Chris Martins

writer

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  • Death Vessel Jonsi Isla Drown Stream Island

    Death Vessel and Sigur Ros' Jonsi Team for Graceful 'Ilsa Drown'

    On February 25, the inimitable Death Vessel will bring an unofficial six-year recording hiatus to and end with Island Intervals, an eight-song set that finds the Rhode Island-based folkist recording Reykjavík, Iceland with help from a few familiar locals. On first taste "Ilsa Drown," Sigur Rós singer Jónsi joins, and the pair are a perfect fit. Their high voices glide over the gentle instrumentation, which picks up steam as the song pushes on. The Kveiker-maker also co-wrote that particular song, but his countryman and bandmate Alex Somers producers the entire album, which includes appearances from Pete Donnelly (the Figgs, NRBQ), Samuli Kosminen (Múm), and Thorvaldur "Doddi" Thorvaldsson. Death Vessel, Island Intervals track list:1. "Ejecta"2. "Velvet Antlers"3. "Triangulated Heart"4. "Mercury Dime"5. "Ilsa Drown"6. "Island Vapors"7. "We Agreed"8. "Loom"

  • David Guetta and Mikky Ekko Team for Typhoon Relief

    David Guetta and Mikky Ekko Team for Typhoon Relief

    Typhoon Haiyan, or Typhoon Yolanda, took well over 5,000 lives and did an incalculable amount of damage in the Philippines earlier this month. In concert with the United Nations and World Humanitarian Day, French superstar DJ David Guetta is joining the #TheWorldNeedsMore social media campaign in order to help in the relief effort. Various participants ranging from Gucci to Intel have added their support to the fundraiser by choosing their own key words for the program. For Guetta, the world needs more #Love, and in honor of that theme, he and SPIN favorite Mikky Ekko have teamed to create a new song called "One Voice." The video will be projected onto the UN Secretariat Building in New York tonight, November 22, from 7:30 p.m. on EST. Catch the ongoing livestream below, and visit the WHD site to unlock the video by tweeting your own #TheWorldNeedsMore word.

  • Eminem Rap God Video Max Headroom Zane Lowe

    Eminem Is Max Headroom in Upcoming 'Rap God' Video

    Eminem has a long tradition of spoofing au courant celebrities in his music videos, but the preview for his forthcoming "Rap God" clip finds him taking on a fictional one from the '80s: Max Headroom. In the snippet above, we see Slim Shady donning sunglasses and dolled up to look particularly rubbery, mouthing the sampled intro for the vocally acrobatic Marshall Mathers LP 2 single. The teaser lets us know that the real thing is coming Wednesday, November 27.Meanwhile, the rest of the man's hour-long interview with BBC Radio 1 host Zane Lowe is out. Audio of the full chat — in which Eminem discussed addiction, memory loss, fame — was already available, plus a "Part 1" video that shows Eminem praising Rick Rubin and pretending (we hope) to pee his pants on air. Now you can see the rest: In "Part 2," he talks about balancing lyrical integrity against punchlines and radio hooks.

  • Haiti Direct Dance Compilation 60s Strut Records Stream

    Rara Riot: Hear a Funky Cut from Strut's 'Haiti Direct' Compilation

    The crate-digging archivists of Strut Records are preparing to release a two-disc set of Haitian dance music sourced from the '60s and '70s. Dubbed Haiti Direct: Big Band, Mini-Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds 1960-1978, the January 28 compilation was overseen by DJ Hugo Mendez of the Sofrito collective, and focuses on a handful of styles that emerged at a key moment in the island's cultural history.

  • Nguzunguzu 'Mecha' Video Skycell EP Game, photo via Facebook

    Nguzunguzu's 'Mecha' Video Is a Smorgasbord of Evil Robots

    When we heard the titular first taste of Nguzunguzu's new Skycell EP, SPIN's Philip Sherburne theorized that the Los Angeles duo had set out to answer the question: "What if you could make U.K.-style grime music with no hard edges at all?" On their latest track "Mecha," Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda still take a minimal, airy approach, but the accompanying video is packed wall-to-wall with dangerously solid and hefty things — namely, a wilding cavalcade of mechanized bad guys borrowed from cinema's past. The annals of anime are raided (Gundam, perhaps?) as are sci-fi flicks (The Matrix) and action blockbusters (The Avengers). Directed by Jude MC for MOCAtv, the clip was inspired by the Fade to Mind EP's theme — Skycell is apparently video game that captures the user and subs in a hostile alternate reality.

  • U2 'Ordinary Love' Lyric Video Nelson Mandela Movie

    U2 Share 'Ordinary Love' in Honor of Nelson Mandela

    U2's first new song in three years can be heard here, below. The iconic Irish rock-smiths wrote "Ordinary Love" for the forthcoming Nelson Mandela biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and are also packaging the shimmering power-ballad with a new version of 2009's "Breathe" for Record Store Day's Back to Black Friday event on November 29. The latter hails from the band's last album, No Line on the Horizon — U2's first full-length in five years will arrive in April 2014.Danger Mouse is reportedly on board for the next set, though it's unclear whether or not he produces "Ordinary Love." However, with its lightly reverbed atmosphere, resonant keys, and crisp, central vocals, the song certainly could have been overseen by the same man behind the fresh Broken Bells material.

  • Rick Ross Jay Z Dr. Dre 3 Kings Lawsuit Gospel Copyright

    Gospel Group Sues Rick Ross, Jay Z, and Dr. Dre for Unholy Infringement

    Another day, another lawsuit involving Rick Ross. He's been taken to task for allegedly forgetting to pay his Rolex bill and pulling out of concerts abroad. Now members of the gospel group Crowns of Glory are claiming that he and his "3 Kings" cohorts — Jay Z, Dr.

  • Evian Christ 'Salt Carousel' Waterfall EP Yeezus

    Hear Evian Christ's Post-'Yeezus' Wild-Out 'Salt Carousel'

    No matter where you stand on Kanye West and his latest magnum opus Yeezus, the June album has undeniably shone light on some of electronic music's more fascinating producers — specifically those who push the left-most boundaries of rap-friendliness. Arca followed up his appearance on four of those tracks with the frighteningly good free &&&&& EP and now England's Evian Christ is preparing his own Waterfall short-player. The man's touch was felt on the deeply visceral "I'm in It," specifically, and below you can hear what he has to offer solo. "Salt Carousel" is heavy and strange — kin to the work of TNGHT, but more wild. Waterfall is due early next year via Tri-Angle Records, home to the also quite excellent Forest Swords.

  • Jay Z Barneys Jacket Coat Leather Crocodile Ski Mask

    Jay Z Has a $58K Jacket He Wants to Sell You

    With 100 percent of proceeds now going to charity, Jay Z's Barneys collection launched Wednesday morning (November 20) at the high-end retailer's flagship New York store. In light of the racial profiling scandal that marred earlier news of the collaboration, the official launch party was called off, the formerly 25-percent philanthropy share was upped, and Shawn Carter himself announced that he will to head up a council on the subject of racial profiling. Meanwhile, Kanye West and Zappos are trading shots over "shit."Also: We're all anonymous over the Internet (although our credit cards are not), and much of the BNY NYC SCC — that last bit stands for "Shawn Carter Collection" — is available to purchase online. The priciest item in the series? A crocodile-skin jacket designed by Rick Owens, retailing for $58,000.

  • Dan Bodan 'Aaron (Renaissance Man Remix)' Video NSFW

    Watch Dan Bodan's NSFW 'Aaron (Renaissance Man Remix)' Video

    DFA man Dan Bodan has earned a rep for combining off-kilter love songs with left-field dance beats. We experienced the Canadian-raised, Berlin-based artist's approach earlier this year with the song "Anonymous," which eventually spawned an idyllic, sea-splashed video. Now his other 2013 single "Aaron" get a visual of its own, but this one is far more discomfiting. Thanks to Renaissance Man's remixing touch, the music itself is jittery and unsettled, finding Bodan unconvincingly cooing, "Aaron don't you see? / I think we're growing up." Meanwhile, the clip (co-directed by the artist and Julia Hale Burmingham) flits between scenes of Bodan's glistening face and bedroom eyes, a nude male indoors, and a nude woman outdoors. Watch above, and download the "Aaron" revision below.

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