Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Dan Deacon 'Crash Jam' Video P90X America tour dates

    Watch Dan Deacon's P90X-Sampling 'Crash Jam' Video

    Dan Deacon and his posse of Baltimore art goons have a history of culture-jamming, so it shouldn't come as a great surprise that instead of shooting a music video for the frenetic America song "Crash Jam," the left-field popist had a pal edit some P90X workout footage to fit. The popular home exercise program's notoriously rigorous regimen is sped up, slowed down, and otherwise screwed wit' to make its practitioner Tony Horton and his acolytes seem more like members of a strange cult than people trying to get healthy. When the intensely exuberant song calms, the people on the screen take a nap. When the music quickens, their movements follow suit. And when the track begins to resonate with an om-like swell, the contorted bodies onscreen appear to initiate some strange sort of prayer.

  • Austra 'Home' New Album Olympia Domino

    Austra Introduce New LP 'Olympia' With Upbeat, Operatic 'Home'

    The last time we checked in with Austra, the dark electroni-pop act was a three-piece overseen by Katie Stelmanis, a former Fucked Up contributor with an operatic voice and a palpable affinity for Kate Bush. The group's 2010 debut Feel it Break was a promising start, but the band's been touring since (with the xx and Grimes among others) and accruing members along the way. Austra is now a fully collaborative sextet with a new LP on the way: Olympia, due June 18 on Domino."This is the album where we discovered rhythm," said Stelmanis via statement. "We are really into dense harmonies and big beautiful melodies, but I also love techno and dance music. I wanted to bring those elements together." Indeed, first taste "Home" combines her expressive vocals with dramatic instrumentation and a surprisingly lithe beat. Best of all — that hand percussion and those flute flurries are real.

  • Purling Hiss 'Mercury Retrograde' Video Tour Dates

    Purling Hiss Spiral Through Space in 'Mercury Retrograde' Video

    Philly fuzz-lovers Purling Hiss may look like shaggy 420-friendly basement types, but they damn well know what time it is. Astrologically speaking, Mercury is quite firmly in retrograde right now, so if your personal relationships are suffering as a result of poor communication, take some solace in the gnarly sounds of this trio's shrugging single, "Mercury Retrograde." The song now has an appropriately galactic-themed video that finds the boys rocking out amidst the stars. Despite this incredible feat (of green screen technology) singer Mike Polizze doesn't seem the least bit impressed, even when a hundred versions of the man spiral through the cosmos in spinning office chairs. "I don't know and we're out of time," he sings. But while there are only 10 more days of the astrological phenomenon left to endure, this video's got plenty of life left in it.

  • Les Sins 'Grind' 'Prelims' Toro y Moi Single House Dance Jiaolong

    Hear Toro Y Moi Offshoot Les Sins' Dance Gems 'Grind' and 'Prelims'

    Even as Chaz Bundick continues to push his Toro y Moi moniker into deeper house-dipped R&B (via Anything in Return), the now Berkeley-based chillwave O.G. presses onward with his dance-oriented Les Sins project. Jiaolong, the label run by Dan Snaith (Caribou, Daphni), will release a digital and 12-inch single from Bundick on March 18 featuring two new rhythmically rich songs. "Grind" is breezy and warm, built on a traditional house beat with cut-up vocal samples and duelling synthesizer solos. Frankly, it's dreamy. Meanwhile, "Prelims" is more evidence as to why Bundick is "Our Finest Dilla Disciple," lacing hip-hop drums with baroque notes and burbling bass swells. This one's a bit moodier, but just as strong, and both prove that this kid consistently excels, even when he is stuck behind a laptop.Les Sins, "Grind":Les Sins, "Prelims":

  • Beach House 'Wishes' Video Eric Wareheim Ray Wise

    Watch Beach House's Fantastical Ray Wise-Starring 'Wishes' Video

    In SPIN's review of Beach House's lovely 2012 long-player Bloom, Mike Powell describes song "Wishes" as "underpinned by rhythm tracks that are eerily heavy, almost inevitable ... it's walking toward you, druid cloak dragging through the sand." That's fair, but the imagery might have been just a touch off the mark if the song's fantastical new music video is any indication.Eric Wareheim (Tim and Eric) directs and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, RoboCop, Reaper) stars in the colorful clip that documents an incredible athletic event. Wise lip-syncs Victoria Legrand's uplifting vocals to an awestruck stadium as his dedicated posse of cheerleaders and acrobats execute a striking performance that combines medieval tradition with ninja weaponry and, because Wareheim's in the saddle, dick jokes."Beach House, Ray Wise, fireworks, and horses. How can I go wrong?" Wareheim said via statement.

  • Lana Del Rey Summertime Sadness Ryan Hemsworth Remix

    Ryan Hemsworth Takes Lana Del Rey's 'Summertime Sadness' to the Trap

    Sure, Lana Del Rey has split tracks with Harlem rappers and kicked it with Parisian DJs, but the woman born Lizzy Grant mostly dwells in a distorted vision of early '60s America. To be sure, the hood very much existed back then, but LDR's mythologized vision comprises WASP-y Hamptons glamor with occasional forays into the desert on the back of a Hells Angel hog. So when a future-leaning banger-maker like Ryan Hemsworth comes along and offers her a glimpse at the trap, you best believe Lana's gonna get all a-titter about the idea of slumming it for a bit (via "Gentrification Goes Viral," re: Baauer's "Harlem Shake").Fairly fresh off his Mikky Ekko remix, the Canadian producer takes mournful Born to Die single "Summertime Sadness," teases us with a little stoney dubwise bubble, and then dunks the entire thing into a glistening pool of purple promethazine goo.

  • James Blake 'Voyeur (Dub)' Overgrown Stream

    Hear James Blake and Brian Eno's Anticipated 'Digital Lion' Team-Up

    James Blake's Overgrown LP arrives in a mere month, and as that April 8 deadline approaches our host just gets more and more generous. Not one, but two new tracks are making the rounds today. February release "Retrograde" made good on the London producer's promise that his forthcoming set would be more aggressive than 2011's eponymous game-changer — the video drove that point home with a hail of asteroids — and these latest leaks stack up nicely."Digital Lion" is the London producer's much anticipated Brian Eno team-up (RZA is set to appear on the album as well), and it doesn't disappoint. Though it begins with a ghostly swirl of sound, the track soon breaks into a steady mechanical beat accompanied by warm guitar strums and pained soulful cooing.

  • John Denver J Mascis Sharon Van Etten Prisoners

    J Mascis and Sharon Van Etten Lend John Denver's 'Prisoners' Some Pretty Gnarl

    Last week we hipped you to My Morning Jacket's tender cover of the John Denver classic "Leaving on a Jet Plane." That song arrived in order to preview April 2's The Music Is in You: A Tribute to John Denver, in which an impressively diverse array of artists put their stamp on the folk-pop legend's songbook. At first glance, the most promising title on the track list (which includes contributions from Edward Sharpe, Allen Stone, and Emmylou Harris among others) looked to be "Prisoners," a team-up between Dinosaur Jr. gnarlmeister J Mascis and ardent bookworm Sharon Van Etten. Sure enough, the collaboration is a particularly inspired pileup of burnt country twang and blackened alt-'90s guitar theatrics — which is to say it's an absolute winner.

  • 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.

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