Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Allah-Las, '501-415,' Stream Worship the Sun

    Hear Allah-Las Sling Vintage California Cool on '501-415'

    Allah-Las are about as California as they come — an aural cocktail of surf-rock slack, garage-psych heat, and Beat Generation cool that goes down as easy as a Harvey Wallbanger sipped within view of the Pacific sunset. This also makes them a perfect fit for the Innovative Leisure label, which specializes in high-quality Los Angeles (etc.) noise-makers like the fellows you see above, and hear below. As the story goes, the band's members first met while working at their city's iconic record shop, Amoeba Music, but soon migrated to a nearby basement. On September 16, they'll release their second album, Worship the Sun, and you can now hear the first taste of it below.

  • Afrolicious California Dreaming Remixed Album Stream Scientist

    Stream Afrolicious' Dubby, Funked-Up 'California Dreaming Remixed' Album

    When you consider the roots of Afrolicious, an album-length remix project makes perfect sense. The San Francisco-based collective began simply as a DJ night thrown by two brothers — Joe and Oz McGuire, a.k.a. Pleasuremaker and Señor Oz. But as their event gained popularity, it attracted other producers and players interested in exploring the intersections of live Afro-Latin music and contemporary electronic styles. Afrolicious soon became a dozen-strong band, their growth mimicking the diaspora of the very same culture they're celebrating.

  • Fishing Producers Australia Recoup Stream Shy Glow

    Aussie Duo Fishing Create Sampledelic Psych-Pop on 'Recoup'

    Fishing are best friends Doug Wright and Russell Fitzgibbon, two Sydney-based producers whose new album's title could also function as a pretty apt name for their particular sound: Shy Glow. There's a brightness to what they do — a mix of Avalanches-style sampledelia, Animal Collective-like psych-pop, and contemporary beat-work — and also a certain amount of intimacy. The latter, in particular, is responsible for the warmth you'll hear in "Recoup," below. That lush track features loping guitar and vocals that seem beamed in from an enchanted land. Also, it sounds like summer, which is a thing Fishing have a knack for whether on the road opening for Yeasayer, at home remixing their countryman Flume, or releasing singles on the chillwave-friendly Lefse label. Shy Glow is due out June 23 via Create Control. Listen here:

  • Tyler the Creator IceJJFish I Just Bought a Bugatti Video

    See Tyler, the Creator and IceJJFish Skewer Shallow 'Bugatti' Rap

    It seems all too fitting that only days after the world witnessed Tyler, the Creator telling Larry King that he "hates" rap he'd release a video that skewers tired hip-hop tropes with aplomb. We first met the Odd Future founder's Young Nigga alter-ego c. 2011 (he came threw looking clean, you'll recall) but the cartoonishly thuggy character has since found an apt home on Tyler's show for Adult Swim, Loiter Squad. Seen above, YN teams with unlikely overnight R&B-ish viral sensation IceJJFish ("On the Floor") for a pretty delicious rap parody dubbed "I Just Bought a Bugatti (I'm Happy)." The premise pretty much speaks for itself — a statement on supplanting human joy with purchasing power — and the video is hilarious, opening with a press conference and devolving into bazookas, llama portraits, and Earl Sweatshirt overdubs.

  • SBTRKT Temporary View Sampha Stream Dog Bite

    SBTRKT and Sampha Meet Again on Lush 'Temporary View'

    The ever-elusive SBTRKT has shared a new song. "Temporary View" offers a lush pileup of glitchy effects, snapping percussion, pensive keys, thick textures, and — perhaps best of all — the unmistakeable voice of Sampha, known friend to Drake, Solange, and Jessie Ware. Earlier this year, the once-anonymous English producer released his Transitions EP but this latest share is likely the first taste of the next proper SBTRKT album. Hear it below, and as a bonus, check out Atlanta outfit Dog Bite's unofficial edit of Sampha's "Hesitant Oaf."As band boss Phil Jones writes, "I think Sampha has one of the best voices I have ever heard, I listened to his EP Dual and kinda fell in love with how elegant and powerful his song writing is. 'Hesitant Oaf' kinda stood out for me because as soon as I heard it I knew I wanted to make it into a longer experience. It was way too perfect.

  • Koreatown Oddity 'Title Sequence' Video Stream

    Wolf-Masked MC Called the Koreatown Oddity Will Save Us From Wackness

    It's a lot to take in all at once — a dude in a wolf mask, stalking the California wilderness, rapping about Rihanna over sweeping strings. But a guy who calls himself the Koreatown Oddity wouldn't have it any other way. Los Angeles residents may know Dominique Purdy from his days doing standup at the Laugh Factory at the age of 16. Others, perhaps, from his modest acting credits.

  • Sole & DJ Pain 1 Death Drive Album Stream

    Stream Sole & DJ Pain 1's Agit-Prop Trap-Rap LP, 'Death Drive'

    Earlier this year, we introduced you to the unlikely paring that is indie-rap lion Sole and producer DJ Pain 1. The former is a consummate outsider — the expatriated founder of the Anticon collective who moved from Oakland to Denver and found a new home (at the time) with the Occupy movement therein.  Meanwhile, the Madison-based Pain is a platinum-certified beatsmith who's authored tracks for everyone from 50 Cent and Juicy J to Public Enemy and Kool G Rap. (He's an educator in his city, too.)Different though their circumstances may be, they forge a strong partnership that finds Sole at his most clear-headed and sharp-tongued, spitting agit-prop anarchist heat over trapped percussion, chopped soul snippets, and classic turntable scratch. They've made an entire album of the stuff called Death Drive, and — lucky you — it's now streaming below.

  • DJ Dodger Stadium Jerome LOL Samo Sound Boy Video Never Win

    DJ Dodger Stadium Hit Sad Techno Sweet Spot in 'Never Win' Video

    DJ Dodger Stadium combines the talents of Jerome LOL and Samo Sound Boy, co-founders of the rising Los Angeles dance label Body High. We've heard them each individually on SPIN before — check Jerome's "Deleted," and Samo's "Divine" to get a feel for them apart — but on July 8, they'll co-release Friend of Mine under that geographically specific moniker. The label promises "10 pieces of hypnotic techno that tell the story of a wounded soul's search for redemption and peace," and that sounds about right. Above you can hear the just-shared song "Never Win," via XLR8R, which laces that downtrodden sentiment with melancholic yet body-moving beats. The accompanying video gives us a dusky tour of DJ Dodger Stadium's city, much like the previously released clip for album-opener "Love Songs." Because the music's great, you can watch that one below, too.

  • Dum Dum Girls 'Under These Hands' Video Session London

    Dum Dum Girls Slink and Soothe in 'Under These Hands' Video

    When it comes to promoting their expertly arranged latest album, Too True, Dum Dum Girls have gone big on the music video front. There was, of course, the Bret Easton Ellis short film for "Are You Okay," and the Jem and the Holograms-channelling "Rimbaud Eyes" cartoon, but also the hazy, gauzy, über-Goth clips for "Too True to be Good" and "Lost Boys and Girls Club." At last, however, viewers at home can see the same Dum Dums that made our Best of SXSW list. Above, you can catch a spare, black-and-white video for "Under These Hands," commissioned by fashion brand All Saints for their London Sessions series. The slinky song fits well into the intimate, smoke-filled room, and showcases the confidence and personality behind Dee Dee Penny and her leather-clad posse.

  • White Sea 'They Don't Know' Session Video

    Watch White Sea's Stunning, Operatic 'They Don't Know' Session Video

    If you don't yet know White Sea by name, you've most definitely already heard the soaring voice behind the moniker. Since 2008's Saturdays = Youth, Morgan Kibby has sung and played keys with M83 (oh yeah, and she co-wrote "Midnight City"). But with her just-out debut solo LP, In Cold Blood, the Alaska-born, Los Angeles-dwelling singer, writer, and producer handily establishes herself as a solo force. Taking cues from Kate Bush, Prince, and Joni Mitchell, White Sea sounds at once operatic and intimate, wild and carefully assembled. And at the center of all that electronically amplified songcraft is Kibby herself. Above, you can watch as she sits down in front of the piano at Shabby Road Studios in Brooklyn and, well, simply stuns.

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