Chris Martins

writer

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  • 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.

  • 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?

  • bruno mars unorthodox jukebox baauer harlem shake billboard chart atoms for peace top 10

    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.

  • Sound City Trent Reznor Josh Homme Dave Grohl Mantra

    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).

  • Eluvium 'Envenom Mettle' Stream Nightmare Ending

    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.

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