Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Jerry James 'Lana Del Rey' Ariel Pink Video Raw Deal

    Ariel Pink Helps Rapper Jerry James Try to Sleep With 'Lana Del Rey'

    "I'm tryna hit Lana Del Rey is what I'm saying." So goes the chorus of the above creeper's anthem performed by a previously unknown rapper named Jerry James. The man's message certainly isn't anyone's idea of a revelation, but it's relatable at least. And more importantly, the track is produced by Ariel Pink and songwriter Justin Raisen (Sky Ferriera, Charli XCX, Theophilus London) under the name Raw Deal. They can be seen in the video (Pink wearing the red crew-neck sweatshirt and the Eazy-E wig) as can a whole bunch of LDR masks affixed to the faces of Freak City-styled dancers. Oh, and Mr. James, a lanky dude blessed with a smooth flow and a scratchy baritone, plus a head full of complex cornrows. Worth noting: the smooth, summery production is pretty damned fantastic.

  • Neneh Cherry Robyn 'Out of the Black' Joe Goddard Remix

    Hot Chip's Joe Goddard Remixes Neneh Cherry and Robyn to Perfection

    Earlier this week we heard the monumental team-up of two Swedish greats: Neneh Cherry and Robyn, who swap vocals on the former's single, "Out of the Black." That one hails, of course, from Blank Project, due February 25 on Smalltown Supersound and produced entirely by Four Tet with synth-drum duo RocketNumberNine. That dark and turbulent track now gets blown wide open by Hot Chip's Joe Goddard, who adds an air of the epic via house hits, garage grit, and neon effects. Stream that below, via FADER, then revisit Cherry's "Everything" and "Weightless."

  • Haim Jeopardy Simon Garfunkel Hazy Shade of Winter Video

    Haim Were a $1000 'Jeopardy!' Question

    File this under "you know you've made it when": SPIN cover stars Haim were the answer to a Jeopardy! question on the "College Championship" edition of the long-running gameshow Wednesday, February 12. Actually, they were the question to the answer, or whatever, because Alex Trebek. The $1,000 clue fell under a category called "Music Makers," and read as follows: "3 sisters make up this pop band." Terry picked the square, but Kenesha cinched it: "What is Haim?"The host's response was classic Trebek: "HAME or HIME, yes." Arctic Monkeys and Lana Del Rey also popped up in the same category, as Stereogum points out.Also, even though it's pretty old, the trio's karaoke cover of the Bangles' version of Simon & Garfunkel's "Hazy Shade of Winter" is making the rounds right now in honor of the polar vortex.

  • Perfect Pussy Blood Vinyl 'Say Yes to Love' Album

    Perfect Pussy Put Actual Blood in Their Album

    First, a warm welcome to our new readers, who made their way to this article via God-only-knows what uncouth string of search keywords. On March 18, New York noise-punk posse Perfect Pussy will release their debut album, Say Yes to Love. Presumably in honor of the heart-y theme, label Captured Tracks is now offering a super deluxe limited version of the release known as the "Special Blood Edition Box Set."Why? Well, because the clear vinyl seen above is infused with swirls of singer Meredith Graves' "very own blood." The rising band of badasses are also throwing in a pair of cassettes (the album, and a live version), a poster, an enamel pin, and a download code — all housed in a nice white box — for the low, low price of $30. With only 180 copies being made, it is, of course, already sold out.If the gory product seems a bit extreme, it's actually been done far more nastily.

  • Juan MacLean 'Get Down (With My Love)' Nancy Whang Video

    The Juan MacLean and Nancy Whang Compel You: 'Get Down (With My Love)'

    The good folks at DFA Records are looking out for the lovers on this day of romantic days. In honor of the Hallmark holiday, the Juan MacLean has teamed with Nancy Whang (LCD Soundsystem, Classixx) to release the "Get Down (With My Love)" single, a four-four delight blessed with whirling synth textures and a galloping rhythm. This is in fact the final installment in a trilogy kicked off and continued by the excellent Whang team-ups "You Are My Destiny" and "Feel Like Movin'." Above you can experience the full 12-inches of the new song; below is the radio edit. And first, a word from John "the Juan" MacLean himself:"Some years ago I was working on the beginnings of my track 'Find a Way,' and I was at the DFA studio replacing my programmed parts with live instrumentation.

  • Angel Haze 'Battle Cry' Video Dirty Gold Child Abuse

    Angel Haze Fights Child Abuse in Poignant 'Battle Cry' Video

    Angel Haze makes a major leap forward with the video for her Sia-assisted "Battle Cry," arguably the strongest track on her debut album, Dirty Gold. The Greg Kurstin-produced highlight has a mighty message to begin with — overcoming a painful past to achieve a more perfect version of human imperfection — but Frank Borin's beautifully shot visual gives the music extra poignancy. We first find Haze alone on a desert highway, but soon she leads us through a series of minimal sets illustrating her own experience with various forms of abuse as a child. We see her progression from a wrist-cutting teen to the artist she's become, with vivid imagery to accompany the lyrics: "I been there, I'm still here, and I know how you feel." Beneath the clip is a link to Child Help International.

  • Roland AIRA 808 909 303 Drum Machine Synthesizer

    Roland Updates Classic Synths, Drum Machines With New Digital Line

    Historically, Japan's Roland Corporation has been behind some of the most iconic sounds in both rap and electronic music. The kick and cowbell of the TR-808 drum machine have been hip-hop staples since the '80s. The TR-909 has been an EDM essential for about as long. And the TB-303 is basically the sound of acid house. All of those classic machines, and more, are now getting a timely reboot via the forthcoming AIRA product line, which has been inspiring fervent whispers ever since it was teased in an enigmatic clip last month. Now, the details have been released.Above, you can see various producers — from Arthur Baker and A Guy Called Gerald, to Ricardo Villalobos and Boys Noize — geeking out over the new stuff, but Roland's AIRA site is more helpful.

  • Cass McCombs 'Name Written in Water' Video Pig Slaughter

    Cass McCombs Sets 'Name Written in Water' to Brutal Farm Footage

    Cass McCombs has released four music videos for Big Wheel and Others songs in the nascent days of 2014, each wildly different from the next. This, of course, befits the mercurial genius of the man and his most recent double-disc set of music, but even if you're used to his unpredictable moves, this latest clip is a tough pill to swallow — especially if you're accustomed to putting pork in your mouth. The Jeffrey Peixoto-directed video for "Name Written in Water" pairs the pleasant, existential strummer with brutal shots of pigs being slaughtered, butchered, and otherwise being born livestock and eventually winding up very, very dead.This follows the similarly collaged clip for "Big Wheel," which had fun with words and found footage, and "Brighter!", an intimate visual that doubled as a memorial for McCombs collaborator, iconic actress Karen Black.

  • Onyx 'Wakedafucup' Video Dope DOD Reunion Snowgoons

    See Onyx Bring the Mad Face Back in 'Wakedafucup' Video

    No other '90s rap crew quite mastered the mad face like Onyx did — they even wrote a song about it. Plenty of crews looked hard but Sticky Fingaz, Fredro Starr, and Sonny Seeza were never so interested in appearing ice cold as they were connoting a general vibe of burn-your-whole-house-down fervor. Which is why it makes us happy to discover, that even as those men enter their 40s, they've still got it. The previously pretty dormant group (there was the A$AP Ferg Trap Lord cameo) released a brand new song earlier this week, and now there's a video to go with. The Home Run-directed clip for "Wakedafucup" (also the title of a forthcoming album) features Dutch guests Dope D.O.D., who seem to have "crazy face" down to a science and seem to have no problem rapping some really terrible things.Onyx aren't the only early '90s rap phenoms testing out their old moves.

  • De La Soul Free Download Catalog Youre Welcome Dilla

    De La Soul Are Giving Away All of Their Music for Free

    "De La Soul is from the soul," the legendary rap trio once famously stated, but they're honoring the heart on Valentine's Day by offering up their entire catalog for free download on their website. The gift is also in honor of 3 Feet High and Rising, their bona fide classic debut album that came out 25 years ago, nearly to the day. And there's a third reason for their generosity, as Rolling Stone points out: copyright law."Its been too long where our fans haven't had access to everything," Posdnuos told the magazine, citing the uncleared samples that haunt his group's catalog to this day. He blamed the decades-long delays on the mercurial recording industry. "It's been a trying journey. We've been blessed to be in the Library of Congress, but we can't even have our music on iTunes.

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