Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • M.I.A. 'Gold' Stream Partysquad Summer Mixtape 2014

    M.I.A. Raps About Skype and Kindle on 'Gold'

    M.I.A.'s Matangi was wild and confounding and wonderful, and it's only fair to give some shine to those sonic architects who did their thing under her vision. The Partysquad made it into the credits, as Stereogum points out, and now the Dutch duo pop up again thanks to the arrival of the latest installment in their annual streamign song-dump. The Partysquad Summer Mixtape 2014 features much of the usual fare — edits and remixes of tracks by Lil Jon, Major Lazer, and Iggy Azalea — but also a little unreleased Maya Arulpragasam cut called "Gold." The blurty, choppy track is chock full of heavy horns and modern tech references. Get into it here.

  • MONEY 'The Shadow of Heaven' Video Manchester Band

    MONEY Go Soul-Searching in Arresting 'The Shadow of Heaven' Video

    MONEY, the band, hail from Manchester and specialize in a glistening sort of rock both heady and beautiful. Their debut album, The Shadow of Heaven purports to be "yearning and soul-searching," according to label Bella Union, and the titular song certainly doesn't refute such a statement. Experienced above complete with an arresting video, the song basks in its own openness and finds Jamie Lee cooing of "the cruelty of godliness in us" as guitar billows forth into thick atmosphere.

  • The Range 'Rayman' Stream Gem Drops Four

    Hear the Range's Lush Left-Field Dance Track, 'Rayman'

    Portland's Dropping Gems label has been a humble but strong influencer in the international electronic music underground, thanks largely to the strength of their Gem Drops compilations. On July 29, the series gets a fresh infusion of burbling lifeblood via Gem Drops Four (that's the pre-order link with all the hand-crafted bells and whistles) which will amass the talents of familiar faces like Natasha Kmeto, Devonwho, Philip Grass, Pixelord, and Free the Robots.Also among the 21 featured artists: the Range. The Providence, Rhode Island producer's contribution can be heard below. "Rayman" is an indicative work from the man born James Hinton — a track that begins in a dridfty haze and winds up positively ascendant, incorporating busy percussion, cut-up computer voices, and chiming melodies along the way.

  • Valentino Khan In We Trust EP OWSLA Stream

    Stream Valentino Khan's Amped OWSLA EP 'In We Khan Trust'

    Valentino Khan is one of those behind-the-scenes forces whose touch you've undoubtedly felt, even if you hadn't yet come across his name The Los Angeles DJ and producer had a significant hand in (on?) Major Lazer's "Bubble Butt" and has worked on tracks by B.o.B., Iggy Azalea, T.I., and Kid Sister as well. Today, he releases his new In Khan We Trust EP for Skrillex's OWSLA label. The six-track set covers a lot of ground, from the amphetamine-amped bounce of "Make Some Noise" to the breakbeat Dracula wilding of "Bloodsucker," not to mention forays into rave, dubstep, rap, and whatever else serves to ratchet the party atmosphere up to dangerously discomfiting levels. Stream the entire thing below and pick it up over at OWSLA.

  • George Harrison Memorial Tree Killed Beetles Beatles

    George Harrison Memorial Tree Killed by Actual Beetles

    A tree planted to honor of the memory of the Beatles songwriter George Harrison has been killed by actual beetles. As the Los Angeles Times reports, the living local monument fell victim to an infestation of insects that couldn't be bested. According to Councilman Tom LaBonge, the 10-foot-tall pine planted in 2004 bit the dust only recently, and a new one will be planted in its stead shortly.Harrison's last years were spent living in L.A. — he died there at 58 in late 2001, and was cremated at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

  • Spoon 'Inside Out' Video Stream They Want My Soul

    Spoon Debut Drifty 'Inside Out' With Mind-Bending Visuals

    Spoon have hit us with the second gift of the day from their forthcoming August 5 album They Want My Soul. Heard above, "Inside Out" is a patently dreamy affair, setting singer Britt Daniel's raw cry to a shimmery score and a locked electronic groove. His multi-tracked voice moves in and out of the mellow groove, while images captured by the album's photgrapher, Todd Baxter, morph strangely into one another, pointing at possible hidden meanings along the way. Earlier today, of course, we got the also quite surreal official video for new song "Do You." That follows a shadowy unofficial clip for "Rent I Pay."

  • Hear the Unicorns Cover Daniel Johnston's 'Rocketship' in Lovely Weirdness

    Eerily, the Unicorns predicted their return the last time we heard from them, via The Unicorns: 2014. That 2004 EP was the beloved odd-pop band's final missive, but they've reunited at last, bearing with them news of a tour with Arcade Fire and a reissue of their classic third album, Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? The digital master of that (also strangely predictively titled) release will arrive July 29, and feature four bonus tracks. One of those can be heard below — a previously unreleased cover of Daniel Johnston's "Rocketship" that features that trademark Unicorns combination of loose guitar, keyboard squelch, and warm vocals.

  • Weird Al 'Mission Statement' Crosby Stills Nash Video Parody

    'Weird Al' Apes Corporate America in Crosby, Stills, and Nash Parody Video

    And so "Weird Al" Yankovic's #8videos8days campaign comes to an end, not with a scream, but a melodious whisper in the style of Crosby, Stills, and Nash's enduring 1969 hit, "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes." After parodying Robin Thicke, Pharrell, Lorde, Iggy Azalea, the Pixies, and Southern Culture on the Skids — plus, the archetypical "Sports Song" — the comedy-song king releases the hand-illustrated video for "Mission Statement." The lyrics take aim at the language of corporate America by cobbling together a series of surface-level sensible sentences that, upon deeper examination, mean absolutely nothing.

  • Tuatara Peter Buck 'Snakecharmer' Stream REM

    Hear Tuatara's Hypnotic 'Snakecharmer,' Featuring Members of Pearl Jam, R.E.M.

    To look at the photo above, you'd assume the four fellas of Tuatara to be sensitive about their identities, but the mystery is in the music. The far-out post-rock/jazz-funk group's forthcoming Underworld album is peopled thusly: mastermind/drummer Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees), guitarist Peter Buck (R.E.M.), bassist Justin Harwood (Luna, the Chills), and sax-man Skerik (Critters Buggin, Les Claypool), with none of than Pearl Jam's Mike McCready as the special guest guitarist for the set. The band's been doing their thing since 1996, and that deeply dug groove can be felt in spades on "Snakecharmer" below. As the saxophone climbs and the rhythm section digs, we hear a vibes-fed noir-ish sound not unlike that found on records by Tortoise and Jaga Jazzist.

  • Stardeath and White Dwarfs 'Luminous Veil' Stream Flaming Lips

    Hear Stardeath and White Dwarfs' Beautiful and Freaky 'Luminous Veil'

    "Luminous Veil" opens with an apology, but really it's Stardeath and White Dwarfs who deserve the mea culpa. The Norman, Oklahoma psych quartet have been doing their freaky thing since 2004, but they haven't yet been given their due, in their own right. Band leader Dennis Coyne is the nephew of Wayne Coyne, and the group's collaborated with the Flaming Lips quite a bit (on the road, and with that Dark Side of the Moon full-album cover, for example). But with new album Wastoid, Stardeath find their own deep, deep groove. Below you can hear "Luminous Veil," an aptly titled cut that finds Dennis' wistful, Grandaddy-recalling vocals drifting through a blooming haze of pretty psychedelia. The album arrive July 29 on Dave Sitek's Federal Prism label, and purports to be as influenced by the Dungeon Family as Crazy Horse.

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