Philip Sherburne



  • Clipping

    Clipping: Los Angeles Noise-Rap Crew Crank Out Scientifically Ugly Party Jams

    Who: It's Clipping, bitch. And the Los Angeles trio of William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes, and Daveed Diggs aren't about to let you forget it — in fact, those are the first words you hear on Midcity, their debut mixtape, as Diggs spits disdainfully over coruscating digital feedback. The three go way back: Diggs and Hutson attended grade school together, and Hutson and Snipes were college roommates. "As a group, the three of us have known each other for 13 years, but we didn't start working on this project until two or three years ago," says Hutson, who makes noise music on his own and has collaborated elsewhere with Snipes, a producer of music for film and television. Clipping began by "just screwing around, as a side project," says Hutson, when he and Snipes tried their hand at fusing commercial rap a cappellas with their own sandblasted beats.

  • SBTRKT and Sampha at Coachella, 2012

    Dance Tracks of the Week: SBTRKT, Jessie Ware, and Sampha Ring in 2014 With 'Runaway'

    SBTRKT, "Runaway" (unreleased) It opens with a series of harp chords (the first of which sounds uncannily like the single-stroke jingle the New York Times uses in its online videos); swells into heart-full-to-bursting, Timbaland-plus-sinfonietta R&B (pizzicato strings, chimes, jiggy little kick-drums, Jessie Ware and Sampha at their most yearning); and then, just 75 seconds later, it fades unassumingly to nothingness again. That's "Runaway," an unreleased two-year-old song that SBTRKT uploaded to SoundCloud on New Year's Day. Presumably, it's a sign of much more to come, after a year in which the British producer stayed largely out of the public eye.Mari Kvien Brunvoll, "Everywhere You Go (Villalobos Celestial Voice Resurrection Mix)" (Sei Es Drum) At first, Ricardo Villalobos' remix of Mari Kvien Brunvoll's "Everywhere You Go" may sound like he's tipping his hat to the way U.K.

  • Ryan Hemsworth and Kaytranada

    Ryan Hemsworth Mashes Up Post-Rock, J-Pop With Beyonce, Lorde, Disclosure

    Making good on Canada's reputation for generosity, Ryan Hemsworth is giving away ☺RYANPACKv.1☺, a zip file of his unreleased bootlegs of songs by Beyoncé, Lorde, Future, Disclosure, and others. (And yes, the smiley faces are part of the album's title.)With an aesthetic that SPIN's Jordan Sargent described as having been "grown from the seeds of Girl Talk's pop revolution, Soundcloud's every-remixer-is-a-star worldview, and even Buzzfeed's celebratory nostalgia," Hemsworth has proved himself an expert navigator of the grey area between mainstream R&B, gritty southern rap, and sparkly electro pop, and he clearly delights in further muddying the waters here. On "Real Talk (La Valse D'Kellz Version)," he mashes up R.

  • Seven Davis Jr.

    Dance Tracks of the Week: Seven Davis Jr. Will Funk Up Your World

    Seven Davis Jr., "Controversy" (IZWID) Back in August, NPR's Sami Yenigun proclaimed that "One," by the Los Angeles-based, Houston-born musician Seven Davis Jr., was his summer jam and "should be everybody's late summer jam." Here on the cusp of winter, swap out the season and his assertion continues to hold up. One, released by Northern Virginia's fledgling Must Have Records, is a uniter, bringing together gumsoled house beats and sticky, woozy funk into a common tongue. The title track recalls Detroit house producers like Recloose and Andrés, but the loping, opalescent vibes of tracks like "All Kids" and "Leave a Message," with their restless bass lines and porous vocal harmonies, also suggest an affinity with Sa-Ra Creative Partners and Dam-Funk, artists pushing funk forward without resorting to house music as the operative framework.

  • Nina Kraviz

    Principe Discos' Kuduro Mutations, Nina Kraviz' Ice-House, 8 More Dance LPs in Control Voltage

    ALBUM OF THE MONTHB.N.M. / P.D.D.G., S/T (Príncipe)The Príncipe label's output barely amounts to a trickle — just five EPs over the past three years — but it's enough to confirm that Lisbon is currently the source of some of the most exciting new developments in electronic music. Príncipe signees DJ Marfox and DJ Nigga Fox tore the roof off Krakow's Unsound festival this fall with DJ sets full of rubbery melodies and elastic rhythms drawn from kuduro, batida, kizomba, funaná, tarrachinha, and Afro-house, all enlivened by scraps of rap and dubstep. It's the best party music in the world, but Príncipe's new release pulls back the curtain on quieter, more abstracted sounds from the Angolan diaspora. In the process, it reminds us how little most of us outside Lisbon really know about this culture. To wit, this mini-comp introduces us to seven new names.

  • Holden, 'The Inheritors'

    Philip Sherburne's 25 Best Albums of 2013

    To finish out the year, we'll be offering the top 25 albums from various SPIN staffers. Today, Contributor Philip Sherburne.My iTunes library up and died on me this week. The music's still there, backed up on an external hard drive, but all that structure — years' worth of playlists, organized by month and mood and BPM — is gone, locked away in the confines of a corrupted XML file.This is the part where I'm supposed to say how it's weirdly liberating, forced me to interact with my music in a new way, led to the discovery of hidden gems in the landslide of data, etc., but no: It's an enormous pain in the ass. (Meanwhile, after moving some 5,000 LPs across an ocean and two borders in the last two years, they lie in chaos, a well-intentioned alphabetization project having been abandoned somewhere between Thomas Dolby and Durutti Column.

  • Zbigniew Karkowski

    Pioneering Noise Musician Zbigniew Karkowski Dead at 55

    Zbigniew Karkowski, a Polish experimental musician whose work amplified the boundaries of noise music — and also its volume — died today, according to his friend and collaborator Anton Lukoszevieze. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just 10 weeks ago. He was 55.Karkowki was regarded in experimental-music circles as one of noise music's most fearlessly extreme practitioners. Stories circulate that his music once cracked a toilet at San Francisco's Bloody Angle Compound studios; a 2001 performance at Montreal's FCMM, playing needle-nosed sine waves tuned to the resonant frequency of the room, sparked a fire in a speaker and sent chunks of the ceiling tumbling to the floor. But he was also known as one of noise music's most contemplative thinkers.

  • Burial, 'Rival Dealer'

    Dance Tracks of the Week: Burial's 'Rival Dealer' Sounds Almost Optimistic

    Burial, Rival Dealer (Hyperdub) Burial's greatest strength has always been his greatest weakness as well: He transmits such an overwhelming sense of sorrow that there's practically no room left for anything else. There's something almost suffocating about the maudlin character of his music, which howls like a wind tunnel for the testing of weapons-grade pathos. How much bleak could it get? The answer, obviously, is none more bleak. Coupled with the ardor of his fans, Burial's music begins to seem almost a little bit coercive, as though it were daring you to resist its melancholic free-fall; to remain unmoved is to fail electronic music's version of the Voight-Kampff test, and resign yourself to a fate in which all your pathetic robot memories and opinions will eventually be lost in time like tears in rain.

  • Heatsick / Photo by Christian Freckman

    Heatsick's 'Re-Engineering' Is an Easy-Listening Grad-School Thesis You Can Dance To

    How seriously are we supposed to take Heatsick? This is the artist, after all, who began his solo career recording a string of cassettes and CDRs with titles like Pre-Cum Fog Ballet, Milky Quilt, Searing Light of Glue Prisms, and Solipsistic Pillow; the artist who uses a Casio keyboard with most of its keys missing and plays two- or three-hour sets of slowly morphing loops; the artist who occasionally sprays his audience with Chanel No. 5. (Beats being in the front row at a Steve Aoki gig, at least.) The artist who, on his new album, includes lyrics like "Algorithm is a dancer."No shots, by the way. If anything, electronic music could use more dodgy puns of dubious intent. And if Britney can sell (and sing about) perfume, why shouldn't Heatsick embrace the olfactory?

  • DJ Koze

    Dance Tracks of the Week: DJ Koze and Matthew Herbert Make Magic Together

    DJ Koze, Amygdala Remixes (Pampa) "It's magical / It's magical / It's magical / It's magical." Bold words — especially when you open with them, intoning the blissed-out proclamation like a mantra. But damned if Matthew Herbert doesn't deliver on the sentiment with his new remix for DJ Koze's "Magical Boy." Motivated, perhaps, by Koze's sublime remix, late last year, of Herbert and Dani Siciliano's 2001 song "It's Only" — one of the most unequivocally sentimental songs the squirrelly German producer has ever done — Herbert puts the kibosh on his own cantankerous instincts and settles into 10 minutes of wide-eyed wonder.

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