Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Polica 'Chain My Name' Stream Shulamith

    Polica Make Bubbly Synth-Wild Pop on 'Chain My Name'

    We've heard Poliça team-up with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon for "Tiff." We've heard the Minneapolis crew remixed by the Weeknd producer Don McKinney. We've even heard 'em featured on a buoyant R&Beats track by Supreme Cuts, "Envision." But it's time that we heard Poliça for Poliça. Thankfully, we've a new single for that: "Chain My Name," which hails from the synth-loving Gayngs affiliates' forthcoming sophomore album Shulamith. The darkly tinted dance track finds singer Channy Leaneagh holding forth on an inescapable yet clearly flawed relationship atop a mix of wildly elastic sequences and relentlessly driving drums. Enjoy that and take in the full track list below.Poliça, Shulamith track list:1. "Chain My Name"2. "Smug"3. "Vegas"4. "Warrior Lord"5. "Very Cruel"6. "Torre"7. "Trippin"8. "Tiff"9. "Spilling Lines"10. "Matty"11. "I Need $"12. So Leave"

  • Janelle Monae Miguel Primetime Stream Electric Lady

    Janelle Monae and Miguel Find 'Primetime' Under the Stars

    When last we heard from Janelle Monáe she was dishing out "Special Education" flanked by a revitalized Goodie Mob. But now we're back to the welcome business of stoking anticipation for the Kansas City star's second album, The Electric Lady. We've seen the ArchAndroid boogie while the world burns in "Dance Apocalyptic" and smash stereotypes from outers pace with Erykah Badu in "Q.U.E.E.N." Now we've got her highly anticipated Miguel team-up to consider.While previous tracks were playfully upbeat, "Primetime" is a classic R&B ballad shaded in with Lynchian '50s haze and powered by the strength of the featured duet. Monáe and the Kaleidoscope dreamer are a natural fit, trading verses and uniting for the chorus — "It's the primetime for our love / Ain't nobody peeking but the stars above." — which should be enough to make Mariah Carey just a little bit jealous.

  • Nine Inch Nails 'Everything' Stream Hesitation Marks

    Nine Inch Nails Go Major-Chord on Punked Up 'Everything'

    Nine Inch Nails have shared a third song from their forthcoming eight album, Hesitation Marks. "Everything" might be one of the most radio-ready tracks in Trent Reznor's illustriously industrial and often profane career (via "Closer"). Compared to the twitchy throwback that is "Came Back Haunted" and the patiently searing "Copy of A," this latest leak is surprisingly poppy, powered by major chord riffage and an upbeat backing track. That's not to say it isn't fierce in its own way — the track swerves in and out of fiery punk passages that offset the catchier songwriting quite nicely.In speaking to SPIN for our Nine Inch Nails cover story, Reznor said, "I want as many people as possible to be aware that [Hesitation Marks] is out there. I'm not gonna cater to your tastes: 'Oh you're into dubstep? Check out this thing. What else do you like?' Not that.

  • Major Lazer 'Scare Me' Video Terry Crews Peaches

    Major Lazer Hires Old Spice Guy to Slay 'Workaholics' Dude in 'Scare Me' Video

    They say success is the best revenge, and while fictional superhero Major Lazer might argue for a different sort of justice, his master knows this well. Last month, Diplo offered to fight Flo Rida after accusing the latter of ripping off his inventive video steez, then recanted the threat, tweeting he'd rather just return to his own work. Now we know the reason for the change of heart: Major Lazer has come to life in the new video for "Scare Me."Old Spice ab-master and Arrested Development newcomer Terry Crews plays the beret-wearing badass in the clip alongside actress Lauren London (The Game, Entourage, ATL) as the pair embark on a murderous mission to depose a supervillain named General Rubbish.

  • River Tiber 'The City' Video

    River Tiber Brings Beatwise Quiet Storm to 'The City' Video

    It might be most helpful to think of Tommy Paxton-Beesley as Toronto's one-man answer to Rhye, though he's been doing his thing since 2010. As Riber Tiber, the 22-year-old channels Sade-like soul with a beatmaker's touch, cooing wistful beauty over crunchy rhythms and lush atmosphere. On his gorgeous Synapses standout "The City," our host lends his delicate quaver to sing, "We could have had it all." In the corresponding video, we find Paxton-Beesley alone at night in a mystical version of his hometown. He's washed in a rainbow spray of lights in one scene, and levitates on a soccer field in the next. Meanwhile, the skyline is caught from strange angels, and portions of buildings break off to become triangular prisms. "Thought you would be here," he says but instead, all of that strange romance is his to experience without accompaniment.

  • Black Moth 'The Articulate Dead' Stream Killing Jar

    Black Moth Pummel the Living on 'The Articulate Dead'

    Save your super-rainbows for another band — England's Black Moth deal in punishing, pummeling riff-rock that splits the difference between Queens of the Stone Age and Black Sabbath. Better yet, singer Harriet Bevan can growl and howl with the best of 'em, but she also packs a wicked riot-grrrl shout that can be heard on "The Articulate Dead." This grinding shred-bomb hails from the five-piece's debut album The Killing Jar, produced by Grinderman/Bad Seeds member Jim Sclavunos. His brutal touch can certainly be heard on the track, which kicks off with some desert-rock gnarl and ends up a double-time punk-metal firestorm. The Leeds crew have set an October 1 release date for the entire thing, via New Heavy Sounds.

  • Kill the Noise 'Saturn' GTA Remix Stream Black Magic

    Kill the Noise's 'Saturn' Finds New Bass-Blasted Orbit on GTA Remix

    New York producer Kill the Noise has been diversifying his portfolio of late. Most recently, the electro-step crusher launched a satirical side-project with SPIN friend Dillon Francis dubbed Meowski666 (which charitably aims to give dogs and cats something to twerk to). Now the OWSLA-signed beatmaker is gearing up to share Black Magic Remixed, a set of retooled bangers hailing from his charting 2012 EP BLVCK MVGIC (that's the bewitching cover art above). First up is a new take on the Brillz & Minxx-featuring "Saturn" courtesy of Miami Diplo collaborators GTA. The genre-smearing duo give the track a newfound upbeat bounce replete with cranked-up bass wobbles, gleeful war-whoops, and bubbly effects. Don't let those lean spots in the SoundCloud waveform fool ya — this one is heavy.

  • Fucked Up Website Archive Rarities Mixtape

    Fucked Up Share Rarities in Honor of Overdue Website Launch

    Toronto hardcore innovators Fucked Up have, um, launched a website. As rare as it is to find a successful young band without a home on the internet, the real news for fans of Damian Abraham's experimental outfit lies in the online outpost's content. In addition to collecting the band's photos, flyers, writings, and past tour dates, Fuckedup.cc includes a veritable archive of streaming and downloadable music.Chief among the unearthed nuggets are four mixtapes — originally released on mostly long-lost cassettes — comprising demos, outtakes, live tracks, side-project B-sides, alternate takes, interviews, and whatever other sounds the gang managed to shoehorn into the mix.

  • Paul McCartney New Album Fall Ethan Johns

    Paul McCartney Teams With Laura Marling Producer to Record 'Hosannah'

    The march toward Paul McCartney's 16th solo studio album continues. Rolling Stone has scrounged up a few more details via producer Ethan Johns, who lent his skills to Laura Marling's stunning new album Once I Was an Eagle. It was the English studio whiz's work on the first three Kings of Leon LPs however that got Macca's attention. That, and likely the fact that Ethan's producer father Glyn Johns worked with the Beatles (and the Who, and the Rolling Stones).Either way, one day the younger Johns received the call — "Would you like to go into the studio with Paul?" — and he naturally said yes. The pair first hooked up in London's AIR Studios where they laid down a ballad dubbed "Hosannah" reportedly using vintage instruments, analog tape, and a few psychedelic effects in post-production.

  • Marc Maron YACHT Party at the NSA Stream

    Hear Marc Maron Shred on YACHT's Disco Ripper 'Party at the NSA'

    As it turns out, celebrated comic Marc Maron has an acerbic ability to shred guitar equal of his biting wit. The WTF podcast host does a little ax-slinging for a good cause on the new charity single by Los Angeles disco destroyers YACHT. A punk-addled dance-ripper, "Party at the NSA" takes aim at the U.S. government's controversial information gathering techniques. The collective ires of M.I.A.

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