Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • William Onyeabor 'Good Name' Who Is Luaka Bop

    William Onyeabor's 'Good Name' Will Finally Get Its Due on New Compilation

    William Onyeabor is a mysterious man with a beloved back catalog. Despite growing a deeply loyal cult following over the decades, the Nigerian electro-funk/Afro-beat innovator has only a mere paragraph's worth of a Wikipedia entry to his name. But as the story goes, after releasing a winning string of incredible dance records from 1978 to 1985, Onyeabor became a Born Again and disavowed all secular music. There are also rumors about a stint studying cinematography in the Soviet Union, a law degree obtained in England, and contract work for the Nigerian government so who knows what actually happened. The point is, no one has been successful at legally licensing the man's music ... until now, of course.David Byrne's Luaka Bop label is celebrating 25 years by rebooting its excellent World Psychedelic Classics series.

  • Sirah

    Sirah Moves 'On to the Next' With Big Hooks and Tight Rhymes

    Los Angeles rapper-singer Sirah walks a rare line. Though she'd been spitting prior, she rose to fame as the voice of Skrillex's "Bangarang," cites Cincinnati psych-rap collective WHY? as an influence, and has shared bills with Action Bronson. Her chameleonic approach is her strength, in fact — it's exactly what makes a track like "On to the Next" so dangerous.With an able cadence and a strong sense for hooks, Sirah holds forth over a snappy mix of EDM bigness and summer-pop groove, making her a shoo-in for Queen of Whatever-She-Needs-To-Be, Dammit. The track below hails from her forthcoming EP Inhale, due out August 13. In order to celebrate, Sirah will be hitting the road with K.Flay — a fellow White Girl Rap list alum, due respect — in support of Icona Pop (known 2pac fans, for the record).

  • Supreme Cuts divine ecstasy envision channy

    Supreme Cuts and Polica 'Envision' Hard-Hustling Electronic R&B

    Chicago's Supreme Cuts production team initially got our attention by dipping their town's frenetic footwork music in purped-out goop and slathering the results in darkly burbling synthery. That approach made Mike Perry and Austin Kjeultes the perfect pair to accompany evil rhymework of Haleek Maul as they continued to push their own sound to its outer limits via last year's Whispers in the Dark long-player. Now the Herbie Hancock-loving beatmakers are plotting their next evolution via Divine Ecstasy, an October 1 album for Dovecote that will feature Maul, Portland R&B outsider Shy Girls, French singer Mahaut Mondino, and — as can be heard below — Channy Leaneagh of Poliça.

  • Duck Sauce 'It's You' Remix Craiglist Free

    Duck Sauce Dish Out Free 'It's You' Remix via Craigslist

    A-Trak's Duck Sauce collaboration with producer Armand Van Helden is back in full swing again, this time pimping a swinging little number called "It's You." We heard the exquisitely silly, totally soulful new groove dropped last month and was followed by a hair-larious video featuring the fellas running things at one of the strangest barber shops that ever was. The pair have now shared a reworking of the track dubbed the "?@#! Remix" — a big-beat-and-airhorn affair that isn't surprising in and of itself, but the method of distribution is more than worthy of note. A Craigslist post for "free duck sauce" includes a link to download the revision for free via SendSpace. "new duck sauce available for sampling," the listing begins.

  • Lady Gaga MTV VMA Performance Awards

    Lady Gaga to Bring 'ARTPOP,' Not Meat, to 2013 MTV VMAs

    Lady Gaga will be performing at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, says, well, MTV. The ceremony will go down on August 25, airing at 9 p.m. regardless of your time zone, and Mother Monster is only the first guest to be announced. The network has confirmed that she's prepared to reveal the first official single from her forthcoming third studio album ARTPOP.As the VMAs have relocated to Brooklyn's über-successful Barclays Center all the way from Los Angeles' Staples Center, we're guessing Gaga will have to enquire after a new couture butcher who knows how to mold meat to her specific measurements.

  • Girls Against Boys 'The Ghost List' GVSB Ep Stream

    Girls Against Boys' Bass-Powered Punk Proves '60 Is Greater Than 15'

    As much as we're loathe to cite a Wikipedia page, it's quite telling that Girls Against Boys' sidebar stats include a heading for notable instruments, under which you'll find the single entry, "2 basses." These D.C.-bred post-hardcore heroes don't skimp when it comes to the low end. Formed in 1988 with an assist from drummer Brendan Canty (who left to focus on a little project called Fugazi), they've always had a thing for nasty, gut-curdling noise. Though the quartet's last album came way back in 2002 (You Can't Fight What You Can't See), they pick right up with "60 Is Greater Than 15," from GVSB's September 24 Epitonic EP The Ghost List. The track opens with electronic hum and guitar thrum as sing-speaker Scott McCloud holds forth on "psychic thrills" and earthly cravings.

  • David Heartbreak 'Acid Youths' Video OWSLA EP

    See David Heartbreak's 'Acid Youths' Go Up Against a SWAT Team

    David Heartbreak's production is a perfectly muddled swirl of pitch-warped dancehall, mellow moombahton groove, and sparingly used dubstep. The Brooklyn-bred beatsmith's elastic amalgam also happens to make him an ideal fit for Skrillex's well-curated OWSLA imprint, whose diverse approach to hard-edged yet accessible electronic music is always leaning toward the future. That'll be the home for The Foundation, Heartbreak's 23rd (or so) EP release, though his first for the label. "Acid Youths (Legalize It!!)" is a woozy highlight from the May set featuring Danish producer Simon Sayz and established English toaster Feral is Kinky. The track now gets a perfectly fitting video treatment courtesy of director Ryan Staake, who ratchets up the tension when it becomes clear that a wonderfully debauched party is about to get broken up by a very serious set of SWAT team goons.

  • Jay Z Magna Carta Robin Thicke Blurred Lines Billboard Chart

    Who Charted? Jay Z Touts 'Holy Grail' While Robin Thicke Shows Off Length

    First! Jay Z is No. 1 and this time without that pesky hyphen weighing him down. Magna Carta Holy Grail slides a fairly predictable 76 percent (129,000 sold) but maintains its position behind bulletproof glass in the national archives or wherever they keep precious lofty artifacts (oh, right, in a Galaxy S4). Is it just us, or does it feel like everything that needs to be said about this album has already happened, bookended by media events revolving around marketing collaborations and punctuation problems? Read our proper review and our impulsive reviews if you haven't already decided to return to Yeezus. No #newthoughts.2 to 10: Speaking of Kanye West, the man has made an ignominious egress from Billboard's Top 10 (apologies to whatever paparazzo takes the brunt of this one). Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles debuts at No.

  • John Wizards 'Lusaka By Night' Animated Video

    John Wizards' 'Lusaka by Night' Video Is a Happy Array of Singing Shapes

    John Wizards began as the project of homonymous Cape Town resident John Withers, an aficionado of African dance music and electronic pop who's since inducted a few friends into the fold. One of those is his vocal partner, Rwanda's Emmanuel Nzaramba, who can be heard taking lead on the upbeat wobbler "Lusaka by Night." The lush song is set to feature on the group's forthcoming full-length debut, John Wizards, due out on Planet Mu in September and expected to be chock-full of similarly bright amalgams of sunny guitar-play, funky rhythms, smart electronics, and lovely vocals. So, you know, it's kind of like Vampire Weekend, but with actual Africans involved. (We kid.) The above video for "Lusaka" is animated by Sebastian Borckenhagen and features an array of playful shapes and patterns.

  • The Darcys 'The River' Stream Warring Album

    Hear the Darcys' Moody Electronic Rock Salvo 'The River'

    Toronto's the Darcys have assembled quite a body of work in such a relatively short period of time. The quartet's 2011 self-titled debut came by way of Arts & Crafts with a production assist from Dears main man Murray Lightburn. Last year they followed that with a full-length interpretation of the 1977 Steely Dan classic Aja (word to Mayer Hawthorne). And now they're gearing up to drop the third piece in this unusual trilogy, Warring, produced by Tom McFall (Stars, Alcholic Faith Mission)."Warring is moving forward," said the band via statement. "It's learning in motion. Competition and survival, letting go to persevere. It is anxiety about the future and the triumph of life in the moment. It's victory on will alone, the force that eradicates failure as an option."The opening salvo of that fight against inertia can be heard below.

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