Philip Sherburne

writer

Biography

  • Birmingham's Circo Loco in the Arena, 2012

    Man Shot at Birmingham's Circo Loco in the Arena

    Ibiza's Circo Loco parties are famous for their hedonistic, free-spirited vibes, but the mood turned dark at Birmingham, England's Circo Loco in the Arena event last night when a man was shot outside the venue, the Rainbow Warehouse (via DJ Mag). Initial reports from freelance photojournalist Michael Scott on Demotix said that an unidentified 22-year-old man had been shot in the stomach when "a door was rushed"; BBC later confirmed that the victim is 35 and remains in critical condition. In plea for information from witnesses or acquaintances of the shooter, West Midlands Police noted, "The motive for the attack remains unclear but initial enquiries indicate this was a targeted attack and the gunman escaped on foot." This morning, the Circo Loco in the Arena organization announced, "Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have to cancel today's event.

  • The Con Ed bill isn't cheap: Ultra Music Festival 2013

    Ultra Music Festival's Payment Plan Will Run You $509.70, Shipping Included

    Ultra Music Festival's IT department had it rough on May 21. That was the day that three-day passes for the Miami festival's 2014 edition went on sale for the early-bird price of $149.95 — 50% off this year's $299 price tag. In four minutes, they were gone.

  • Dillon Francis, backstage at Lollapalooza

    Dance Tracks of the Week: Tiesto, Drake, Dillon Francis, and Flo Rida Hop on the Deep House Train

    Tiesto, "Club Life 331" (Sirius XM) So Tiesto has gone and launched a deep house radio show. That's not a sentence I expected to write, well, ever, but that's the state of EDM in 2013 for you: Even the A-list DJs seem nervous about the bursting of the big-room bubble, and they're casting about for alternatives. It's a smart way for Tiesto to hedge his bets — by dedicating a weekly show to the sound, he ups his cred with listeners growing tired of main-stage fare, and he positions himself to benefit should the recent successes of acts like Duke Dumont, Disclosure, and Hot Natured swell into an actual Next Big Thing.Maybe that sounds cynical, and maybe that's unfair. Despite his susceptibility to cheese and his recent embrace of Vegas-sized cliché (including quitting Ibiza for an exclusive residency in Vegas), the Dutch trance superstar has been known to dig deep for his sets.

  • Jordan Ullman and Majid Al Maskati are Majid Jordan

    Who Is Majid Jordan, Drake's 'Hold On, We're Going Home' Collaborator?

    Yesterday, Drake dropped a new song out of the blue: "Hold On, We're Going Home," a dreamy, 100-BPM cut that nicely split the difference between synth-soaked R&B (think Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do with It") and slow-motion deep house (Disclosure's "Help Me Lose My Mind"). The track features someone named Majid Jordan, prompting one feverish question: Who is Majid Jordan?A good question, but it turns out that the grammar is all wrong. We should be asking, "Who are Majid Jordan?" According to a thread on the Kanye to The forums, the name is a hybrid of Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman, a pair of Toronto producers formerly known as Good People.

  • Rudimental: VG+

    Rudimental's 'Home' is a U.K. Chart-Storming Monster Bridging Pop and the Dance Underground

    They grow up so fast! In the summer of 2011, London's Rudimental released their first single, "Deep in the Valley," a promising if not exactly earthshaking example of the house music variant known as U.K. funky. The 8-bit blips were relatively novel; the boilerplate MC toasting ("Deep in the underground!"), not so much. It was a sound informed by London pirate radio, and also designed for it — not aggressively insular, but contentedly so. And while plenty of minor pop stars (Dizzee Rascal, Tinie Tempah) got their start broadcasting from unlicensed transmitters in tower blocks, there was little here to suggest that this new quartet was capable of using the pirate plank as a springboard to the Top of the Pops.But just two years later, they've got a Glastonbury appearance and a BRIT Awards nomination under their belts, plus two U.K. No.

  • The Robert Glasper Experiment

    Robert Glasper Experiment Returns to Blue Note with Star-Studded 'Black Radio 2'

    The year just got a lot more soulful. This October 29, the Robert Glasper Experiment will return to Blue Note Records with Black Radio 2, reports Okayplayer, who yesterday premiered the opalescent album teaser "Calls," featuring Jill Scott.The jazz pianist and his ensemble scored a crossover hit with last year's Black Radio, a collection of R&B-inflected songs featuring guest vocals from Erykah Badu, Lupe Fiasco, Bilal, Yasiin Bey (f.k.a. Mos Def), and Meshell Ndegeocello, among others; after topping Billboard's jazz chart and iTunes' R&B chart, it took home the 2013 Grammy for Best R&B Album.

  • Valencia, Spain's Jupiter Lion channel Krautrock via EBM

    Jupiter Lion Go 'Gonzo' on Throbbing, Industrial 'Black Mouth' Remix

    Valencia, Spain has never attained the mythological status of Ibiza, just 80-odd miles to the east. While the White Isle's contributions to club culture are legendary, few non-Spaniards know of that port city's crucial role as a crucible of underground music from the 1980s on.At clubs like Spook and Barraca, new wave, industrial, and Belgian New Beat swirled together in a shadowy counterpoint to Balearic disco, and in the '90s, all-night clubbing gave way to the Ruta del Bakalao, a weekend-long party circuit fueled by ecstasy, speed, and the pounding beat of makina.

  • He will dock you: Pan Sonic's Mika Vainio

    Dance Tracks of the Week: Pan Sonic's Mika Vainio Rips Techno a New One

    Mika Vainio, Kilo (Blast First Petite)Sorry, noise-techno dude/ttes, but I hope your state's unemployment benefits are generous, because Mika Vainio's new album has just made you redundant. OK, that's harsh, but Vainio has been whomping out low-end-intensive industrial throb for close to 20 years, and his mastery of the form is self evident. In contrast to the sizzling drones and subtle dynamics of recent records like FE3O4 and Life (…It Eats You Up), Kilo loops back to the full-body blast of his duo Pan Sonic. It's an avalanche of bass, a full-metal racket that isn't afraid to cross over into Sunn O)))'s scorched-earth territory. It's the first time in a long time that I can remember Vainio working with drum machines, or at least foregrounding them this way.

  • Jon Hopkins

    Jon Hopkins: London Dance Architect Trusts His Gut, Relaxes His Brain

    Who: "I'm never really conscious of what I'm being influenced by when I'm writing," says London's Jon Hopkins by way of introduction to his new album, Immunity. "I really do just write on instinct." Showcasing a vision of techno at its most four-dimensionally epic — pulsing and throbbing in all directions, like a rave inside a thunderhead — the album marks a considerable shift from the airy, electro-acoustic atmospheres of his three previous solo records.Techno Is Hard: While touring 2009's Insides, he says, "I found myself on lineups with loads of amazing different people, and I started to get exposed to really intelligent ways of involving danceable rhythms with deeper music. The kind of rhythms that got stuck in my head over those years started coming out as soon as I started writing Immunity." Not that it was an easy process.

  • 20 Werks of Wonder: Two Decades of Astralwerks

    20 Werks of Wonder: Two Decades of Astralwerks

    It's hard to imagine now, when everyone from chillwavers to Kanye is mining old chillout-room B-sides for inspiration, but in 1993, the idea of ambient electronic music was so alien to most American listeners that a New York Times feature on the genre found it necessary to warn, "Strangers to ambient house may find the variety in these works hard to grasp at first. But a few listens in the proper state of reflective attention reveal the span of experimental moves that the creators of ambient house are making with seemingly random sounds."The occasion for the feature was a compilation, Excursions in Ambience, that had just come out on New York's Caroline Records, an independent label with punk-rock roots that was better known for bands like Hole, Smashing Pumpkins, and Primus.

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