Philip Sherburne

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  • 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.

  • 'Be A Man You Ant' Cover Art

    Hear Norwegian Disco Upstart Andre Bratten's Answer to 'Inspector Norse'

    Disco and astrology often went hand in hand, and Norway's André Bratten revives the tradition with "Libra," one of the standout songs from his album Be a Man You Ant, forthcoming from Prins Thomas' Full Pupp label. He sure picked the right star sign for the song's title: "Libra" is airy, elegantly harmonized, and, above all, extraordinarily balanced, playing out a daydream of a melody over a steely robo-disco groove.Its lilting refrain and easygoing groove are reminiscent of Todd Terje's 2012 smash "Inspector Norse," which might not be entirely coincidental: Bratten is something of a protégé of Lindstrøm and Terje, whose studio he shares. Like "Inspector Norse," "Libra" is an anthem masquerading as a whimsical ditty; don't be surprised to find a wide swath of clubbers congregating around this one this summer.

  • 'Bye Bye Macadam' Cover Art

    Hear Detroit Techno Godfather Juan Atkins' Throbbing Remix of Rone's 'Bye Bye Macadam'

    Despite its title, the French producer Rone's "Bye Bye Macadam" never actually leaves the pavement; instead, it just rolls steadily, ceaselessly towards the horizon, with Koyannisqaatsi-inspired arpeggios doing a slow/fast tumble like hubcaps that seem to drift in suspended motion.Leave it to original night driver Juan Atkins to rebuild the engine from scratch and send the whole thing sailing into the stratosphere. The Detroit techno pioneer swaps out the original's gentle undulations for rolled-steel drum hits and careening pings and squeals. It's clenched and mean, far tougher than Atkins' work with Moritz von Oswald on their upcoming Borderland EP, and easily as psychedelic.

  • Maaemo's Grønnkål fra Hadeland: Not your average steamed cabbage / Photo by Maaemo

    Lindstrom and Michelin-Starred Maaemo Cook Up Norwegian Disco Brunch at Oya Fest

    Norway's left-field dance producer Hans-Peter Lindstrøm is teaming up with Oslo's Maaemo restaurant to present a special brunch during this summer's Øya festival. But don't expect a slice of cantaloupe at the end: Try a carrot sorbet served with sea-buckthorn berries, cubes of caramel jelly, and sugar beet. Maaemo — Old Norse for "Mother Earth" or "all that is living" — specializes in local ingredients prepared with a whimsical touch. That means dishes like picked spruce juice, grilled cucumber and parsley, porridge with reindeer heart and brown butter, and burnt marzipan and wheat-beer vinegar.

  • Laurel Halo / Photo by Bobby Jones

    Laurel Halo Talks Turbulence, Techno, and Her Moving New Hyperdub EP

    Laurel Halo is fucking stoked about playing live. Over the course of an hour-long conversation, the New York electronic musician exclaims, "I love playing live," or some variation upon that phrase, at least half a dozen times. And she is equally stoked because the way she makes music on stage is finally determining the way she makes her records, and not the other way around. And the way she makes music on stage is to throw the laptop out the window and let the jam reign supreme.Unsurprisingly, Halo's upcoming EP, Behind the Green Door, reflects a newfound focus on rhythm. Without forsaking the swirling, psychedelic qualities that have distinguished all of her records so far, its four tracks dive headfirst into churning, tumbling rhythms informed by Detroit and U.K. techno. "Throw" pairs detuned piano stabs with sullen squarewave bass bleats.

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