Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Roland AIRA 808 909 303 Drum Machine Synthesizer

    Roland Updates Classic Synths, Drum Machines With New Digital Line

    Historically, Japan's Roland Corporation has been behind some of the most iconic sounds in both rap and electronic music. The kick and cowbell of the TR-808 drum machine have been hip-hop staples since the '80s. The TR-909 has been an EDM essential for about as long. And the TB-303 is basically the sound of acid house. All of those classic machines, and more, are now getting a timely reboot via the forthcoming AIRA product line, which has been inspiring fervent whispers ever since it was teased in an enigmatic clip last month. Now, the details have been released.Above, you can see various producers — from Arthur Baker and A Guy Called Gerald, to Ricardo Villalobos and Boys Noize — geeking out over the new stuff, but Roland's AIRA site is more helpful.

  • Cass McCombs 'Name Written in Water' Video Pig Slaughter

    Cass McCombs Sets 'Name Written in Water' to Brutal Farm Footage

    Cass McCombs has released four music videos for Big Wheel and Others songs in the nascent days of 2014, each wildly different from the next. This, of course, befits the mercurial genius of the man and his most recent double-disc set of music, but even if you're used to his unpredictable moves, this latest clip is a tough pill to swallow — especially if you're accustomed to putting pork in your mouth. The Jeffrey Peixoto-directed video for "Name Written in Water" pairs the pleasant, existential strummer with brutal shots of pigs being slaughtered, butchered, and otherwise being born livestock and eventually winding up very, very dead.This follows the similarly collaged clip for "Big Wheel," which had fun with words and found footage, and "Brighter!", an intimate visual that doubled as a memorial for McCombs collaborator, iconic actress Karen Black.

  • Onyx 'Wakedafucup' Video Dope DOD Reunion Snowgoons

    See Onyx Bring the Mad Face Back in 'Wakedafucup' Video

    No other '90s rap crew quite mastered the mad face like Onyx did — they even wrote a song about it. Plenty of crews looked hard but Sticky Fingaz, Fredro Starr, and Sonny Seeza were never so interested in appearing ice cold as they were connoting a general vibe of burn-your-whole-house-down fervor. Which is why it makes us happy to discover, that even as those men enter their 40s, they've still got it. The previously pretty dormant group (there was the A$AP Ferg Trap Lord cameo) released a brand new song earlier this week, and now there's a video to go with. The Home Run-directed clip for "Wakedafucup" (also the title of a forthcoming album) features Dutch guests Dope D.O.D., who seem to have "crazy face" down to a science and seem to have no problem rapping some really terrible things.Onyx aren't the only early '90s rap phenoms testing out their old moves.

  • De La Soul Free Download Catalog Youre Welcome Dilla

    De La Soul Are Giving Away All of Their Music for Free

    "De La Soul is from the soul," the legendary rap trio once famously stated, but they're honoring the heart on Valentine's Day by offering up their entire catalog for free download on their website. The gift is also in honor of 3 Feet High and Rising, their bona fide classic debut album that came out 25 years ago, nearly to the day. And there's a third reason for their generosity, as Rolling Stone points out: copyright law."Its been too long where our fans haven't had access to everything," Posdnuos told the magazine, citing the uncleared samples that haunt his group's catalog to this day. He blamed the decades-long delays on the mercurial recording industry. "It's been a trying journey. We've been blessed to be in the Library of Congress, but we can't even have our music on iTunes.

  • Little Dragon 'Klapp Klapp' Stream Nabuma Rubberband

    Little Dragon Slay Wild Krautrock-R&B Combo on 'Klapp Klapp'

    Little Dragon return with new music at last. The synth-loving Swedish art-pop crew will release their third album, Nabuma Rubberband, on May 13 via Loma Vista, and the first taste can be heard below, via Stereogum. "Klapp Klapp" is a very promising start, opening with pounding drums and raw bass that soon dissolve into a synthetic storm-cloud shot through with Yukimi Nagano's rich vocals. The whole thing is pushed forward by a Krautrock groove, but still flavored by R&B (even Auto-Tune) and darkwave wilding. Stream here, view the trailer above, and check out the track list below. Since 2011's Ritual Union, we've seen Little Dragon collaborate with Big Boi ("Mama Told Me") and, um, Absolut Vodka ("Sunshine").Nabuma Rubberband track list:1. "Mirror"2. "Klapp Klapp"3. "Pretty Girls"4. "Underbart"5. "Cat Rider"6. "Paris"7. "Lurad"8. "Nabuma Rubberband"9. "Only One"10. "Killing Me"11.

  • Nicki Minaj Malcolm X Petition Lookin Ass Nigga Response

    Nicki Minaj Apologizes for Attaching Malcolm X to 'Lookin Ass Nigga'

    Nicki Minaj has come under fire not for her new video — in which she fires a pair AK-47s akimbo — but for the art used to promote that song, "Lookin Ass Nigga." Found on her site (still, as of 6:15 p.m. EST) and on her Instagram (no longer), the grainy image repurposes a famous photo of Malcolm X holding a large gun while he peers out a window, seemingly concerned for his safety. Considering her use of weaponry, and that titular oft-weaponized word, people are pissed.So far, Minaj has inspired two Change.org petitions — one from former Green Party vice presidential candidate Rosa Clemente, and one from community activist and poet Kevin Powell. The former wrote, "You come from a rich legacy. Without the work and life of Malcolm X, you would not be able to do what you do.

  • Kanye West Kim Kardashian Kimye Proposal Video Keeping Up

    Kanye West's Kim Kardashian Proposal Was as Bombastic as Expected

    Are you ready to experience the event of another person's lifetime? No? Too bad, because E! is gonna make sure you don't make it too much further into 2014 without seeing Kanye West propose to Kim Kardashian in a manner so grandiose and lavish as to render all proposal plans you've ever dreamt of flaccid and threadbare. (Alternately: human and meaningful.) There will be spooky shadows, and sky-licking flames, and a whole freaking orchestra, and famous siblings crying tears of joy and whispering things like, "This is the best thing that I've ever seen in my life ... This is like a movie."Close — it's actually television, Khloé, but how would you know?

  • Holy Ship 2015 HARD Cruise Two Weekends

    Holy Ship! Grows to Two Weekends While Diplo Gets His Own Rave Cruise

    Though the hangover has faded, the memory of Holy Ship 2014!!! is fresh in our minds. Still, it's time to start planning for the next one ... or two. The beloved HARD-produced rave cruise will add a second weekend for 2015, with presumably identical lineups across two separate voyages departing Miami and heading to the Bahamas: January 3 through 6, and February 25 through 28. Last month's trip included Skrillex, Diplo, Chromeo, Disclosure, Pharrell, and many more.Veterans of the experience — we call ourselves #shipfam — will get detailed information about making reservations shortly, while the general public will have a chance to book their cabins in early March. The promoters are touting a trip to the "legendary private island pirate ship," which was not a feature of the most recent excursion, but has been in years past.

  • Death Grips 'No Love' Video Deep Web

    Death Grips Give No More Effs in 'No Love' Video

    "On the first day I gave a fuck," reads the small text at the bottom of the frame in the surprise video for Death Grips' 2012 track "No Love." But as the warped bass booms forth and the static ramps up, comic-book-ready letters splay across the screen: "1000%!! I USED TO GIVE A FUCK." Sorta 3-D footage of a live performance of the NO LOVE DEEP WEB bruiser is intermittently interrupted by that message and previously unheard blurts of noise while MC Ride raps about being trapped in an eternally lit "ragin' sea of flames." Zach Hill can be seen at one point holding a speaker while his partner beats the thing up (mostly verbally, but also physically). Meanwhile, the days of fuck-giving or not fuck-giving keep passing. If you forgot why Death Grips were SPIN's Artist of the Year in 2012, this is a nice brush-up. Also, read up on the Sacramento duo's 2013 piece, Government Plates.

  • Unicorns Reunion Nick Thorburn Reissue Tour Islands

    Nick Thorburn on Unicorns Reunion: 'Don't Get Your Hopes Up'

    Rumors of the Unicorns' resurrection have been slightly exaggerated. In a new podcast interview, group co-founder Alden Penner teased the possibility of a reunion tour, fresh recording sessions, and a reissue of the lo-fi pop crew's beloved 2003 album, Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? But his former writing partner, Islands man Nick Thorburn, says though the possibility has always been there, we shouldn't assume it'll happen now."Don't get your hopes up," he wrote to SPIN. "We are talking right now but that's as far as it's gotten. We've talked about this kind of thing many times over the years and while it's true that this is the furthest along it's gotten, conceptually, it's still just talk."Penner's visit to the Kreative Kontrol podcast raised hopes fairly high, however.

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