Chris Martins

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  • the-dream fabolous slow it down single lyric video

    Hear The-Dream and Fabolous Tell the DJ to 'Slow It Down' (So They Can Get Some)

    The-Dream makes no bones about his general M.O. being bonin'. Backstage at the Grammys, he told us that he's doing his best to focus on making "authentic love-making CDs" these days, and then he announced that he'd changed the title of his next album to Fourplay, natch. So if you're DJing a club and you know that the Def Jam executive VP of A&R is in the house, we assume you'd be bright enough to throw some slow jams into the mix. Still, the man born Terius Nash is gonna spell it out for you — with a little help from his buddy Fabolous — just so there are no misunderstandings.Surprisingly, new song "Slow it Down" is a message for the disc jocks, not the ladies. "DJ you know you wrong," The-Dream admonishes, "Enough with the muthafuckin' dance songs." Is this the first shot fired in an impending war between R&B artists and EDM stars?

  • Zebra Katz 'Y I Do' Video

    Watch Zebra Katz Keep Freakily Minimal in 'Y I Do' Video

    Ojay Morgan is a Brooklyn-based performance artist better known as Zebra Katz — the menacingly mincing character behind the buzzing Mad Decent-backed platter, "Ima Read," not to mention the honey badger-channeling "Pulla Stunt." While the man still appears to be a ways off from releasing a proper album, he has shared a new song and video called "Y I Do" which certainly helps shed some light on his motivations as a member of the creative class. In sum, "I'm just doing me, boo." Okay, so this latest track may be built more on attitude and repetition than lyrical might, but it's yet another highly stylish and dangerously confident entry in the Katz-alog. As for the visuals, they're freaky but minimal, featuring Zebra in a variety of strange outfits looking characteristically crazy/scary via handcuffs, masks, convulsions, and various off-putting eyeball arrangements.

  • Justin Timberlake 20/20 Vision Bundle $499 Deluxe Rare Collector's

    For $500, Justin Timberlake Will Sell You Two T-Shirts and Five Buttons

    Now don't everyone go flooding Justin Timberlake's web store at once. The "Suit & Tie" singer has got a helluva deal for fans who've been saving their pennies for the release of his long-awaited third album, The 20/20 Experience. For the shockingly low price of $499, you can pre-order the March 15 album and receive an actual suit and tie worn onstage by the former 'N Sync star! Just kidding. Instead, you'll get two T-shirts, a couple of posters or whatever, and some buttons.The golden-throated Myspace savior may know a thing or two about social networks, but it's clearly been awhile since he's hobnobbed with the hoi polloi. Who does Timberlake imagine is going to buy his Rare Collector's Bundle? (Other than his biggest fans in the world.) In the economically flush '90s during the reign of the boy bands, it's possible that a scheme like this could've flown. But today?

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    Who Charted? Bruno Fire Sale Locks Thom Yorke Out of 'Billboard' Heaven

    First! Well, this is a far better week for chart-watchers than the dreary downward spiral that preceded it. After nearly three months of elbow grease and flirtation, pop crooner Bruno Mars has at last scored a No. 1 for his derivative-but-who-even-cares second album Unorthodox Jukebox. According to Nielsen SoundScan, he sold 95,000 copies of the thing. We're happy for the guy, truly, but we are a little bit miffed that his win kept Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace saddled with second best. While Amok's No. 2 placement (50K) is an unexpected gift, it would have scored a spot on the throne if Bruno's camp hadn't scheduled a timely price-slashing over at Amazon. Billboard estimates that 46K of Jukebox's recent tally is a result of the $1.99 deal. Do the math.

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    Trent Reznor, Josh Homme, and Dave Grohl Approach Transcendence on 'Mantra'

    In our recent Dave Grohl cover story, Mr. Grohl's Cabinet of Wonder, the main Foo Fighter made a not-so-shocking admission: "I love to play, and fortunately, I don't know a lot of musicians that suck. I know a bunch of really good ones and they're always up for playing [too]." Indeed, while his buzzing documentary Sound City largely focuses on the magic that a good studio can impart, it also serves as indisputable evidence that the former Nirvana drummer has some serious sway in the music world.While it's impossible to ignore Grohl's rip-roaring Paul McCartney collaboration "Cut Me Some Slack," the film's Real to Reel soundtrack also includes an impressive team-up with Trent Reznor (pre-yacht) and Josh Homme (pre-Queens of the Stone Age announcements).

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    Hear Eluvium's Blooming Instrumental 'Envenom Mettle'

    For his forthcoming sixth album, Portland ambient giant Eluvium is prepping a double-disc epic dubbed Nightmare Ending. The album is due May 14 via Temporary Residence Ltd., but so far two tracks have surfaced. First up was the slowly building "Don't Get Any Closer" with its transcendent organ work, and now we have "Envenom Mettle." This latest moodpiece, which premiered at Stereogum, exchanges some of the more traditional instrumentation for a crunchy percussive loop and glistening back-masked keys. Shortly after the three-minute mark, the song blooms from windswept plain into lush soundscape. At just over five minutes, this is one of Nightmare Ending's shorter songs, but it's an experiential epic nonetheless. Take a trip with Eluvium:

  • Kate Boy 'In Your Eyes' Video Northern Lights EP

    Watch Kate Boy's Beautifully Exposed 'In Your Eyes' Video

    Stockholm's Kate Boy is quickly rising through the ranks thanks to their winning amalgam of Little Dragon pop and Knife-like dark dance. They've blessed the blogosphere with but a pair of tracks thus far, but much promise is buried therein. The hypnotic and propulsive "Northern Lights" came first (SPIN had the premiere on the Taken By Trees-helmed remix) followed shortly by "In Your Eyes," a seething beat-bubbler with a shadowy elemental streak. We've now got a video for the latter, which rolls back the in-band enigma to reveal (most of) Australian-born vocalist Kate Akhurst's face.

  • M83 Oblivion Tom Cruise StarWaves Score Anthony Gonzales

    Preview M83's 'Oblivion' Score With Astronomical 'StarWaves'

    As reported last summer, M83 main brain Anthony Gonzales has teamed up with Daft Punk's Tron: Legacy collaborator Joseph Trapanese to score Oblivion, the forthcoming sci-fi blockbuster starring Tom Cruise. That's a lot of names (including one that could/should be a Far Eastern hip-hop microgenre), so let's simplify: Be prepared to hear massive electronic-orchestral space-swells while Jerry Maguire runs around zapping things in a silver jumpsuit. What's not to like about that?As Rolling Stone reports, the soundtrack to the April 19 film will also include a proper new M83 song featuring vocals from Norwegian singer-songwriter Susanne Sundfør, not to mention the track, which you can stream below.

  • Surfer Blood 'Demon Dance' Pythons new album single

    Hear Surfer Blood's Slowly Searing 'Demon Dance'

    We're still a ways out from the June 11 due date of Surfer Blood's sophomore album Pythons, but already we've got two songs to mull over delightfully thrash to. The Timbaland-approved "Weird Shapes" arrived at the start of the year, showcasing the touch of Pixies producer Gil Norton in its mussing up of all that Weezer hookiness with spiky guitars and manic shouts. \"This is definitely going to feel like a rock record," singer JP Pitts told SPIN from the studio last year, and the album's second release more than confirms that.

  • CHVRCHES 'Recover' Video EP

    Watch CHVRCHES' Epic 'Recover' Video

    Glagow's CHVRCHES were a lock for SPIN's Best New Artists this month — the way these artistically minded synth-smiths flirt with genuine pop is something to marvel at, and their content doesn't disappoint either. The titular track from their March 26 Glassnote EP Recover is a bubbling ode to trying to figure your life out. "If I recover, will you be my comfort?" asks singer Lauren Mayberry in a voice that splits the difference between Kate Bush and the Knife's Karin Dreijer Andersson. Meanwhile, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty whip up a Kavinsky-dense electronic score with enough warmth to counter the doubt hidden in Mayberry's chilling lyric sheet.The music video for the song takes a sci-fi tact, with the trio only appearing briefly as talking heads on a screen. Otherwise, mysterious cubes float through a gravity-less environment.

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