Philip Sherburne

writer

Biography

  • Green Velvet

    Dance Tracks of the Week: Green Velvet Tips His Hat to Prince

    Green Velvet, "Bigger Than Prince" (Circus Records) It's been a few years since Green Velvet (a.k.a. Curtis Jones, a.k.a. Cajmere) released much in the way of new solo productions; mostly he's been enjoying the fruits of his legacy, as captured on last year's excellent Only 4 U: The Sound of Cajmere & Cajual Records, as well as, perhaps, coasting on it, as evidenced by a recent spate of new remixes of his classic hits. (Nicky Romero's 2010 remix of "Flash" was a huge hit in EDM land, paving the way for Green Velvet's own appearances at EDC in 2012 and 2013.) So it's kind of a big deal that he has a new single out. "Bigger Than Prince" is a grower, which is to say that it might be underwhelming at first. Its principal hook is the spoken-word phrase "Walk around like you're bigger than Prince," presumably calling out artists with an inflated sense of self-worth.

  • LGBT Rights For Russia

    Hear Techno Compilation 'LGBT Rights for Russia Now!,' With Legowelt, Perc, and Hieroglyphic Being

    Legowelt, Hieroglyphic Being, KiNK & Neville Watson, and Perc are among the contributors to a new compilation to support Russia's beleaguered gay community. Bearing the self-explanatory title, LGBT Rights for Russia Now!, the album is the dance-music scene's latest salvo in the battle to protect LGBT rights in Russia, following the announcement of solidarity parties coordinated by Berlin's Berghain, Munich's Harry Klein, and Brooklyn's Output, among others.All proceeds from the compilation will go to Gayrussia.eu, the organizers of Moscow's Pride events, and a group whose very existence is threatened amidst a climate of beatings, police abuse, and new legislation banning so-called "gay propaganda." "It's partly to raise awareness, partly to show support, and partly to hopefully generate some cash to make their job and their cause a bit easier," says organizer Vincent Koreman (a.k.a.

  • Mark Pritchard

    Mark Pritchard Breaks Down His Siren-Strafed 'Lock Off' EP

    After two decades as one of electronic music's most unpredictable shapeshifters, Mark Pritchard — formerly known as Harmonic 313, Troubleman, N.Y. Connection, and Link, and a former member of Africa HiTech, Global Communication, Harmonic 33, Jedi Knights, Reload, Use of Weapons, et al — has a practical reason for finally deciding to retire his many aliases. "The confusion had to be addressed," he tells SPIN over Skype from his studio in Australia, which the British musician has called home for the past 10 years. "In the current climate, to use a different name each time you do a project seems a bit silly.

  • Leisure Connection, 'Jungle Dancing'

    Dance Tracks of the Week: Peaking Lights Side Project Leisure Connection Go 'Jungle Dancing'

    Leisure Connection, "Jungle Dancing"/"Wave Riding" (No 'Label') The oddly named No 'Label' is a vinyl-only offshoot of Amsterdam's Rush Hour; they might just as well have called it No 'Sound,' given that the imprint doesn't have anything like a sonic hallmark. Across Stellar Om Source's opalescent electro, Aardvarck's apocalyptic rave anthems, and Willie Burns' psychedelic homage to Native American cultures via his Black Deer alias, eccentricity remains the only common denominator. And so Leisure Connection's "Jungle Dancing" is a springy mechano-disco jam with all the dubby weirdness you might expect from a project with ties to the echo-besotted nocturna-poppers Peaking Lights.

  • Space Invaders meet Deadmau5

    The Future of EDM: Space Invaders and Deadmau5 Stamp on a Human Face, Forever

    So music producer Deadmau5 and the video game Space Invaders have teamed up. Well, that's not entirely true. Deadmau5's lawyers have inked some kind of deal with Square Enix Ltd./TAITO Corporation's lawyers. And soon, apparently, we'll be able to spend money on products and/or experiences that bring those two entities together.This is what you wanted, kids — EDM's total world conquest. The PLURpocalypse, if you will. And with Live Nation and Robert F.X. Sillerman's SFX pumping money into the ballooning "EDM space" like so much fracking fluid, it's the kind of thing that's starting to bubble to the surface.As Billboard reported this week, this is EDM's future. Sillerman is about to take his SFX company public, and potential investors are looking for growth opportunities far beyond the low-margin concert-ticket business and even the higher-margin festival business.

  • Michaella McCollum Connolly, dressed for work in Ibiza

    Ibiza Drug-Mule Arrests Offer a Glimpse Into the White Isle's Seedy Side

    A tale of guns, drugs, and go-go dancers currently playing out across the British tabloids is so bizarre, it might be a joint screenplay between Spring Breakers' Harmony Korine and Trainspotting's Irvine Welsh.In late July, a 20-year-old Irish dancer named Michaella McCollum Connolly went missing in Ibiza, where she was spending the summer working in bars in the seedy San Antonio district. After her family contacted Interpol and launched an international appeal for information regarding the young woman's whereabouts, she turned up, all right — in Lima, Peru, where she and another Ibiza summer worker, 19-year-old Melissa Reid, from Scotland, were arrested after attempting to board a flight to Madrid with 11 kilos of cocaine hidden in their luggage.

  • Julia Holter / Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images

    Julia Holter's Erudite Avant-Pop Epic 'Loud City Song' Will Beguile and Engulf You

    While the sidewalk vultures cluck over their Frappuccinos and the sun slices up the boulevard like a klieg light, our heroine hides beneath her hat brim. As the restaurant burns and soldiers take up their positions on the rooftops, she forages through green fertile valleys, and returns with a fistful of riddles:"There's a flavor to the sound of walking no one ever noticed before.""When the summer's over, will he remember winter words?""I don't understand falling leaves. A tree's a tree."What place is this? Who is this complicated ingénue, wise beyond her years? Julia Holter's new album is loosely based on Gigi, a 1944 novella about a teenage girl in grooming to become a Parisian courtesan.

  • Duke Dumont

    Dance Tracks of the Week: Duke Dumont Hopes to 'Hold On' to Chart Dominance

    Duke Dumont feat. MNEK, "Hold On" (Blasé Boys Club) In a year full of pop weirdness, the Fluke of the Year award surely goes to Duke Dumont, whose "Need U (100%)" went to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart this spring. Not that there's anything wrong with the song, but who would have expected a '90s-inflected deep house tune to go to the top like that? (His previous record had been titled For Club Play Only — not exactly a harbinger of imminent chart domination.) With his new single, he's clearly taking the if-it-ain't-broke approach: "Hold On" is another low-slung house cut graced with a booming low-end and buoyed by an opulent bed of vocal harmonies. One of the co-writers of "Need U," MNEK (Uzoechi Osisioma Emenike), turns up here as well, this time behind the mic.

  • Alan Abrahams (Portable, Bodycode) shows solidarity with Russia's LGBT community on Boiler Room

    Dance Music Fights Russia's Anti-Gay Campaign With Partying

    While the International Olympic Committee kowtows to Russia's draconian anti-gay legislation, the club scene is beginning to fight back as it best knows how: by partying.Berlin's Berghain, Munich's Harry Klein, and Brooklyn's Output will throw coordinated events on September 12 under the banner, "Promote Diversity," reports Resident Advisor. The full admission fees from the events will go to All Out, a non-profit organization that works to defend the rights of LGBT people worldwide.

  • Carmen Villain

    Hear Carmen Villain's Gorgeous Cover of Kurt Vile's 'He's Alright'

    "I'm a big fan of Kurt's music," says Carmen Villain of her kinda-sorta namesake, Kurt Vile. "I discovered him when I read an article about new music in some magazine a few years ago. He was mentioned in a short sentence, which led me to check out his album Constant Hitmaker, and it quickly became one of my all-time favorite albums. He is a brilliant songwriter — such good taste in terms of textures and harmonies, lyrics, and his vocals, man… All slanted and beautiful."Proving the extent of her fandom, Villain and her backup band tackled the recent SPIN cover star's "He's Alright" during a studio session at Oslo's Øya Festival this past weekend. A bonus track off the Philadelphia guitarist's 2009 album Childish Prodigy, it's not one of his more obvious hits, but its low-key sense of yearning and spacey atmosphere make a perfect fit for Villain's own aesthetic.

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