Chris Martins

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  • Baths MOORS Miasma Sky Remix Obsidian Stream

    Baths' 'Miasma Sky' Gets Post-Dubstep Gloom in Moors Remix

    Los Angeles producer Baths made a strong return this year with Obsidian, a darker and sleeker follow-up to his 2010 Anticon debut, Cerulean. While the summer found him on the road with the Postal Service, the fall delivers a more appropriate sparring partner in Moors. That brand new L.A. duo finds MC/actor Keith Stanfield rapping while producer HH mans the beat. Their recent "Asphyxiated" video offered a winning mix of glistening aural gloom, pensive paranoiac lyricism, and cinematic isolation, and this remix of Baths' "Miasma Sky" is a solid companion piece. HH slows the house-addled original down in favor of post-dubstep pacing, bassy swells, minimal instrumentation, and ghostly quavers. Stanfield, freshly nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his work in Short Term 12, appears toward the end to paint a bleak scene.

  • Popstrangers 'Rats in the Palm Trees' Video Single

    Watch Popstrangers Take London in 'Rats in the Palm Trees' Video

    Popstrangers helped ring in 2013 with Antipodes, a fuzz-rock gem that yielded the gauzy highlights "Heaven" and "What Else Could They Do." In the time since, the trio of New Zealanders made a new home in London, and marked the occasion with a new single recorded in a lightship moored on the River Thames. "Rats in the Palm Trees" gushes forth in a noisy bluster of punky drums and dream-pop guitars, not to mention Joel Flyger's sweetly sour vocals, singing about something once sweet turned sour. That track now gets a frenetic video, seen above, made by the band during their first few months in England. The single is out now on Carpark backed with "Fortuna."

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    See Future Congratulate Himself in Mike Will Made-It's 'Faded' Video

    In case you didn't know, Mike WiLL Been TriLL. The in-demand producer first started making beats when he was 14, as discussed in the Miley Cyrus producer's recent SPIN profile, and the title of his December mixtape reminds us that he's hardly new to the game. Of course, the forthcoming release's guest list could do the same. Earlier this month he went trappin' with Wiz Khalifa and the Migos crew on the song "Whippin' a Brick." Now he returns accompanied by Future for "Faded," a freewheeling song that gets an appropriate music video (via WSHH). Therein, the guest vocalist sing-speaks about kissing his diamonds and loving his bros, spreading "congratulations to niggas like me, dog." We also see a mix of footage gleaned from Future's briefly troubled tour with Drake.

  • Major Lazer 'Sweat' Video Laidback Luke Ms. Dynamite

    Major Lazer Throw Day-Glo Rave in 'Sweat' Video

    Following such visual victories as the absurd-ass-t "Bubble Butt" short, the Terry Crews-empowered "Scare Me," and those awesome animated lyrics videos, Major Lazer's recent clip for "Jet Blue Jet" left a little to be desired. How are Diplo and friends expected to Free the Universe using nothing but a few gratuitous half-nude model types and an Eames version of an airport lavatory? With the just-out Noisey-backed visual for "Sweat (Through Your Radio)" however, our international heroes get back to twerk in a mysterious warehouse on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Therein, a crew of Dayglo-dappled dancers do their thing — which seems to be crump-ish — while Major Lazer kick out the aggro jams with help from Dutch EDM star Laidback Luke and English rhymer Ms.

  • Crosses Bitches Brew Video Chino Moreno Stream Deftones

    Crosses' Share Creepy 'Bitches Brew' Video Starring Deftones' Chino Moreno

    At the top of the month, we heard the first taste from the debut album from Chino Moreno's ††† (or Crosses), which finds the Deftones and Palms leader unravelling beautiful doom atop an electronics-heavy score. That surging, groove-steeped song was dubbed "Bi†ches Brew," and now it's got a fittingly bewitching music video to go with. Therein, three young women prepare for what appears to be an exorcism, while Moreno, Far's Shaun Lopez, and Chuck Doom do their creepy thing. The trio's eponymous album ††† is due February 11 via Sumerian Records. Pre-order and various swag available at the band's site.

  • Kanye West Sway Interview Screaming Fashion Millions

    Kanye West Screams at Sway: 'I Am Shakespeare!'

    These days, there is no shortage of Kanye West audio finding the Yeezus MC making wildly passionate claims about his creative genius, or loudly lamenting his inability to get a foothold in the world of high fashion. There's a new clip or two every day, and since Rick Rubin isn't here to edit the output, we've been picking and choosing as we go, looking for, say, moments when the dude starts screaming at a radio host and calling himself William Shakespeare.Yes, West's brand new talk with Sway on Eminem's Shade 45 SirusXM is one for the books. In the beginning, the MTV personality and apparent friend of West gives a sincere and rapturous introduction, while his guest chuckles with self-satisfied confidence. They then discuss their mutual admiration for hip-hop beat-makers of yore, but before long, the clothing business comes up, and things get heated.

  • James Blake Destiny's Child Bills Remix Stream Download

    Hear James Blake's Beyoncé Impression on Rare Destiny's Child 'Bills' Remix

    Every once in awhile, a remix comes along that is oh-so-much more than your standard promotional fare and when it does, there's a good chance James Blake is behind the thing. Or rather, Harmonimix, since that's the name the London singer-producer often prefers when taking on others' material.As it turns out, his reworking of Destiny's Child's 1999 "Bills Bills Bills" is so nice, it's worth experiencing twice — though the remix received a limited vinyl white-label release in 2010, Blake has now uploaded the thing to his 1-800-Dinosaur SoundCloud account so that the rest of us can experience its glitchy brilliance. In truth, Harmonimix's "Bills" is more of a cover, with our silky-voiced singer recreating the chorus himself, and enhancing the jittery production of the original with synth blurts and big bass. Excellently Overgrown.

  • MellowHigh Tour Video '4 Days With' Odd Future Carnival

    See MellowHigh Catch Reefer Madness in '4 Days With' Tour Video

    When your group's called MellowHigh, there's a natural assumption that life on the road is a slow-motion blur of hazy days — a purple-flecked bus, perhaps, trailing billowing smoke. But Odd Future trio Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis, and Left Brain disprove that lazy assumption handily in the video above, which condenses four days of tour madness into seven minutes of frenetic wilding. Basically, it's the stuff of Reefer Madness fear-mongering come to life.We see plenty of marijuana, yes. But instead of chill stonerisms we get fans on the verge of rioting, artists who are clearly deranged, talking likenesses of cats, and stuff getting broken.

  • Kanye West Bound 2 Seth Rogen James Franco Video

    Seth Rogen Makes Out With James Franco in Kanye West 'Bound 2' Spoof

    Kanye West's "Bound 2" video has inspired a lot of talk. SPIN's Marc Hogan noted that the graphics evoke '90s arcade classic Cruis'n' USA, albeit functioning as a backdrop for the Yeezus star and his topless fiancee's simulated sexcapades atop a motorcycle. Meanwhile, Brandon Soderberg wrote that the Kim Kardashian vehicle is "a pretty bad idea seen through so completely that it stops being a bad idea ... the heartening end result of Kanye's decade of bumpy, somewhat progressive music videos, questioning the video-girl role and adjusting the mores of female representation in hip-hop."Fair enough, but for certain works of art, no words will do. Above, watch as Seth Rogen and James Franco recreate the awkwardly intimate video shot-for-shot. Bask in the majesty of the former's shirtless form, and revel in witnessing the awkward rap-hands of the latter.

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    Blur Cancel Big Day Out Despite What Promoter Calls Much 'Ass'-Kissing

    Blur and Big Day Out organizers have clashed following the iconic Britpop band's announcement they will no longer be headlining the Australian festival. "We were disappointed to learn of Blur's cancellation via their Facebook page yesterday morning," wrote BDO on their own Facebook wall with passive-aggressive aplomb. The multi-day traveling music event was set to kick off on January 17 in Auckland, New Zealand, and would've marked Blur's first Down Under dates in 17 years.What happened is still unclear, but Damon Albarn and co. clearly point the finger at the promoters. "Devastated to report that Blur won't be performing at BDO in 2014," the band writes. "It's a shock that it has come to this.

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