Philip Sherburne

writer

Biography

  • Cirque du Soleil aerial performers entertain the crowd at Light Nightclub inside Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on July 5, 2013.

    Caligula Would Have Blushed: Las Vegas' EDM Rulers Try to Rewrite Dance-Music History

    For anyone who can't resist rubbernecking while the over-leveraged EDM boom drives itself off a cliff, The New Yorker last week published a fascinating peek at how big money, and the 30-liter bottles of champagne that it can buy, is reshaping American dance-music culture.The Dutch DJ Afrojack was the story's nominal subject, but the key takeaways were economic. For instance, Afrojack earns $150,000 for a night's work at Las Vegas' XS nightclub, one of four venues housed in Steve Wynn's Encore and Wynn resorts. That, apparently, is chump change: Over at the recently opened Hakkasan, Calvin Harris is getting an estimated $300,000 per show; Deadmau5, something north of that.

  • Opening night at the Warehouse Project

    One Dead, Five Hospitalized at U.K.'s Warehouse Project Opening

    What has been an unusually lethal summer for dance-music fans looks like it may turn into an equally tragic autumn. A 30-year-old man is dead and five other people were hospitalized following the opening of Manchester, England's Warehouse Project party last night, reports BBC News. A police spokesperson said they believe the drug ecstasy to be the cause, although no more concrete information was given.

  • Patrick Cowley 'Nightcrawler' Stream

    Patrick Cowley's 'Nightcrawler' Is the Eeriest Porn Soundtrack You've Never Heard

    The San Francisco disco producer Patrick Cowley was one of the chief architects of the style known as hi-NRG, a bouncy, keyboard-heavy extrapolation of Giorgio Moroder's robo-disco chug.

  • Disclosure

    Dance Tracks of the Week: Paul Woolford Takes Disclosure to Piano-House Heaven

    Disclosure, "Help Me Lose My Mind (Paul Woolford Remix)" (PMR/Island) So far, the remixes inspired by Disclosure's Settle have generally avoided anything approaching a straight-ahead dance floor (save, perhaps, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs' trim, kinetic "F For You" remix). Flume's "You & Me" re-do flopped around like a carnival seal on a cocktail of nitrous and helium; Hudson Mohawke's "White Noise" update tangled bit-crushed synths with AlunaGeorge's peppy, sped-up vocals in a way that seemed almost willfully sloppy (or at least gangly, like a teen in mid-growth spurt who hasn't quite figured out his new center of gravity). So it's something of a surprise that the latest remix, of "Help Me Lose My Mind," comes from Paul Woolford, who sets aside the turbulence of his Special Request work for easygoing piano house.

  • The Field (Axel Willner)

    Stream the Field's Sublime 'Cupid's Head'

    We hope that your typical Thursday schedule allows for an uninterrupted hour in the Lay-Z-Boy, because Kompakt has just made the Field's upcoming album, Cupid's Head, streaming in full. To tweak a phrase from the Swedish techno-dreamweaver himself, from here we go horizontal.Cupid's Head is Axel Willner's fourth studio album under the Field alias; early in 2012, he also released the Krautier, dronier And Never Ending Nights as Loops of Your Heart. Willner came on the scene in 2007 with From Here We Go Sublime, a sun-kissed take on ambient pop that flipped Lionel Richie samples into frictionless after-hours bliss; for Yesterday and Today and Looping State of Mind, he turned to a full band to give his smeary disco extra heft.

  • Dirtyphonics 'Hanging On Me feat. Liela Moss' Kastle Remix Premiere

    Kastle Wrings a Bubbly 2-Step Remix out of Dirtyphonics' Brutal 'Hanging on Me'

    Is there any sound so tough that a U.K. garage refix can't turn into something pliable and seductive? Apparently, not, at least judging from the Los Angeles producer Kastle's remix of "Hanging on Me," a new song from the French quartet Dirtyphonics. Their recent singles have typically trod the line between headbanging and Ed Banging: "No Stopping Us," featuring Foreign Beggars, was hip-house via Alice in Chains, while "Walk in the Fire" was forged of blast beats and chugging metal guitars. "Hanging on Me" is similar, marrying Master of Puppets-inspired twinned leads to a shuddering, dubsteppy cadence and topping it off with vocals from the Duke Spirit's Liela Moss, who here sounds, improbably but intriguingly, a little like Cat Power imitating Ozzy Osbourne.

  • Melé 'Fantazia' Stream

    Liverpool Beatsmith Melé Tips Hat to NES on 'Melé Vanelé Vol. 2' Mixtape

    Forget about Grand Theft Auto V: Liverpool beatsmith Melé takes things back to the glory days of NES on his videogame-themed new mixtape, Melé Vanelé Vol. 2. Across tracks with titles like "Streets of Rage" and "Final Boss," Melé (Krissy Peers) indulges gamer nostalgia with more bleeps, pings, and 8-bit chimes than you could shake a Powergloved fist at. Nevertheless, the followup to last year's Melé Vanelé mixtape is a thoroughly modern affair, mixing up skittering southern rap beats, brittle grime, and breakbeat hardcore with hi-def sound design that could set any cyborg's microchips on edge. To wit: "Fantazia," a dizzying, 160-BPM cut utilizing freezer-burned bass buzz, distended diva wails, and a weirdly elastic beat that moves like a Slinky marching down the stairs.Listen to the song in full here now; the mixtape will be released as a free download on September 30.

  • Factory Floor

    Factory Floor: Post-Punk and Acid House Collide in U.K. Trio's Artful Throb

    Who: The members of U.K. trio Factory Floor — Gabe Gurnsey, Nik Void, and Dominic Butler — downplay any explicit link between their name and Tony Wilson's Factory Records, but you could be forgiven for believing otherwise, if only for the way their taut, throbbing, overwhelmingly textural jams close the gap between gritty post-punk and springy machine music, the iconic Manchester label's opposing poles. "The feedback we're getting is that our music is hitting all these different genres, and we're stuck on the fence in the middle," says vocalist Void, who cites Glenn Branca and Rhys Chatham as inspirations for her own style of deconstructed guitar work.

  • Naysayer & Gilsun

    Dance Tracks of the Week: Modular's Club Mod Takes an Exciting Left Turn

    Naysayer & Gilsun, "All That Good Work" / "Blue" (Club Mod) Interesting things are afoot over at Australia's Modular Recordings — specifically, their newish sub-label Club Mod. The imprint's first releases, in 2011 and 2012, didn't stray too far from what you might expect from the club-centric offshoot of an indie label best known for acts like Cut Copy, the Presets, and Van She: Voguish, analoguish house and indie-dance jams fleshed out with remixes from underground-approved sorts like Diskjokke, John Talabot, and Axel Boman. Much of it is quite fine, but not entirely surprising. Now that seems to be changing. Pink Gin's Blame Me EP, from July, touched on nervous electro-disco and dubby, busted acid house in a way that recalled prime Playhouse and current Cómeme.

  • Sydney's Defqon.1 festival

    Tainted Ecstasy Suspected in Death at Australia's Defqon.1 Festival

    Another festival, another fatality. A 23-year-old man attending Australia's Defqon.1 festival this weekend died of a suspected overdose, reports the Daily Telegraph. The victim was treated at the on-site medical tent around midday and, following a series of seizures, transferred to a Sydney hospital, where he died following "numerous prolonged cardiac arrests." The young man reportedly told hospital staff that he had taken three pills, a drug squad detective told ABC. According to the Daily Telegraph, at least 20 people were hospitalized for adverse drug reactions; other outlets report 14 medical emergencies.Roughly 18,000 people attended the one-day festival. Founded in 2003 by the Dutch hard-dance promoter Q-dance, Defqon.1 is held each June in the Netherlands and again in Sydney each September.

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