Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Watch RiFF RaFF Rap Over Major Lazer's 'Get Free'

    Watch RiFF RaFF Rap Over Major Lazer's 'Get Free'

    Call him what you want — Jody Highroller, rap game King Tut, braid-sporting brand-tatted weirdo — but the Houston-hailing semi-based, sorta-trap rapper known as RiFF RaFF is more than a flash in the pan. He's as persistent as a pack of bed bugs and at least twice as talented. The Mad Decent-signed artist's latest missive comes in video form: a remix of Major Lazer's "Get Free" that he's redubbed "Neon Freedom." The clip features a couple of video babes bouncing around while RiFF RaFF lounges on a Harley hog and goes through an astounding number of wardrobe changes. The first lines: "In this game, I'm Thomas Clark / Shark waves on the back of my hand / Is sugar-coated in gold and ice / I'm golden, I have glowing eyes / Passenger has golden thighs." Could he possibly have meant Clark Tom, a South African man who saved his son from a shark attack?

  • Thom Yorke's Atoms For Peace Drop Surprise Single 'Default'

    Thom Yorke's Atoms For Peace Drop Surprise Single 'Default'

    Atoms for Peace released a surprise single to iTunes this morning dubbed "Default." The sorta Los Angeles-based Thom Yorke vehicle, featuring Flea and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, has unleashed precious little music thus far, but after dropping the "Other Side" 12-inch on Modeselektor's 50 Weapons imprint last month, it seems the Atoms may be accelerating toward something big. "Default" is expectedly blippy, tense, lacking gravity and featuring lasers. Yorke stays breathy and slight throughout the track, which isn't particularly band-y but is plenty dynamic. XL Recordings has got a proper release for the single on deck (September 10), but you can purchase it now on iTunes, and stream it over at the blog We All Want Someone to Shout For.

  • Beastie Boys

    Hear Beastie Boys' 'Paul's Boutique' Remade from the Original Samples

    The Beastie Boys' 1989 magnum opus Paul's Boutique is widely regarded as one of sampling's highest musical feats — a dense "rap opera," as one critic called it, that even Miles Davis couldn't stop listening to. Many have tried to decode its magic, but until now, no one has attempt to unlock its secrets by re-coding it. A trio of British turntablists — DJs Food, Cheeba, and Moneyshot —' spent the last three years creating a re-imagined version of the album from scratch (no pun intended), using "all the original samples plus a cappellas, period interviews and the Beasties’ own audio commentary from the reissued release." That comes straight from Food's mouth, via the O.G. wax doctor's website. Caught In The Middle Of A 3-Way Mix, named after a Boutique B-side, was created in association with seminal U.K. radio show and Ninja Tune mix series Solid Steel.

  • Flying Lotus Resurrects the Dead in Short Film 'Until the Quiet Comes'

    Flying Lotus Resurrects the Dead in Short Film 'Until the Quiet Comes'

    The upcoming Flying Lotus album Until the Quiet Comes plays like a space-dust-sprinkled dream, but the Los Angeles beat genius' new "Until the Quiet Comes" short film paints a much darker picture. Directed by Kahlil Joseph, the gorgeous clip was shot on 35 mm in the Nickerson Gardens project in Watts and features three songs from the new LP. The first voice we hear is Erykah Badu's — "dream of love and light and laughter," via "See Thru To U" — and it accompanies footage of a small boy who is mysteriously shot in the bottom of a dry pool. The river of blood that pours forth is both beautiful and horrifying. The rest of the piece is like that — it holds you hostage through a series of engrossing images, leading to the most indelible of all.

  • The heavily nominated Rihanna and Drake / Photo by Getty Images

    VMAs FAQ: Everything You Need to Know About MTV's 2012 Show

    The 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards are going down tonight and there are still so many questions left unanswered: What's Kanye gonna do? Are K-Stew and/or R-Patz gonna be there? Where's this year's baby bump gonna come from? Who's gonna put on Gaga's aged beef? Oh mercy, what to wear? What. To. Wear. Some queries are best left unanswered until the big night. Others aren't. Here's everything you need to know about the hullabaloo before it actually happens. When and Where Are the VMAs Taking Place? Thursday, September 6, at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time from the 20,000-seat Staples Center arena in sunny Los Angeles. Tune in an hour early for the red carpet show, hosted from a harrowing three-story "carpet" by longtime MTV correspondent Sway (Teen Wolf star Holland Roden will report for MTV.com).

  • KYLE HALL

    Hall is a barely legal Detroit youngster who seems preordained to reinvent soulful house music. He was raised by a gospel-singing mother and a nightclub-owning father, and mentored by the likes of Theo Parrish and Carl Craig after he displayed a precocious knack for crafting out-there grooves at the age of 11. His early use of free software and found equipment makes him kin to AnCo's kitchen sink experimentalism, and he now travels the world at the ripe age of 20 delivering layered, luxuriant beatwork to the masses. Back to the Centipedia glossary NEXT: Hammer Film Productions

  • FLOATING POINTS

    Mad scientist Sam Shepherd is a Londoner splicing the brainier strains of electronic music's last 30 years — from the funky acid of Luke Vibert to the jazzed bass swoops of Flying Lotus — with pure body music like Balearic bounce and deep house. With a background in classical music and a PhD in pharmacology, Shepherd is ace at pushing his smartly arranged pieces into transcendently trippy territory, evidenced by his 16-piece Floating Points Ensemble. He bends the boundaries of techno and can make his own drugs — of course the boys love him. Back to the Centipedia glossary NEXT: The Frogs

  • LEE "SCRATCH" PERRY

    The Upsetter is a pied piper for weirdness, that rare artist whose obvious madness exists in perfect harmony with his uncanny ability. In the '60s, he practically invented dub by hotwiring a mixing board. In the '70s, he produced Bob Marley's best stuff, then did a ton of acid and burned his studio to the ground. Today, he's like a Jamaican Yoda, a musical Jedi master with a foreign croak whose physical stature shrinking in inverse proportion to his broadening influence. We suspect he may be immortal." Back to the Centipedia glossary NEXT: Persian Classical Music

  • JASON URICK

    This bushy-bearded Baltimore cosmonaut is a far-out sound sculptor with a penchant for subtle drone, strange dub and glassy New Age psych. Urick was a fixture in AnCo's hometown, founding the performance space Floristree (Deakin has performed there) and making fuzzed-up laptop punk with the band WZT Hearts before going solo. His 2012 opus I Love You was made after a move to Portland, and the vibes are appropriately overcast and meditative, and exercise in becoming both "at peace with the music-making process and more unsure/unfamiliar at the same time." Back to the Centipedia glossary NEXT: Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

  • QUASIMOTO

    According to legend, Oxnard, California's underground beat king Madlib created his famous Bad Character in the throes of psilocybin mushroom binge. The reality seems to have more to do with an aversion to hearing his own voice unmodified on record, but 2000's The Unseen offers all comers a deep dive down the rabbit hole. Supposedly conducted by an impish alien, this woozy, weeded swirl of streaming consciousness, helium-high raps, gritty drums and Blaxploitation samples is hip-hop's most psychedelic moment. Back to the Centipedia glossary NEXT: Dick Raaymakers

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