Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Charles Bradley 'Strictly Reserved for You' Video 'Victim of Love'

    See Charles Bradley Sing Inside of a Bush for 'Strictly Reserved for You'

    Never you mind that Charles Bradley is 64 years old — the late-blooming soul man and onetime James Brown impersonator "re-creates the sound of his youth, with a gorgeously weathered voice," as Josh Modell noted in his review of the Brooklyn singer's 2011 debut No Time for Dreaming. And indeed, the so-called Screaming Eagle of Soul isn't sitting back on his newfound laurels. His second album, Victim of Love, is due out April 2 on Daptone subsidiary Dunham, and the video for first single "Strictly Reserved for You" finds Bradley grooving gloriously in both his hometown and Melbourne, Australia. He's "got the love," and if you're not convinced, he'll tell you so while emerging from foliage. (Alternately, wearing a wild orange jumpsuit in an empty room.) Also, the wicked guitar solo from Dunham co-founder Thomas Brenneck helps drive home the point.

  • Trinidad James 'Females Welcomed' Video Don't Be S.A.F.E.

    See Trinidad James Get Devilish in Trinidad for 'Females Welcomed' Video

    Everyone's traveling for their videos these days. A$AP Rocky and Skrillex hit the Dominican Republic for "Wild for the Night." Thunderbird Gerard took a trip to Morocco for "Live/Victory Part II." And now we've got Trinidad James, returning to his native namesake for the colorful accompanying clip to "Females Welcomed" from his Don’t Be S.A.F.E. mixtape (one of SPIN's Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2012)."Fuck love, it's overrated," are the words that kick off James' first verse on the song, and no wonder — he's been abandoned by his "side chick," his "main chick" and his "main girl." What's a fella to do except head down the Caribbean to regroup?

  • Gucci Mane Denied Bond Assault Charge Atlanta Court Date

    Gucci Mane Denied Bond in Case of Assault Against Atlanta Soldier

    Gucci Mane was denied bond today after being arrested for allegedly hitting a soldier in the head with a champagne bottle at an Atlanta club. The man born Radric Davis was charged with aggravated assault, and his rich history of run-ins with the law (re: murder, cocaine, battery, reckless driving, and a litany of other assault charges) had bearing on the decision to deny him bail. "Mr. Davis has a history, we're not going to skirt that issue, and that history made it difficult for him to get bond today," said defense attorney Drew Findling according to WSBTV. Reuters reports that Gucci's lawyer plans to appeal the denial of bond to a higher court, and that he's secured testimony from six witnesses who claim the rapper didn't have anything to do with the incident.Mane's next court date is April 10. He apparently continues to be his own worst enemy.

  • Justin Bieber Neighbor Spit Threaten to Kill

    Justin Bieber Goes Full Llama, Spits on Grown Man

    On Tuesday (March 26) reports emerged that the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department was investigating Justin Bieber after an alleged conflict took place between the 19-year-old pop star and one of his neighbors. More details have emerged today shedding light on the battery charge leveled at the Biebz.

  • Phosphorescent 'Song for Zula' Video Muchacho

    See Phosphorescent's Epic Fight for Freedom in 'Song for Zula'

    Phosphorescent's Muchacho is a graceful thing — a strikingly personal and naked sixth album from Matthew Houck, which, as he recently explained to SPIN, was influenced by '70s Brian Eno and a general want to "ascend towards light." But one can't climb without first getting low, and the record's first single is a beautiful meditation on mustering the strength to move on after a painful brush with what seemed to be true love.

  • Justin Timberlake 20/20 Experience Billboard Chart

    Who Charted? Justin Timberlake Sells Shy of a Million, Macklemore Boots Baauer

    First! Let's hear it for the boy. After making the world wait seven whole years, former 'N Sync star, decent actor, and Myspace maybe-savior Justin Timberlake has brought his music career back and this time we're the slave. His first album since 2006's FutureSex/LoveSounds sold just shy of a million copies on its debut. Yes, The 20/20 Experience is No. 1 with a bullet — 968,000 of them, according to Nielsen SoundScan — and the victory brings with it a handful of chart-geek footnotes. This was JT's best solo sales week ever by nearly 300K. It was the third largest sales week for a male singer in the SoundScan era (since 1991), with only Garth Brooks and Usher ranking higher. It was the also third largest sales week for a digital album ever, with only Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift doing better.

  • Iamsu! 'Don't Stop' Video $Uzy 6 $Peed Mixtape

    Iamsu! Is the Laid-Back Life of the Party in 'Don't Stop' Video

    Iamsu!'s KILT mixtape made the leap from one of the year's most slept-on rap releases to a top ranking in SPIN's Best Hip-Hip Albums of 2012. But the E-40 collaborator and prolific Bay Area resident sneaked out another before 2013 dawned: $uzy 6 $peed, which was every bit the equal of that other stunner. To wit, take in the video above, premiered by Stereogum, which makes the case for this mellow party-starter inclusion in our Real Hottest MCs in the Game list. Over a quintessentially Oakland mix of trebly bleeps and trunk-rattling bass, Iamsu!

  • Kid Cudi 'INDICUD' Michael Bolton Kendrick Lamar Jimmy Kimmel

    Kid Cudi Put Michael Bolton on His New Album 'INDICUD'

    Frank Ocean collaborated with John Mayer on channel ORANGE, and for a second there, a few folks believed that Tyler, the Creator was working with Dave Matthews for Wolf. Now it turns out that the once famously solo-dolo Kid Cudi has teamed up with Michael Bolton for a song on his new album, recently revealed to be titled INDICUD. Save your jokes about the stuff that DIY cattle chew — there are more important things to talk about. Like the fact that Father John Misty and Haim are also on the LP.INDICUD's cover art (above) and track list (below) made the rounds shortly after Cudi's Walmart presale began yesterday (March 26), reports Billboard.

  • The-Dream IV Play Release Date Pushed

    The-Dream Puts Off 'IV Play' Release Yet Again, Shares Album Cover

    In a move that surprised no one at all, The-Dream has announced that the release date for his long-awaited and frequently delayed fifth album IV Play has been pushed yet again. Not to be outdone by Vampire Weekend (who moved their new one from May 7 to May 14), the man born Terius Nash has put off his original May 7 release date for the that-much-more-distant May 28. In the same news post to his site, the singer/writer/producer shared the forthcoming LP's duotone cover art via this tiny, shitty image:So far, we've heard the Fabolous team-up "Slow It Down," plus the not-so-great rap-ish track "TRON." It's unclear whether the latter track will make it onto the album.

  • Pharmakon 'Crawling on Bruised Knees' Abandon Margaret Chardiet

    Hear Pharmakon's Industrial Death-Rattler 'Crawling on Bruised Knees'

    New York-based noise brutalist Margaret Chardiet made it onto SPIN's Best New Artists roundup recently for her "apocalyptically visceral" Pharmakon project. The Sacred Bones label will be sharing her debut album Abandon on May 14, but for now we have the bleak, black majesty of "Crawling on Bruised Knees" to bask in. This rumbling track could just as easily feature the misanthropic barks of Death Grips dude Ride, but Chardiet has no problem spewing her own brand of terrifying vocals over top — computerized shouts that sound like a prolonged death rattle turned into poetry. Via statement, the Red Light District collective member explains that her new album's lyrics are about "loss. Losing everything. Relinquishing control. Complete psychic abandon. Blind leaps of faith into the fire, walking out unscathed. Crawling out of the pit."Here's the equally creepy cover of Abandon:

00:00 00:00 No Song Selected More info
00:00 00:00
placeholder
Now Playing
  • 1 SFV Acid — And No Stress " 07:46
  • 2 Dub Thompson — No Time " 04:03
  • 3 Big Search — Game of Images " 05:02
  • 4 Trash Talk — "Cloudkicker" " 03:00
  • 5 Little Dragon — Let Go " 04:05
  • 6 BOOTS — Dreams (feat. Beyoncé) " 04:55

SPIN is a member of SPIN Music Group, a division of BUZZMEDIA