Philip Sherburne



  • Julia Kent / Photo by Fionn Reilly

    Hear Roll the Dice Rework Julia Kent's Cello Meditation 'Transportation'

    On her third album, the cellist Julia Kent — a former member of Rasputina and an arranger and touring musician for Antony and the Johnsons — layers multitracked lines with found sounds and subtle electronic effects to create a sound that swirls and eddies as naturally as slow-moving water. Sweden's Roll the Dice make the natural choice to remix Kent's music; their hands-on approach to looping arpeggios and gently morphing sequences has a similarly liquid feel.On Kent's "Transportation (Delivered by Roll the Dice)," undulating cello lines hold their own against a tidal swell of sawtooth tones bubbling in 9/4 time; the math may be strange, but the motion is effortless.

  • Simian Mobile Disco

    Stream Simian Mobile Disco's Lively New Live Album 'Live'

    Is it live, or is it Memorex?As much as the question bedevils pop fans — just think of the stink over Beyoncé's alleged lip-synching at the presidential inauguration — it's an even stickier issue in electronic music.Falling back on playback often gets presented as a kind of Faustian bargain. Deadmau5 and Steve Angello have justified their high-tech pantomiming as a requirement of keeping the music in synch with all those pretty lights and eye-popping fireworks. There's just too much that could go wrong, in other words, to risk leaving any of the really important stuff to the performer. Just like the banks, dance music has gotten too big to fail.Simian Mobile Disco are proof that there's another way, however. Armed with a battery of machines, and having honed their knob-twiddling chops during years of gigs in clubs big and small, they've got the art of live techno down to a science.

  • Héctor El Father with Jay-Z / Photo by Shareif Ziyadat, Getty Images

    Reggaeton Voice Behind 'Harlem Shake' Sample Prays Over Suing Baauer

    As George W. Bush so memorably put it, "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." Now, it looks like a line has been drawn in the sand over Baauer's "Harlem Shake" — specifically, its opening cry, "Con los terroristas!"The blog Do Androids Dance has turned up a report from Puerto Rico that Héctor Delgado, the reggaeton artist better known as Héctor El Bambino and Héctor El Father, is considering legal action against Baauer for the unauthorized use of his voice.The Fader traces the "con los terroristas!" sample back to a Philadelphyinz remix of Gregor Salto, DJ Gregory, and Solo's "Con Alegria"; after Baauer's AMA on Reddit earlier this week, forum members identified the exclamation as a quotation from Héctor El Father's "Los Terroristas," reports Univision.

  • Valentina

    Hear Roman Flugel's Sensual, Springy Remix of Valentina's 'Wolves'

    If the name Valentina (a.k.a. Valentina Pappalardo) means anything to you, it's most likely as the singer and co-writer of Joe Goddard's 2011 single "Gabriel," a masterpiece of latter-day garage that bumped and flexed like a runaway Slinky. In April, she'll release her solo debut, once again on Greco-Roman. "Wolves," co-produced with her friend Kwes, is a very different kind of beast, and an even more impressive showcase of Valentina's supple, expressive voice. Flush with pianos and strings, it moves with a liquid grace recalling Kate Bush circa Hounds of Love; it's as buoyant as the forest canopy and as velvety as the shadows beneath.While you're awaiting the EP's release, revel in this remix from Roman Flügel, an all-around legend of Germany's electronic music scene.

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    How Baauer's 'Harlem Shake' Hit the Jackpot Under Billboard's New Hot 100 Rules

    Buoyed by a recent dance-video craze built around a 35-second snippet of the song, Baauer's "Harlem Shake" entered Billboard's Hot 100 chart in the No. 1 position this week.It's a huge win for Baauer (Harry Rodrigues), a 23-year-old Brooklyn producer, who released the song on Jeffree's, a division of Diplo's Mad Decent label, last May — initially, for free. Until recently, "Harlem Shake" had almost zero airplay and not many more sales. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the single jumped from 1,000 sales a week to 18,000 in the week that the "Harlem Shake" videos went viral, and this week it sold 262,000 downloads, a 1,359 percent increase.

  • Matmos' M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel

    Expressway to Yr Skull: Matmos Discuss 'The Marriage of True Minds'

    Anyone who thinks that experimental electronic music must be humorless, self-important, or dry as a dissertation abstract has clearly never encountered the work of Matmos.Elevating sampling from an art form to free-for-all tour de force, the duo has squeezed sounds out of everything from crayfish to rhinoplasty to the cage of their dead pet rat. Colliding their punk-rock backgrounds with their adult lives as academics — Martin Schmidt used to teach at San Francisco Art Institute, while Drew Daniel, a medieval scholar, is a tenure-track professor at Johns Hopkins University — they see nothing wrong with invoking Ludwig Wittgenstein alongside Darby Crash.

  • Inc.

    Inc., 'No World' (4AD)

    Atmosphere is everything in R&B these days, from the erogenous dirigible of Usher's tantric "Climax" to the Weeknd's baR&Biturate haze. Naked expression is out; suggestive veils (murmur, distortion, the omnipresent scrim of crushed bits and tape hiss) are in. So it seems fitting that one of the genre's most ethereal examples yet would come from 4AD, the iconic former home of shadowy sorts like Cocteau Twins, Bauhaus, and This Mortal Coil.Inc., the duo of brothers Andrew and Daniel Aged, don't make Goth&B. Indeed, compared to airy, arty types like How to Dress Well and Holy Other, they're refreshingly traditional, sounding more like neo-neo-soul than any other "alt-" appellation.

  • Haxan Cloak

    The Haxan Cloak: U.K. Producer Channels Demons, Curdles Blood

    Who: Hailing from Wakefield, England, Bobby Krlic is the Haxan Cloak, a producer of dark ambient music as blackened and viscous as a scorched crème brulee. He takes his alias from the 1922 silent film Häxan, a hallucinatory exploration of witchcraft and psychosis, and his death-rattle strings and amorphous drones (with titles like "Raven's Lament" and "Burning Torches of Despair") leave little doubt as to his sepulchral inclinations. "Ever since I was a child, I've always warmed to the darker-natured things in life," Krlic admits. "My brother is eight years older than me, and when I was a kid, he'd bring home Napalm Death records, but also Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube, and a lot of the imagery and lyrical content in those records is very dark.

  • This Spud's a Dud: Diplo, Skrillex, and A-Trak Make Hash of Motor City History

    This Spud's a Dud: Diplo, Skrillex, and A-Trak Make Hash of Motor City History

    Be careful what you wish for, keepers of the old-school flame.Diplo, A-Trak, and Skrillex's new YouTube channel, POTATO, launched yesterday, but instead of anything you might have been expecting from its debut episode — a roundup of twerking public servants, say, or animated tubers doing Baauer's "Harlem Shake," or a roundtable discussion on the three DJs' preferred frequent-flyer programs — viewers were treated to a history lesson about the roots of techno. Or maybe it was a travelogue on Detroit? Actually, what the hell was that?In an eight-minute clip that feels twice as long, we first learn, via Professor Skrillex, that "Detroit is the birthplace of electronic music, electronic dance music, whatever you want to call it, techno, whatever.

  • Stoker Soundtrack

    Hear Philip Glass' 'Duet' From Park Chan-wook's Psycho-Sexual Thriller 'Stoker'

    Going by the preview, you might describe the elevator pitch for Park Chan-wook's new film, Stoker, as "Lolita meets The Talented Mr. Ripley." (Fangoria calls it "an Alfred Hitchcock film as captured through the lens of Terrence Malick.") Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) plays India, a loner with a musical streak and a simmering, sublimated violence. After her father dies in a car crash — on her 18th birthday, mind — her uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), previously unknown to her, arrives on the scene to care for poor India and her nutso mother, Evelyn (Nicole Kidman). Sexual tension and a rising body count ensue.

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