Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • 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.

  • Taylor Swift Contest Cancelled Thanks 4chan Charles FTW

    Taylor Swift Contest Canceled After Charles, the Hair Sniffer Actually Wins

    It may go down as the most bittersweet victory of 2013. A "fat old guy creep" named Charles received the Internet's favor in a "Taylor Swift's Biggest Fan Contest," but was denied the right to smell the young star's golden locks after the hosting radio station called into question the, ahem, integrity of the competition. As Gawker reports, Boston's Kiss 108 FM has cancelled the meet-and-greet entirely due to the meddling of known online troll hovels 4chan and Reddit.The broadcaster notes, "Disappointingly, we have determined that the integrity of the 'Taylor Swift's Biggest Fan' contest has been compromised. In accordance with our contest rules, effective immediately, the contest has been terminated.

  • Arca &&&&& Mix EP Yeezus Producer UNO NYC

    Arca's Post-'Yeezus' Mix '&&&&&' Is Frighteningly Good

    In an old bio for Venezuela-born producer Arca, the young man's mother writes, "new forms tunes and notes transfers from the heart what is best even in the dissonance." As grammatically odd as the statement may be, the sentiment goes to the heart of what's great about the New York-based beatsmith's work, as heard most recently on Kanye West's monstrous new album Yeezus.Born Alejandro Ghersi, he has a mercurial but consistently fascinating touch. His 2012 EPs Stretch 1 and Stretch 2 (released via UNO NYC) explored darkly sparkling sonic territories with an elastic touch, roping in chopped rap vocals, outlandish effects, and deeply dimensional texture.

  • Ad-Rock Maximum Hedrum RoboSexual Remix

    Ad-Rock Makes 'RoboSexual' Freak-Freak on Maximum Hedrum Remix

    If the name Maximum Hedrum evokes memories of a certain talking head/Coca-Cola spokesman, well, that's probably intentional. "Sometimes I feel like I'm a machine, I really can't help that," goes the hook of the strange electro-funk trio's recent "RoboSexual" single. The last time we heard from DJ-producer Sam Spiegel, he was busy building his own Deltron 3030-inspired space-rap rocket ship dubbed N.A.S.A. But with an assist from film scorer Harold Faltermeyer and Sepultura singer Derrick Greene, der Spiegel is reinvented as a cyborg who likes to make it with the freak-freak. Cue Beastie Boy bestie Ad-Rock, who lends his psych-inspired breakbeat prowess to the remix below. "RoboSexual" kicks off with a bit of knowledge from P-Funk godhead George Clinton before busting out the cardboard and windmilling all over the dance floor.

  • Lucius 'Hey, Doreen' Stream Wildewoman Album

    Lucius Announce Debut Album With Bubbly Soul Single 'Hey, Doreen'

    Hotly tipped Brooklyn indie-pop outfit Lucius will deliver their debut album unto the world on October 15 via Mom+Pop. Wildewoman will feature 11 songs (and one brightly suggestive album cover, seen below) rife with the sort of substantial, '60s-indebted shine to be found on "Turn It Around," a cut found on last year's self-titled, self-released EP.The five-piece band has a fully formed sound spearheaded by the intertwining vocals of Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe, who can be heard simply owning brand new song "Hey, Doreen." The soulful song is additionally powered by fuzzy guitar hits, soft organ tones, electronic effects, and reverberating keys, making for a very modern take on some classic ideas. Song, cover art, and track list below for your fizzy enjoyment.The, um, ice cream-enriched Lucius album cover:Lucius, Wildewoman track list:1. "Wildewoman"2. "Turn It Around"3.

  • JMSN 'Love & Pain' Video Priscilla Album

    JMSN Explores Desert, Dualities in Sax-Assisted 'Love & Pain' Video

    Detroit-via-Los Angeles singer-producer JMSN (like the whiskey) has some odd yet impressive bona fides in his back pocket. Of late, he's been operating in the TDE family, having contributed to four of the songs on Kendrick Lamar's Essential album good kid, m.A.A.d. city, and banked a forthcoming EP with Black Hippy member Ab-Soul. But before all of that, the young man born Christian Berishaj was signed to Universal Motown and even did a tour with the Backstreet Boys.

  • Atropolis 'Which Way to Go' Video Carol C Transitions

    Atropolis and Carol C Get Flouncy in Upbeat 'Which Way to Go' Video

    The top of the work week can be tough, but Atropolis and his vocally blessed gal-pal Carol C are doing their best to provide relief. The New York born-and-bred producer gets an assist from Si*Sé's singer on his new single "Which Way to Go," a buoyant, tropically inclined electronic anthem perfect for any listener feeling strapped for a little "me time." The song hails from the beatsmith's forthcoming sophomore album, Transitions, the first release from the artist's own Cumba Mela label, which grew out of a DJ project associated with Brooklyn's warehouse party scene. Atropolis' affinity for blending styles — moombahton, cumbia, kuduro, house, dubstep — earned him the attention of the beloved Dutty Artz imprint, but he's since decided to go it alone.

  • Kelly Rowland 'Dirty Laundry' Video Crying Beyonce

    Kelly Rowland Airs Out 'Dirty Laundry' in Tear-Soaked Video

    Kelly Rowland's "Dirty Laundry" is a brave combination of gut-wrenching real talk and haunting production. It's a powerful song that, yes, refers to the former Destiny's Child singer's complex friendship with Beyoncé (and even that's done with stunning emotional transparency), but the meat of it comes from her tale of a harrowing relationship with a physically abusive man. As Julianne Escobedo Shepherd noted in her review of Rowland's new album Talk a Good Game, the track is so intensely confessional that singing it onstage in Washington D.C. caused its author to break into tears mid-performance.The Atlanta-born artist returns to that heavy space in the song's new video, spending most of the clip in a dark pool — what looks like an isolation chamber — which no doubt represents the internal prison she'd created for herself while hiding her troubles from family and friends.

  • Beady Eye 'Shine a Light' Video Naked Women Liam Gallagher

    Beady Eye Wink From Within a Pile of Naked Women in 'Shine a Light' Video

    Liam Gallagher has something in common with Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke and it's not the size of, um, his ego. The latest video from his band Beady Eye features the erstwhile Oasis man fully dressed (with sunglasses, of course) surrounded by svelte naked women. The naughty bits only make up a small percentage of the "Shine a Light" clip, which also features a tense scene between Gallagher as his own too-cool-for-school self and Gallagher as a hospitable-but-severe-looking priest.If one is to extrapolate a plot from Charles Lightening's direction (why not?), it appears to be this: Beady Eye seeks room and board at an ancient religious stronghold; Liam notices that they've got some super-hot nuns in the joint; said nuns wind up in pile of bare asses framing Liam's nonplussed face.

  • j. cole apology jodeci freestyle retard autism lyrics

    J. Cole Issues Genuine Apology to the Autistic Community Over Drake Song

    J. Cole might be a Born Sinner, but the chart-topping artist has done a good deed by issuing a genuine and thoughtful apology for a recent lyric that caused controversy. Bucking the trend established (most recently) by Lil Wayne and Rick Ross, the North Carolina MC laid himself at the feet of the offended and asked for forgiveness for his faux pas: using "autistic" and "retarded" as disses in his "Jodeci Freestyle" verse alongside Drake."Last week, when I first saw a comment from someone outraged about the lyric, I realized right away that what I said was wrong," Cole wrote on his website, Dreamvillain. "I was instantly embarrassed that I would be ignorant enough say something so hurtful ... I feel real shame.

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