Chris Martins

writer

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  • Scottie B & DJ Ayres 'The Unruly Remixes' Stream Mixtape Bmore

    Stream Scottie B & DJ Ayres' Baltimore Homage 'The Unruly Remixes' Mixtape

    Baltimore club music gets a timely tribute on The Unruly Remixes, a 20-song set that takes four seminal songs from the scene's heyday and flips each four ways via a diverse group of contemporary producers. The house and breakbeat hits of Unruly Records, who helped define the scene's sound across the late-'90s to mid-aughts heyday, is thusly reborn into an era where dance is more in vogue than ever. Tittsworth, DJ Sliink, Nadastrom, Cousin Cole, XXXChange, and a number of others contribute their expertise to the compilation, which arrives on October 22 via T&A Records.In honor of the occasion, Unruly co-founder Scottie B and T&A co-founder DJ Ayres have made an exclusive mixtape for SPIN that weaves highlights from that set in and out of other works from their extended family of artists.

  • Jerome LOL Coldplay Yellow Cover EP Boys Friends of

    All 'Yellow': Jerome LOL Re-Wrote a Coldplay Song For You

    Beatwise netizen Jerome LOL will make an IRL appearance on the Holy Ship!!! cruise in January but first he's giving the Internet some good loving with a cover of Coldplay's "Yellow." His seething, digitized take removes the "guilty" from the "pleasure" where that 2000 hit is concerned, giving the thing exceptional heft and eerie emotional resonance via thick synths, a rainy percussive kit, rattling guitar-play, and mournful robo-vocals.All of this is in honor of a 2014 EP set for release on Friends of Friends Music, which was home to Jerome's previous project LOL Boys (see "Changes") and also to much of the output of his pals in the Wedidit Collective (Groundislava, Shlohmo, Salva). Check out "Yellow" — he re-wrote this song for you:

  • Eminem 'Rap God' Stream MMLP2 Marshall Mathers LP

    Eminem Is No 'Rap God' on Six-Minute 'MMLP2' Single

    Eminem has six minutes of rap that he wants to share with you. The lengthy third song from his eighth album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, is now on iTunes, and "Rap God" arrives at a time when the Detroit MC is hardly alone in equating his approach to his art as downright deity-like. There's that whole Yeezus album you may have heard something about, of course. But while Kanye West makes the point that he's bigger than any single medium — he's a god god — Mr. Mathers seems to know where his own legacy lies: he's great at rapping, and not necessarily much else.That's fine, because no one is asking him to start an art collective or bring left-field electronica into the limelight. Those who are still asking Em for anything should be pleased enough with this latest offering.

  • Swans Not Here Not Now Live Album Fundraiser Custom

    Swans Will Write You a Song to Fund Their Next Album

    When Swans set their minds to something, they make it count. SPIN sat down with main brain M. Gira for some Words of Wisdom recently, and two such nuggets rang particularly true: "If you refuse to give up, you can make something happen;" and "Take responsibility and do it yourself." Following the striking, yet wholly deserved, success of last year's The Seer, the group are looking to, um, regroup and record something new. They've now launched a Kickstarter-like page to help fund that, hawking a limited-edition live double-CD set and other goodies.Swans' Not Here/Not Now will compile key moments from the band's 2012 and 2013 tours, but rather than focus on old material, the track list is heavy on unreleased songs-in-the-works, plus a couple of rough demos made by Gira.

  • Damon Albarn Brian Eno Idris Elba Africa Express

    Damon Albarn, Brian Eno, and 'Wire' Star Idris Elba Are Jamming in Africa

    Blur and Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn is currently holed up in Mali making music with revered producer Brian Eno, The Wire star Idris Elba, bedroom R&B act Holy Other, and a whole host of African musicians. This according to The Guardian, who visited the crew at Maison de Jeunes, a "community space cum youth hostel" that the newspaper now characterizes as a pop-up club. The live sessions are likely being recorded for a potential album, all as an extension of Albarn's Africa Express project.Last year, Albarn helmed a six-day train tour through the U.K. that combined the talents of 80-plus musicians hailing from Africa, the U.S., and Europe. Paul McCartney, John Paul Jones, Afrobeat legend Tony Allen, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner all came aboard at various points.

  • Bill Callahan 360 Studio Live Spring Sing Dream River Video

    Hear Bill Callahan Cover Walt Whitman, Play 'Dream River' at Studio 360

    As far as we're concerned, there's no such thing as too much Bill Callahan. SPIN recently went down to Austin to catch up with the famously press-shy Americana auteur on the occasion of his Essential new album Dream River, and we found him to be unseasonably warm. The artist formerly known as Smog continues his sharing streak now via Studio 360, dropping in to perform "The Sing" and "Spring" (see the latter above), plus discuss his latest masterwork. And speaking of, he also delivers a musical interpretation of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass which, while brief, is priceless to the Callahan aficionados among us.

  • Liquor Store 'In The Garden' Album Stream

    Hear Liquor Store's Album-Length American Anthem 'In the Garden'

    There's something economical about naming your band Liquor Store, and it has nothing to do with bargain-hunting for booze. The handle says more than any genre ever could — it speaks to a sound and a state of mind with incredible ease. You will not be surprised when we tell you that these five fellas love beer, hail from New Jersey, and dubbed their first album Yeah Buddy. But we are not here to discuss the past. Liquor Store are only interested in a version of the future where their classic rock — as heard on second LP In the Garden — fills not only the interiors of every sweet 'Stang from there to the Pacific, but each arena of this fine nation as well. The eight songs streaming below are tough, hook-forward, and jam-packed celebrations of a life well-lived under the flapping grace of Old Glory. In the Garden is out October 15 on Almost Ready Records.

  • Screaming Females 'Ancient Civilization' Stream

    Hear Screaming Females' Primal Shredder 'Ancient Civilization'

    Screaming Females had a helluva 2012 so we shouldn't be surprised that the New Jersey punks want to rack up a few more wins for 2013 before this year is over. Two Aprils ago, they unleashed Ugly, a ferocious wonder that helped inspired an entire SPIN feature about the return of the guitar solo. There then followed: a mini zombie flick as music video, a studio team-up with Garbage leader Shirley Manson, and a fresh EP dubbed Chalk Tape. Now Marissa Paternoster and co. have re-emerged for a fresh tour (see the dates below) and a split 7-inch with Wisconsin punks Tenement. Out on Recess Records, the single features new Screamales jam "Ancient Civilization," a gnarly slab of brooding rock with bleakly metallic tendencies and a fiery shred-storm in its mid-section.

  • Drake Rick Ross Hold On We're Going Home Remix MMG

    Hear Rick Ross Rap Gently Over Drake's 'Hold On We're Going Home'

    Drake's Nothing Was the Same ballad "Hold On, We're Going Home" is, sure, "a delectable shred of new-wave cotton candy." But while there's plenty there to sink one's teeth into, the song could use a little bite of its own. Enter Rick Ross. The Maybach Music Group boss has delivered an unexpected "MMG Remix" in which he even more unexpectedly shows off his sensitive side — you know, the one that says sweet, totally not misogynistic things like, "Bad bitch, but she special." He also hollers at his incarcerated spirit animal Big Meech, though eschews a Larry Hoover shout-out. (Word to Tony Montana, though.) Aside from Rozay's rhymes, the song remains untouched, allowing Drake and guest Majid Jordan to do their thing. The song premiered at Miss Info.

  • Kanye West Paparazzi Lamborghini Conversation Daughter

    Here's Kanye West Being Far Too Nice to Paparazzi Next to His Lamborghini

    A handful of invasive paparazzi caught Kanye West in a generous mood as he was refueling his matte black Lamborghini at a gas station in Calabasas, California, on Friday (October 11). Even though they were clearly trying to antagonize the Yeezus MC (as caught by their own cameras), West stopped to have a levelheaded conversation with them about respect and helping one another out. In the TMZ clip, one photographer opens by clumsily referencing Ye's statement via Jimmy Kimmel Live, "Never think I'm not from Chicago.""My mama told me to respect doctors," says the shutterbug. "Don't respect people from where they're from." West ignores that but on a second trip from the gas station cash register to his car, a different paparazzi asks him if he feels like he's getting the kind of respect that a superstar deserves.

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