Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Solange Knowles 'Cash In' Saint Heron Stream

    Solange's 'Cash In' Doubles as a Statement of DIY Intent

    Solange Knowles' officially launched her Saint Records last week with the Saint Records compilation, effectively hijacking the "Indie R&B" narrative while delivering gems from the likes of Cassie, Sampha, Kelela, Jhené Aiko, and BC Kingdom. Now we get the 12-song set's coda from Solange herself: "Cash In," a love song whose theme fits with the pro-artist, do-it-yourself mentality that no doubt birthed the label in the first place. Knowles' songwriting chops are more than proven (Beyoncé's "Get Me Bodied," for one) and her association with Blood Orange pretty much means there's nothing she and the crew she's assembled can't accomplish. "We don't need to lay in bed / Sleep all day? We'll sleep when dead / We don't need to wait on them / Listen to the sounds of this right here."

  • Jamie XX 'Untitled (Unreleased)' Stream Berlin Set

    Jamie xx Gets Funky on 'Untitled' Berlin Set Rip

    London's post-dubstep producers have a thing for enigma, so it's no surprise that SBTRKT's title-free A/V experiment should be followed by an unidentified, reportedly new track from Jamie xx. Of course, he hasn't named the glistening new song "Untitled (Unreleased)" — that was German blog Latenightmix, who obtained a crisp rip from the xx boardsman's Live at Night + Day Berlin mix, which corresponded with his set for the (enigmatic) festival of the same name and was originally captured by Red Bull Music Academy. The new song fits in well with Rounds-era Four Tet and Caribou's Daphni-teasing Swim. Zero-gravity harp flutters give way to an upbeat bounce, cut up soul vocals, and inventive percussion.

  • Seven Lions 'Serpent of Old' Nostalghia OWSLA Stream

    Seven Lions and Nostalghia Unleash Electro-Goth Shredder 'Serpent of Old'

    If it wasn't immediately apparent upon seeing the terrifying cover art above, OWSLA signee Seven Lions is in a darker place on his latest single. A year ago, we were introduced to the Santa Barbara, California producer via an uplifting trance-step epic called "Days to Come" — hopeful stuff, even down to the title. But "Serpent of Old" is a bleak, writhing combination of cyberpunk wilding, electrohouse bigness, and gothic piano twinkling. Of course, a great deal of that tone is due to the presence of Los Angeles duo Nostalghia, who contribute significant shrieks courtesy of singer Ciscandra. Scroll further to see the artwork in its creepy entirety via Santiago Caruso.

  • Qui 'Mucho Sex in America' Video Life Water Living

    Qui Get Blasted and Battered in 'Mucho Sex in America' Video

    Los Angeles noise freaks Qui have been doing their thing since 2000, but their forthcoming album Life, Water, Living... will only be their third. You'll forgive them, though since guitarist/vocalist Matt Cronk spent a portion of their five-year recording hiatus serving his country in Iraq, where a car bomb nearly took his life but left him with a Purple Heart instead. Now he and co-founding drummer/vocalist Paul Christensen are back at it, dosing their shreddy punk tantrums with arty aplomb and surprising harmony. Witness "Mucho Sex in America" above, which comes with a video directed by former pro skater Laban Pheidias (Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys). Therein, Qui march ever forward despite weathering various hang-ups and indignities.

  • Lorde School Battle Bands Extreme Belmont

    Here's Lorde at 12 Doing Ronnie James Dio

    Lorde covers Tears for Fears for the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack, and she recently joined SPIN stars Haim on stage for a rendition of Sheryl Crow's "Strong Enough," but nothing could have prepared us for this: The rap-chart-conquering "Royals" star in an intermediate school battle of the bands, at the age of 12, performing "Man on the Silver Mountain" as recorded by Rainbow with the late, great heavy metal icon Ronnie James Dio on vocals. Yes, Lorde — or rather, Ella Yelish-O'Connor — does Dio in the clip above backed by a band called Extreme made up of fellow students at Aukland, New Zealand's Belmont Intermediate School. They also cover "Edie (Ciao Baby)" by the Cult and, as Stereogum points out, the Internet's also dug up an audio clip of the young star singing Pixie Lott's "Mama Do" for Radio NZ.

  • Austra 'Forgive Me' Video Olympia

    Austra Visit a Sex Park in NSFW 'Forgive Me' Video

    For their latest video, Austra take a trip to a moonlit park where "people purge and absolve their sins through sexual liberation," according to Toronto's shadowy synthpop-makers themselves. The song is "Forgive Me," a melodically wistful highlight from Olympia powered by a consistent beat and dressed with lush synth flourishes. Claire Edmondson directs, utilizing night vision to capture the decidedly NSFW activities of these woods' passing denizens. Austra's second album arrives November 26 via Domino.

  • Pussy Riot Slavoj Zizek Letters Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

    Read Pussy Riot Member's Prison Letters to Philosopher Slavoj Zizek

    Back before the hunger strike that landed her in a prison hospital and pre-empted a confusing transfer in which she was reported missing, Pussy Riot member Nadezdha Tolokonnikova had a robust epistolary correspondence going with Slovenian philosopher and culture critic Slavoj Žižek, it turns out. The two wrote each other for several months beginning in January, spawning a fascinating dialogue about capitalism, activism and, briefly, metaphysics. The exchange was apparently curated by Philosophie Magazine, who share the letters in full in their French and German editions. Meanwhile, the Guardian has published slightly abridged English versions of five of the prison letters, which we've excerpted below.

  • Jay Z Drake Timbaland Know Bout Me Stream

    Jay Z, Drake, and Timbaland Trade Bars on 'Know Bout Me'

    James Fauntleroy and Timbaland made up the primary creative force behind Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience (s). Timbaland and Jay Z quashed their beef to reunite on the latter's blockbuster return, Magna Carta Holy Grail. Jay Z dropped in to support Drake's new album Nothing Was the Same. And now all of those dudes except JT (is he still attached to that truck?) come together for a pretty monstrous new track called "Know Bout Me." This is a leak, true, but Consequence of Sound and others report it's likely the first single from Timbaland's forthcoming album Textbook Timbo. Listen below, and follow the track's trip from the trap to the club to the silky-smooth after-party in the process.

  • Bill Callahan Live Concert Stream Dream River Tour

    Stream Bill Callahan's Stately 'Dream River' Set From Washington D.C.

    SPIN profile star Bill Callahan is currently taking his new Dream River album on the road, and discovering unusual little eddies for that rolling fount of economical gravitas as he goes. Last month, the Austin-dwelling auteur and his crack band performed at the historic Sixth & I synagogue in Washington D.C., a space whose stately decor is apparently matched by its rich acoustics. How would we know? Well, fans like us (and you) can hear the set thanks to NPR, who recorded the entire thing and are streaming it in full — just shy of two hours and featuring 15 songs, including selections from 2011's Apocalypse, 2007's Woke on a Whaleheart, and 2005's A River Ain't Too Much to Love (via Smog), plus Percy Mayfield's 1950 blues ballad "Please Send Me Someone to Love." Peruse the set list below, and then head to NPR to listen to Callahan in action.

  • SBTRKT Untitled Video Audio Experiment

    SBTRKT Shares Highly Trippy Untitled Audio-Visual Experiment

    It's been a minute since we've heard from SBTRKT, the once-anonymous post-dubstep project overseen by Aaron Jerome that helped launch the career of Drake pal and Solange signee Sampha. The London producer dropped his excellent self-titled debut album way back in 2011, and aside from putting his own touch on Drizzy's "Girls Love Beyoncé" and sharing a welcome-but-very-late video for "Trials of the Past," he's left his fans largely unfed. But the man has now shared a trippy visual for an unnamed song, which you can experience above. The bleakly brooding track (which has kin in Boards of Canada's Tomorrow's Harvest) is accompanied by morphing metallic shapes dreamed up by SBTRKT himself in collaboration with Lorenzo Durantini and A Hidden Place. On your way out, check Jerome's other recent share, "IMO," which has yet to be mixed and mastered but sounds lovely nonetheless:

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