Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Andy Stott Adult Swim 'Anytime Soon' Singles Series

    Andy Stott Unspools Darkly Dangerous Techno With 'Anytime Soon'

    England's Andy Stott is a master of weaving tense beauty through a bleak techno-addled landscape. As Justin F. Farrar put it in his review of the man's recent Luxury Problems, his approach is "murky, dense, menacing, feral, exotic, and humid ... a genre-dissolving iteration of infinitely layered bass decay." Stott is the latest in an impressive string of artists to contribute to the current Adult Swim Singles series, adding "Anytime Soon" to the growing oeuvre.The eight-minute track builds slowly, establishing a paranoiac mood of ever-shifting beat-work and disembodied voice as he builds to a more perfect danceable noise. "The danger is in the thrill," sings a woman over the blackened groove, and indeed, some sort of ominous evil seems to lurk.

  • Pharrell Ravens Ray Lewis Mixtape Natural Born Hitters

    Hear the Ravens' Ray Lewis Shout Over Pharrell's Goopy Trap Jams

    And the WTF of the Week goes to Pharrell Williams and former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis for their so-called mixtape, Natural Born Hitters. This unlikely collaboration arrives via a marketing tie-in with Under Armour athletic wear and only comprises three tracks coming in at a minute-and-a-half each. They are titled "Training," "Practice," and "Pregame," and feature intensely delivered motivational shouting by Lewis set to half-baked beats by the hitmaker du jour (see Robin Thicke, Daft Punk, Nicki Minaj, Earl Sweatshirt, Azealia Banks, 2 Chainz ...) who folds trap, electro, and drifting psych into the mix.

  • Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Swizz Beatz 'Hands up'

    Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, and Rick Ross Pack Heat on 'Hands Up'

    There's no shortage of material out there from the artists assembled on Swizz Beatz's freshly leaked track, "Hands Up," but hearing all of them in top form together in the same place is, well, priceless. Lil Wayne is first up with a damned clever bit of aerodynamic wordplay ("Your girl is my biggest fan — windmill, nigga") before rapping about cunnilingus for the umpteenth time in uncomfortable proximity to an Alicia Keys joke.Then in comes Nicki Minaj, reportedly throwing shade on Iggy Azalea with, "I got little bunny rabbits in my backyard / Fuck a funny style fraud, tryna act hard / Uhn — you my son, no daddy, you a bastard / Plus you got mad miles on ya vag card." Oof. Rick Ross puts his back into the next verse, which involves some expert-level hollering ("I can tell by your shoes that your ponytail's new") via hair extensions.

  • Kanye West Kris Jenner Show Interview Full Video Watch

    Watch Kanye West's Entire 'Kris Jenner Show' Interview

    Kanye West's entire hour-long interview with his baby's mother's mother Kris Jenner is now streaming in full. The above rip came from Mr. World Premiere, and finds the Yeezus star sitting down with Kim Kardashian's mom for a lengthy chat about the media, marriage, parenthood (see the first photo of über-cute baby girl North West) and, at some point, music. The exceedingly polite and occasionally emotional pow-wow went down on FOX's Kris Jenner Show today. As previously noted, this is West's first television interview since his 2010 sit-down with Matt Lauer for the Today Show, which didn't go so well.

  • Pearl Jam 'Mind Your Manners' Video Lightning Bolt

    Watch Pearl Jam's Electrifying 'Mind Your Manners' Video

    Pearl Jam are careening toward their 10th studio album on the strength of their frantic, fiery "Mind Your Manners," a song which openly flouts its own advice. If the Seattle grunge beacons are gonna call their new one Lightning Bolt (particularly while drummer Matt Cameron moonlights in Drumgasm with skins-psycho Zach Hill), well, they might as well get punk with it. Revered photographer Danny Clinch directs the song's new video, which fittingly laces the noisy track with quickly shifting footage of explosions, cartoon bursts of electricity, and dramatic agit-prop imagery. The 12-track Lightning Bolt is expected October 15 via Universal Republic and is available for pre-order now. No other song titles have yet been revealed.

  • Nine Inch Nails Trent Reznor 'In Conversation With...' Stream Hesitation Marks

    Hear Trent Reznor Link 'Hesitation Marks' to 'The Downward Spiral'

    In an excerpt from a bonus interview included on the iTunes Deluxe Edition of Nine Inch Nails' Hesitation Marks, Trent Reznor discusses the influence of the band's 1994 classic The Downward Spiral on the new material. "Any time I sit down and write music, the first part of that is always centering myself and thinking about who I currently am ... This time that process involved thinking about who I used to be," says a particularly contemplative Reznor. (Though the track is titled "In Conversation With...," it still isn't clear with whom he's, um, conversing.)"I started really thinking a lot about who I was back in the Downward Spiral days, writing that album.

  • Elle Goulding 'Goodness Gracious' Stream Halcyon Days

    Ellie Goulding and fun.'s Nate Ruess Drop Tropi-Pop Gem 'Goodness Gracious'

    Pop chameleon Ellie Goulding will release an expanded version of last year's ebullient and adventurous Halcyon on August 27. Dubbed Halcyon Days, the extensive set will include 10 additional songs, ranging from the English songwriter's spare cover of Alt-J's "Tesselate" to the electronically blessed "Burn" to the breathless ballad "Hearts Without Chains." That latter leak featured an expert assist from Adele hit-maker Fraser T Smith, and now we've got a vibrant new collaboration to sample.On "Goodness Gracious," Goulding teams up with fun. main man Nate Ruess, whose co-writing touch has been felt on Pink's "Just Give Me a Reason" and Ke$ha's "Die Young." Though Ruess takes on a behind-the-scenes role, his sense for melody and impact shines through, and Ellie's own presence is undeniable.

  • Nine Inch Nails 'Find My Way' Hesitation Marks

    Nine Inch Nails Share Dark New Mantra 'Find My Way'

    Nine Inch Nails have followed up their uncharacteristically poppy new song "Everything" with "Find My Way," a slow-burner that lurks in the shadowlands that the industrial titans are best known for. The new track premiered on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show and is currently only streaming there, at the 43:40 mark. Though this latest share certainly won't inspired any sarcastically treacly fan-made videos featuring Trent Reznor riding a unicorn, it does break from the other two studio recordings we've heard so far.UPDATE: Stream "Find My Way" below thanks to a radio rip.While "Copy of A" is a burbling techno-fried slab and "Came Back Haunted" is a snarling twitchy explosion, "Find My Way" is a dark ambient piece that finds Reznor in meditative mode. Nine Inch Nails recently brought their new stage show to Lollapalooza and Outside Lands.

  • Deltron 3030 Orchestra Tour Event II Del Automator

    Deltron 3030 Tap 16-Piece Orchestra for Long-Awaited Tour

    The recently reunited undie-rap supergroup Deltron 3030 will release their long-awaited second album on October 1. Event II will arrive a whole 13 years after the self-titled debut from Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator, and Kid Koala, so while anticipations are running high for the star-studded LP, fans' expectations for anything else are likely low. Naturally when the group announces an actual tour, it's reason to celebrate. And when they promise to bring a 16-piece orchestra with them, well that's the cherry on top.The Orchestra 3030 will join the trio on select dates noted below, with their tour kicking off October 8, shortly after a pair of September Rock the Bells festival appearances in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

  • Ka 'Peace Akhi' Video Chess 'The Night's Gambit'

    Ka Likens Urban Warfare to a Chess Match in 'Peace Akhi' Video

    Ka is a firefighter by profession, but on "Peace Akhi" he's a "Rap Game William Blake as printmaker poet, creating a whole weird world and language no one can fully figure out," as SPIN's own Brandon Soderberg put it. That enigma only helps the& Brownsville MC/producer on his Essential new album, The Night's Gambit, which may very well be 2013's best hip-hop platter to date."Peace Akhi" is an uncompromising track with a beat made of warm static, spare hand-drumming, and bassy piano hits that sound like a clocktower's clang. Overtop, Ka unravels his mad monk mutterings and distorted street-rap stories with occasional overdubs and samples from an officiated chess match. Naturally the accompanying video (via Stereogum) features the aforementioned game, though one man playing himself in a gritty and slightly surreal urban landscape.

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