Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Bryce Hackford 'Another Fantasy' Video Fair

    Watch Bryce Hackford's Far Out 'Another Fantasy' Video

    On his debut album, Bryce Hackford bridges the bodily experience of the warehouse rave to the brainy territory of avant-guardians like Arthur Russell. And of the six songs contained on Fair there's none more visceral than "Another Fantasy." The nine-minute track is strikingly minimal but entirely absorbing, revolving around a clanging, almost dubby beat that grows in intensity as time passes. Now the Brooklyn-based musician — also a member of Pear Necklace and Behavior — lets loose a very fitting video to accompany "Another Fantasy." "This video was produced through several stages of filtering, using overlaid projections of found nature footage and video feedback, colors filmed and manipulated from an old television screen, and digital post-processing," said director Camilla Padgitt-Coles, a.k.a.

  • Arcade Fire Stevie Wonder Cover Live 'Uptight' Video

    Watch Arcade Fire Lovingly Cover Stevie Wonder's 'Uptight'

    In case you missed it, Arcade Fire are on the road, cutting a funk-fueled swath through the heart of America. Thus far, the Canadian orch-pop crew have been paying tribute to the states they visit by covering a song from a famous denizen thereof. Earlier this week, we heard them take on Prince's "Controversy" while playing Minneapolis, of course. And now footage has emerged of the Reflektor band performing Stevie Wonder's "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" in Auburn Hills, Michigan (the legendary soul man was born in Saginaw). The visual quality is grainy but the audio is worthy. Moreover, Arcade Fire's rendition is pretty damn fantastic. A snippet of "Here Comes the Night Time" follows.Not entirely off-topic, SPIN recently spoke to member Owen Pallet about scoring sex music for a phone (via Her). Pittsburgh is the next stop, so we can only assume a Christina Aguilera cover is in order.

  • Fenech-Soler 'In Our Blood' James Trystan Remix Stream

    Hear James Trystan's Club-Ready Remix of Fenech-Soler's 'In Our Blood'

    English outfit Fenech-Soler have been through it. In 2011, singer Ben Duffy was diagnosed with cancer, but doctors caught it early and he wound up beating the thing. Perhaps we should credit that experience with the group's ever-evolving sound — a slightly darkened brand of full-band dance-pop that's prone to earned explosions of brightness. "In Our Blood," which hails from the March 25 Stop and Stare EP, is a prime example of that, and the song gets a club-ready rebirth at the hands of London producer James Trystan. Stream his remix below, and scroll further for tour dates and the short-player's track list. Fenech-Soler are due to release their third full-length album this summer.Stop and Stare track list:1. "Stop and Stare"2. "In Our Blood"3. "Lies (Alex Metric Remix)"4.

  • Frank Ocean Chipotle Scarecrow Fuck Off Song Ad

    Frank Ocean Writes Chipotle a $200K Check, Says 'Eff Off'

    Frank Ocean has sent a clear message to Chipotle Mexican Grill. In response to their recent lawsuit accusing the channel ORANGE singer of owing them a large chunk of change for a song he never recorded, he wrote a check for $212,500 accompanied by a memo: "FUCK OFF." To be clear, those words were written on the check itself, on the line where you'd write "March rent." You can see a picture of the thing below, via Ocean's Tumblr.As The Hollywood Reporter explains, the fast food chain claims to have contracted the man born Christopher Breaux to provide a cover of the Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory song "Pure Imagination" for their "Scarecrow" ad campaign. As previously reported, Fiona Apple wound up providing the music for the viral commercial, which has an anti-factory-farming bent.

  • Daft Punk Jay Z 'Computerized' Stream Kanye West

    Is This Daft Punk, Jay Z Song a Fake?

    Below, you'll find a track supposedly called "Computerized," supposedly by Daft Punk with Jay Z. The song made the rounds on Monday accompanied by huge grains of salt before Pitchfork reported, sans citation, that they can confirm its validity. The droids from France have been aurally spoofed many times before, and the production on this track feels a little less pristine than their recent work. Plus, the vocals wouldn't be their robotic best by a long shot. Of course, it could be an unfinished mix, or a track that was scrapped for the aforementioned reasons. Jay's alleged turn sounds real enough, but that weird overly emotional "I don't know how I feel / Somebody tell me what's real" bit feels out of character. Plus, he's rapping about iTouch and BlackBerry, and not Samsung. And there's that part where he says, "P.S. This is B.S." The jury's still out, in our book.

  • Mykki Blanco Princess Nokia 'Wish You Would' Stream Brenmar

    Mykki Blanco, Brenmar, and Princess Nokia Really 'Wish You Would'

    SPIN Best New Artist Brenmar soundtracks the latest leak from New York MC Mykki Blanco. Ratking friend Princess Nokia (a.k.a. Wavy Spice) features as well on "Wish You Would," a simple but satisfying heater that confidently spews shit-talk over a rattling beat punctuated by whistle blows and handclaps. For her part, Mykki rasps and rhymes with perfect timing, while Nokia channels Nicki Minaj's choppy stylings. Blanco is plotting a new mixtape for 2014 dubbed Cosmic Angel II: Let Big Sister Teach You, though it's unclear whether this or the recently shared "She Gutta" will be included.

  • Avicii 'Addicted to You' Remix Bent Collective Stream

    Bent Collective Give Avicii's 'Addicted to You' a Euro-House Rebirth

    Avicii's 2013 single "Addicted to You" was kin to his Aloe Blacc-assisted smash hit "Wake Me Up!" — a soulful song with a strong beat that impressively puts powerhouse vocals above all else. (And, yeah, there's a little folksy strum involved too.) Both songs hail from the Swedish producer's debut album True, which he's now remixing entirely, by himself. True (Avicii by Avicii) is due March 24 (that's the album art at the bottom of the post), and in honor of the occasion, the jet-setting DJ is giving his pals a crack at a track or two as well. Below you'll find trio Bent Collective's take on "Addicted." Italy's Danny Verde, Spain's Steven Redant, and Israel's Guy Scheiman give the Audra Mae-assisted song a strong Euro-house remix that transfer the rave from the big top to the warehouse. Go deep: 

  • The Rapture Break Up Over Split Broke Done RIP

    The Rapture Are Done, Says DFA

    Well, it seems the Rapture have broken up. The Brooklyn-based dance-punk band have yet to release a proper statement, but a rep from the label has all but confirmed the split. As DFA Records manager Jonathan Galkin told self-titled, "I kept thinking it might blow over, but that might not be the case. Feel free to go to press with this headline: 'Did the Rapture Break Up and Not Tell Anyone?'" They removed the question mark, but close enough.Self-titled sleuthed out the news after noticing that within the press release announcing the Red Bull Music Academy's New York City festival series, the group's vocalist, Luke Jenner, was cited as "formerly of the Rapture." The reached out to the label behind the band's last album, In the Grace of Your Love, and got their answer.

  • Popcaan 'Everything Nice' Video Mixpak

    Watch Popcaan's Bittersweet 'Everything Nice' Video

    Popcaan was among the many exciting dancehall voices that leant depth, character, and emotion to Kanye West's landmark Yeezus album. That was via his feature on Pusha T's "Blocka" (which was sampled for "Guilt Trip"), but the degrees os separation are quickly melting away. Above, you can take in the first single from the Jamaican artist's yet untitled summer album for Dre Skull's Mixpak label."Everything Nice" is perfectly bittersweet — a song about appreciating what you've got while acknowledging the very real possiiblity of not having any of it. The 23-year-old's coo sets the sober tone, and Dubbel Dutch's rap-inspired production is made to match. The video you see, directed by Jay Will, keeps things simple and features appearances from fellow artists Gyptian, Jah Cure, Mavado, and Ace Hood, among others.Also, here' Popcaan on a track with Purity Ring's Megan James.

  • Shit Robot Nancy Whang 'Do That Dance' Video DFA

    Nancy Whang Grooves for Shit Robot in 'Do That Dance' Video

    Last month we learned that former LCD Soundsystem member Nancy Whang joined DFA techno weirdo Shit Robot for a song on his forthcoming album, We Got a Love. Back then, we shared Leisure Connection's remix of "Do That Dance" and now we've got the video to consider. Seen above, the clip fittingly features the guest vocalist cutting a rug while (less fittingly) footage of soccer is beamed in behind her. Whang has become a go-to voice for nü-disco makers, appearing in the video for Classixx's "All You're Waiting For" and a trio of songs by the Juan MacLean: "Get Down (With My Love)," "Feel Like Movin'," and "You Are My Destiny." She also features heavily in the LCD documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits, and thus will be heard on the forthcoming live vinyl box set The Long Goodbye.

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