Porter Robinson Drops 'Sad Machine' Single, Reveals Release Date for 'Worlds' Album

Porter Robinson performs at the 2013 Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas
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Porter Robinson today announced an August 12 release date for his highly anticipated debut album “Worlds.”

The shape shifting electronic artist also released the album’s second single “Sad Machine” on iTunes. Pairing playful melodies with distant drums, the sweeping vocal song is consistent with the new atmospheric approach revealed by the 21-year-old artist on lead single “Sea of Voices.”

Robinson also makes his own vocal debut on the track, which he describes as a “duet between a lonely robot girl and the human boy.”

“I didn't have much time before I had to turn in the entire album, so I just sang the male parts,” Robinson says. “I wanted something that felt distantly sad, a little cute, surreal, hopeful, and maybe somehow evocative of fiction? It's also peppered with cheap little general-midi interludes that sound like N64 games or old PC games. Those are so nostalgic to me and they really helped the whole thing feel all fantastical and fictional."

Fans can pre-order “Worlds” on Robinson’s website. Robinson will support his Astralwerks debut with a fall North American tour that is expected to feature his new full live show.