Philip Sherburne

writer

Biography

  • Black Asteroid's Bryan Black

    Black Asteroid's 'Grind' Video Reveals Rick Owens Design

    As menacing as Bryan Black's brand of techno may be, there's also something unmistakably luxe about the music he records as Black Asteroid. So it's fitting that goth-futurist designer Rick Owens' clothing is featured in director Matt Kliegman's new video for Black Asteroid's recent single "Grind," including a $60,000 fur coat from Owens' appropriately named Hun line. "He just told the New York store to let us have whatever we wanted for the video, like a loan," Black says by phone from a hotel in Berlin's Friedrichshain neighborhood — a vegan, "bio and earth-friendly" hotel, in fact. (Presumably, Black wasn't wearing any of Owens' leather pieces when he checked in.)Black's relationship with the designer began "by accident," he says. "I was just on YouTube and I found his shows, and it turned out that he's been using my music for a while. I didn't know that.

  • Screen grab from Porter Robinson's 'Worlds' announcement video

    Porter Robinson Announces Debut Album via Cryptic, 10-Hour YouTube Video

    Porter Robinson has spoken at length about wanting to do things differently with his debut album. In November, he told Billboard point blank that the record will not be "the next big EDM" album. He's certainly succeeded in shaking things up as far as his official album announcement goes. Just posted to YouTube this afternoon, it's a 10-hour video — yes, that's right, 10 hours, almost enough time to fly from New York to Los Angeles and back, if the winds were in your favor — and while we haven't watched the whole thing yet, a quick skim is enough to confirm that it has even less narrative than Pharrell's Oscar-tipped (well, to perform it there, anyway), 24-hour-long "Happy" video.Fewer characters, too.

  • Cousin Cockroach, 'This Ain't Tom N' Jerry' (Berceuse Heroique)

    Dance Tracks of the Week: El Guincho Joins John Talabot's Hivern Label as Tranc.es

    Tranc.es, Tranc.es 4&5 (Hivern Disc) From John Talabot's Hivern Disc label comes a new act named Tranc.es, making not trance but choppy, cut-and-paste house music out of scratchy recordings of African music laid over equally scratchy machine beats. The label is keeping mum as to the artist's identity, but plug tranc.es into your browser, and you're directed to a 25-minute DJ mix from the Barcelona musician El Guincho that's in a very similar spirit; "Tranc.es 5" turns up about 15 minutes in, in fact, so that's that mystery solved. It makes sense; the Tranc.es material, a porous web of chants and kalimba and rolling drums, shares the psychedelic, fourth-world spirit of El Guincho's recordings, if not their supersaturated pop overtones.

  • Dead Heat

    Dead Heat, Formerly Esperanza, Coax Brooding Haze Out of 'Bosco'

    From Berlin's Life and Death label comes Dead Heat, an Italian trio formerly known as Esperanza. "Bosco," the group's debut single under the new alias, is a long way from their label's recent underground hit, "Requiem" by Ten Walls, too. Where the latter was made for open-air festivals, the slow-motion haze of "Bosco" is better suited to rainy Sunday mornings, complete with finger-picked guitar that rises like steam from a hot mug. (The beat still throbs like a Saturday night out, it's just slower and muddier.) As Dead Heat, the trio still have the same deeply emotive leanings they displayed on Esperanza's self-titled album for Gomma in 2011, but they've left Balearic disco and new wave behind, turning instead to Superpitcher and Leonard Cohen for inspiration.Dead Heat's "Bosco" / "The Dam" EP is out now, backed by remixes from the Field and Lucy. Listen to "Bosco" in full below.

  • Mr. Oizo

    Dance Tracks of the Week: Mr. Oizo Recruits Marilyn Manson to Mock Your Dance Moves

    Mr. Oizo feat. Marilyn Manson, "Solid" (Because Music) Critics haven't been exactly kind to Quentin Dupieux's 2013 film Wrong Cops, the follow-up to his 2010 feature debut, Rubber; the Austin Chronicle's Marc Savlov calls the absurdist comedy "just a torturous series of blackout sketches hung together with the filmsiest of threads." The same could probably be said about its soundtrack, which doubles as a sort of odds-and-sods collection of the French artist's work as Mr. Oizo, except in the album's case, its all-over-the-place qualities are part of its essential charm.

  • Elliott Smith

    Elliott Smith's EDM Tracks With Mike Doughty Tantalize and Frustrate in Equal Measure

    Elliott Smith wrote some of the most bittersweet music of the past 20 years, so perhaps it's only fitting that the revelation of three new songs featuring the late singer may turn out to be rather bittersweet news itself.As Pitchfork reported yesterday, Soul Coughing's Mike Doughty has uploaded three songs featuring Smith to the SoundCloud account of Doughty's solo project, UUL. They're unexpected, to say the least. "The Record" features Smith singing lyrics that would eventually evolve into "Bottle Up and Explode," from his 1998 album XO; Doughty says that "Burn (Aah Fuck)" would eventually turn into Smith's "Going Nowhere," included on the posthumous collection New Moon. But all resemblance to Smith's prior catalog ends there.All three songs are full of hammering house beats, laser bleats, unvarnished synthesizers, and choppy vocal edits.

  • sinjin hawke, thunderscan

    Sinjin Hawke and MikeQ's 'Thunderscan' Mines '90s Rave Graphics for Potent Futurism

    The dream of the '90s is alive in "ThunderScan," the latest video in Sinjin Hawke's Fractal Fantasy series. Framed by the strobe-lit ribcage of an eerily dehumanized architectural space, a throbbing blob of mercury pulsates like a rave flyer come to life. But if the visuals bring to mind the low-bitrate CGI of early '90s classics like this one, the music is anything but retro.

  • Actress

    Actress' 'Ghettoville' Is a Spectacularly Icy Riot of Grouchy, Grimey Outsider Dance Music

    Ladies and gentlemen, we are frozen in place.If this really is Darren Cunningham's final album under his Actress alias — a possibility hinted at in the press release, which speaks cryptically of the "conclusion" of the project — the London producer is going out in spectacularly anticlimactic fashion. The fact that his third album, in 2012, was already called R.I.P. only makes Ghettoville's walking-dead shuffle and thousand-yard stare all the more explicit. Forget about peaks; this is more like an endless succession of troughs, each one deeper than the last.

  • Jubilee

    Hear Jubilee's 'Pull Ova' EP, a Miami-to-Brooklyn Bass Odyssey

    Raised in Miami but located in Brooklyn, Jubilee (Jess Gentile) is pretty familiar, one would guess, with the long ribbon of pavement that is the I-95. And on "I-95," the A-side of her new single for Mixpak, she collapses its expanse into a shuddering amalgam of classic Miami bass and Brooklyn attitude. (Plus, for good measure, nods to the guncocks and klaxons of U.K. grime.) Los Angeles transplant Salva rotates the roadmap 90 degrees and delivers a driving, downbeat-heavy remix that connects the dots between Chicago house and Jersey club. Rounding out the EP, Jubilee's "Pull Ova" loops police sirens and low-end throb over a coolly percolating jack track, while chopped-up vocals (murmurs, moans, heavy breathing) add an extra layer of suggestion to the late-night vibes.Pull Ova is out Tuesday, January 28.

  • Excision and Downlink will rock you with laughter

    Dance Tracks of the Week: Excision and Downlink Combine Queen, Hardstyle, and 'Jock Jams'

    Bok Bok & Tom Trago, Night Voyage Tool Kit 2 (Night Voyage) When Bok Bok and Tom Trago first teamed up in 2011, it seemed like an odd pairing. What kind of common ground could be found between the Night Slugs head's hall of broken mirrors and the Dutch producer's ruminative, low-lit house? But with their Night Voyage Tool Kit, they found common ground in terse funk rhythms and frosty acid. Bok Bok told SPIN, "We're pretty different artists in our solo work, in our day-to-day lives, so when we come together, the stuff we've got in common is really, like, jacking Chicago house, arpeggiated disco, and kind of dirty, sort of dusty, home-made-sounding house shit." That shorthand still applies to their collaborative material — particularly, say, the queasy chords and nervous arpeggios of "Need This," or the crudely carved congas that give "Get Me What U Want" its lopsided roll.

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