Philip Sherburne



  • Kelela

    Kelela's Stunning 'Cut 4 Me' Mixtape Will Suck You Into a Futuristic R&B Vortex

    Kelela's voice is a slow curl of steam rising from the subway grate; it's a beam of light scraped across a curtain of icicles. You know those latticed lasers that protect the crown jewels in heist movies? Her voice is that too, wavering in place and catching dust motes as they drift.And what a pleasure to hear a voice like this — expressive, unusual, practically taking shape right in front of us — and to hear it stretched out over the course of an entire album's worth of music that was made to accommodate its quirks, not just flattened out and racked up alongside a host of other featured vocals over anodyne club-pop productions.Here, in the year 8 A.B. (that's After Burial), a huge swath of dance music has almost forgotten what an original voice sounds like.

  • Jam City's 'Club Constructions'

    Dance Tracks of the Week: Jam City's 'Club Constructions' Will Crush Your DJ Tools

    Jam City, Club Constructions, Vol. 6 (Night Slugs) Night Slugs' Club Constructions series has one of the most unpretentious titles going. Designed to highlight the fact that these are, first and foremost, DJ tools, it's a way of saying, "Hey, don't blame us if you don't find any melodies here." Whether intentionally or not, however — maybe out of humility, maybe out of irony — it seriously undersells what's actually going on here. Because as far as tools go, they don't come more deluxe than this; these are the motherfucking plasma cutters of DJ tools, and they make ordinary drum tracks look like hacksaws by comparison. In fact, maybe it's time we jettison the whole utility conceit altogether, because while these five cuts were designed for club play, they lose nothing heard on their own, unmixed, from start to finish.

  • Load-in at the Warehouse Project

    Following Clubber's Death, Manchester's Warehouse Project to Test, Tweet Bad Pills

    In a recent editorial entitled "Ecstasy: Pointless Deaths," The Economist examined the apparent rise in deaths from MDMA and its imitations and concluded that, in the absence of legalization and regulation — a course favored by the fiscally conservative, socially liberal publication — increased access to drug-testing kits could help reduce fatalities. The editors point to a government-run program in the Netherlands in which clubbers can test their pills on the spot, without fear of legal retribution.Neither the U.K.

  • Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga to Present 'Artpop' at Berlin's Fabled Berghain Club

    Hang onto your biker caps, Little Monsters: Lady Gaga is booked at Berghain.That's right, Berghain, the holy grail of hedonism, a Berlin nightclub whose reputation is outstripped only by, well, its reputation. Parties there last for days on end, they say, soundtracked only by blast-furnace chug and robots with jackhammers. Clubbers can barely make their way across the dance floor without being sucked into a six-way public sex act, or at least tripping over the loose strings of a leather daddy's unlaced chaps. Sven, the club's bouncer, stands eight feet tall barefoot, has 10 pounds of metal in his facial piercings alone, and has been known to breathe fire at would-be clubbers not fluent in Berliner Schnauze, a local dialect.Or so they say.

  • Daniel Avery Interview

    Daniel Avery: London DJ Finds Solace in the Club, Shipping Container

    Who: Despite the fact that we're here to talk about his debut album, Daniel Avery considers himself a DJ first and foremost, which makes the London-based musician something of a rarity in an era when so many of electronic music's young guns start out as studio boffins, get noticed on SoundCloud, and only then grapple with the question of what to do on stage. By the time Avery began putting out cavernous, charcoal-hued techno 12-inches on labels Optimo Music and Erol Alkan's Phantasy Sound early last year, he was already a resident DJ at London's Fabric nightclub, where he used his warm-up slots as the opportunity to connect the dots between crackling post-punk, vintage acid, and brusque, brooding techno. His side-winding FabricLive 66 mix CD, in fact, preceded his debut album by nearly a year.

  • Autre Ne Veut's Remix of Cid Rim's

    Autre Ne Veut's Remix of Cid Rim's 'Extend Ranges' Takes R&B to Church

    Cid Rim's Mute City EP, released on LuckyMe last month, doesn't sound like the work of a producer who's only been putting out records for a few years. Slathered in color and as vividly textured as a nettle's underside, it's mature without being stodgy, extending LuckyMe's super-saturated beat-music aesthetic in multiple directions at once: Electro-funk, 8-bit balladry, progressive rock. The way the Austrian producer doles out tricky rhythms with effortless finesse, it makes sense that he was trained as a free-jazz drummer.Now, Mike Slott, Joseph Marinetti, and Autre Ne Veut all try their hand at remixing tracks from the EP. Autre Ne Veut takes the beatless, rose-tinted instrumental "Extend Ranges" and flips it into an R&B dirge with ecclesiastical overtones — complete with Fairlight choirs — that's halfway between Forest Swords and Arvo Pärt. Listen to the remix in full below.

  • Jensen Sportag 'Rain Code' Stream

    Hear Jensen Sportag's Woozily Seductive 'Rain Code'

    You wouldn't necessarily guess that Austin Wilkinson and Elvis Craig are from Nashville. The music they record as Jensen Sportag — the name's a tribute, apparently, to a fictional (?) ex-tennis pro and avant-garde composer from Denmark — conjures gauzy images of a timeless neverzone where contemporary R&B and '80s Skinemax B-roll intermingle with glitched-out ambient music, like some delirious three-way between R. Kelly, Luomo, and the Durutti Column.They've come a long way from the Chromeo-plated electro-funk of their 2006 debut, which featured songs like "Japanese Zombie Schoolgirls" and a cameo (and genitalia-baring cover art) from Ariel Pink.

  • 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.

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