Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • The Knife 'A Tooth for an Eye' Pursuit Grooves Remix

    The Knife Bless 'A Tooth for an Eye' With Pursuit Grooves' Left-Field Techno

    It's been a big week for the Knife. On Tuesday (April 2), they began streaming their entire new record, their first in seven years, Shaking the Habitual. And today (April 5), we've shared SPIN's extensive interview with Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer, in which a multitude of knotty topics are discussed, from the decision to reunite the band, to the feminist and queer theory that informs their lyrics, to the influence of genuine dance music on their dark and arty sound. Now, over at Gorilla Vs. Bear, you'll find an official remix for the new LP's single "A Tooth for an Eye" (remember that gym-rat dance recital?) helmed by left-field techno-maker Pursuit Grooves. The new version transforms the original's sylvan, somewhat Caribbean vibes into four-on-the-floor house throb offset by strange piano lines and Dreijer Andersson's ghostly wails.

  • Vicky Cryer 'Synthetic Love' Video Louis XIV

    See Vicky Cryer Smash Guitars Underwater in 'Synthetic Love'

    Jason Hill initially made his name with the cheeky garage-rock gang Louis XIV, but he's been incredibly busy behind the scenes since that band went on hiatus in 2009. As a studio staple (producer, engineer, songwriter), he's put in work with the Killers, the Bronx, the Virgins, David Bowie, Sky Ferreira, Macy Gray, and a whole heap of others over the years, plus masterminded a brand new project dubbed Vicky Cryer. Hill is the ringleader on the forthcoming album The Synthetic Love of Emotional Engineering, cracking whip on a rotating cast of high-profile players: Dominic Howard (Muse), Mark Stoermer (the Killers), Nick Fyffe (Jamiroquai), Dave Elitch (Mars Volta), Jeff Kite (Beat Club), and Alex Carapetis (Julian Casablancas).

  • The Numerators Dead Suicide Squeeze Singles Series

    Hear the Numerators' 'Dead,' a Far-Out Frequency from Suicide Squeeze's Singles Series

    Lubbock, Texas isn't known for much of anything except UFO sightings, a really bad tornado and Buddy Holly, who was born there in 1936. But somehow that makes it the perfect hometown for the Numerators, a gang of psychedelically inclined rock'n'rollers who emit heavily reverbed transmissions from the far end of a wind tunnel. The band count David Lynch and 13th Floor Elevators among their influences and have since relocated to a land that can really dig on their sort of strange — Brooklyn, natch — but whether that places trio geographically closer to you, their sounds remain positively far out. Stream "Dead" below, which will arrive on April 30 in 7-inch form, backed by "Finally Sees," limited to 500 copies (100 clear, 400 black). It'll also be available in digital form.The single arrives as part of the excellent ongoing Suicide Squeeze series.

  • Danny Brown #ExpressYourself 'Trampy' Twerking Diplo

    Hear Danny Brown's Diplo-Inspired Twerk Tribute '#ExpressYourself'

    As Diplo's just-shy-of-a-million Twitter followers are no doubt very familiar, the in-demand producer has given the so-called twerk a wholehearted embrace. Shortly after releasing his "Express Yourself" single featuring New Orleans bounce star Nicky Da B, the man born Thomas Wesley Pentz launched his #ExpressYourself contest. The winner were announced in June of last year, but that hasn't stopped his female fans from keeping the hashtag alive by tweeting him pictures of their asses in the air. The Major Lazer-maker's impressive feat has inspired Danny Brown to create a new song called "#ExpressYourself" — not surprising when you revisit the Detroit MC's wonderfully raunchy XXX, or any other song he's released. In any case, you can stream the man's tribute below, which is produced, naturally, by someone named Trampy.

  • New York Renaissance Mixtape Peter Rosenberg Rap ASAP Rocky

    Hear Peter Rosenberg's 'New York Renaissance' Mixtape, a Snapshot of a Scene in Flux

    Forget your freshmen lists and cool it with the hottest MCs (well, unless you're looking at SPIN's picks) — Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg has dropped his The New York Renaissance mixtape and it's jam-packed with bubbling East Coast talent. The terribly named but mightily talented Joey Bada$$ kicks things off with a Harry Fraud-produced ivory-tickler. The Brooklyn beatsmith sticks around for an Action Bronson track called "Compliments to the Chef" (fitting), and our hipster-bashing buddy Dyme-a-Duzin contributes his "New Brooklyn Remix" (plus "4get About It"). A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg drop by for a freestyle, as do Breaking Out stars Flatbush Zombies (they share a new song, too).

  • Dan Deacon 'Konono Ripoff No. 1' Record Store Day

    Hear Dan Deacon's 'Konono Ripoff No. 1,' a Record Store Day Tribute to the DRC

    Dan Deacon joins the impressive spate of awesome artists doing Record Store Day exclusives — Pussy Galore, Jack White, MGMT, and Black Lips to name a precious few — with typically culture-jamming aplomb. They guy who recently mashed up Grimes with Gangnam Style and used warped workout footage for a music video will release a 7-inch single for the song, "Konono Ripoff No. 1." The track is of course named after Congolese percussion posse Konono No. 1, famous for their heavily distorted mbira-powered compositions. Deacon's song, streaming below, certainly sounds inspired by the group's sound, though it's also as drug-damaged and smile-twisted as you'd expect. The single will actually feature two versions of "Ripoff," with drummers Kevin O'Meara and Jeremy Hyman on side A and drummers Denny Bowen and Dave Jacober on side B.

  • Amazon Vinyl AutoRip Free MP3s

    Amazon Offers Free MP3s to 15 Years of Vinyl Customers

    Back in January, Amazon launched its AutoRip program, which gives customers free digital copies of the CDs that they buy using the site. As of today, the online consumer hub is extending the service to vinyl fans as well. What's more, if you've ever purchased physical albums in either format from Amazon, who opened their music store in 1998, your dusty old stacks may be up for digitizing as well.Users of the Amazon Cloud Player will find all new purchases instantly uploaded to their online music cache where the individual songs are available for both streaming and downloading in high-quality 256 kbps MP3 form. Older albums can be added as long as they are eligible for AutoRip — a press release boasts "thousands of titles ...

  • Rick Ross Rape Lyric Apology Twitter Reebok UOENO Rocko

    Rick Ross' Latest 'Apology' Proves He Still Doesn't Understand Meaning of Rape

    Rick Ross, you can do better. That sentiment has been the overwhelming response from fans of the Maybach Music Group CEO to a tweet that he sent out this morning (April 4) seemingly attempting to end his latest controversy by faking an apology. The Bawse has come under fire for a lyric on Rocko's "U.O.E.N.O." in which he brags about drugging a woman and sleeping with her: "Took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain't even know it."Last week Ross was given a chance to speak on the issue in an interview with New Orleans radio station Q93.3 and he completely dropped the ball.

  • Bibio Silver Wilkinson Video Sampler Songs Album Stream

    Preview Bibio's 'Silver Wilkinson' Album, an Organic Electronic Dream

    British beatsmith and dream-pop producer Bibio is prepping his seventh album for a May 14 release. We're still not sure what a Silver Wilkinson is, but everything we've heard thus far suggests that it has a proclivity for gorgeous combinations of acoustic instrumentation and electronic modulation, with an emphasis on the kind of forward-thinking sonics that continue to power the Warp Music label. Above, Bibio has crafted a three-minute trip through the new LP's track list, accompanied by purty visuals that play off of the album's artwork.

  • Flying Lotus Adventure Time A Glitch Is a Glitch About That

    Hear Flying Lotus' Blissfully Glitchy 'Adventure Time' Closing Credits Song

    Flying Lotus is a known fan of the cartoon kingdom. His rap villain alter-ego Captain Murphy could testify to that (though you'd have to drink the cult Kool-Aid first), but his history has been intertwined with animation from the beginning. The man born Steven Ellison got his big break making bumper music for Adult Swim, so it's only right that he give back to the fantasy world that's given him so much.Cartoon Network's Adventure Time is a favorite in Los Angeles' beat-based underground (Tyler, the Creator and Baths are known fanboys), and FlyLo composed a new track for the end credits of the most recent episode, "A Glitch Is a Glitch." Experimental artist David O'Reilly wrote, directed, and animated the particularly surreal installment of the series (the A.V.

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