Chris Martins

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  • Daft Punk Jay Z 'Computerized' Stream Kanye West

    Is This Daft Punk, Jay Z Song a Fake?

    Below, you'll find a track supposedly called "Computerized," supposedly by Daft Punk with Jay Z. The song made the rounds on Monday accompanied by huge grains of salt before Pitchfork reported, sans citation, that they can confirm its validity. The droids from France have been aurally spoofed many times before, and the production on this track feels a little less pristine than their recent work. Plus, the vocals wouldn't be their robotic best by a long shot. Of course, it could be an unfinished mix, or a track that was scrapped for the aforementioned reasons. Jay's alleged turn sounds real enough, but that weird overly emotional "I don't know how I feel / Somebody tell me what's real" bit feels out of character. Plus, he's rapping about iTouch and BlackBerry, and not Samsung. And there's that part where he says, "P.S. This is B.S." The jury's still out, in our book.

  • Mykki Blanco Princess Nokia 'Wish You Would' Stream Brenmar

    Mykki Blanco, Brenmar, and Princess Nokia Really 'Wish You Would'

    SPIN Best New Artist Brenmar soundtracks the latest leak from New York MC Mykki Blanco. Ratking friend Princess Nokia (a.k.a. Wavy Spice) features as well on "Wish You Would," a simple but satisfying heater that confidently spews shit-talk over a rattling beat punctuated by whistle blows and handclaps. For her part, Mykki rasps and rhymes with perfect timing, while Nokia channels Nicki Minaj's choppy stylings. Blanco is plotting a new mixtape for 2014 dubbed Cosmic Angel II: Let Big Sister Teach You, though it's unclear whether this or the recently shared "She Gutta" will be included.

  • Avicii 'Addicted to You' Remix Bent Collective Stream

    Bent Collective Give Avicii's 'Addicted to You' a Euro-House Rebirth

    Avicii's 2013 single "Addicted to You" was kin to his Aloe Blacc-assisted smash hit "Wake Me Up!" — a soulful song with a strong beat that impressively puts powerhouse vocals above all else. (And, yeah, there's a little folksy strum involved too.) Both songs hail from the Swedish producer's debut album True, which he's now remixing entirely, by himself. True (Avicii by Avicii) is due March 24 (that's the album art at the bottom of the post), and in honor of the occasion, the jet-setting DJ is giving his pals a crack at a track or two as well. Below you'll find trio Bent Collective's take on "Addicted." Italy's Danny Verde, Spain's Steven Redant, and Israel's Guy Scheiman give the Audra Mae-assisted song a strong Euro-house remix that transfer the rave from the big top to the warehouse. Go deep: 

  • The Rapture Break Up Over Split Broke Done RIP

    The Rapture Are Done, Says DFA

    Well, it seems the Rapture have broken up. The Brooklyn-based dance-punk band have yet to release a proper statement, but a rep from the label has all but confirmed the split. As DFA Records manager Jonathan Galkin told self-titled, "I kept thinking it might blow over, but that might not be the case. Feel free to go to press with this headline: 'Did the Rapture Break Up and Not Tell Anyone?'" They removed the question mark, but close enough.Self-titled sleuthed out the news after noticing that within the press release announcing the Red Bull Music Academy's New York City festival series, the group's vocalist, Luke Jenner, was cited as "formerly of the Rapture." The reached out to the label behind the band's last album, In the Grace of Your Love, and got their answer.

  • Popcaan 'Everything Nice' Video Mixpak

    Watch Popcaan's Bittersweet 'Everything Nice' Video

    Popcaan was among the many exciting dancehall voices that leant depth, character, and emotion to Kanye West's landmark Yeezus album. That was via his feature on Pusha T's "Blocka" (which was sampled for "Guilt Trip"), but the degrees os separation are quickly melting away. Above, you can take in the first single from the Jamaican artist's yet untitled summer album for Dre Skull's Mixpak label."Everything Nice" is perfectly bittersweet — a song about appreciating what you've got while acknowledging the very real possiiblity of not having any of it. The 23-year-old's coo sets the sober tone, and Dubbel Dutch's rap-inspired production is made to match. The video you see, directed by Jay Will, keeps things simple and features appearances from fellow artists Gyptian, Jah Cure, Mavado, and Ace Hood, among others.Also, here' Popcaan on a track with Purity Ring's Megan James.

  • Shit Robot Nancy Whang 'Do That Dance' Video DFA

    Nancy Whang Grooves for Shit Robot in 'Do That Dance' Video

    Last month we learned that former LCD Soundsystem member Nancy Whang joined DFA techno weirdo Shit Robot for a song on his forthcoming album, We Got a Love. Back then, we shared Leisure Connection's remix of "Do That Dance" and now we've got the video to consider. Seen above, the clip fittingly features the guest vocalist cutting a rug while (less fittingly) footage of soccer is beamed in behind her. Whang has become a go-to voice for nü-disco makers, appearing in the video for Classixx's "All You're Waiting For" and a trio of songs by the Juan MacLean: "Get Down (With My Love)," "Feel Like Movin'," and "You Are My Destiny." She also features heavily in the LCD documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits, and thus will be heard on the forthcoming live vinyl box set The Long Goodbye.

  • RL Grime What So Not 'Tell Me' Stream Flume Emoh

    Destroy Your Speakers With RL Grime and What So Not's 'Tell Me'

    The Holy Ship!!! cruise this year found Los Angeles' Wedidit Collective coming together in sweet, trapped-addled harmony with Australian producers Emoh and Flume — a.k.a. What So Not. Now that OWSLA-signed duo is reunited with one of the West Coast crew's most promising young minds, RL Grime. Their collaborative song "Tell Me" is a feat of both melodic might and percussive ferocity. Chipmunk'd vocal warbles weave in and out of blaring horns, skittering hi-hats, massive bass hits, and ghostly coos. Since the thing went live today, it's racked up close to 10,000 plays per hour. Stream it below, and head to this site to get your very own copy to keep. 

  • Frank Ocean, Diplo, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon 'Hero' Converse

    Frank Ocean to Return Backed by Diplo and Clash Members

    The math may not quite add up in this case, but Converse's "Three Artists One Song" series is delivering a new installment on Monday and the lineup is a thriller: the all-too-dormant Frank Ocean in collaboration with twerk-friendly super-producer Diplo and legendary punks Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of the Clash. (Apparently those last two count as a half each.) The song will debut on the shoe purveryor's Tumblr.Past Converse team-ups have included Gorillaz (of which Jones and Simonon are touring members) with James Murphy and André 3000; Matt & Kim, Soulja Boy, and Andrew W.K.; Best Coast, Vamire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij, and Kid Cudi; Hot Chip, Hot City, and New Order's Bernard Sumner; and Julian Casablancas, Pharrell, and Santigold.

  • AJ Davila 'Duro Como Piedra' Video 666 Terror Amor

    AJ Davila Inspires Bad Behavior in 'Duro Como Piedra' Video

    If you don't know your Spanish, "Duro Como Piedra" translates roughly to "Hard as a Rock." That should clue you into the themes of this new video from AJ Davila. The lead man from Puerto Rico's shack-shaking Davila 666 has a real knack for wonderfully sleazy-sounding shout-along shredders ("Animal," to wit) and this Terror/Amor standout gets an appropriately wild visual to go with. Seen above, the clip features a whole lot of writhing, near-nudity, lizard tongues, freaky masks, and prismatic effects. In other words, it's a far milder side of the Davila family, who threw a bloody orgy for their "Tu" video a few years back. AJ's solo debut,Terror/Amor, is out now on Nacional Records.

  • Astronautica 'Velvet Morning' Bridge Stream Waikiki

    Astronautica and Bridge Drop Divine R&Beats on 'Velvet Morning'

    Los Angeles producer Edrina Martinez has chosen her nom-de-beats quite well — Astronautica evokes not only outer space exploration, but also those Nautica jackets that went hand-in-hand with the R&B-soundtracked '90s that some of us hold so dear. However, as evidenced by the song below, her music isn't some cheap throwback. Rather, it's part of soul music's in-progress electronic evolution as furthered by folks like Frank Ocean and the trap-minded Wedidit Collective. You'll hear both of those strains in "Velvet Morning," which features a guest vocal from her neighbor Bridge. The track is part of the March 25 Waikiki EP, arriving via Alpha Pup and also including a cameo from JMSN. Pre-order here.Waikiki EP track list:1. "Unsure"2. "How It’s Gonna Be" (feat. JMSN)3. "Velvet Morning" (feat. Bridge)4. "Vodka"

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