Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Future 'No Love' New Song

    Future Professes 'No Love' on Secretly Heartbroken New Song

    As noted in our Real Hottest MCs in the Game list, Future has "shoved hip-hop into the eye of a storm of melodramatic love and longing." As unlikely as it seems, even when the Atlanta Auto-Tuner sing-raps about how he's "never made love," what's meant to be a stubbornly masochistic boast winds up sounding like a heartbroken admission of one guy's inability to truly connect with his in-bed sparring partners. New song "No Love" is certainly helped along by the left-field xylophone hits and New Age atmospherics that enhance all of that computerized vocal melancholy.But if Future can't fall for a woman, what is he truly connecting with these days? As he recently told SPIN, "Right now I just love the studio. I go on vacation, I have to have a studio, or make sure one is close by. I don't like going nowhere if it don't have a studio. I love it that much. That's what I do.

  • Kendrick Lamar Chris Brown 50 Cent We Up Watts Riot

    Kendrick Lamar Will Collaborate With Anyone, Including Chris Brown

    To be sure, Kendrick Lamar is not your average everyday rap savior. The Compton star rose predictably fast following the release of his instant classic, good kid, m.A.A.D. city, one of SPIN's Best Albums of 2012 and our reigning Best Hip-Hop Album to boot. Today, he's the Hottest MC in the Game, so it should come as no surprise that the guy is in demand. Still, that doesn't mean he's gotta take every gig.MTV recently visited our respect-deserving pal Chris Brown in the studio to discuss his in-progress sixth album, X. In addition to revealing that Diplo produced the forthcoming single "Fine China," and that the R&B goon also plans on expressing himself through his paintings (?), Brown shared that the LP's titular track will feature Kendrick Lamar. To be frank, that bums us out.

  • Vampire Weekend 'Modern Vampires of the City' Release Date Pushed

    Vampire Weekend Push 'Modern Vampires of the City' Back a Week

    Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City will come out a week later than expected, on May 14. No explanation has been given, but the release date has been updated on the band's website. We recently witnessed the band play a pair of new songs at South By Southwest. Earlier this month, they also shared the tracks "Diane Young" and "Step," the former about dying young (get it?) and the latter leveled at some punk who's always stepping to Ezra Koenig's girl.SPIN actually spoke to the New York prep-poppers when they were in the studio back in January. "On this album, there's a lot of organic sounds and a lot of performance," said Rostam Batmanglij.

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    See Skrillex and A$AP Rocky Get 'Wild for the Night' in the Dominican Republic

    Harlem star A$AP Rocky and California EDM king Skrillex take a trip to the Dominican Republic in the new video for their collaborative track, "Wild for the Night." We're initially greeted with colorful images of chickens and shanties, kids doing bridge dives, and flying kites, but the scoring is ominous and soon those same children are toting guns (well, technically, they're holding blurs). As the clip plays out, we discover that the A$AP Mob has infiltrated the DR's seedy underbelly, and that A$AP is the Tony Montana of this scrappy scene. In a way, he is the anti-Thunderbird Gerard. Skrillex shows up later, but at that point the posse's primary focus is party, and they jump around a lot before totally crushing an aggro concert thrown in a cinderblock dungeon. Dig those aerial shots though, and those Tommy Bahama shirts.

  • Thunderbird Gerard 'Victory Part II' Video

    Watch Thunderbird Gerard Tour Morocco in 'Live' and 'Victory Part II' Video

    Thunderbird Gerard was raised in upstate New York but currently calls Berlin home. Perhaps that has something to do with the line that his music walks: at once familiar, owing to the hard-hitting fundamentals of golden age rap, and foreign, weaving in odd electronics, unusual cadence, or intriguing melody. He'll be sharing his T.R.O.U.B.L.E. mixtape on May 6 and the above video previews two new tracks. In the beginning we get a short sampling of "Live," which matches funk-fueled beat menace with a little bit of Kool Keith strangeness. The dude drops references to Elvis Presley, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Jimi Hendrix, and the Rapture in the first few bars, but eventually moves on to "Victory Part II." The track is as triumphant as it sounds, a heavy stomper that even sports a '90s-style "Go! Go!

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    Hear Pan American's Escapist Fantasy 'Glass Room at the Airport'

    The curatorial geniuses over at Kranky Records are coming out swinging in 2013. After announcing a long-lost album from Grouper, a fresh set from elemental fuzz-heads Implodes, some new beauty from the folk auteur Benoît Pioulard, and more mercury-dipped ambiance from Ethernet, the Chicago experimental music bastion has let slip that Pan American will at last follow up 2009's lovely White Bird Release with a long-player called Cloud Room, Glass Room, due out April 29.As the label explains, project mastermind Mark Nelson has inducted percussionist Steven Hess as a full-time member. The seven new songs (track list below) began to take shape as the pair prepared for a series of European performances in late 2011. Nelson's Labradford bandmate bassist Bobby Donne also contributes here and there, giving the album a stronger live feel.

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    Junip Serve Up Synth-y Motivational Mantras on 'Your Life, Your Call'

    José González's kraut-folk trio is active again and prepping a self-titled sophomore LP for April 23 via Mute. Earlier this year we heard the lush, pumped-up jangler "Line of Fire," but now we've got a subtler highlight to take in. "Your Life, Your Call" relies on shuffling percussion and constant synth-work — it's a calming backdrop for the no-nonsense lyrics seemingly directed at a close friend or lover: "Pull yourself together, draw the line / It's your life, it's your call / Stand up, or enjoy your fall." Coming through the speakers, however, the chorus becomes a motivational mantra rather than a boot-to-the-ass of a familiar deadbeat, especially when González' voice gets all Lennon-y around the 2:40 mark. Stream or download the song over at Stereogum.

  • Mikal Cronin New Song Live Texas Video Ty Segall

    See Mikal Cronin Share a Lovely New 'MCII' Nugget Live in Texas

    The power-pop-slinging Ty Segall affiliate known as Mikal Cronin has got the live chops to match his songwriting mastery. That's why he ended up on SPIN's Best New Artists rundown for the month of March (his Merge Records debut MCII is on the way) and our Best Things We Saw list from South By Southwest. The above clip of a new, unidentified Cronin song arrived during the lead-up to the biggest fest in the Old Wild West, at a humble little shindig called Denton 35. While it doesn't offer the "mondo, full of frenzied energy" affair that our own David Marchese witnessed a few days later, the MCII track is a lovely little slab of upbeat downer music about getting older and being bolder. "I think I'm getting better at translating what I hear in my head to tape," Cronin told SPIN while working on his new album in January.

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    Baroness' Rhythm Section Departs Following Bus Crash

    It's an understatement to say that 2012 was a fiercely intense year for Georgia metal-makers Baroness. The band released their most masterful creation yet, Yellow & Green — a SPIN Essential that topped our Best Metal Albums list and ranked high in our overall Best Albums of 2012 rundown — and one month later narrowly escaped death when their tour bus plummeted off of a viaduct in Bath, England.Singer-guitarist John Baizley experienced the worst of it and has remained impressively optimistic throughout the entire ordeal, going as far as to promise the band's return to the road in the near future, but the negative repercussions of the accident continue. Last month we learned the bus' driver is facing criminal charges after the gruesome crash.

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    Here's Radiohead in the '80s, Posing With Iron Maiden Posters

    If you haven't watched Anyone Can Play Guitar, the 2011 documentary on the Oxford music scene, there's a good chance you've never seen the photo above, which captures four out of five members of Radiohead in the mid-'80s, back when the band was called On a Friday. Thom Yorke looks like a Culkin kid. Phil Selway has a full head of hair. Ed O'Brien could blend in at Bayside High. Colin Greenwood exemplifies general gangliness.Plus, there are the Iron Maiden posters.At the time, Jonny Greenwood was playing in a group called Illiterate Hands with a schoolmate named Nigel Powell. As Buzzfeed points out, the bedroom of the latter was the makeshift studio for the awkward band shot (are they holding invisible beers?) — they also recorded their first demos there. Their live lineup at the time included three saxophones, apparently.

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