Philip Sherburne

writer

Biography

  • DJ Funk brings the Dance Mania

    DJ Funk's 'The Original Video Clash' Is Classic Chicago House at Its Most Unhinged

    The Chicago label Dance Mania experienced its peak years between 1998 and 1997, but its take on house music — raw, soulful, often lascivious, and frequently unhinged — is back in vogue throughout club culture, and so is Dance Mania itself. Boys Noize released A Tribute to Dance Mania on his own label late last year, with contemporary producers Feadz, Bart B More, and Bok Bok & Tom Trago all paying homage to Dance Mania's livewire brand of jack tracks. And the rise of juke and footwork (what up, SPIN's No. 1 dance track of the year) has sent diggers scurrying to discover its origins in Dance Mania's ghetto-house years, in which producers such as DJ Deeon, DJ Funk, and Slugo raised temperatures (and tempos) with the kind of not-even-a-little-bit-veiled refrains (cf.

  • Four Tet

    Dance Tracks of the Week: Four Tet Dusts Off a 2-Step Rarity That's Still Ahead of Its Time

    Charlotte OC, "Hangover (Moodymann Remix)" (Stranger Records) Detroit's Moodymann (née Kenny Dixon Jr.) is one of house music's most imitated producers, but a new remix for the British singer Charlotte OC will give copycats a run for their money. Gone are the drowsy Rhodes chords and shuffling disco breaks, long the hallmarks of his style; instead, Dixon avails himself of sinewy coos and staccato bleeps to turn out an abstracted, minimalist take on pop that's somehow brittle and rubbery all at once, stretched taut until it explodes into drum fills and dub delay. It's one of the most un-Moodymann-sounding things he's done in quite some time, which is ironic, if only because the original version of "Hangover" is full of the kinds of sounds — live drums, electric bass, natural reverb — that he typically favors.

  • Heineken House at Miami's Ultra Music Festival, 2013

    Alcoholic Beverage Sponsors Court New Dance Partners in EDM

    One of the biggest songs in clubland right now is Fatboy Slim and Riva Starr's "Eat Sleep Rave Repeat," which has spent the past 10 weeks in the U.K. dance chart (it's currently sitting at No. 13) and recently went to No. 1 on Beatport's Top 100 (as remixed by Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, and Ummet Ozcan). In a season full of paeans to letting loose — DJ Snake and Lil Jon's "Turn Down for What," Martin Garrix's "Animals," Lucky Date and R3hab's "Rip It Up," and Showtek's matter-of-fact "We Like to Party" — none cuts to the chase quite like Slim and Starr's four-word mantra.But if Heineken has its way, ravers will begin paying special attention to the first two factors in that equation, and do a little less of the last.

  • Nicky Romero blows out birthday candles shortly before the explosion

    Fireworks Ignite Stage, Bad Trips Abound at Colombia's Summerland Festival

    Four people sustained minor injuries when a pyrotechnic display malfunctioned during Nicky Romero's set at Cartagena, Colombia's Summerland festival over the weekend, reports El Tiempo. As visible in various videos uploaded to YouTube, the fireworks ignited a fake castle tower in the upper portion of the stage rigging, cutting short Romero's set while the flames were brought under control. With the flames extinguished, the Colombian DJ Moska returned to the main stage to close out the festival.Dimitri Vegas, who was on stage at the time, tweeted, "half my crew & @wolfpack got impact burns all over their bodies & 2 even got rocketexplosion on the ear."This was Summerland's second year in Cartagena.

  • Clipping

    Clipping: Los Angeles Noise-Rap Crew Crank Out Scientifically Ugly Party Jams

    Who: It's Clipping, bitch. And the Los Angeles trio of William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes, and Daveed Diggs aren't about to let you forget it — in fact, those are the first words you hear on Midcity, their debut mixtape, as Diggs spits disdainfully over coruscating digital feedback. The three go way back: Diggs and Hutson attended grade school together, and Hutson and Snipes were college roommates. "As a group, the three of us have known each other for 13 years, but we didn't start working on this project until two or three years ago," says Hutson, who makes noise music on his own and has collaborated elsewhere with Snipes, a producer of music for film and television. Clipping began by "just screwing around, as a side project," says Hutson, when he and Snipes tried their hand at fusing commercial rap a cappellas with their own sandblasted beats.

  • SBTRKT and Sampha at Coachella, 2012

    Dance Tracks of the Week: SBTRKT, Jessie Ware, and Sampha Ring in 2014 With 'Runaway'

    SBTRKT, "Runaway" (unreleased) It opens with a series of harp chords (the first of which sounds uncannily like the single-stroke jingle the New York Times uses in its online videos); swells into heart-full-to-bursting, Timbaland-plus-sinfonietta R&B (pizzicato strings, chimes, jiggy little kick-drums, Jessie Ware and Sampha at their most yearning); and then, just 75 seconds later, it fades unassumingly to nothingness again. That's "Runaway," an unreleased two-year-old song that SBTRKT uploaded to SoundCloud on New Year's Day. Presumably, it's a sign of much more to come, after a year in which the British producer stayed largely out of the public eye.Mari Kvien Brunvoll, "Everywhere You Go (Villalobos Celestial Voice Resurrection Mix)" (Sei Es Drum) At first, Ricardo Villalobos' remix of Mari Kvien Brunvoll's "Everywhere You Go" may sound like he's tipping his hat to the way U.K.

  • Ryan Hemsworth and Kaytranada

    Ryan Hemsworth Mashes Up Post-Rock, J-Pop With Beyonce, Lorde, Disclosure

    Making good on Canada's reputation for generosity, Ryan Hemsworth is giving away ☺RYANPACKv.1☺, a zip file of his unreleased bootlegs of songs by Beyoncé, Lorde, Future, Disclosure, and others. (And yes, the smiley faces are part of the album's title.)With an aesthetic that SPIN's Jordan Sargent described as having been "grown from the seeds of Girl Talk's pop revolution, Soundcloud's every-remixer-is-a-star worldview, and even Buzzfeed's celebratory nostalgia," Hemsworth has proved himself an expert navigator of the grey area between mainstream R&B, gritty southern rap, and sparkly electro pop, and he clearly delights in further muddying the waters here. On "Real Talk (La Valse D'Kellz Version)," he mashes up R.

  • Seven Davis Jr.

    Dance Tracks of the Week: Seven Davis Jr. Will Funk Up Your World

    Seven Davis Jr., "Controversy" (IZWID) Back in August, NPR's Sami Yenigun proclaimed that "One," by the Los Angeles-based, Houston-born musician Seven Davis Jr., was his summer jam and "should be everybody's late summer jam." Here on the cusp of winter, swap out the season and his assertion continues to hold up. One, released by Northern Virginia's fledgling Must Have Records, is a uniter, bringing together gumsoled house beats and sticky, woozy funk into a common tongue. The title track recalls Detroit house producers like Recloose and Andrés, but the loping, opalescent vibes of tracks like "All Kids" and "Leave a Message," with their restless bass lines and porous vocal harmonies, also suggest an affinity with Sa-Ra Creative Partners and Dam-Funk, artists pushing funk forward without resorting to house music as the operative framework.

  • Nina Kraviz

    Principe Discos' Kuduro Mutations, Nina Kraviz' Ice-House, 8 More Dance LPs in Control Voltage

    ALBUM OF THE MONTHB.N.M. / P.D.D.G., S/T (Príncipe)The Príncipe label's output barely amounts to a trickle — just five EPs over the past three years — but it's enough to confirm that Lisbon is currently the source of some of the most exciting new developments in electronic music. Príncipe signees DJ Marfox and DJ Nigga Fox tore the roof off Krakow's Unsound festival this fall with DJ sets full of rubbery melodies and elastic rhythms drawn from kuduro, batida, kizomba, funaná, tarrachinha, and Afro-house, all enlivened by scraps of rap and dubstep. It's the best party music in the world, but Príncipe's new release pulls back the curtain on quieter, more abstracted sounds from the Angolan diaspora. In the process, it reminds us how little most of us outside Lisbon really know about this culture. To wit, this mini-comp introduces us to seven new names.

  • Holden, 'The Inheritors'

    Philip Sherburne's 25 Best Albums of 2013

    To finish out the year, we'll be offering the top 25 albums from various SPIN staffers. Today, Contributor Philip Sherburne.My iTunes library up and died on me this week. The music's still there, backed up on an external hard drive, but all that structure — years' worth of playlists, organized by month and mood and BPM — is gone, locked away in the confines of a corrupted XML file.This is the part where I'm supposed to say how it's weirdly liberating, forced me to interact with my music in a new way, led to the discovery of hidden gems in the landslide of data, etc., but no: It's an enormous pain in the ass. (Meanwhile, after moving some 5,000 LPs across an ocean and two borders in the last two years, they lie in chaos, a well-intentioned alphabetization project having been abandoned somewhere between Thomas Dolby and Durutti Column.

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