Chris Martins

writer

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  • Kool AD Not Okay Mixtape Stream Digable Planets Ladybug

    Kool A.D.'s 'Not O.K.' Mixtape Marks Return of Digable Planets' Ladybug Mecca

    Kool A.D. closes out a strong solo year with his third mixtape of 2013: Not O.K. The entire 15-track set can be streamed below and downloaded via Bandcamp for an optional donation. MC/producer Amaze 88 returns following the February 63 and 19 mixtapes, and we get fresh-but-familiar faces in the form of Del the Funky Homosapien and, surprisingly, former Digable Planets member Ladybug Mecca. Those two appear on "CNN," while other tracks feature Hellfyre Club member Milo, Raheem Recess, Alim, Jabee, and French rapper B.E. Labeau. Not to be missed: the existentially aimed Lil B tribute "Tiger Style," in which Kool declares, "Think I'm Dinosaur Jr." Get gnarly with a Das Racist founder here:

  • Hudson Mohawke 'Structure' LuckyMe Stream Video

    Hear Hudson Mohawke's Booty-Praising 'Structure'

    TNGHT star and Kanye West producer Hudson Mohawke has shared a new trunk-rattling track via his LuckyMe Records. The label is doing an advent-style song-a-day release leading up to Christmas, and the latest is "Structure." London vocalist Shamz Le Roc sheds light on the title (which has to do with the architectural integrity of the derrière) while the beat aptly offers heaps of bounce and wobble. The Scottish producer offsets his trademark minimal, percussive assault with lots of lo-bit glitch (hit play above). Hudson Mohawke was among the 67 names credited on West's Yeezus, which happened to be SPIN's Album of the Year.

  • Disclosure Voices Video Sasha Keable Settle

    Disclosure's 'Voices' Video Stars Hip-Popping Prison Gangs

    Disclosure not only had one of the best albums of 2013 in Settle, they led SPIN's Trend of the Year by bringing a better amalgam of dance and pop to airwaves both mainstream and underground. Also, that album is decidedly all killer and no filler, chock full of potential hits like "Voices" featuring singer Sasha Keable. That track now gets a wild and beautiful video whose art direction at times recalls Kanye West's Runaway short film. Set within a prison, the clip finds one mystical woman at the center of rival crews wearing terrifying masks and executing aggressive dance moves. Watch above.

  • Royksopp Twenty Thirteen Stream Robyn Tour

    Hear Royksopp Bid the Year Adieu With 'Twenty Thirteen'

    Next year, all signs point to Röyksopp at last following up their 2010 album Senior. In November, the Norwegian electronic duo shared the new single "Running to the Sea," and now we have "Twenty Thirteen" featuring Jamie McDermott from the Irrepressibles, arriving just ahead of the closing bell for its titular year. Over an old-timey big-band jazz lurch, the track transports the listener to the Prohibition Era, and also lyrically channels "Auld Lang Syne" in parts. The song looks back fondly on the year about to pass: "2013, still in my heart / the music and the stars." It's nothing like the pair's other work of late — you're welcome to compare and contrast "Twenty Thirteen" with "Running" below. Also, look out for Robyn and Röyksopp to hit the road together in 2014, fresh off of a yet-unheard new studio collaboration.

  • Neko Case Man Live Video Austin City Limits Concert

    Neko Case's Rip-Roaring 'Man' Performance Teases 'Austin City Limits' Episode

    The 2014 lineup for PBS' Austin City Limits concert series is off to a promising start. Today, we get a preview performance by Neko Case doing "Man," off of her excellent 2013 set The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You. Last week, we saw another member of SPIN's 2013 Best Albums tribe hit the same stage: Queens of the Stone Age played ...Like Clockwork track "Smooth Sailing." Seen above, Case sings the hook: "And if I'm dipshit drunk on pink perfume / Then I am the man in the fucking moon / 'Cause you didn't know what a man was / Until I showwwwwwed you." As our own Rob Harvilla wrote in his review, "The thundering triumph of those last two words is how people singing along too exuberantly to the radio get into car accidents." Thankfully, this one will come to your TV. Case's full episode airs January 11.

  • Carlos Santana Homeless Drummer Marcus Malone

    Carlos Santana's Reunion With Homeless Drummer Will Warm Your Wintry Heart

    Thanks to a San Francisco TV newsman, Carlos Santana has been reunited with his homeless former percussionist, Marcus "The Magnificent" Malone. The latter was part of the Bay Area rock legend's original outfit, the Santana Blues Band, and played congas on the group's self-titled 1969 debut (he has a songwriting credit on "Soul Sacrifice"). But he was incarcerated the same year, shortly before Woodstock, and upon release couldn't find steady work.KRON 4's Stanley Roberts creates a recurring segment called "People Behaving Badly," and earlier this month was working on a story about illegal dumping when he came across a man rummaging through trash. In the interview that followed, the man mentioned that he used to play with Santana — that the band used to jam in Malone's mother's garage, in fact — so Roberts checked out the story and confirmed it.

  • Hear Actress' Fog Bank of a Black-Label Single 'Grey Over Blue'

    Hear Actress' Fog Bank of a Black-Label Single 'Grey Over Blue'

    Actress is on a mission to kill music dead in 2014. Back in November, the English producer born Darren Cunningham teased his own potential retirement in a cryptic announcement for his next album, Ghettoville, due in January. Now he's sneaked out a black-label, two-song 12-inch via Ninja Tune/Werkdiscs — it's in stores now, but presumably unmarked top to bottom, this side to that side. And only 180 copies exist. For those less intrepid, here's a stream of the A-side, "Grey Over Blue," an aptly titled block of ambient fuzz and compressed beat that feels beamed in from the ominous score of a '90s PC game (see Myst). The nearly eight-minute crawler comes backed with "Wee Bey," which we hope involves samples of a tiny Beyoncé.

  • Mobb Deep Anniversary Reunion Tour Infamous Reissue

    Mobb Deep Reunite for Tour, New Album, 'Infamous' Reissue

    Next year Queensbridge '90s rap icons Mobb Deep will celebrate the approaching 20th anniversary of their beloved second album, The Infamous. (Ror the record, SPIN gave it a 9/10.) Not only will Havoc and Prodigy will be uniting for an extensive U.S. tour, they're planning an expanded remaster of that classic LP and a brand new record's worth of material. The duo broke the news in an interview with Huffington Post.The two discs will arrive in one package dubbed The Infamous Mobb Deep, due out in March, with the first half comprising the digitally remastered 1995 album and 10 additional tracks unearthed from that era (Prodigy promises lost verse from Nas, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, and others).

  • Lily Allen Chris Martin Coldplay Fear Live Video

    Watch Coldplay's Chris Martin Backup Lily Allen on 'The Fear'

    Lily Allen made a big return in November with "Hard Out Here" and the accompanying clip, which doubled as a response video to Robin Thicke's conversation-starting "Blurred Lines." After stirring the pot and getting accused of accidental racism in the process, she made a much softer landing on Thursday, December 19, performing her 2009 It's Not Me, It's You single "The Fear" with Coldplay leader Chris Martin on backing vocals and guitar (above). The occasion was a London benefit for Kids Company dubbed "Under 1 Roof," and it featured other artists as well. As Stereogum points out, we also get Allen performing Ella Fitzgerald's "Dream a Little Dream of Me" with Robbie Williams, and Allen and Keane man Tim Rice-Oxley doing his band's "Somewhere Only We Know."And because our hearts are frozen, you'll find Coldplay's "White Christmas" as well.

  • Rick Ross Lady Gaga R. Kelly Do What U Want Remix

    Rick Ross Enters Sexless Threesome With Lady Gaga and R. Kelly

    Rick Ross once again inserts himself into a popular song that he was never invited to in the first place, this time winding up in an awkward threesome with Lady Gaga and R. Kelly. That pair came together this year, of course, for "Do What U Want," a sex-dripping ARTPOP song that inspired a heated performance when they brought it to Saturday Night Live (cross-reference: "sex push-ups"). Ross, meanwhile is gearing up to release Mastermind (presumably where his Jay Z team-up "The Devil Is a Lie" will land) and likely celebrating having made the cut for SPIN's Hall of Shame. He's also appeared on Maybach Music remixes of Lorde's "Royals" and Drake's "Hold On We're Going Home," and now pays Kellz and Mother Monster the favor of 30 seconds of his time at the start of the track below.

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