Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Homeboy Sandman / Photo by Gavin Thomas

    Preview Homeboy Sandman's Golden Age Tribute 'Kool Herc: Fertile Crescent'

    Queens-raised MC Homeboy Sandman is a prolific and prodigiously talented wordsmith who scored one of SPIN's 40 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2012 — with an EP, no less. The onetime MTV MADE talent coach has a gift for bringing old-school rap tenets (smarts, ability, style) into the now, so it makes sense that his next release pays direct tribute to the man who started it all: Kool Herc.On May 7, Stones Throw will release Kool Herc: Fertile Crescent, a new eight-song set styled as "an unapologetic homage to old school hip-hop in its bare-bones production, lyrical themes, cover art and even the title." That titular DJ, for the uninitiated, is credited with discovering the breakbeat, hence laying the very foundation of the art form. The entire thing will be produced by El RTNC (a.k.a. Rthentic) except for the track below — a soulful bubbler courtesy of Alex "Apex" Gale.

  • Das Racist 'Indians From All Directions' Unreleased Song

    Hear Das Racist's Unreleased Raw Rap 'Indians From All Directions'

    When Das Racist unceremoniously announced their breakup in December, group hypeman Dapwell told SPIN they'd had a follow-up to Relax in the works. "We had a plan to break up around May," he said. "We had just signed this record deal and we were going to put out one proper album and then go on a farewell tour, release a proper breaking up statement that could have been really funny, maybe a weird, stupid video. Now, all of that has gone to shit." Well, not all of it.Canadian production squad A Tribe Called Red ("an all Native American DJ crew from Ottowa") have shared a previously unreleased Das track apparently meant for that nixed new album. Heems and Kool A.D. take turns spitting over tribal percussion and a patois-ed vocal loop of the song's title. It's a fairly raw rap track in line with the mixtape material each has dropped of late.

  • New Build 'False Thing' Video

    See Hot Chip Offshoot New Build Go Digi-Disco in 'False Thing' Video

    There was a time when Hot Chip consisted merely of a few British disco geeks with a dream. The band has since mutated into a many-tentacled thing with ties to the LCD Soundsystem family and offshoot projects of its own. To wit: New Build, the electro-pop act founded by Chip men Felix Martin and Al Doyle (an LCD grad as well) with an assist from electronic composer Tom Hopkins. After operating under the radar for a couple of years, the trio dropped their debut album in 2012, Yesterday Was Lived & Lost, on their own Lanark Recordings, and are currently at work on the follow-up, reportedly in a studio hidden deep within the recesses of an East London factory building. Above you'll find new song, "False Thing," which cuts Ellen Allien's brand of dark techno with a post-punk pulse and Kraut-like bass runs.

  • Eluvium 'Entendre' Nightmare Ending

    Hear Eluvium's 'Entendre,' a Gentle Reverie From His 'Nightmare Ending' LP

    Portland's Matthew Cooper is among those modern ambient music composers whose work has transcended a niche market and seeped its way into the ears of music fans across the spectrum. He's released a handful of albums under the Eluvium name, subtly modifying his approach every time. On May 14, the Temporary Residence label will release Nightmare Ending, a double-disc set that finds Cooper leaving behind the Brian Eno-style vocals of 2010's Simile in favor of pure instrumental might. A month ago we heard the blooming beauty "Envenom Mettle," which featured some mild studio wizardry. Now we've got "Entendre," a four-and-a-half-minute piece for solo piano that's just as evocative. Fans of Erik Satie and Philip Glass should appreciate the neoclassical reverie, which moves through a series of moods before coming to a quiet, peaceful close.

  • Universal Music Marijuana Condoms Lawsuit Adam Levine T.I. Drugs

    World's Biggest Killjoy Sues Universal Over Adam Levine's Alleged Weed Habit

    This just in: Musicians smoke marijuana while working in the studio. This shocking revelation has come to light thanks to a lawsuit filed on Tuesday (April 9) in Los Angeles Superior Court. The legal document alleges that Universal Music Group's office complex in Santa Monica is a hotbed of unsavory characters getting high on weed.

  • King Tuff 'Dancing on You' Was Dead Reissue

    King Tuff Is Happily 'Dancing on You' in Fresh 'Was Dead' LP Leak

    King Tuff blew back a lot of wigs with his glammed-up, snotty, and surprisingly wise self-titled album last year, but he's left his growing fanbase of rock'n'roll junkies jonesing for more. Thankfully, the Los Angeles resident born Kyle Thomas has an unsung older record in the bank: Was Dead, which originally came out on the Tee Pee label and has been previously pressed to tape by the estimable Burger Records.As previously reported, that out-of-print LP is set for a repress on the latter label, but the release date has been pushed back a month to May 28. As Tuff tells it, via statement, "problems at the manufacturing plant" are to blame. "Employees at the plant were found with their clothes torn off and twigs in their hair, listening to 'Dancing on You' and performing primitive love rituals instead of making records. Sorry for the delay." Haven't heard "Dancing on You"?

  • Var 'The World Fell' Iceage Elias Ronnenfelt

    Hear Var's 'The World Fell,' Industrial Techno From Iceage's Singer

    As evidenced by their thrilling new album You're Nothing, the Danish dudes in Iceage are hardcore punk classicists, which makes them the last band you'd expect to spawn a techno-addled side project. But it turns out singer-guitarist Elias Rønnenfelt has a separate quartet called Vår that trades in four-on-the-floor beats — tempered, of course, by blasts of industrial noise and super dark thematic content. To wit, below you'll find "The World Fell," a synth-heavy bubbler featuring chanted vocals about the end of days. The song hails from the forthcoming LP No One Dances Quite Like My Brothers, due May 14 on Sacred Bones. According to the label, the group employed everything from acoustic guitar and trumpet to broken glass and sheet metal in order to craft their bleak (but danceable!) soundscapes. Track list below.Vår, No One Dances Quite Like My Brothers track list:1.

  • Kendrick Lamar Miguel 'How Many Drinks' Remix

    Miguel and Kendrick Lamar Clink Bottles on 'How Many Drinks' Remix

    On Miguel's excellent Kaleidoscope Dream, the alt-R&B maestro asks "How Many Drinks?" On Kendrick Lamar's fantastic good kid, m.A.A.D. city, the Compton MC answers: enough to fill a "Swimming Pool." And with each of these hotly tipped dudes running the collabo marathon at the moment, it was only a matter of time before they came together and clinked glasses. Not much changes on the remix of "How Many Drinks?" Mainly, Miguel's quasi-rap verse is mostly replaced by Lamar's genuine article — a romantic rhyme full of pregnant poetic pauses and, yes, references to the latter's own booze-inspired tune. Those already intimately familiar with each artist will agree that the end result is pleasant enough on the palate. Noobs to either, however, might find this first sip leads to full-blown habit.

  • Rick Ross Rocko U.O.E.N.O. Rape Rap Removed

    Rick Ross' Rape Rap Dropped From Rocko's 'U.O.E.N.O.'

    In all of the controversy surrounding Rick Ross' rape-advocating lyric on "U.O.E.N.O.", one glaringly obvious aspect has been consistently overlooked: What does the guy that the song is credited to think about it? Well, now we know ... sort of. In an interview with Hot 97, Rocko announced that the Bawse's verse would not be included in a remix of the song, which Fader says is rumored to include Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, and Young Jeezy.Still, while not as shameful as Ross' pair of non-apologies and Meek Mill's weak Biggie-obscuring defense, Rocko avoids taking a moral stance on the issue, seemingly pointing to commercial concerns as the main motivation in the move. "Because of the type of traction that the record has, as far as radio, all over the country," he says in the clip below, "I have to change it.

  • Justin Timberlake 20/20 Experience Bruno Mars Your Man Billboard Chart Tyler, the Creator Wolf

    Who Charted? Tyler's 'Wolf' Overtakes Weezy, Nips at Timberlake's Heels

    First! Though Justin Timberlake's vision was initially called into question, he's more than justified his foresight where The 20/20 Experience is concerned. The recent inductee to Saturday Night Live's five-timers club has sold over 2 million copies worldwide of his first album in seven years. The ambitious long-player has now notched a third week atop the Billboard 200, moving an additional 139,000 units according to Nielsen SoundScan. Let's go ahead and get No. 2 out of the way (the Band Perry, Pioneer, 129K, whatever) so we can move on to ...3 to 10: Odd Future front-goblin Tyler, the Creator scores his best sales week to date with the debut of Wolf, selling 89K and coming in at No 3. The kid removed the word "rape" from his repertoire and was rewarded. Perhaps he'll purge a certain homophobic slur from the next one and hit triple-digits. Country's Blake Shelton snatched No.

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