Philip Sherburne

writer

Biography

  • Peter Rauhofer

    Peter Rauhofer, DJ and Remixer, Dead of Brain Tumor at 48

    Peter Rauhofer, a former resident at New York's Roxy nightclub and a popular DJ on the circuit party scene, died of a brain tumor today, according to an announcement made on his official Facebook page. In April, Rauhofer had been diagnosed with the tumor after suffering a seizure, and just yesterday his team had announced that, owing to his health, he would not be performing at his fourth annual WORK party during Pride Week at New York's Roseland Ballroom on June 29.Rauhofer, a native Austrian, was the founder of the Star 69 label, and he was a go-to remixer for club updates of pop hits; his discography includes remixes for Madonna, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Kylie Minogue, Depeche Mode, Cher — he won a Grammy in 2000 for his rework of "Believe" — and dozens more artists of their ilk.

  • Skrillex / Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

    Skrillex Is Building a Warhol-Inspired Bass Factory in Los Angeles' Chinatown

    After living in hotels for the past decade, Skrillex seems to be settling into his newfound digs in Los Angeles quite nicely. He recently posted a Vine video documenting his recently completed home studio, but that's just the beginning. In a conversation with Summit Series' Jeff Rosenthal at last month's IMS Engage conference in Los Angeles, Sonny Moore revealed that he recently purchased an 11,000-square-foot building in Chinatown where he is building a studio for "in-the-box producers" like himself — that is, traveling laptoppers who could benefit from a high-tech home base for plugging in and jamming out.But, rather than constructing an industry hit factory, his vision sounds a lot more like Warhol's Factory — a multi-disciplinary creative hub where collision and collaboration are at the root of everything. "There's nothing in L.A. that's like that for our generation," said Skrillex.

  • DJ Dimitri

    After Amputation, Ailing DJ Pioneer Dimitri Lifted By His Peers

    This Sunday, Amsterdam's house and techno community will come together to raise money for Dimitri Kneppers, one of the city's most revered DJs. Kneppers, better known simply as Dimitri, helped kick-start the Netherlands' house and techno scene in 1988 with his parties at Amsterdam's Roxy club, and he currently holds a residency at the city's celebrated Trouw club. With the exception of a three-year retirement spent volunteering with disabled children on a farm, Dimitri, the proverbial (and literal) DJs' favorite DJ, has been a constant presence on the Dutch scene for a quarter century — until recently, when he had the toes on his right foot amputated after contracting a bacterial infection. Shortly thereafter, his conditioned worsened, and doctors were forced to remove his lower leg.As the organizers of a fundraiser for him note, "This is of course a huge setback.

  • Larry Gus

    Hear Hello Skinny and Hana Remix Larry Gus' Wide-Eyed Psych Pop for DFA

    Following last year's Silent Congas, the Greek-born, Milan-based psych pop shaman Larry Gus returns to DFA this June with Years Not Living, a steady-dripping dopamine rush that's as colorfully chaotic as an explosion at the Sherwin-Williams plant. It's more polished than his last album, but not in the sense of studio sheen — think, rather, of agates fresh out of the rock tumbler. Variously channeling Afro-pop, Tropicalía, free jazz, and Krautrock, it's all spun together like some magical combination of the Avalanches, Stereolab, and Madlib (with a touch of David Bowie in the singer's supple delivery). Forget chillwave, this is chill-wild.In advance of the album, Greece's Hana and London's Hello Skinny (a drummer for Matthew Herbert and Mulatu Astatke, as well as one of SPIN's Best New Artists for October 2012) have turned in remixes of two Silent Congas cuts.

  • MMM, 'Que Barbaro'

    Dance Tracks of the Week: Neon Tribalism from MMM, Moire, and More

    Welcome to SPIN's new weekly roundup of the best (and, occasionally, the worst) in dance music. Like Control Voltage's Friday Five, an earlier iteration of the same theme, it's an entirely subjective, proudly authoritative look at the artists, tracks, and trends we think you should know about, as you try to navigate dance music's whirpool of change.Huerco S. "Apheleia's Theme" (Future Times) After several months of what Maxmillion Dunbar described as "really shitty, haunting mystery problems" at the pressing plant — "It's not even stuff we've dealt with before, it's just this static electrical noise, and it is seriously delaying our shit," he told me when I interviewed him a few months back — D.C.'s Future Times label is back in action. Test pressings of the new EP from Kansas City's Huerco S. have finally passed muster, and the 12-inch is due out shortly.

  • Stream Coma's Pop-Infused Kompakt Debut 'In Technicolor'

    Stream Coma's Pop-Infused Kompakt Debut 'In Technicolor'

    "It always comes and goes in waves," says Michael Mayer of Kompakt's tendency to oscillate between anthemic techno and more esoteric electronic pop. "It's nothing we intentionally plan, like, 'Let's stop releasing dance tracks.' It goes in circles. Every two years, for instance, there would be the Field and Gui Boratto with new albums at the same time. In the years between there would be GusGus, say. It always goes in the circles of an artist's life, and the label is following that natural rhythm without pushing anyone to deliver an album that doesn't feel ready. There are more ambient and more experimental times, and sometimes it gets more pop."Coma's In Technicolor, then, is the perfect album to commemorate the label's 20th-anniversary celebrations, given the way that it neatly joins the two principal facets of the imprint's bipolar personality.

  • Rex the Dog

    Hear Kim Ann Foxman's Acid Remix of Rex the Dog's 'Do You Feel What I Feel'

    There's no getting around the fact that Rex the Dog's new single, "Do You Feel What I Feel," sounds a whole lot like Bronski Beat — particularly in the soaring falsetto of the featured vocalist Jamie McDermott, of the Irrepressibles — but this is not a problem, for two reasons. One, Bronksi Beat rule. Two, Rex the Dog absolutely nails it, just as you might expect from someone with his storied pedigree. (As you may recall, Rex is the British producer Jake Williams, who had a Top 10 rave hit under his JX alias in the 1990s before reviving his career in 2004 with a string of mystery singles for Kompakt.) Also, Bronski Beat rule.The single, due out May 6 on Southern Fried, includes remixes by Jacques Renault, Riva Starr, Tiger & Woods, Kim Ann Foxman, and Rex himself, and Foxman's is particularly striking.

  • RxGibbs

    Download Two Dreamy RxGibbs Remixes by Glenn Jackson and Kid Smpl

    Last we heard from Oakland's Glenn Jackson, he was whipping up billowing analog house jams for Brooklyn's Ceremony Recordings — a sunset-cruise soundtrack with just the right amount of East Bay (or East River) grit. Now the transatlantic Cascine label brings Jackson on board to remix Michigan's RxGibbs, whose debut album strikes a similar balance between shoegazing and stargazing, earthy and ethereal. (Cocteau Twins' Simon Raymond liked it so much, he deemed RxGibbs one of his favorite artists of 2012.)Lush and crisp in equal measure, Glenn Jackson's "Macro" remix loops back to a style we haven't heard for a while: the colorful, melodic techno popularized by labels like Traum and Kompakt way back in the early 2000s — in particular, the pneumatic sound of the Bay Area's Broker/Dealer, a duo whose slim but stellar catalog is long overdue a revival, incidentally.

  • Jacques Lu Cont / Photo by Sebastian Matthes

    Jacques Lu Cont Talks Tracques, Pet Shop Boys, and Les Rythmes Digitales' Return

    As a producer and songwriter, three-time Grammy winner Stuart Price has had a hand in some of pop's biggest records of the past decade — Madonna's Confessions on a Dance Floor, the Killers' Day & Age, Scissor Sisters' Night Work, Kylie's Aphrodite, even Take That's Progress. In his solo endeavors, however, Price sometimes seems to go out of his way to avoid the limelight. In the 1990s, he fooled listeners into thinking his Les Rythmes Digitales project was actually the work of an artist from the Parisian dance scene; on a few occasions, he went so far as to conduct interviews in French, with a translator. He stuck with the Gallic conceit for his pun-loving DJ alias, Jacques Lu Cont, and he hijacked David Bowie's Thin White Duke moniker for his remix work.

  • Daft Punk / Photo by Getty Images

    Digital Love: 9 Great Internet Remixes of Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky'

    Man, people must really miss the "Harlem Shake" meme. In the seven or eight weeks since that phenomenon has gone from "Hot" to "Oh Heeeelllll No," a nation of Final Cut Pro-Ams and bootstrapping bedroom producers have found themselves with way too much time on their hands and a precious lack of raw materials. Sure, last week's Sorority Meltdown was fun, but how many ways can you spin that? (Answer: Just one.)Thank goodness for Daft Punk, then. The agonizingly drawn-out pre-release campaign for Random Access Memories has practically begged for audience participation, and the audience happily obliged. Not long after the French duo snuck a 15-second loop of "Get Lucky" into Saturday Night Live's commercial breaks, fans, opportunists, and culture hackers were loading the fragment into Ableton. The paucity of available content actually turned out to be a productive creative prompt.

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