Philip Sherburne

writer

Biography

  • PVT

    See PVT's Woozy 3D 'Vertigo' Video

    If you've got a pair of 3D glasses lying around the house somewhere, left over from Avatar or The Hobbit or Top Gun or whatever, put 'em on now. Australia's PVT have pulled out all the stops for their new video for the single "Vertigo" — a claustrophobic but motion-filled clip that's been shot in glorious, stereoscopic red-and-blue. Oh, and if you've got a spare Dramamine lying around, now would be a good time to fish it out of your duffel bag as well. The video might begin calmly enough — indeed, you may at first find yourself wondering why they bothered shooting in 3D at all, given the five-foot depth of field and egregious lack of projectile effects — but the genius of their take on the trope is the way it sneaks up on you.

  • Shazam it! / Photo by Miguel Gutierrez/AFP/Getty Images

    Beatmatching: Shazam Adds 1.5 Million Dance Tracks to Database

    As club culture migrates online, thanks to DJ mixes posted to SoundCloud and real-time streaming venues like Boiler Room, technology has enabled clubbers unprecedented access to information about the music being played. Gone are the days when DJs could keep their music secret by spinning white labels (or even covering their records' center stickers with fake labels, as dancehall's competitive selectors once did).

  • Sorcerer

    Stream Synth-Disco Magician Sorcerer's Carefree 'Island Rescue' EP

    The nu-disco dream-weaver Sorcerer is back with his first release in over three years, and he sounds as spellbinding as ever. Sorcerer is the solo alias of San Francisco's Dan Judd, a member of the sun-kissed duo Windsurf (with Hatchback, a.k.a. Sam Grawe) and the equally atmospheric space-disco group Shock (with Michael Taras and Rubies' Teri Lowenthal, Judd's former bandmate in Call and Response). Last we heard from Sorcerer, he was taking the whole "desert island discs" concept literally: 2010's Neon Leon (Tirk) sounded like the work of a guy left marooned with a stack of Jan Hammer, Alan Parsons Project, and Giorgio Moroder records (or, alternately, Tom Hanks drawing smiley faces on a disco ball).On his new EP for Diskotopia's A Kind of Presence sub-label, Judd sticks with the Balearic message-in-a-bottle theme.

  • St. Lucia

    St. Lucia: South African Dance-Pop Dabbler Shines an Ecstatic Light

    Who: Born and raised in South Africa, New York resident Jean-Philip Grobler is the creative force behind St. Lucia, a solo studio project and five-piece live band whose billowy textures and soaring choruses offer a potent elixir of tropical breezes and distilled sunshine. Grobler credits a youth spent performing in the Drakensberg Boys Choir ("South Africa's singing ambassadors") with the development of his lush, polyphonic esprit: "I assume that had something to do with it; learning classical theory and being surrounded by contrapuntal music made me feel like I needed to make something that's multi-layered. But that's not the only thing that I do. In the future, there might be some stuff that's a bit simpler."Sheltered No More: St.

  • Ulrich Schnauss / Photo by Jason Evans

    Stream Ulrich Schnauss' Full Brooding LP 'A Long Way to Fall'

    When it comes to the German musician Ulrich Schnauss' recorded output, the term "oeuvre" seems particularly apt. The three albums he recorded between 2001 and 2007 — Far Away Trains Passing by, A Strangely Isolated Place, and Goodbye — are designed less for listening to than for crawling inside, like nests woven together from twigs of shoegaze, swatches of Kompakt's ambient pop, and shimmering threads plucked from the Cocteau Twins' ethereal spool.The title of his last solo album marked the artist's move from Berlin to London; in retrospect, it also seems to have been a way of saying farewell to the style he had spent six years fine-tuning. Six years after Goodbye, Schnauss finally returns with a new solo album, and while it's impossible not to hear his signature in its gossamer textures, A Long Way to Fall represents a subtle but significant shift in his approach.

  • Glenn Jackson / Photo by Adam Myatt

    Hear Glenn Jackson's Starry-Eyed DIY House Jam 'You Too'

    America is experiencing a renaissance in homegrown house music right now. Pockets of classically minded, craft-obsessed producers are cropping up all across the country: New York's Steve Summers and the rest of the L.I.E.S. crew, D.C.'s Maxmillion Dunbar and his Future Times label, Pittsburgh's Pittsburgh House Authority, and Los Angeles' SFV Acid are all emerging as key nodes in a thriving network of DIY producers and labels. Now Oakland comes online with a fantastic new EP from Glenn Jackson, an East Bay producer and promoter (as well as a blogger and XLR8R contributor). The three tracks on Jackson's Morning Swim EP are awash in lush textures and limpid color: The record runs the gamut from heavy-lidded piano jams to sprightly, R&B-inspired cuts fleshed out with congas and spine-tingling digital synths.

  • skrillex sonar festival headliner

    Skrillex's Bass Will Have to Drown Out Sonar Fans' Complaints at 2013 Festival

    It's beginning to look like "global weirding" — an alternate term for global warming that emphasizes the increasingly erratic nature of weather events — isn't just about climate change; in 2013, the music industry just keeps getting curiouser and curiouser. Bowie snuck out a new single without any advance notice; then Prince managed the same, on the internet at that; and then, holy smokes, Kevin Shields stepped up with a new My Bloody Valentine album.

  • Maximum Hedrum's Adrenalized 'Synthesize' Video

    Watch Maximum Hedrum's Adrenalized 'Synthesize' Video

    Last we heard from Sam Spiegel, he was at the helm of N.A.S.A., a space-age hip-hop project that brought together guests like E-40, David Byrne, Seu Jorge, and Karen O for a group effort of epic proportions. With his new outfit, Maximum Hedrum, he drops the galactic conceit, but the band's new single definitely sounds rocket-powered. With vocals from Sepultura's Derrick Green and co-production from Harold Faltermeyer, "Synthesize" is a super-sonic blast of funk rock that lands somewhere between Daft Punk and Black Sabbath. Upping the adrenaline quotient, the video borrows footage from Spike Jonze, Ty Evans, and Cory Weincheque's no-holds-barred skateboarding film, Pretty Sweet. Not like we really need to tell you, but kids, do not try this at home.Maximum Hedrum's debut album is out March 19 on Spectrophonic Sound.

  • Doldrums / Photo by Angus Bosos

    Hear Black Dice Brilliantly Remix Doldrums' 'She Is the Wave'

    It's ironic that Toronto's Doldrums (a.k.a. Airick Woodhead) borrowed his alias from Norton Juster's classic children's novel The Phantom Tollbooth. As you may recall from the book, the Doldrums is a land populated by the Lethargarians, a blissfully blasé breed who live on a steady diet of nothing: daydreaming, dawdling, napping, lingering, procrastination — pretty much anything idle, as long as it entails no thinking or laughing. Doldrums' music, on the other hand, is all thinking and laughing, although there's plenty of daydreaming thrown into the mix.His forthcoming debut album, Lesser Evil, is a riot of color and hiccups and cowbells, of wonky time signatures and upended breakbeats, of sawtooth rainbows exploding into cotton-candy lightning bolts — a crazy quilt of the Beach Boys and Animal Collective and O.M.D.

  • Matthew Herbert

    Hear Perry Farrell's Shockingly Tender Remix of Matthew Herbert's 'Addiction'

    Any good scholar of dance music can tell you that its history is a dialectical one — an interplay between experimental techniques and visceral immediacy, between mind-bending sonics and floor-filling functionalism — and few artists have navigated that balancing act better than Matthew Herbert. While he is best known, these days, for politically charged projects like One Pig — an investigation of sustainable agriculture and industrial agribusiness that derived all of its sounds from the life cycle of a single pig — the British musician has also been responsible for some of dance music's most enduring classics, as well as some of the most gratifying long-players in house music (a genre not often conducive to the full-length format).A forthcoming boxset, to be released March 4, will offer a comprehensive overview of Herbert's avant-garde club music.

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