Chris Martins



  • Cuushe 'I Miss You' Stream 'Butterfly Case' Album

    Cuushe's 'I Miss You' Is a Shoegazing R&B Dream

    With her forthcoming album Butterfly Case, Berlin-via-Tokyo singer Cuushe offers an entrancing blend of vintage dream pop, Morr Music-like post-rock and glitch, and the sort of R&B that pours out of stay-at-home sensualists like How to Dress Well. Earlier shares like "Sort of Light" have gotten the attention of unlikely culture curators Nerdist, and it's easy to see why.While Cuushe's 2009 debut Red Rocket Telepathy set her vocals to musique concrète, the new 10-song set is instantly accessible, without a whit of pandering. Below you'll hear "I Miss You," which soaks her vocals in gauzy reverb and sets 'em soaring to jangly guitar, canned drums, and sweeping strings. The production throughout Butterfly Case comes courtesy of beatsmith aus, head of Japan's Flau label, who will also be releasing the record on September 23.Cuushe, Butterfly Case track list:1.

  • R. Kelly 'Genius' Stream Black Panties Album

    R. Kelly Invades 'Your Sex Dreams' on 'Genius'

    R. Kelly has suffered a few misses of late, but new song "Genius" assists in rebuilding aniticpation for the R&B ruler's twelfth album, Black Panties. Due out November 11, the contemporary pop-centric long-player has thus far delivered "My Story," a leaden sinker featuring 2 Chainz, and "Tear It Up," a far steamier success story with an assist from Future.This latest leak is a freaky sex jam to be sure, though landing in the airy territory of folks like Miguel, as opposed to the down-and-dirty sweat-trawls of Kellz' own past. He approaches his lyrics with a subtle touch, favoring a falsetto range and dishing out la-la-las left and right. The production is glistening and sweet, perhaps much like the "sex dreams" our perpetually cigar-clutching host spends most of his time here bragging about. Now close your eyes:

  • Kanye West Myleka Candy Lost Song Stream

    Hear Kanye West Rap on Myleka's Long Lost 'Candy'

    Kanye West has advanced in such leaps and bounds since we first met him, and become such a larger-than-life figure along the way, that it's difficult to remember the man in the early aughts — a rising name in production with the occasional guest verse as a mere bonus. As noted in the opening moments of his staggering new album Yeezus, that dark and balmy time known as Yeezy Season is fully upon us.Which is why it's fun to travel back to simpler times every so often. Thanks to Fake Shore Drive, we can do just that via "Candy," a song credited to Myleka with a beat and verse courtesy of the Louis Vuitton Don himself.

  • Laura Marling 'Devil's Resting Place' Video Eagle

    Laura Marling Sleeps With the Enemy in 'Devil's Resting Place' Video

    Laura Marling's incredible Once I Was an Eagle is full of lyrics about love gone wrong, but "Devil's Resting Place" is in a class of its own. The darkly sylvan story-song takes the trope of sleeping with the enemy to a bleakly literal location, casting the singer as forever changed after she's spent time in the embrace of evil. "When you come to call on me that's why my eyes are glazed," she deadpans, "I've been with the devil in the devil's resting place."Once again teaming up with directors Fred Scott and Nick Davies (of both "Master Hunter" and the "When Brave Bird Saved" medley short), Marling now gives the song an entrancing video treatment. Therein, we see a woman in Victorian garb traversing a shadowy forest in order to rendezvous with a mysterious black-suited man.

  • Jerry Sharell Machete Hostage Stabbed Ex-Husband Music Executive

    Music Vet Jerry Sharell Attacked By Girlfriend's Machete-Wielding Ex

    A music industry veteran in his 70s was held hostage in his home and stabbed multiple times by a machete-wielding intruder on Sunday (September 15) morning. Jerry Sharell was attacked by the ex-husband of his current girlfriend around 8 a.m. The assailant arrived to Los Angeles' affluent Woodland Hills neighborhood by motorcycle, carrying both the blade and a bouquet of flowers. Sharell, a former A&R who worked with the Carpenters and Joe Cocker, is expected to recover.Local television station KABC spoke to neighbor Harold Sulman, who reported that Behnam Vasseghi, 57, "got off the bike, took off his helmet, went in the back, and pulled out a big bouquet of flowers and started walking down the street. I just thought it was weird." Sharell had recently begun dating the woman after losing his own wife to cancer. His girlfriend allegedly had a restraining order out against her ex.

  • Tim Lambesis As I Lay Dying Hitman Murder Plot Trial

    As I Lay Dying's Tim Lambesis Claims Steroids Made Him Hire a Hitman

    As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis has pleaded not guilty in response to charges that he attempted to hire a hitman in order to carry out the would-be murder of his wife. As reported in May, the Christian metalcore singer was picked up by police in Oceanside, California after he solicited an undercover police officer for the ill deed. Defense attorney Thomas Warwick claims Lambesis had been using steroids as a bodybuilding aid, and that the drugs warped his mind.According to prosecutors, as reported by Billboard, the vocalist emailed his wife Meggan last August expressing that he wanted a divorce. She supposedly later learned that he'd been having an affair. Lambesis then reportedly told a man at his gym she'd been keeping him from their three adopted Ethiopian children and hindering the breakup process, so he'd decided to search for a contract killer.

  • Four Tet 'Parallel Jalebi' Beautiful Rewind Stream

    Four Tet Stokes a Sweetly Sticky Groove on 'Parallel Jalebi'

    When he announced his forthcoming album Beautiful Rewind, Four Tet's Kieran Hebden made a point to keep the news low-key. No pre-order, no YouTube trailers, no iTunes stream, no Amazon deal, no Spotify, and "no last-minute Rick Rubin." Now we've got a second track to consider from the new set: "Parallel Jalebi," which extends to frills-free theme into aural territory. To start, darkly tinted sequences run across a spare drum snap, and female vocals wind in and out of the mix. The track then plays with subtle mood shifts and repetitive rhythm, stoking a mellower groove than first taste "Kool FM."Though Beautiful Rewind doesn't yet have a release date, it will arrive via Hebden's own Text imprint.

  • Best Coast 'I Don't Know How' Fade Away

    Best Coast Sing of Tough Love on 'I Don't Know How'

    Best Coast have shared the first new taste of their forthcoming mini-album Fade Away. The seven-song set is out October 22 and is preceded by "I Don't Know How." The song begins with a lilting pace as Bethany Cosentino sings of a lover who's just out-of-reach. Soon malt-shop swoon evolves into rock'n'roll rollick, and our heroine sing-shouts: "You see me everywhere, you walk around without a care / I don't know how." Echoes of Jenny Lewis and Stevie Nicks reverberate through the crunchy track. Best Coast will self-release next month's Fade Away, which will also include two previously released songs from their Record Store Day 2013 release: "Fear of My Identity" and "Who Have I Become." Stream "I Don't Know How" and "Who Have I Become" below, then check the track list.Best Coast, Fade Away track list:1. "This Lonely Morning"2. "I Wanna Know"3. "Who Have I Become"4.

  • Yuck 'Middle Sea' Video Glow Behold Tennis

    Yuck Play Some (Literally) Mean Tennis in 'Middle Sea' Video

    On Yuck's fuzz-churning single "Middle Sea," new frontman Max Bloom sings, "I don't want to live forever ... I want you now." The track's just-released video recasts that seemingly romantic line as a competitive taunt, as drummer Jonny Rogoff prepares to crush an opponent on the tennis court. Though he seems outmatched at first, our hero soon rattles the white-haired gentleman he's up against (no many how many tiny cups of orange-ade the fella chugs). Soon, things get ugly as egos are bruised and racquets are smashed. Watch the Michael Lawrence-directed clip above.Yuck's sophomore album, and first without Daniel Blumberg, Glow & Behold, is out October 1 via Fat Possum/Pharmacy. Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Beach House affiliate Chris Coady produces.

  • Declan O'Rourke 'Slieve Bloom' Mag Pai Zai Irish

    Declan O'Rourke Shares Lush Bjork-Inspired Strummer 'Slieve Bloom'

    Declan O'Rourke is long overdue for a stateside breakthrough. The Dublin-based singer-songwriter has three Irish top 10 albums under his belt and a way with words and strings that's earned him comparisons to Rufus Wainwright and Glen Hansard, plus staggeringly high praise from Paul Weller, who said his "Galileo" is "possibly the greatest song written in the last 30 years." The album that delivered that rare gem is Mag Pai Zai (it will appear as a live version, the original is from O'Rourke's Since Kyabram), and it will finally see a U.S. release on September 24 (digital) and October 8 (physical) via Rimecoat/Missing Piece.In honor of the occasion, we're sharing "Slieve Bloom," a busy little heartfelt strummer inspired by Björk and featuring an attention to sylvan beauty that befits the reference. ("Slieve" is Gaelic for "mountain," by the way).

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