Philip Sherburne



  • Obey City,

    Stream Obey City's 'Fallin' (Merlot VIP)' Before His Live Debut at SXSW

    Obey City returns to LuckyMe this spring with Merlot, an EP that finds the Brooklyn producer (Sam Obey) both intensifying his palette and amplifying his music's proportions. Last year's Champagne Sounds EP, which the label calls "a primer" to his colorful, funk-infused style, threw together DX chimes, slap bass, trap hi-hats, jazz brushes, and whack-a-mole vocal samples into a fizzy mix that sounded as indebted to Jan Hammer as to club music. With Merlot, he moves closer to something like full-on R&B.

  • Skrillex - Recess

    Skrillex Drops Surprise Album 'Recess'

    All is fair in love and brostep, so forgive Skrillex for dropping his new album unannounced at 2:00 a.m. Austin time, just as bleary SXSW partiers were slugging the last gulps of their final beers and even blearier music writers figured it was safe to shut down the news cycle for the night.No, really: That's also the title of the first song on Skrillex's stealth-released debut album, Recess: "All Is Fair in Love and Brostep." So you know he's aware of what he's doing here. Recess, due out on March 18 on OWSLA/Big Beat/Atlantic, is now said to be streaming in full on iTunes Radio's "First Play" feature, although the service doesn't currently seem to be working.

  • Tensnake

    Tensnake's Occasionally Sublime 'Glow' Is Another Shot in the Pop-House Revolution

    Tensnake's Glow peaks early, which is perhaps to be expected of the debut album from a guy who has been cranking out well-received, retro-leaning house music for almost a decade; has one bona fide semi-smash under his belt; and can't wait to show us what he can really do, and who he got to do it with him.And so, after the introductory "First Song" — a rippling bass-music mood-setter — we're treated to "Love Sublime," a buoyant, mid-tempo number that's probably the best D Train/CeCe Peniston pastiche you'll hear this year. The featured singer, Fiora, has been bubbling up for a few years now, mostly alongside trance-pop types like Armin van Buuren and Arty, but it's immediately clear from the effortless way she inhabits the song that this is the kind of thing she was born to sing.

  • Leon Vynehall, Music for the Uninvited (3024)

    Hear Leon Vynehall's New Mini-LP, 'Music for the Uninvited'

    "Mastering engineers hate me," says Leon Vynehall, explaining his preference for beats that don't slot neatly into place and frequencies that are raw around the edges. In that case, their loss is our gain. No pun intended — it's not like the U.K. producer is redlining all over the place. But the slippery, swinging rhythms and hardscrabble sonics are precisely what make Vynehall's take on house music so appealing.At its core, his music is all about juicy chords, soaring vocal samples, and buoyant atmospherics. The grit is just a natural byproduct of his sound sources — well-worn vinyl, busted snare heads, drum machines seemingly on the verge of overheating — and serves to remind us that you can't have the peach without the fuzz.

  • EDC, Mysteryland, Electric Daisy Carnival

    Mysteryland, Electric Daisy Carnival Battle for Your Memorial Day Weekend

    Main-stage EDM is often described as the sound of two Transformers locked in combat; now that image comes one step closer to reality as SFX and LiveNation wage a proxy war over the Northeast's EDM fan base this spring. Call it Atlantic Rim: Memorial Day.The battle pits the inaugural American edition of the Netherlands' Mysteryland festival, produced by the SFX-owned ID&T, against the third New York edition of Electric Daisy Carnival, produced by the LiveNation-backed Insomniac.

  • Boxed Vol. 1 London grime

    London Grime Thrives on 'Boxed Vol. 1,' and More Dance Tracks of the Week

    Various, Boxed Vol. 1 (Boxed London) Boxed Vol. 1 is a free compilation put together to celebrate the first anniversary of the roving London grime night of the same name, but it doubles as a mile-marker for the renaissance of instrumental grime itself. The brittle, bleepy style has made a powerful resurgence in the past few years, with artists like Slackk, Logos, Mumdance, and Murlo leading a much bigger pack best known to London insiders, and Boxed Vol. 1 suggests that we should all be paying much more attention.

  • Porter Robinson

    Listen: Porter Robinson's New Song 'Sea of Voices' Abandons EDM for M83

    Porter Robinson has released the first teaser for his debut album, Worlds, due out later this year on Astralwerks. Long one of EDM's Next Big Things, enjoying festival billings that belie his slim catalog, Robinson has spent much of his career promising to break with EDM convention, and with "Sea of Voices," he delivers.The song is the first new music from the 21-year-old producer since last year's "Easy," a collaboration with Mat Zo, and his first new solo material since 2012's "Language," a lighters-raised electro-house anthem that went to No. 1 on Beatport and iTunes' dance chart, and No. 9 on the U.K.

  • Untold interview - Black Light Spiral

    Untold Talks 'Black Light Spiral,' Nosebleed Techno, and Night Rambling

    The London producer Untold's new album, Black Light Spiral, begins with a siren song, literally: just five minutes of wailing ambulances and honking fire trucks and air-raid klaxons dolefully warning of death from above. It's a latter-day duck-and-cover drill, and with good reason: This is, truly, dance music for end times, neither dubstep nor techno nor industrial, but a weird, lumpy hybrid of the three, like the fused desert sand left after a nuclear explosion.That Black Light Spiral is Jack Dunning's debut album under the alias might come as a surprise. Since 2008, when he began putting out music as Untold, he's consistently pushed U.K. club music beyond the strictures of a rapidly calcifying dubstep scene.

  • Coldplay

    Coldplay Go Moonlighting in the Balearic-Techno 'Midnight,' and More Dance Tracks of the Week

    Coldplay, "Midnight" (Parlophone) SPIN's Dan Reilly has compared Coldplay's new single to Bon Iver in his log-cabins-and-vocoders phase, which isn't too far off the mark. But from a dance-centric point of view, what's most striking is that "Midnight," with its atmospheric synthesizers, Göttsching-like guitar pings, and abdomen-massaging bass, is just one four-to-the-floor kick drum away from being an Innervisions track, essentially.

  • Patten

    Patten Steps Back So That His Luminous Electronic Music Can Step Forward

    Who: patten — always lowercase, please — is a London-based producer of woozy, lysergic, deeply-hued electronic music that flickers like a heat mirage, way out past the edges of the dance floor. Both his sound and his titles ("Towards Infinite Shores," "Blush Mosaic," "Sixth Seven") suggest a convoluted game of telephone played with Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, and Flying Lotus; fittingly, he recently joined the Warp label, home to all of them, where he released the five-track Eolian Instate EP last fall. This month he returns with Estoile Naiant, an album whose bold strokes and cryptic glyphs sound like audio approximations of the heraldic terms from which it takes its title. The details of patten's biography remain a mystery: He declines to share even his first name, and he has a Socratic flair for flipping questions on their heads.

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