Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • RL Grime What So Not 'Tell Me' Stream Flume Emoh

    Destroy Your Speakers With RL Grime and What So Not's 'Tell Me'

    The Holy Ship!!! cruise this year found Los Angeles' Wedidit Collective coming together in sweet, trapped-addled harmony with Australian producers Emoh and Flume — a.k.a. What So Not. Now that OWSLA-signed duo is reunited with one of the West Coast crew's most promising young minds, RL Grime. Their collaborative song "Tell Me" is a feat of both melodic might and percussive ferocity. Chipmunk'd vocal warbles weave in and out of blaring horns, skittering hi-hats, massive bass hits, and ghostly coos. Since the thing went live today, it's racked up close to 10,000 plays per hour. Stream it below, and head to this site to get your very own copy to keep. 

  • Frank Ocean, Diplo, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon 'Hero' Converse

    Frank Ocean to Return Backed by Diplo and Clash Members

    The math may not quite add up in this case, but Converse's "Three Artists One Song" series is delivering a new installment on Monday and the lineup is a thriller: the all-too-dormant Frank Ocean in collaboration with twerk-friendly super-producer Diplo and legendary punks Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of the Clash. (Apparently those last two count as a half each.) The song will debut on the shoe purveryor's Tumblr.Past Converse team-ups have included Gorillaz (of which Jones and Simonon are touring members) with James Murphy and André 3000; Matt & Kim, Soulja Boy, and Andrew W.K.; Best Coast, Vamire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij, and Kid Cudi; Hot Chip, Hot City, and New Order's Bernard Sumner; and Julian Casablancas, Pharrell, and Santigold.

  • AJ Davila 'Duro Como Piedra' Video 666 Terror Amor

    AJ Davila Inspires Bad Behavior in 'Duro Como Piedra' Video

    If you don't know your Spanish, "Duro Como Piedra" translates roughly to "Hard as a Rock." That should clue you into the themes of this new video from AJ Davila. The lead man from Puerto Rico's shack-shaking Davila 666 has a real knack for wonderfully sleazy-sounding shout-along shredders ("Animal," to wit) and this Terror/Amor standout gets an appropriately wild visual to go with. Seen above, the clip features a whole lot of writhing, near-nudity, lizard tongues, freaky masks, and prismatic effects. In other words, it's a far milder side of the Davila family, who threw a bloody orgy for their "Tu" video a few years back. AJ's solo debut,Terror/Amor, is out now on Nacional Records.

  • Astronautica 'Velvet Morning' Bridge Stream Waikiki

    Astronautica and Bridge Drop Divine R&Beats on 'Velvet Morning'

    Los Angeles producer Edrina Martinez has chosen her nom-de-beats quite well — Astronautica evokes not only outer space exploration, but also those Nautica jackets that went hand-in-hand with the R&B-soundtracked '90s that some of us hold so dear. However, as evidenced by the song below, her music isn't some cheap throwback. Rather, it's part of soul music's in-progress electronic evolution as furthered by folks like Frank Ocean and the trap-minded Wedidit Collective. You'll hear both of those strains in "Velvet Morning," which features a guest vocal from her neighbor Bridge. The track is part of the March 25 Waikiki EP, arriving via Alpha Pup and also including a cameo from JMSN. Pre-order here.Waikiki EP track list:1. "Unsure"2. "How It’s Gonna Be" (feat. JMSN)3. "Velvet Morning" (feat. Bridge)4. "Vodka"

  • OutKast Tour Dates Festivals 2014 Live

    Here's a Boat-Load of OutKast Festival Dates

    The first major music headline of 2014 was a doozy: OutKast are not only reuniting, they're playing 40 or so festivals this year. We know about Coachella, Governors, Hangout, Firefly, Sasquatch, Forecastle, and Drake's OVO. Now you can add a whole bunch of others to that growing list. Rolling Stone has shared 23 of the duo's pending appearances and we've got the itinerary below. In other news, the iconic Atlanta rappers have been dabbling in the world of film and television. After a couple years of waiting, we can finally see André 3000 play Jimi Hendrix in the All Is By My Side biopic. And we've also just learned that Big Boi will be featured on a mixtape commissioned by HBO's Game of Thrones.

  • Futuer Pharrell Pusha T 'Move That Dope Video' Tyler Hat

    Pharrell Shouts Out His Hat in Future's 'Move That Dope' Video

    Future's video for "Move That Dope" not only features the Honest song's guests Pharrell Williams and Pusha T — it includes cameos from Tyler, the Creator, ScHoolboy Q, Wiz Khalifa, and — most importantly — Pharrell's hat. The "Get Lucky" hooksmith, Oscars performer, and G I R L-dropping solo star here appears in rapping-ass Skateboard P mode, handily keeping pace with his peers as they lyrically unveil a D-boy's fantasy. Meanwhile, the Benny Boom-directed clip features a sub-plot that involves a high-speed police chase and a van full of surprises. Oh, and there's that part where Williams shouts out "the Gandalf hat" as he points at that glorified mountie-topper.

  • ScHoolboy Q 2 Chainz 'What They Want' Video NSFW

    ScHoolboy Q and 2 Chainz Go to NOLA for 'What They Want' Video NSFW

    ScHoolboy Q and 2 Chainz travel to Louisiana in the video for "What They Want." They visit an above-ground cemetery, stalk a church with dudes wearing skeleton masks, and even take one of their newfound friends to New Orleans strip club She She's. Of course, there's plenty to celebrate — the song hails from Q's Oxymoron, an intriguing post-gangsta inquiry that also happens to be the No. 1 abum in the nation right now. For his part, 2 Chainz has been jet-setting of late, with his "Mainstream Ratchet" video dropping on Wednesday chock full of footage shot in Jamaica and, yes, lots of wobbling rear ends.

  • Lil Boosie 'The Ride Home Freestyle' Video Prison Free

    Lil Boosie Returns to Rap With 'The Ride Home Freestyle'

    As reported, once-imprisoned Southern rap star Lil Boosie is free and set to appear at a press conference on March 10. But the 31-year-old MC's legions of fans likely don't want to wait to hear from the Louisiana MC born Torrence Hatch. Thankfully, they don't have to. Boosie's Twitter and Instagram accounts are active again, but the most exciting output so far comes via YouTube. He's now uploaded two separate minute-long clips tellingly titled "The Ride Home Freestyle." Seen above, the first one kicks off with the words, "Man, it's time to take off jail clothes, go get my Boosie fade," because who wouldn't be ready for a nice haircut after five years of prison? Below is part two, which includes the line, "I smile when I do a crime." Revisit SPIN's special report on Lil Boosie's Life Behind Bars. Via Passion of the Weiss.

  • Tobacco 'Eruption' Stream Ultima II Massage Album

    Hear Tobacco's Lewd and Goopy 'Eruption'

    "It's a nice fucking day and I'm feeling fucking good." So says Black Moth Super Rainbow boss Tom Fec on his latest song as Tobacco. On May 13, Ghostly International will release Ultima II Massage, the first album attributed to that name since 2010's Maniac Meat, which came via Anticon. The first taste of the thing is as grotesque and sickly poppy as we could have hoped. Heard below, "Eruption (Gonna Get My Hair Cut at the End of the Summer)" features wobbling beat-work, blasts of strange synth, "Loser"-like acoustic guitar jangle, and, of course, Fec's creepy Vocoder'ed voice. Track list below too — remember "Lipstick Destroyer"?Ultima II Massage track list:1. "Streaker (ft. Notrabel)"2. "Good Complexion"3. "Video Warning Attempts"4. "Eruption (Gonna Get My Hair Cut at the End of the Summer)"5. "Lipstick Destroyer"6. "Self Tanner"7. "Face Breakout"8. "Blow Your Heart"9.

  • How to Dress Well 'Words I Don't Remember' Stream

    Hear How to Dress Well's Majestic 'Words I Don't Remember'

    Last we heard from How to Dress Well, the sensitive soul born Tom Krell was busy basking in the minimal majesty of an ancient Bill Callahan cover. But now he's back to the gooped-out purple-hued R&B that we know him for. Above, press play on "Words I Don't Remember" and watch the man's face subtly shift in the same manner of his silken coo.Krell shared a few words with Pitchfork: "This song for me is about love, trust, commitment... and what happens to these things and, like, what happens to really real love when sentimentality is so co-opted and ruined. What remains of true love in this world of simulations?" No word yet as to whether or not this'll land on a proper follow-up to 2012's Total Loss.

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