Also included were ThatNewJamFM guest mixers MaxX & EJ and RAC for their Sea of Voices remixes and Strangers off of Skrillex’s monstrous Recess album which dropped earlier this year.  Be sure to catch us every Monday at 1pm on Mixify.com!

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ThatNewJamFM 015: Mid-Year Mix

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Randy McRandell – ThatNewJamFM Intro
Ryn Weaver – Octahate (Pusher Flip)
Cashmere Cat – Rice Rain (Kyross Remix)
RL Grime & What So Not – Tell Me (GANZ Flip)
Flume x Hermitude – Hyperparadise (GANZ Flip)
R. Kelly – Ignition Remix (Giraffage Remix)
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Porter Robinson – Sea of Voices (MaxX & EJ Bootleg)
Porter Robinson – Sea of Voices (RAC Mix)
Eric Prydz – Liberate (Original Mix)
Major Lazer – Aerosol Can ft. Pharrell (Them Jeans Remix)
Skrillex – Stranger
AYER – Young (Synchronice Remix)
Gabe Flaherty – Booze Run ft. Loeb
Moxie Raia – Buffalo  Bill (Louis The Child Remix)
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Pharrell Williams – Happy (Lenno Remix)
Point Point – Morning BJ
Porter Robinson – Sad Machine (Astre Remix)
SM!LE – Everyday
Henry Green – Electric Feel (Kygo Remix)
OutKast – Roses (Steinway Rework)
Mat Zo ft. The Knocks – Get Down 2 Get Up
DJ Snake ft. Lil Jon – Turn Down For What (Spaveech Remix)
SALVA – Drop That Bitch ft. Kurupt, Schoolboy Q, Problem, Bad Lucc
Snails & Antiserum – Wild (Original Mix)
HADE – RASHAD

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam



Porter Robinson – Lionhearted (Giraffage Remix)

As a part of Mixmag’s Gold series, Porter Robinson gave an in-depth interview regarding his upcoming WORLDS album and things from his influences and goals for the project and what he thinks about the current state of dance music. He mentioned the angst he felt being pigeonholed into DJ-ready music, his performances in the upcoming WORLDS Tour with Giraffage and Lemaitre as well as his influences by the work of Kanye West & Daft Punk. We’ve heard most of these responses from Porter before, who is on pace for an unbelievable release to usher in a much needed sonic overhaul of what constitutes popular music.

I think that a person’s ability to escape their sound is largely dependent on whether they have a real new idea or not. I’m trying to not be too concerned about what those guys do because my biggest priority right now is not to change electronic music, I really just want to get my own music right if people want to follow me, that’s amazing, but the first thing I need to do is be proud of what I’m doing.

Porter Robinson – Lionhearted (Giraffage Remix)

Along with the interview feature came the premiere of WORLDS Tour mate Giraffage’s remix to Porter’s latest single Lionhearted. The song features birds chirping, jazzy chords, and crisp dancable drum work for a perfectly chilled old school house spin on the original. Be sure to preorder WORLDS for it’s release on 8/11 and you can pre-order Lionhearted as well.

[H/T: MixMag]

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam



ThatNewJamFM 014: June Mix

Our FOURTEENTH episode of ThatNewJamFM is upon us and we are wrapping up the best that June had to offer. My favorite artist from this past month was easily Louis The Child with the sonically stunning original track Nothing Is Real as well as their remix of Moxie Raia’s track Buffalo Bill. We have plenty of funk for this mix including the Mat Zo and The Knocks collaboration Get Up 2 Get Down and some new Jersey Club from Trippy Turtle and his track Trippy’s Theme as well as the DJ Hoodboi track Bug-A-Boo. Get turned up with the Grandtheft and Jackal collab Let Me Tell You Something and be sure to catch us every Monday at 1pm on Mixify.com!

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Randy McRandell – ThatNewJamFM Intro
Louis The Child – Nothing Is Real
Moxie Raia – Buffalo Bill (Louis The Child Remix)
Porter Robinson – Sad Machine (KickRaux & Ethnikids Remix)
Point Point – Life In Grey
SM!LE – Everyday
Sango – Middle of Things, Beautiful Wife (Stwo Remix)
Pharrell Williams – Happy (Lenno Remix)
GRiZ – Fall In love Too Fast (Exmag Remix)
BANKS – Drowning (Lido Remix)
Grandtheft – Let Me Tell You Something ft. Jackal
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Benjamin Francis Leftwich – See You Soon (Cruel Jungle Remix)
R. Kelly – Ignition Remix (Giraffage Remix)
Trippy Turtle – Trippy’s Theme
DJ Hoodboi – Bug-A-Boo
Jeremih – All The Time (Hi Tom Remix)
Cashmere Cat – With Me (In Love With A Ghost Edit)
Ludacris ft. Cahmere Cat, Jeremih & Wiz Khalifa – Party Girls (Nanpa NOIR Remix)
Lido – Lost (Stwo Remix)
Cashmere Cat – Aurora (Rusty Hook Flip)
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Anna Lunoe – BDD
CHANGE – Sleep (Porter Robinson x Audien x Volantis x Cazzette x Tritonal)
Porter Robinson – Sea of Voices (Spaveech Remix)
No Doubt – Hella Good (Dr. Fresch’s Summer Revival)
Iggy Azalea – Fancy (Motez Edit)
Mat Zo ft. The Knocks – Get Down 2 Get Up
Toro Y Moi – Still Sound (Hot Pockets Bootleg)
STRFKRS – While I’m Alive (Airwolf & Jasper Remix)
Chromeo – Jealous (Hotel Garuda x Sweekuh Remix)

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Porter Robinson Will Air New Essential Mix Tonight

Having taken a decided step away from “EDM” and making it known that he will be in a live setup on his upcoming WORLDS tour as opposed to DJ sets, Porter Robinson will take to the decks tonight on the legendary Essential Mix show of radio legend Pete Tong. He will be recapping some of his favorite tracks to come out in the past year or so that has him saying the future is bright for electronic music. The mix will air from 1AM-3AM in the UK so that starts at 8PM EST/5PM PST. Be sure to check out his video for Lionhearted!


Porter Robinson – Sea of Voices

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Porter Robinson – Lionhearted

There are certain artists that excel so brilliantly at what they do that they transcend the boundaries of the scene that brought them up and are able to create on an entirely higher level than most others. Dance music wunderkind Porter Robinson has been a staple of festivals and clubs for well over the last 2 years with his signature brand of electro-house but after feeling restricted by the limits of “DJ-friendly” music and even suffering from anxiety and panic attacks on stage, the young producer knew it was time to turn the page on that leg of his career.

Following the SoundCloud releases of his dramatic and ambient opening teaser Sea of Voices and his robot duet with a vocalid synth in Sad Machine, the material from Porter’s upcoming project WORLDS has been decidedly more M83 than EDC and his latest Zane Lowe premiered collaboration “Lionhearted” with Urban Cone sounds like the main stage music of an indie outfit like Passion Pit over face melting rave music. After taking a step out from behind the DJ booth and creating pop-sensible tracks that even feature his own voice on vocals, it’s safe to say that Porter Robinson is more than ready to shed the “EDM” leg of his career in favor of something way more accessible to a larger audience.

The video for his latest single “Lionhearted” features rebellion, betrayal, Harajuku girls and some Fight Club meets SNES type violence that serves as the perfect introduction for a lot of people as to what makes Porter Robinson tick. Be sure to preorder WORLDS before its release and be sure to check out his North American tour to see his new live show.



ThatNewJamFM 012 ft. Ć&T

We’re back with our TWELFTH episode of ThatNewJamFM featuring Ć&T otherwise known as Ćhe & Tyler. The duo produces all kinds of music from their latest Melbourne influenced track Banga to their remix of Frank Ocean that takes it all one deeper. I’ve spun with Che a bunch of times in Binghamton and is just another one of the crazy talented people that the Binghamton Electro Collective has produced. My mix this week contains a preview of a brand new remix of Lido (otherwise known as Trippy Turtle) from French producer Stwo, the remix to Ignition done by newly added Porter Robinson WORLDS tourmate Girraffage, a couple remix of Jealous by Hotel Garuda x Sweekuh and Jerry Folk as well as BEC product V∆LER∆.

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ThatNewJamFM Track Listing:
R Kelly – Ignition Remix (Giraffage Remix)
Lido – Lost (Stwo Remix)
Cashmere Cat – Aurora (Rusty Hook Flip)
Porter Robinson – Sad Machine (KickRaux & EthniKid Remix)
Stevie Wonder – Superstition (Autograf Remix)
Chromeo – Jealous I Ain’t With It (Jerry Folk Remix) w/ (Hotel Garuda x Sweekuh Remix)
Mat Zo ft. The Knocks – Get Down 2 Get Up
Grandtheft – Let Me Tell You Something ft. Jackale
V∆LER∆ – SYH (Original Mix)
No Doubt – Hella Good (Dr Fresch’s Summer Revival Remix)

Ć&T Guest Mix Track Listing:
Alive (Gold Fields Remix) – Empire Of the Sun
Love Sex Magic (Bodhi Remix) – Justin Timberlake feat. Ciara
Sad Machine (Spaveech Remix) – Porter Robinson
Rollup (Original Mix) – AC Slater
Baby (Distro & Archive Remix) – Rudimental
Control Movement (LO’99 Edit) – Gesaffelstein
So Good To Me (Shiba San Remix) – Chris Malinchak
Work (Remix) – A$AP Ferg
Express Yourself (Tomsize & Simeon Remix) – Diplo
Shot Caller (Kayzo G-Flip) – Tchami
Low Rider (Lookas Remix) – WAR
They Say (Dugong Jr. Remix) – Kilter
Turn Down For What (Shameless Bootleg) – DJ Snake
Dirty Vibe (C&T Remix) – Skrillex

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam



ThatNewJamFM 011: May Mix

Another month has come and gone leaving nothing but jam-filled goodness in it’s wake; May was absolutely no exception. We lead off with a DJ Rashad tribute track from Hade which really caught my attention and really get into a ton of really great new music from new TNJ favorites GANZ, Trippy Turtle & AO Beats who use some lush organic sounds for their signature. We also got a new trap banger from SALVA with verses from hip-hop stars including Schoolboy Q as well as some Hudson Mohawke; then we go VON DEEPER with remixes of Roses by Outkast from Steinway and a double dose of Spaveech.

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ThatNewJamFM Track Listing:
Hade – R A S H A D
Diplo, Faustix & Imanos, Kai – Revolution (AO Beats Flip)
Hermitude x Flume – Hyperparadise (GANZ Flip)
AO Beats – Miss U So Bad
Trippy Turtle x Booty Beaver – Getting Wood
Miami Horror – Real Slow (DOM Remix)
Hudson Mohawke – 100HM
SALVA – Drop That Bitch ft. Kurupt, Schoolboy Q, Problem, Bad Lucc
HXV ft. Naz Tokio – ILLUSIONS
KANDY – Cherokee (Original Mix)
Dillon Francis & DJ Snake – Get Low (Black Boots Blacklisted Rework)
Alesia – Acii
Porter Robinson – Sea Of Voices
Galantis – You (Mike Bugout & Steinway Remix)
Zedd ft. Matthew Koma & Miriam Bryant – Find You (Megaphonix Remix)
OutKast – Roses (Steinway Rework)
DJ Snake ft. Lil Jon – Turn Down For What (Spaveech Remix)
Porter Robinson – Sad Machine (Spaveech Remix)
Ben Pearce – What I MIght Do

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam



Listen to Porter Robinson’s New Song ‘Sad Machine’

The anticipation for WORLDS, the upcoming album from Porter Robinson, has reached a fever pitch and that is only going up a notch with the release of the newest single Sad Machine. With the album shaping up to be more M83 than EDC, the first of the impending “post-EDM” wave of projects is starting to take a beautiful shape. Focusing on big, beautiful, vast soundscapes, the album has been signed to Universal Music Group subsidiary label Asterlwerks, which is home to acts such as deadmau5, Fatboy Slim, Sweedish House Mafia and Mat Zo. The album has no definite release date but with the roll out of this record in full effect, it’s only a matter of time before we are brought into Porter Robinson’s WORLDS. Block quote below via TheFader:

I’d used Vocaloid as the vocals for several of the songs on Worlds, and then the idea of a duet between a lonely robot girl and the human boy who encounters her occurred to me. I didn’t have much time before I had to turn in the entire album, so I just sang the male parts. I wanted something that felt distantly sad, a little cute, surreal, hopeful, and maybe somehow evocative of fiction?

[H/T: The Fader]

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The Ketchup Post: Galantis

Thanks to a tweet from Porter Robinson earlier today, I’ve come upon one of the most serendipitous musical discoveries in a while. Somehow the duo Galantis have completely evaded my gaze since their inception but the combination of Christian Karlsson of Miike Snow and Linus Eklow aka Style Of Eye is an absolute winning combination.

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Apparently Kaskade dropped the song You during his Ultra Music Festival set to consensus Twitter approval and after going through their full Galantis EP, which you should buy and support and check them on tour if they happen to be coming to you. The lead track Smile is also a personal favorite of mine off the project and the whole Galantis EP is a showcase of incredible songwriting ability in dance music if nothing else.

Galantis – Galantis EP

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