Philip Sherburne

writer

Biography

  • SOHN Artifice 4AD Sessions

    Watch SOHN's Sleek 4AD Sessions Performance of 'Artifice'

    We already know that SOHN is "a one-stop shop for gorgeously minimal melancholy," as SPIN's Puja Patel said of the London-born, Vienna-based singer and producer when we dubbed him one of our Best New Artists in January. He lives up to the description in a skeletal new 4AD Sessions performance of "Artifice" premiered by Vogue.Backed up by his touring band-mates Albin Janoska (synths) and Stefan Fallmann (bass), the multi-tasking singer, songwriter, producer (BANKS, Eric Hassle), and remixer (Disclosure, Rhye, Lana Del Rey) dives into a live rendition of his current single "Artifice" that proves the song's surprising durability, far from the protective walls of his studio.

  • Arcade Fire Motownphilly Boyz II Men

    Arcade Fire Sex Up Boyz II Men's 'Motownphilly' in Philly

    Arcade Fire came new-jack-stepping into Philadelphia last night with a cover of — what else? — Boyz II Men's 1991 single "Motownphilly." It's just the latest of the band's tour-stop tributes, which have included Prince's "Controversy" in Minneapolis and Stevie Wonder's "Uptight" in Auburn Hills, Michigan (the soul icon was born in Saginaw, some 70 miles away).In the minute-long clip turned up by Arcade Fire Tube (via Pitchfork), Win Butler cooly croons his way through references to "East Coast swag," "Jet black Benz," and, of course, "all the Philly steaks you can eat," backed up by a shuffling funk groove and bumptious horns.Sadly, the video cuts off midway through, but if that doesn't slake your thirst, there's always this dance number from The New Mickey Mouse Club, featuring Ryan Gosling, Dale Godboldo, Marc Wedren, Matt Morris, and Justin Timberlake himself.

  • tUnE-yArDs

    Hear tUnE-yArDs' Burbling 'Water Fountain'

    Following a kaleidoscopic, megamix-style preview of tUnE-yArDs' Nikki Nack (italics definitely hers, by the way), Merrill Garbus has shared "Water Fountain," the first of the album's songs to get a full listen, and it sounds like a Super Soaker filled with liquid delirium.Full of sing-song chants, clanking percussion, and plenty of the gentle mayhem that distinguished tUnE-yArDs' landmark 2011 album W H O K I L L, "Water Fountain" promises to be the soundtrack to all your double-Dutch competitions this summer. Over a handclap pattern straight out of the "Diwali" riddim, Garbus summons her inner Tom Tom Club in yelps and whoops, singing through what sounds like a busted transistor radio. But don't be deceived: Beneath all those layers of splotchy color, "Water Fountain" is surprisingly dark, full of lyrics that touch on violence and privation.

  • Prins Thomas III Full Pupp

    Prins Thomas Promises 'Lots of Space' on 'Prins Thomas III' LP

    With Todd Terje's debut album on the way and Hans-Peter Lindstrøm embarking upon a new project — the forthcoming Runddans, a joint venture with Todd Rundgren and Serena-Maneesh's Emil Nikolaisen — it's only fitting that the third member of Norway's holy disco trinity should return with a new long-player of his own. On April 28, Prins Thomas will release Prins Thomas III on his own Full Pupp label, reports Resident Advisor.Thomas has yet to share any music from the upcoming album, but he told RA that its sound falls "somewhere between" the freeform feel of 2010's Prins Thomas and the "more polished and square" sound of 2012's Prins Thomas II.

  • A State of Trance Jakarta

    Three Dead After State of Trance Festival in Jakarta, Drugs Suspected

    Three festival attendees died after attending Jakarta's A State of Trance festival over the weekend, reports The Jakarta Globe. The three victims — two teenagers, 18 and 19, from Java and a Singaporean national, aged 26 — were said by witnesses to have consumed drugs before the event, although police did not specify which substances were suspected; the causes of death are yet to be determined, pending autopsies.The tragedy marks the second string of festival-related deaths in the region over the weekend. At Kuala Lumpur's Future Music Festival Asia, six people died and 14 more were hospitalized on Friday night, prompting the cancellation of the third and final day of the festival.

  • Son of Sound,

    Son of Sound's 'Floor's Yours' Pays Tribute to Golden-Age New York House

    New York's Plant Bar is long gone; the Lower East Side hangout and de facto clubhouse for DFA's early years was shuttered in 2003, a victim of Giuliani and Bloomberg's years-long, Footloose-like crackdown on dancing, a pogrom that sent underground clubbers scurrying for warehouses in the outer boroughs and, in doing so, helped accelerate the process of gentrification that has left us with the Condoburg we know and fear today. (A Dance Truther might tell you that the whole cabaret-law thing was all part of a vast real-estate conspiracy, and she might be right.)But Plant Music soldiers on, because, duh, house music can't be stopped.

  • Future Music Festival Asia overdose death cancellation

    Future Music Festival Asia Cancelled Following Reported Drug Overdoses

    Malaysia's Future Music Festival Asia cancelled its third day today after six attendees are said to have died at the event. The Star reports that six attendees died and three more are in critical condition after collapsing at the event, according to Kuala Lumpur police official Senior Deputy Comm Datkuk Mohmad Salleh. "All tested positive for high levels of drugs and the deaths have been classified as overdose," Mohmad told The Star, which cited "methamphetamines" as the culprit without offering further substantiation. The Star reports that all six victims were Malaysians, between 21 and 28 years of age.Festival organizers disputed the death toll in a statement published earlier today on Future Music Festival Asia's Facebook page. "As at 5.00PM on March 15," they wrote, "we can confirm that one death, and not five, took place on festival grounds on March 14.

  • Kornel Kovacs' 'Szikra (Bónusz Beat)' Kicks Off Your Countdown to Summer

    Kornel Kovacs' 'Szikra (Bónusz Beat)' Kicks Off Your Countdown to Summer

    March is early, but not too early to acknowledge Kornél Kovács' "Szira" as one of the sweetest, most uplifting house tracks you'll likely hear this summer. Kovács is one of the co-founders of Stockholm's Studio Barnhus label, alongside Axel Boman and Petter Nordkvist; he's kept a lower profile than Mr.

  • Kyan 'Stratosphere' premiere

    Kyan's Soulful 'Stratosphere' Is Your Ticket to Walking on Air

    Back in 2010, when he was 20, Kyan Kuatois made it as far as the semi-finals of Must Be the Music, a British talent competition judged by unusual triumvirate of Jamie Cullum, Sharleen Spiteri, and Dizzee Rascal. ("Britain needs talent like you," Cullum told him after his audition performance.) The following year, he released his debut album, Conversations, a soulful — and surprisingly solid, for a talent-show alum — showcase of both his songwriting and his stunning voice.Sadly, it doesn't seem like Britain, or anywhere else, got Cullum's message, but now we've got a second chance. Following his recent single "Rosetta" — and a rippling remix from Kelela compadre Kingdom — Kyan is back with "Stratosphere," a song so stacked with buoyant harmonies that it sails right past its title's coordinates and keeps on going.

  • Evian Christ Waterfall Tri Angle

    Evian Christ's 'Waterfall' Will Scare the Be-'Yeezus' Out of You

    Evian Christ, Waterfall (Tri Angle) Maybe it was all his stylist's doing, but Joshua Leary — Evian Christ to us — didn't come across as terribly warm and cuddly in his recent New York Times style section cameo, close-cropped and wearing a perforated hoodie straight out of Moncler's new THX-1138 collection. I think it's likelier that his stylist followed the lead of the U.K. artist's new EP, Waterfall, a record full of exaggerated silhouettes, crisp lines, and bleached-out empty space. You thought his turn on Yeezus was forbidding? "I'm In It" was a hothouse flower compared to the brittle, mean-spirited Waterfall. (Perhaps he had images like these in mind when he chose that title.) This is trap as seen through the lens of Pan Sonic and techstep, full of blown-out 808 kicks and meat-grinder snare rolls and claps that scar the stereo field like glass-cutters.

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