Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • 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.

  • Weezer Ain't Got Nobody Video Preview Wednesday

    Hear the Hook of Weezer's 'Ain't Got Nobody'

    Happy Weezer Wednesday! Here's the latest installment of the reinvigorated '90s icons' video series previewing their purportedly in-progress, Ric Ocasek-produced ninth album. We've shared a couple of clips before, but why not put all eight of them in one place? Above, check out the latest, which teases a song seemingly called "Ain't Got Nobody." Below, you'll hear some of "The Wasteland" (which definitely has "awesome guitars happening") followed by other static-snarled snippets and behind-the-scenes tidbits. Catch more Weezer weirdness on Tumblr, then head "Back to the Shack."

  • Larry King Now Tyler the Creator Video Interview

    Watch Larry King Interview Tyler, the Creator

    UPDATE: We've now got the full episode embedded above. Enjoy!Yup. Odd Future leader and all-around Wolf/auteur Tyler, the Creator appears on Larry King Now today (June 4). In case you missed it, that's the Hulu and Ora TV-distributed web talk show of the most distinguished man in televised interviews. The new episode is available at 5 p.m. ET, but you can watch a sizzle reel above that finds the esteemed guest discussing his filmic ambitions — to be mentioned in the same breath as Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino — while also shedding light on the OFWGKTA ethos and, ahem, expressing his admiration for a beloved actress: "I love Jennifer Lawrence. If you watching this, leave the nigga you with!" King proves he understands that Tyler is more than soundbites: "You're a renaissance man," he says assuredly.

  • Joakim Luke Jenner Bring Your Love Video Rapture

    The Rapture's Luke Jenner Dresses Up for Joakim's 'Bring Your Love' Video

    Parisian producer and Tigersushi Records boss Joakim is the subject of a deep and delightful profile by SPIN's own Philip Sherburne and in celebration of that fact — we'd like the think, at least — he's released a brand new video. Seen above, the Ill-Studio-directed "Bring Your Love" clip finds guest Luke Jenner (late-ish of the Rapture) suited up and singing about "broken dreams" while model/artist/editor Bianca O'Brien appears in various odd, arty scenarios. The track itself, which hails from the out-now Tropics of Love album, takes a similar bent, bridging tropical gauze to sound design to Balearic pulse. On June 16, "Bring Your Love" will get its own single release, complete with an extended dub version, and remixes from Sam Tiba, Young Marco, and William Burnett. 

  • Cathedrals 'Want My Love' Stream Neon Golden

    Cathedrals Merge R&Beats With Gorgeous Guitar on 'Want My Love'

    San Francisco enters the nü-R&B game swinging with Cathedrals, a duo comprising Brodie Jenkins (Ghost and Gale) and Johnny Hwin (Blackbird Blackbird). The two share songwriting duties and possess an excellent collective ear for post-Aaliyah mood-making, pulsating bass, gorgeous harmonies, and XX-like guitar-play. They officially release their third single, "Want My Love" via Neon Gold on June 5, but you can stream it right now below. "Just tell me you're alone / 'Cause right now I've got this yearnin' deep in my bones," sings Jenkins in a husky coo before the song bursts wide open in a masterful merging of live instrumentation and electronic production. All of this bodes well for a yet-to-be-titled summer EP. Stay tuned.

  • The Young 'Metal Flake' Stream 'Chrome Cactus' Album

    Psych Band the Young Herald Dark New Album With 'Metal Flake'

    The Young's 2012 album, Dub Egg, was, in words of SPIN's David Bevan, a "crispy, Crazy Horse-like delight that glimmers and growls." But if the first taste of the Austin psych-rock outfit's next album is any indication, any sheen they previously had has been scrubbed and scuffed into shadowy, squalling oblivion. On August 26, Matador Records will release Chrome Cactus, an LP they say was influenced by Link Wray, Dead Moon, Lungfish, and (early) ZZ Top. Hit play above to hear "Metal Flake," a guitar-grinding, drum-smashing desert-crawler that finds singer Hans Zimmerman hissing misanthropic things about mind-creatures over an increasingly ripping and discordant score. The LP was produced by Tim Green (of Nation of Ulysses and the Fucking Champs) and is available for pre-order now.

  • Madlib Freddie Gibbs Deeper Video Pinata Album

    Freddie Gibbs' Raps From Prison in 'Deeper' Video

    Freddie Gibbs and Madlib found a real groove together on Pińata, a street-rap epic that combines the deft stylings of an Indiana-reared MC who's drawn more than a few comparisons to 2Pac and a visionary producer whose blunted beats continually color West Coast hip-hop. That release made our Best Albums of 2014 So Far list, and now it's spawned a beautifully shot music video for the standout track, "Deeper." Seen above, the Jonah Schwartz-directed clip takes a page from the lyrics and depicts Gibbs in prison, reflecting back on a wrong turn in a relationship that could've generated a much more positive future for the man. Watch above, and read our recent rare interview with Madlib about Pińata, jazz, Kanye West, and his future moves.

  • Kimbra Remakes '90s Music Videos in '90s Music' Video

    It's no easy feat to establish yourself as a standalone star after being featured on a song as ubiquitous as Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," but Kimbra is at last well on her way. She's got a fantastic and bizarre new single making the rounds that blends bright pop production with arty effects, rap beats, fuzzy guitars, R&B falsettos, and all manner of odd bells and whistles. Now there's a fittingly crazy/sexy/cool video to go with for the song dubbed — oh yeah, did we forget to mention that? — "90s Music." The song's hook pays tribute to some familiar names: "MJ and Mariah / Nirvana and Aaliyah / R. Kelly and Mary Blige / TLC and Left Eye." And the clip, naturally pays visual tribute to some of the era's most memorable videos — visuals from Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Björk, Jamiroquai, and, as Stereogum points out, Aqua.

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