Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Hot Sugar Kool A.D. Fat Tony Lakutis Leverage Video

    Hot Sugar, Kool A.D., Fat Tony, and More Sulk With Swagger in 'Leverage' Video

    Syrup-addled sad bastard producer Hot Sugar snuck out his MiDi Murder EP last year, but the guest-packed short-player was censored due to a team-up with Scion. (SPIN actually premiered the Haleek Maul team-up, "I Don't Wanna B Judged.") That relationship having since dissolved, he's re-released the seven-song set to Bandcamp on a pay-what-you-like basis and is celebrating his independence with a music video for the stunner of a standout, "Leverage."The beautifully brooding beat sets an unlikely tone for former Das Racist rapper Kool A.D., who takes the cue and turns in one of his best verses in memory.

  • RL Grime Problem 'Secondary' High Beams Fools Gold

    RL Grime and Problem Party With a Bag of Mollies on 'Secondary'

    Back in March, we heard the inspired team-up between Chicago R&B riser Jeremih and Los Angeles bedroom beatsmith Shlohmo, "Bo Peep (Do U Right)." Now, the latter's Wedidit Collective compatriot RL Grime follows collaborative suit by wrangling the molly-loving, oft-AutoTuned singing and rapping L.A. resident known as Problem. The pair comes together on "Secondary," in which we handily learn our vocal host's M.O. when it comes to prioritizing major events in his life: 1) getting money; 2) everything else. For his part, Grime laces us with a beat that's a little bit wavy and a little bit wonky — crisp and catchy material that helps explain the fact that A-Trak's Fool's Gold imprint is releasing the forthcoming EP from which this hails.

  • Robin Thicke Timbaland 'Take It Easy on Me' Single Stream

    This New Robin Thicke Single Is Trolling Justin Timberlake's Legacy

    Robin Thicke's #edgy makeover continues with a new Timbaland-produced single dubbed "Take it Easy on Me." The soul-powered dance-pop platter features shots of Patron, sounds of inhalation, talk about cherry pies, and all of the trying-too-hard sexy voice (the aural equivalent of duckface?) that you've come to expect from the guy who gave us "Blurred Lines." There are also these little "yeah!" overdubs (c. 1:25) that sound exactly like Justin Timberlake which, when paired with Timbaland's own familiar baritone bark, gives us a particularly icky feeling — like there's suddenly something wrong with liking March's generally quite excellent The 20/20 Experience.Thicke's hammy delivery seems beamed in from the Boy Band Era, and reminds us of all the things we've tried to forget about our suit-and-tie-sporting grown ass friend JT.

  • Diana 'Perpetual Surrender' Video Album

    DIANA Deliver Smooth, Sax-y 'Perpetual Surrender' Video

    Canadian crew DIANA are in the business of wedding smoothe grooves to enchanting soul. Contemporaries Rhye come to mind, though this band's arty approach might have more in common with their soon-to-be tourmates Austra. Also, it's impossible to ignore the fact that founding member Joseph Shabason played sax all over Destroyer's excellently soft-rocking 2011 platter Kaputt — the lineage is undeniable even if the approach on a song like "Perpetual Surrender" is more spacious. (Also, are we to ignore the title's proximity to "Careless Whisper"?)Rounded out by Kieran Adams, Carmen Elle, and Paul Mathew, the group has ties to Arts & Crafts O.G.s the Hidden Cameras and R&B dubstronauts Bonjay as well — all of which is to say: Their bona fides are solid. Now enjoy the mellow delight above.

  • Sweet Valley Wavves SV Mixtape Stream

    Wavves' Sweet Valley Beat Project Returns With Pitch-Bent 'SV' Mixtape

    Wavves main man Nathan Williams and his brother Kynan are back with their fourth release as Sweet Valley. Their latest instrumental mixtape is dubbed simply SV and marks yet another step forward for their production prowess. Thus far, their ongoing collaboration with Fool's Gold Records has yielded lysergic summer jams (Stay Calm), Zelda-inspired grooves (Eternal Champ), and a heavily weeded holiday offering (Jenova). This brand new 12-track set might be the most ambitious yet — a maximal roundup of disparate ideas that flow together quite nicely: drum 'n' bass pile-ups, '80s-sourced effects, pitch-warped soul vocals, haunting textures, tinny percussives, and blown-out synth sounds. While past works have nodded to J Dilla and Dipset, this one muscles in the territory cut out by folks like Ryan Hemsworth and Shlohmo.

  • Dinosaur Jr. The Only Other Way Skullcandy

    Dinosaur Jr. Enter Vanity Headphones Game, Share New Jam 'The Only Other Way'

    The Sub Pop posse have been getting their crossbrand on of late — in honor of the iconic Seattle indie label's 25th-ish anniversary celebration (happening right now atop the damned Space Needle!), they just rolled out some collaborative kicks with the TOMS Shoes people. And before that, J Mascis pimped his name out for some charitable pimp-purple vegan mocs. Now that man's beloved band Dinosaur Jr. are teaming up with headphone barons Skullcandy.The band has worked with the company to design a custom pair of purple (duh) aviator-style jam-cans (seen above) to be available on the Skullcandy site beginning July 14, according to Consequence of Sound.

  • Laura Mvula 'She' Video Sing to the Moon

    Laura Mvula Tells the Tale of a Lifetime in Touching 'She' Video

    We knew we had to get to know recent This Is Happening star Laura Mvula after she appeared before our eyes via that lush and inviting "Green Garden" video. At the time, we knew very little about the English soul singer, but she's since been the subject of much "Next Winehouse" chatter. Fair enough, though her approach to the art doesn't dwell in the past — in fact, a song like "That's Alright" seems to be constantly in motion, evolving as it goes. The same could be said for Sing to the Moon highlight "She" and, even more so, its accompanying video. While the song itself unfurls with the slow magic of a music box in action, the visuals follow the growth of one young girl as she traverses life's many milestones — eventually we wind up where we started, but with a twist. Get your heartstrings plucked by hitting play above.

  • Lindstrom

    Lindstrom Inspires Norwegian Girls to Geek Out in 'Vos-sako-rv' Video

    Hans-Peter Lindstrøm flipped the usual release formula last year when he let out two albums within mere months of one another — the space-jazz odyssey Six Cups of Rebel and the leaner Kraut-powered Smallhans — and then sorta sat back and let them do their thing. The tactic has worked. Instead of preloading the stage with hype-building extras, the man let the music speak for itself (and speak it did, landing on our Best Albums of 2012 list) and has subsequently blessed us with all of the remixes, covers and, now, videos that we could ever want. Above you'll find the Kristoffer Borgli-directed clip for "Vōs-sākō-rv," which hails from the second of the two albums. Dubbed "Real Life Exp.," the short follows two young Norwegian girls as they read aloud, practice harmonies, dance to the track in real time, and throw things into a swimming pool.

  • 'The Night Patrols (A Man Asleep)' Cover Art

    Larry Gus Is a Groove Guru on 'The Night Patrols (a Man Asleep)'

    Larry Gus marks a bit of a departure for DFA Records. While his peers deal in nü-disco delights, this Greece-born producer-singer and recent SPIN profilee combines visceral grooves with '70s spiritual jazz, making for music that hovers in the rafters high above the dance floor — that heady place where hash smoke, vanilla-scented fog, and evaporated sweat mingle in a molasses-thick atmosphere. There's a little bit of Matthew Dear in the mix, and also some Madlib, but the man blazes his own trail on "The Night Patrols (a Man Asleep)," a simultaneously propulsive and atmospheric highlight from the forthcoming Years Not Living full-length, due out August 20. Fittingly, Stones Throw fella James Pants is plotting a remixed version — so is techno strangeoid Bookworms, but for now, this is plenty to digest.

  • Tera Melos 'Weird Circles' Video X'ed Out

    Tera Melos Make Hot Dogs Dance in 'Weird Circles' Video

    Tera Melos are very maximal when it comes to their shreddy, melodically buff art-pop. Their April LP X'ed Out is chock-full of great ideas and impressive executions — an interlocking pile of barbs and briars and jigsaw pieces that all manage to vibrate at just the right frequency. The Sacramento trio's knack for achieving that strange aural harmony carries over to the new video for opening song "Weird Circles." Behn Fannin directs as Nick Reinhart, Nathan Latona, and John Clardy take part in a variety of odd experiments for the camera — things involving bags on heads, batting practice with film villains, various types of sweet foods, acts of public embarrassment, and, in one scene, a narcissistic robot squirrel.

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