Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • SZA Ice Moon Video TDE S EP

    SZA Climbs Trees in Mystical 'Ice Moon' Video

    St. Louis R&Bist and SPIN Best New Artist inductee SZA wowed us with her S EP earlier this year and now she has a fresh visual to share for one of that eight-song set's highlights, "Ice Moon." Therein, over a glisteningly wavy score, she sings, "Show me the way to your hiding place." Takign a cue from that, the Vice-premiered video above finds the Top Dawg Entertainment artist exploring a mystical wilderness, where macaroons dot the forest floor and balloons flow like mountain streams. It's a hideaway we'd be happy to explore as well, though probably not the same one that Rich Homie Quan heads to when he's felling some "Type of Way."

  • Yellow Dogs Murder Suicide Statement Brooklyn Band

    Yellow Dogs Speak Out on Brooklyn Murder-Suicide

    The surviving members of Brooklyn band Yellow Dogs have issued a statement regarding the murder-suicide that took three of their closest friends and interrupted the rise of a vibrant collective of Iranian-born artists living in New York City. The lengthy, thoughtful missive explains gunman Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie's relationship to the garage-punk outfit and their sister band Free Keys. "We wanted the world to discover us as we were: a community of musicians defined by our music, our friendships, our culture and our art," wrote Yellow Dogs players Siavash 'Obash' Karampour and Koory Mirzeai with input from their manager and friends, including Free Keys member Pooya Hosseini.

  • David Bowie NSFW Video Love Is Lost James Murphy Remix

    David Bowie and James Murphy's 'Love Is Lost' Gets Epic-Length NSFW Video

    Late last month, David Bowie dropped his $12.99 video for James Murphy's cosmic-disco remix of "Love Is Lost." But while hand-washing fetishists and puppet lovers may have been satisfied by that visual, fans of the DFA king's sprawling The Next Day revision (for The Next Day Extra) may have felt short-shrifted as the track had been slimmed down from 10 minutes to four. Now the full "Hello Steve Reich Mix" gets its due, along with a hypnotizing video directed by digital wizard Barnaby Roper, who answers the question: Just how many handclaps does it take to construct two human beings from scratch and film them making love? The Vice-premiered clip is safe for work for about seven minutes, so proceed with a combination of caution and patience. After that, check out a 26-year-old Bowie DJing for the BBC and a Baroque Bowie stunting for Louis Vuitton.

  • Eminem Marshall Mathers LP 2 Lorde Royals Billboard Chart

    Who Charted? Eminem's Rap God Status Confirmed as 'MMLP2' Crushes Everything

    First! Blondes do have more fun! Eminem continues his winning streak — YouTube Music Awards, MTV EMA, SPIN's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 review — by starting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The top of the albums chart is familiar territory for Slim Shady, who's notched seven in a row now — all except his debut, 1999's The Slim Shady LP. That dude from Portugal. The Man may not be a fan of sequels, but it seems that America is (duh). The Detroit rappin' ass rapper's rapper sold 792,000 copies of MMLP2, which is the second largest figure of the year (he is now the curdled mayonnaise in a Justin Timberlake/Drake sandwich) and also a bigger number than the combined digits of Nos. 2 through 32 this week. Perhaps he is a rap god after all.2 to 10: While the 41-year-old MC sees his sales grow with his latest album, his '90s pal Celine Dion is not so fortunate.

  • Zara McFarlane 'Angie La La' Leron Thomas Yoruba Soul Mix Osunlade

    Zara McFarlane, Leron Thomas, and Osunlade Fuse Jazz and House on 'Angie La La'

    Zara McFarlane is a London jazz singer whose approach to the artform puts her in the company of border-pushing spiritual explorers Thundercat and Gregory Porter. Fitting, then, that her forthcoming single "Angie La La" features baritone-blessed vocalist and trumpeter Leron Thomas, who cut his teeth in Bilal's band. Below, the song approaches perfection as it picks up a third collaborator in St. Louis-born producer Osunlade, who give it his trademark "Yoruba Soul" treatment. There, the smoky track is imbued with a Balearic beat that bounds ever onward while harps flutter and piano figures rise and fall. "Angie La La" arrives ahead of McFarlane's album, If You Knew Her, due January 20 via Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings.

  • Dog Bite 'Dream Feast' Tranquilizers Stream

    Dog Bite Deliver Dark Shoegaze on 'Dream Feast'

    "Dream Feast" is about as apt a song name as you'll ever find for what Dog Bite does. The Atlanta four-piece specialized in glistening shoegaze made lush by Phil Jones' reverbed and droning vocals. It's decadent music that hangs in the atmosphere, shadowy at times and expansive at others. It also doesn't hurt that while the band was preparing their second album — the also well-named Tranquilizers, out January 21 on Carpark Records — their leader was on a serious soul kick, immersing himself in the legacies of Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes. For the latest taste, stream "Dream Feast" below, and for previous meals revisit "Prettiest Pills" and Dog Bite's split single with Toro y Moi.Dog Bite, Tranquilizers track list:1. "There Was Time"2. "We"3. "Lady Queen"4. "Tuesdays"5. "Clarinets"6. "Wonder Dark"7. "Dream Feast"8. "Royals"9. "L'oiseau Storm"10. "Rest Assured"

  • Mike WiLL Made-It Migos Wiz Khalifa 'Whippin a Brick' Stream

    Mike WiLL Made-It Goes Trappin' With Migos and Wiz Khalifa on 'Whippin a Brick'

    Intensely in-demand producer Mike WiLL Made-It has somehow found the time to make a mixtape between stints  of hit-making for Miley Cyrus, 2 Chainz, Juicy J, Jay Z ... you get the idea. Mike WiLL Been TriLL is due out in December and will feature contributions from Future, Ciara, Lil Wayne, ScHoolboy Q, Gucci Mane, Jeezy, and all of the aforementioned folks to boot, according to Pitchfork. Below you can hear "Whipping a Brick," a deeply trap-dwelling production featuring our pals Wiz Khalifa and Migos (with only a brief shout-out to Versace).

  • Jerome LOL 'Always' Sara Z Stream Deleted Fool Boys

    Hear Jerome LOL's 'Always,' a Shuffling Soul-House Feat

    When last we heard from Jerome LOL, the former LOL Boys member and Body High label boss was all "Yellow." The Los Angeles producer's Coldplay cover was a lovely listen, but now we get to hear the man in his element. Below you'll find the new original song, "Always," which gets a vocal assist from Sara Z and explores a sound similar to LOL Boys' should-be-a-classic-dammit "Changes." The funky shuffle, keyboard blurts, and simmering cymbals are once again present, though the soulful singing deepens the tone. The song hails from a the Deleted/Fool EP due out February 4 on Friends of Friends.Jerome LOL, Deleted/Fool track list:1. "Deleted" ft. Sara Z2. "Always" ft. Sara Z3. "Fool" ft. Angelina Lucero4. "True" ft. Angelina Lucero

  • Tupac Biopic Movie 2pac Shakur Financed Director Star

    Tupac Shakur's Long-Delayed Biopic Has a Filming Date

    In September, we learned that the the long-planned Tupac Shakur biopic at last secured funding and the rights to use the late rap legend's catalog. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, we have a start date for filming. At a celebratory reception thrown by the filmmakers for friends and supporters of Shakur and the film, Tupac, producer Randall Emmett announced that principal photography will begin in spring 2014.No word yet on who will star as the film's subject, but Tupac's mother Afeni Shakur has signed on as executive producer. Her involvement was not always a given, it seems. As THR explains, Morgan Creek Productions (Ace Ventura, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, um, Juwanna Mann) sued her early on in the process for allegedly attempting to gain more creative control after signing over her son's music and story.

  • Azealia Banks Pharrell Light Skin Twitter Beef ATM Jam

    Azealia Banks Drops a Race Card on Pharrell in One-Sided Beef

    Azealia Banks has taken shots at her "ATM Jam" partner Pharrell, alleging that the single's lack of success is due to a lack of support from its primary producer and hook-singer. To a certain degree, a major label-backed song's market penetration has a bit more to do with money invested after the fact, and audience reaction, than high-profile cosigns. But it's true that the Daft Punk and Robin Thicke-assisting hit-maker, by contrast, didn't appear in Banks' video.Perhaps there simply weren't enough nude women or awesome robots? Nay, taking to Twitter, Banks wrote, "The reason ATM jam did poorly is because pharell changed his mind about wanting to be associated with me after he had his lite skin comeback." Which is a helluva thing to say, and somewhat confusing without further exposition.

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