Philip Sherburne



  • Steve Moore doesn't like leaving the house

    Dance Tracks of the Week: Steve Moore Makes Outsider House for Agoraphobes

    Steve Moore, "Zen Spiders"/"Lwaxana" (Future Times) Zombi's Steve Moore says that his new single "Zen Spiders" is "dance music for people who don't like to dance (or leave the house, or get dressed in the morning)." That sums it up pretty well, although you could certainly sway to it if you wanted to; the drifting arpeggios and lazy pads move like smoke rings on a stifling summer day, but the skipping kick drum and Fairlight stabs lend a breath of fresh air. Pitch it up a notch, and it makes for a lovely complement to Todd Terje's "Snooze 4 Love"; find a few more, and you've got the makings of a DJ mix that's nothing but infinite intro. Moore says that the B-side track, "Lwaxana," "is for people who kinda like dance music but are too high to even think about moving." Substitute "hot" for "high," if you wish, but the point still stands.

  • Blond:Ish

    Stream Blond:ish's Hypnotic 'Inward Visions' EP

    Don't let the name fool you: Blond:ish are making some seriously dark ish on their new single for Kompakt. This is the Montreal-via-London duo's second record for the Cologne label, and like last year's Lovers in Limbo EP, it puts a shadowy spin on the swirling, hypnotic style of house music long practiced by Kompakt's Michael Mayer and Superpitcher. "No Place Like Gnome" sounds a little like a gothed-out remake of Superpitcher's own "Rabbits in a Hurry," in fact, but this rabbit hole leads straight to a deep, dank chamber whose interior decoration is inspired by David Lynch, complete with velvety delay and a hint of twangy electric guitar.

  • Fuck Buttons / Photo by Photoshot/Hulton Archive

    Fuck Buttons, 'Slow Focus' (ATP) Review

    The line between the dance floor and the void has rarely felt more porous than in 2013, a year that has seen bold, bewildering, and body-centric new records from the Knife, James Holden, Blondes, Jon Hopkins, Morphosis, Container, Stave, and Pete Swanson. (Add to that list Black Dice's Eric Copeland, whose forthcoming Joke in the Hole sounds like Tackhead and Raymond Scott collaborating on chopped-and-screwed happy hardcore.) While mainstream dance music has devolved into pop on steroids, the techno/house middle ground chugs away with rote functionalism, and great swaths of the so-called underground kneel at the altar of retro fealty, motley margin-walkers like the aforementioned are forging an alternative tradition out of electronics, improvisation, and the autodidactic spirit of DIY.

  • DJ Rashad does not give a fuck

    Album of the Week: Stream DJ Rashad's Manic, 'Best Cry Ever'-Sampling EP 'I Don't Give a Fuck'

    "We Chicagoans are spoiled, if you know what I mean," says DJ Rashad, sitting in the studio with fellow Chicago footwork trailblazer DJ Spinn. "Footwork has been here for so long. But to other people, once you get out and teach 'em and play some songs, they're like, 'Damn, what's that?' So it's like a new craze all over again for people that never heard it, you know?"Granted, the number of people who have never heard footwork is shrinking rapidly. Just a few years ago, the hyperkinetic, psychedelic dance music (and its clubbier predecessor, juke) was known primarily to select Chicagoans — DJs, dancers, and fans of the style's intricate, acrobatic battle routines. Outsiders had to satiate themselves with YouTube clips for a peek into the culture. But that changed in 2010 when Mike Paradinas' Planet Mu label released Bangs & Works Vol.

  • Thom Yorke

    Atoms for Peace Suddenly Cancel Poland Gig Over Unspecified Safety Concerns

    Atoms for Peace have cancelled their appearance at Poznan, Poland's Malta Festival today. Thom Yorke announced the cancellation on Twitter this morning, citing "technical reasons" and the "safety of the event." A statement on the festival's website uses similar language: "We are sorry to inform that due to technical reasons related to the safety of the event, today’s concert of Atoms For Peace has been cancelled.""Yes, it's true, the concert is cancelled," Anna Reichel, a publicist for the festival, told Poznan's Gazeta, but she declined to elaborate further. "At the moment we're concentrating on giving a refund for tickets," she said. A police spokesperson told Gazeta that the department was unaware of any risks associated with the concert.

  • Dance Tracks of the Week: Paul Woolford Doesn't Need No Stinking Titles

    Dance Tracks of the Week: Paul Woolford Doesn't Need No Stinking Titles

    Paul Woolford, Untitled (Hotflush) Grant the Hotflush label this much: Scuba knows exactly what kind of sound he's after. Paul Woolford's new one, widely tipped to be one of the biggest "underground" tracks of the summer, neatly epitomizes the Hotflush school of stern-but-yearning house, unabashedly big-room in its intentions. It's got the bruising, overdriven drum machine, the '90s house stabs, and, crucially, the soulful vocal sample (borrowed from Switch and Andrea Martin's 2011 Dubsided track, "I Still Love You"). Beefy and booming, every element is targeted for maximum impact — muscular as well as emotional. A title would be entirely beside the point; those chords are their own calling card, designed to elicit cheers of recognition as soon as they strike.

  • Varg Vikernes in prison

    Burzum's Varg Vikernes, Neo-Nazi, Arrested in France on Terrorism Suspicions

    Just four years after finishing 15 years of a 21-year sentence for murder, arson, and stockpiling explosives, the Norwegian musician Varg Vikernes, of notorious black-metal outfit Burzum, has been arrested by French police, reports Euronews.The French radio network RTL reports that police in the Correze region picked up Vikernes upon the suspicion that he was planning a "massacre." According to Euronews, Vikernes "is said to be one of the people to have received the manifesto of Anders Behring Breivik," the far-right terrorist responsible for a 2011 car bombing in Oslo and subsequent massacre in Utoeya, Norway, which killed 77 people.

  • Daleri (Eric Kvarnström and Rob Kanat)

    Swedish DJs Daleri Mock EDM Cliche With Hilarious Viral Mini-Mix 'Epic Mashleg'

    For festival EDM, this is the summer of the mosquito with a bullhorn. Track after track has been built upon the same trope: A nagging, monotone riff that sounds like a malfunctioning defibrillator hooked up to an air-raid siren. Now the Swedish DJ duo Daleri has struck back with "Epic Mashleg," a mini-megamix that pokes fun at the phenomenon. Sourced from Beatport's top 100 charts in electro house and progressive house, the mix cobbles together one-bar phrases from 15 current tracks that all employ the same percussive, syncopated lead.Singling out tunes from artists Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Krewella, and W&W, and from Tiësto's Musical Freedom label and Afrojack's Wall Recordings, it is, in essence, a supersaw supercut, and its brilliance lies in its simplicity.

  • Thom Yorke, Nigel Godrich Abandon Spotify in 'Small Meaningless Rebellion'

    Thom Yorke, Nigel Godrich Abandon Spotify in 'Small Meaningless Rebellion'

    When both the Eagles and Pink Floyd finally made their catalogs available on subscription services Spotify, Rhapsody, and Rdio last month, classic-rock fans and streaming-music advocates cheered. That two of the last major resisters of streaming services would come in from the cold suggested that there was nothing but blue skies ahead for "cloud" music. But now Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich have decided to swim against the current. Yesterday, Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich announced on Twitter that he and Yorke were pulling the catalogs of their solo and side projects (Thom Yorke, Atoms for Peace, and Ultraísta) from Spotify, declaring it a "small meaningless rebellion." Yorke added, "We're standing up for our fellow musicians.""The reason is that new artists get paid fuck all with this model..

  • An early flyer from Pal Joey's archives

    New York House Pioneer Pal Joey Compiles 24 Years of 'Hot Music' for BBE

    As the house music of the 1990s has come back into fashion, one name has remained curiously, conspicuously absent from the list of names frequently invoked as icons. Pioneers like Larry Heard, Kerri Chandler, Todd Edwards, and Cajmere have all gotten their due, both imitated by younger generations and celebrated for their current output. But Pal Joey remains known mainly to connoisseurs, despite the fact that the New York producer's records from the late 1980s and early 1990s helped pave the way for much of the moody, sample-heavy, jazz- and soul-inflected deep house that followed. Finally, London's BBE label intends to rectify the situation.

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