Philip Sherburne



  • The xx, 'YoungVisions'

    Hear Ame, Dixon, and Marcus Worgull Remix the xx

    Love the xx but find their last album a little too somnolent? A new set of remixes from Âme, Dixon, and Marcus Worgull might be just the thing. The three Berlin artists, all affiliated with the Innervisions label, manage to toughen up the material without losing its essential seductive quality. They really make the bedsprings sing, in other words: Marcus Worgull's rework of "Fiction" splits the difference between slo-mo Italo disco and downcast Cure vibes, Dixon's "Ties" mix goes deep into pumping chords and wayward arpeggios, and Âme turn "Reunion" into one of subtlest, most sensual deep-house anthems of the summer.

  • Beach boy: Todd Terje

    Dance Tracks of the Week: Todd Terje Will Own Your Summer (Yet Again)

    Todd Terje "Strandbar" (Olsen Records) Todd Terje doesn't release that much, and he doesn't need to: Every time he puts out a new track, it's a contender for tune of the season. His "Inspector Norse" owned 2012, and 2011's "Ragysh," while less of a smash, still crossed over enough to turn up on Toolroom and Ministry of Sound comps alongside EDM big-roomers like Fedde Le Grand and Afrojack. (And let us not forget "Snooze 4 Love," from the Ragysh EP; when Terje and Lindstrom began their Sónar set with the beatless version of the track, it only reinforced my belief that there has been no more perfect opening track in the past 10 years of house music.) Now, just five months after Terje and Lindstrom got the jump on summer with the Italo-disco homage "Lanzarote" — one of SPIN's 40 Best Songs of 2013 So Far — Terje's back with "Strandbar," a song with summer written all over it.

  • Howes

    Hear the Woozy, Psychedelic House Debut of Howes

    James Holden's 2006 album was called The Idiots Are Winning, and, given how little impact the record made at the time, it was easy to share in his despair. But maybe the meek will inherit the earth after all, because Holden's elliptical style of techno has been turning up all over the place recently. After Four Tet and Jon Hopkins, a 19-year-old Mancunian producer called Howes is the latest musician to make good on the ecstatic, eccentric promise of Holden's seven-year-old rallying cry."Leazes," from Howes' debut EP, throbs and warbles in a way that's distinctly Holdenesque, but that's not to say that it's derivative.

  • Pional and John Talabot

    Download a Dub Version of John Talabot and Pional's Dreamy 'Destiny'

    Germany's Permanent Vacation label recently released a punchier club edit (on bright green wax!) of John Talabot's "So Will Be Now," one of the highlights of the Barcelona producer's 2012 album, ƒIN; now Talabot is giving away a dub version of the album's other standout song, "Destiny." Like "So Will Be Now," "Destiny" is a collaboration with Madrid's Pional; the "Dubtool Version," available as a free download from Talabot's SoundCloud page, sends Pional's voice tumbling down a rabbit hole of delay, and it strips back the rest of the tune to the essentials, just spongy robo-disco bass and skeletal drum machine.Cop the song below, and keep your eye out for new music from both producers, who recently wrapped up a tour supporting the xx and are now back in their respective studios and working on new material.

  • Moby Opens Vaults to Independent Filmmakers, for Free

    Sync or Swim: Moby Opens Vaults to Independent Filmmakers, for Free

    Broke independent filmmakers (is there any other kind?), rejoice: Moby wants you to use his music, for free.Perhaps feeling inspired by Colin Rich's elegant video for "The Lonely Night," Moby's Record Store Day collaboration with Mark Lanegan, the New York musician has relaunched mobygratis, a music library intended for "independent and non-profit filmmakers, film students, and anyone in need of free music for their independent, non-profit film, video, or short." Originally established in 2008, the mobygratis catalog has been updated with over 150 tracks drawn from Moby's discography (as well as his hard drives).

  • Watching Kraftwerk in 3D at Sonar

    The 10 Best Things We Saw at Sonar 2013

    For its 20th anniversary, Barcelona's Sónar festival made one significant change, moving from its customary daytime venue, a museum complex in the center of the city, to an enormous convention center towards the edge of town. And that increased capacity meant a bigger festival than ever, with 121,000 bodies counted across three days and two nights of techno, house, bass music, indie pop, rap, and whatever you want to call Major Lazer's particular mélange. Their presence on the bill, not to mention Skrillex's headlining gig, left some long-time attendees questioning what had happened to the key adjective in Sónar's subtitle, "International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media." But even when performances weren't forward looking, the energy of the crowd (particularly at the nighttime events, which ran from 10 p.m.

  • SND.PE vol. 01 Cover Art

    Hear Djedjotronic and Maelstrom's Banging 'Buran,' Via Sound Pellegrino

    France's Sound Pellegrino label launched in 2009 with Zombie Disco Squad's "Esperanto"/"Eurovision" single. Laced with Brazilian funk carioca, it was a laser beam across the bow of a complacent club-music underground. The cover art on that record and subsequent releases riffed on Deutsche Grammophon's iconic yellow plaque — old-world gravitas remixed for the new school — as if to say, "This is the new tradition, suckers!" Four years and 35 releases on, founders Teki Latex and DJ Orgasmic, former members of Paris' electro-leaning rap crew TTC, have made good on their promise.The label's first full-length compilation, SND.PE 01, shows just how far the Sound Pellegrino sound has come.

  • Francis Bebey, 'Remixes'

    Dance Tracks of the Week: Pilooski, Daphni Remix Makossa Legend Francis Bebey

    Francis Bebey, Remix (Born Bad Records) There's no improving upon the work of the Cameroonian polymath Francis Bebey, a journalist, novelist, and musician who mixed African and Latin styles with jazz and electronic music, sounding at times like some dream combination of Afrobeat and Kraftwerk. (Born Bad's anthology of his work, African Electronic Music 1975-1982, was one of SPIN's 10 Best Reissues of 2012; I also covered it in my Control Voltage column.) So you could, understandably, be suspicious of an attempt to remix the work of the late musician, who passed away in 2001. Fortunately, the artists commissioned here appear to have approached the source material with the respect it deserves (yet also, fortunately, without being too dainty about it).

  • East German Olympic team training tapes

    Olympic-Sized Hoax? 'Lost' Krautrock Warm-Up Tapes Mysteriously Surface

    As any runner can tell you, there's a fine art to selecting the right music to keep you going, mile after mile. As a result, a whole mini-industry has sprung up to supply athletes with performance-enhancing playlists, from websites like Jog.FM and Rock My Run to Nike's Original Run series of asphalt-friendly mixes from A-Trak, Cassius, and LCD Soundsystem. Yay, capitalism! But, as it turns out — and is so often the case where sports are involved — the Communists were way ahead of us.

  • Destroid, San Francisco, 2013

    Cowabunga! Dubstep Supergroup Destroid Plot Revenge

    Move over, Daft Punk: Now there's something even cyberer. Meet Destroid, the dubstep supergroup featuring Excision, Downlink, and former Pendulum drummer KJ Sawka. They played their debut gig at San Francisco's Warfield Theater on Monday, and from the video of the event, these three are clearly intent upon taking live EDM to the next level. Or unlocking the next level, at least — because with Destroid, it's hard to tell where the line between IRL and X-Box lies. (You can stream their new album, Destroid - The Invasion, right here on SPIN.)Their costumes look like Daft Punk's robot suits as re-imagined by Eurovision champs Lordi. Excision and Downlink might be playing modded Rock Band game controllers.

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