Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • J Dilla 'Diamonds' Stream the Diary Ice EP

    J Dilla's Rhymes Shine Posthumously on 'Diamonds'

    Though J Dilla passed away in 2006, the revered rap producer and occasional MC only seems to catch more shine as the days roll on. Most recently, his beats have popped up on tracks by Disclosure and Jonwayne, while his influence looms large over young studio buffs like Toro y Moi. What's more, the label set up by the late James Yancy's estate has been steadily dropping lost gems of late, first with the unearthed club banger "Anthem," and then via that gangsterfied Gary Numan tribute, "Trucks." The reason for the season is a forthcoming album dubbed The Diary, due out later this year on PayJay, which collects a handful of Dilla vocal tracks that never saw the light of day. Next in the line of fresh leaks: "Diamonds (The Shining Pt. 1)," a Nottz-produced soul bubbler in which our hero has a little fun with the titular rock's "girl's best friend" designation.

  • Omar Souleyman Four Tet Wenu Wenu Stream

    Omar Souleyman, Four Tet Pine for Love on Dabke Throbber 'Wenu Wenu'

    At long last we can hear the first cut from Omar Souleyman's Four Tet-produced full-length studio debut, Wenu Wenu. We've been teased by amazing live footage and excellent in-mix placement, but above you'll find a full unfettered seven minutes of the album's titular song. When SPIN spoke to Souleyman in June, the Syrian dabke star told us that, "The lyrics are about love and relationships. All of the lyrics on the albums, and the ones I sing during parties, are all about love and affection between people. Here they don't understand that, but I believe its possible they can feel it."Well, just in case you can't, the folks at Ribbon Music have hadily provided an English translation of the lyrics in the provided clip.

  • Terrace Martin 'No Wrong, No Right' Robert Glasper Video James Fauntleroy

    Terrace Martin, James Fauntleroy, and Robert Glasper Team for Touching 'No Wrong, No Right'

    Being a musical genius comes in handy. If you're Terrace Martin, for instance, the fact that you've spent nearly two decades toiling behind the scenes — working for Quincy Jones for instance — means that when you sit down to record your own album, you'll be able to wrangle a nice feature or 12. On August 13, the Los Angeles artist will release 3ChordFold, a rap-jazz-soul hybrid that includes appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Snoop Dogg, Problem, Wiz Khalifa, Musiq  Soulchild, Lalah Hathaway, and 9th Wonder. Oh, and a little Grammy-winning jazz pianist named Robert Glasper (Mos Def's former musical director) and a fella named James Fauntleroy, who co-wrote literally every track on Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience. Those last two appear on "No Wrong, No Right," a lushly produced song about the wages of love gone wrong.

  • Ghastly City Sleep Bent new song stream

    Ghastly City Sleep Are Beautifully 'Bent' on Haunting New Song

    Ghastly City Sleep weren't always making music so haunted and beautiful. In their former lives, the members of the Brooklyn quintet actually lived in Virginia and made names for themselves in the overlapping hardcore and emo scenes (with some clutch post-rock diversions). But from the ashes of beloved bands Gregor Samsa, City of Caterpillar, pg. 99, and Majority Rule came the formidable crew that now gently thrash before you."Bent" is the first taste of GCS' forthcoming second album, a thing three years in the making that promises to be a fascinating mix of wasteland rock, Krautrock freedom, dubwise reverberations, and deeply damaged soul. The song below goes through several metamorphoses (word to Gregor), growing in scope along the way.

  • Wavves Comic Book Negative Dad Tour

    Wavves Release 'Extra-Retarded X-Men' Comic Book at Last

    Wavves main brain Nathan Williams might be the, ahem, highest functioning pothead we know. The Los Angeleno has a brand new mixtape out with his little bother under the Sweet Valley moniker, a considerable tour book for his best-known band, and, now, a comic book. Williams teased the arrival of Negative Dad some time ago, but the first issue is at last available for purchase via the Wavves store. It was co-written with Matt Barajas and Illustrated by Rudolfo.According to a press release, the story "follows the fantastic and disturbing journey of two young mutant boys, Daniel and Serjio, uncovering secrets surrounding their family and friends. This journey ultimately will determine the fate of their world and many others. They live in Verlaine City, a city that once was the center of a scientific revolution, but now a disgusting, dying shadow of its former self.

  • Jack White Restraining Order Karen Elson Custody Dispute

    Jack White Hit With Restraining Order Over Custody Dispute

    Jack White has been served a restraining order preventing him from "any contact whatsoever" with his estranged wife Karen Elson except as relates to "parenting time" with their two young children. The pair announced their divorce in June 2011 and even threw a party around the event. However, a report from Nashville's City Paper makes it unclear as to whether the two ever formally split. There is no question, however, as to the fact that it's been a tumultuous time since.Apparently the two have been in disagreement for months over custody issues. Elson currently cares for their children, ages 5 and 7, but White evidently wants to be more involved. But the restraining order affidavit affirms that he has a violent temper and has badgered his ex via emails and text messages.

  • Krewella 'Live for the Night' Video Get Wet

    See Krewella Throw a Nuclear Rave in 'Live for the Night' Video

    Krewella were one of Electric Daisy Carnival's unlikely highlights — a trio who make big-top EDM cut with dubstep skronk and moombahton groove while singing about whiskey, "bitches," and doing it like rock stars. On paper it seems like a terrible idea, true. But in action, Chicago sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf and their production partner Rain Man kinda freaking slay. They've slated their debut album Get Wet for a September 24 release on Columbia Records, plus plotted a massive tour around the thing, so in honor of the new we have a fresh clip for "Live for the Night."Directed by the Grammy-winning video squad Aggressive (Megadeth, Stone Temple Pilots, Killswitch Engage), the visual finds the ladies of Krewella causing some major disruptions to their perhaps pre-apocalyptic town.

  • Volcano Choir Justin Vernon Repave Video Documentary

    Justin Vernon's Volcano Choir Becomes a Real Band in 'Repave' Documentary

    Justin Vernon's Volcano Choir project is making a strong return following a four-year absence. He and the fellas from Collections of Colonies of Bees came together in 2009 (mostly via email, it turns out) to make the more experimental, if somewhat fittingly aimless, Unmap LP. But as the mini documentary above reveals, the collaboration became a genuine band when they booked a run of Japanese dates.After the Bees boys explain the change, the prolific Bon Iver leader lets slip, "I just felt like I was in a rock band almost for the first time." He also speaks on the theme of their forthcoming second album, Repave: "Knowing that you have to change if you're having a tough time in your life or you're just hitting walls constantly. Or you keep having bold spiritual questions that you can't answer.

  • Vic Mensa 'Time Is Money' Rockie Fresh Boi 1da Beldina

    Vic Mensa and Rockie Fresh Question Wealth and Fame on 'Time Is Money'

    Chicago rap upstart Vic Mensa is building toward the August release of his mixtape, Innanetape — a set that, in many ways, will serve as a sequel to Chance the Rapper's SPIN Essential, Acid Rap. Both hail from the song-rap oriented SAVEMONEY crew, and both have a predilection for soulful, slightly weeded productions with a contemplative bent. Mensa knows how to have fun too (revisit his fizzy opening salvo "Orange Soda," we'll wait) but of late he's been examining the trappings of success. A couple of weeks ago we heard "Hollywood," and now we have "Time Is Money," a thoughtful piece featuring an ace verse from Maybach Music Group smartypants Rockie Fresh, backing vocals from Swedish-Kenyan singer Beldina, and beatwork from major hit-maker Boi 1da.

  • Young Hunting 'Maze' Video Hazel Album

    Watch Young Hunting Play Tug-of-War With Love in 'Maze' Video

    Young Hunting specialize in the sort of breezy, wistful, low-frills pop'n'roll that the Mamas & the Papas did so well, though their sound isn't throwback.

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