Philip Sherburne

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  • Arthur Russell

    Hear an Unreleased Arthur Russell Song, 'Oh Fernando Why'

    Ibiza's Circoloco is well known as one of the island's wildest parties, with a musical policy focused squarely on underground house and techno of a Continental bent (and "bent" pretty much sums up the vibe, as well).

  • EDC

    Electric Daisy Carnival Welcomes Superrich With Kandi-Covered Arms

    A gilded age requires platinum perks. And as the superrich plan to get their rave on this weekend, they may be asking themselves, WWGD (What Would Gatsby Do)?Well, for one thing, he wouldn't just sit there staring at a paltry green light at the end of Daisy's dock. Bo-ring! Throw her parties? So bourgeois. No, he would take her to a carnival, a carnival full of electric lights and electronic music — an Electric Daisy Carnival, if you will.

  • Maxmillion Dunbar / Photo by Shawn Brackbill

    Dance Tracks of the Week: Drum Tools, Disco Edits, and Arab-Inspired Acid Jams

    Various Artists Acid Arab Collections EP01 (Versatile) "We don't paste oriental sounds on occidental beats, we want to embody both cultures without pretending to reinvent oriental music or fooling ourselves by believing we're inventing Eastern dance music." That's the Parisian DJs Guido Minisky and Hervé Carvalho explaining their new project Acid Arab, which is exactly what it sounds like: A fusion of acid house and Arabic music. It's a risky proposition, especially coming from two dudes who profess to "have fallen in love with this music after a trip to Tunisia." But at least Minisky and Carvalho are refreshingly circumspect about their cultural tourism.

  • Steffi

    Steffi, 'Panorama Bar 05' (Ostgut Ton)

    When the Dutch DJ Steffi played Berlin's Boiler Room in 2011, her gaze rarely left the turntables. There were plenty of distractions — a video camera perched in front, a roomful of dancers crowded behind, a virtual audience of thousands watching live on the Internet — but she might as well have been alone in her own studio for all the attention she paid to the hubbub around her. She was hardly stone-faced, dancing and even smiling as she spun through a seamless and propulsive mix of steely techno and wiry electro, but these were largely private gestures, the signs of a performer fully immersed in her music.All of this stood in stark contrast to the way many DJs behave on Boiler Room, mugging for the camera amid the jostling, invite-only crowd.

  • Michael Mayer

    Dance Tracks of the Week: Michael Mayer's 'Mantasy' Gets Masterful New Remixes

    Michael Mayer, Mantasy Remixe 2 (Kompakt) A good seven months since the release of Michael Mayer's Mantasy, do we really need new remixes of it? As it turns out, we do. Agoria, Robag Wruhme, and Will Saul and October's reinterpretations are wildly divergent — from each other, and from the source material. You could almost call them counterintuitive. Saul and October take the Moroder-flavored "Mantasy," whose defining feature is its robo-disco bass line, and refashion it into a cosmic techno epic with virtually no audible bass line whatsoever, just aching pads and clattering woodblocks underpinned by subsonic swells.

  • Skrillex in virtual space / Photo by NASA's Johnson Space Center

    Skrillex's Job Is Better Than Yours: NASA Edition

    If you follow the Twitter feed of NASA's Johnson Space Center, you'll know that Skrillex has been spending the afternoon at the space agency's facilities in Houston, Texas. What has he been doing there? Oh, the usual: taking a virtual-reality spacewalk, meeting astronaut Mike Massimino, eating space food in the Astronaut Food Lab (which looks suspiciously like a conference room, but hey, budgets are tight), even driving rovers and going on board the freaking space shuttle. (No, we're not envious. Not even a little.) We hope that Skrillex has been paying attention to his guided tour, because he's been live-tweeting the whole thing, from the world's biggest indoor pool to what looks like the world's biggest tea strainer, which we can only imagine would come in handy if they ever do find water on Mars.Why is he there?

  • 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.

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