Philip Sherburne

writer

Biography

  • 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.

  • Avicii / Photo by Jeff Lombardo/Getty Images

    EDM Superstar Avicii Made a Kazoo-Heavy Kinda-Country Record With 'True,' It's Awesome

    Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply Co.'s executives must be thrilled. Avicii was already a star when he signed up as their brand ambassador last summer, but it remained to be seen whether the Swedish DJ's neon trance would clash with the mega-corporation's tastefully faded flannel and stonewashed denim.But as anyone who has heard "Wake Me Up" can tell you — and with more than 165 million YouTube views for the song in just the past two and a half months, there are a lot of those people — we're no longer dealing with the Avicii of "Levels," the 2011 Etta James-sampling festival smash that turned the 24-year-old born Tim Bergling into one of EDM's biggest stars.

  • Sasu Ripatti (a.k.a. Vladislav Delay)

    Dance Tracks of the Week: Vladislav Delay Enters the 'Techno/Footwork Nexus'

    Ripatti, Ripatti 01 (Ripatti) Sasu Ripatti has never not been a shapeshifter. That's true of his individual projects — the mercurial fog of Vladislav Delay, in which the dividing line between beat and texture is sanded down to a mere shadow of a nothingness; the spongy balloon shapes of Luomo, in which house music's fundamental sensuality was pushed so far that it became almost innocent, childlike, pre-sexed — and it's been true of his whole career arc, as the Finnish musician's voluminous interests and unbounded talents have careened from alias to alias, each moniker an attempt to lasso a ribbon around a jumbled cloud of ideas. Along with Vladislav Delay's grainy pulse studies and Luomo's sublimated glamour, Ripatti has also given us Uusitalo, Conoco, and Sistol; Discogs tells us that the executive producer of Luomo's Vocalcity, Luukas Onnekas, was also one of Ripatti's inventions.

  • John Talabot, 'DJ-Kicks'

    John Talabot's 'DJ-Kicks' Mix Will Be 'Quite Strange'

    Barcelona's John Talabot joins the ranks of Carl Craig, Tiga, Booka Shade, and Kode 9 this fall as the latest DJ to record a DJ-Kicks mix for !K7. The long-running series is known for encouraging DJs to avail themselves of more eclectic selections than are typical for traditional club sets — Four Tet's 2006 installment, to wit, included songs from Stereolab, So Solid Crew, the avant-garde composer David Behrman, and space-rockers Gong along with more DJ-friendly picks from Akufen and Model 500. Naturally, Talabot's mix follows suit, skirting the edges of the dance floor instead of diving in headfirst."It has some dance tracks towards the beginning," says Talabot via statement, "but as it progresses it chills out. It's not an easy mix. It's quite strange. It doesn't really build up in the way many mixes do.

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