Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Mum Jonsi Remix When Girls Collide Ibiza Anthem Smilewound

    Sigur Ros' Jonsi Takes Mum's 'When Girls Collide' to Ibiza

    After a four-year break, Icelandic experimental glitch-ists Múm are back with Smilewound, a fresh set that finds them in familiar form and with a clutch assist from guest vocalist Kylie Monigue. Now the cult-adored Morr Music mainstays get a leg up from one of their countrymen — Sigur Rós star Jónsi, who SPIN interviewed this summer surrounding the release of the excellent Kveitur. Streaming over at Stereogum, you'll find his "Ibiza Anthem Remix" of Smilewound highlight "When Girls Collide." The new version is, duh, a highly danceable concoction blessed with glistening synths, four-four bass kicks, and ethereal vocals. Listen to that here, and review our Best Dance Tracks of 2013 (so far) while you listen. Also, check out Jónsi's bandmate Úlfer, who streamed his debut LP White Mountain with us.

  • Matthew Dear Audion Motormouth Stream X Best Of

    Matthew Dear's Audion Alias Shreds the Dance Floor on 'Motormouth'

    Detroit-reared electronicist Matthew Dear has made his name wedding burbling electronics to his own creepy baritone, crafting an off-kilter brand of pop that bubbles and fizzes quite nicely (check out last year's Beams). But, owing to his upbringing, the man has a heavier, more dance-oriented side. As the techn(o)ician Audion, he has been churning out throbbing, skronky instrumentals for a full decade now, and a new compilation aims to celebrate that.Audion X, is out December 10 via Ghostly imprint Spectral Sound and will feature all of the visceral hits, from "Kisses" to "Your Place or Mine" to, um, "Titty Fuck." The 18-track retrospective will also include a pair of new songs: "Sky" and "Motormouth," the latter of which can be heard streaming below. That hard-charging rave rattler runs more than six minutes and shreds the entire time.

  • Bronski Beat Busker Street Musician Smalltown Boy Jimmy Somerville

    This Bronski Beat Busker Video May Be a Put-On, Is Still Awesome

    Okay, this entire thing may be a setup, but it's great either way. Above, you'll see what looks like a regular old street musician busking on the streets of Berlin. He's singing 1984's "Smalltown Boy" by Bronski Beat when the long defunct group's singer Jimmy Somerville shows up and starts singing backup. It appears the man was simply out walking his dog when he came across his own song being performed by the busker, who seems genuinely surprised.And it may have all gone down like that, but it's worth noting that the guy with the guitar is Jonas Mann who co-hosts a comedic German web series called Onkel Berni's Butze. The video shared by Gawker and others comes straight from the show's YouTube channel, and the accompanying description doesn't mention the fact that it's Mann we're looking at.

  • Angel Haze Lana Del Rey 'Summertime Sadness' Cover Stream

    Angel Haze Sweetly Covers Lana Del Rey's 'Summertime Sadness'

    Angel Haze continues her #30GOLD remakes series with a word-for-word cover of Lana Del Rey's excellent "Summertime Sadness." Though a bit out of season — it's that SADS time of year — the original's pouty majesty and ride-or-die mentality rings plenty true on the New York singer-MC's lips. She kicked off the Dirty Gold hype-builder with new versions of Kanye West's "Black Skinhead" and Jay-Z's "Tom Ford." The series' emotive apex thus far came from back-to-back takes on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Same Love" — in which Haze rapped candidly about her own sexuality — and Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball," which was a faithful cover. In that same way, Haze pays tribute to Del Rey below, while blessing the original with her own very capable singing voice.

  • Vampire Weekend Cancel Shows Arctic Monkeys Postponed

    Vampire Weekend and Arctic Monkeys Cancel European Dates

    Vampire Weekend will not play previously scheduled shows in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. The New York smart-pop ensemble didn't give a specific reason in their announcement, posted to Facebook: "Due to unforeseen circumstances, our shows in Sweden, Norway and Denmark have been canceled. Refunds will be made available at the point of purchase. We sincerely apologize to our fans, and look forward to making it back to you soon."While the fans flock to outdo one another in emoji sadness over there, they might also extend some sympathy to Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner. The man has been hit with laryngitis mid-tour, leading to last week's postponements of U.K. shows in Glasgow, Birmingham, and Sheffield. Now the AM crew are rescheduling Monday's German date (November 4) as well, according to NME. See below for the rescheduled gigs.Bummed about Vampire Weekend?

  • ILLLS 'Hideout From the Feeders' Album Stream

    Stream ILLLS' 'Hideout From the Feeders' Album, a Noisy New-Wave Dream

    ILLLS is Steven Ross, an Oxford, Mississippi resident with an ear for semi-surfy, semi-stoned, totally dreamy soundscapes, 10 of which can be heard below. While the man initially turned heads with last year's Dark Paradise EP, the project was a bit more of a band then, and the vibes have changed accordingly. That's not to say ILLLS' debut album is an insular affair (even if the title might imply such a thing). Though Hideout From the Feeders likes to lurk the shadows from time to time, the warm glow of New Order shines through. The set is out November 12 via Aloe Music, but until then you can stream it right here.

  • YouTube Music Awards Performances Video Eminem Lady Gaga MIA

    YouTube Music Awards Performances: Watch Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga, Eminem

    The first ever YouTube Music Video Awards were, in short, a charming mess. And while Arcade Fire leader Win Butler's cameo as "Winye West" deserves its due — alongside the unscripted moments from hosts Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts — the majority of the night's memorable chaos came via the "live music videos" overseen by the ceremony's creative director Spike Jonze. Whether it was Michael Shannon playing a douche-baggy version of EDM star Avicii, or Lindsey Stirling "flying" through the air while playing dubstep violin, each performance brought a combination of ambition, art, and pure WTF-ness.Catch up below:Arcade Fire's "Afterlife" set the bar fairly high, opening on actress Greta Gerwig seemingly mid-breakup.

  • Pajaro Sunrise 'Good to See You' Video Kulturkatzenjammer

    Watch Pajaro Sunrise's Joyous 'Good to See You'

    Even if you don't know the Spanish word for "bird," Pajaro Sunrise is a name that connotes a certain natural beauty. That makes it a more-than-fitting handle for Madrid's Yuri Méndez Jr., whose music is a graceful combination of hushed folk and luminous production. On November 11, Lovemonk will release Kulturkatzenjammer, the man's fourth album and the first to strongly incorporate beats. Above you'll find "Good to See You," a prime example of what Pajaro Sunrise can accomplish with breathy vocals, slight strumming, and a little electronica. Meanwhile, the accompanying video travels to Bali, where we see surfing, cycling, and a whole lot of happy feet moving in time with the rhythm.

  • YouTube Music Awards Winners List: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and More

    YouTube Music Awards: A Charming Mess With Eminem, Macklemore, M.I.A., and More

    The first-ever YouTube Music Awards have wrapped. All of the night's trophies have been handed out, and all of Spike Jonze's "live music videos" have been, um, video'd. Eminem was made Artist of the Year, just days before the release of his eighth album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were crowned 2013's YouTube Breakthrough on behalf of their world-conquering "Thrift Shop." And K-Pop collective Girls' Generation took home Video of the Year for their "I Got a Boy" visual.Okay, but how was the show? Were we to boil it down to a handy quotable — and yes, let's — we'd probably say something like, "A charming mess." Co-hosts Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts operated without a script, in a gigantic warehouse without hidden corridors, full of fans and industry people and the artists themselves.

  • Kurt Vile Sore Eros 'Jamaica Plain' Stream EP

    Hear Kurt Vile and Sore Eros Drift All Over 'Jamaica Plain'

    On November 4, Kurt Vile fans will get the chance to own a previously long-lost bit of the man's musical past — Jamaica Plain, an EP's worth of early-aughts collaborations between the Philly longhair and Sore Eros, a former member of the Violators. About a month ago, we were introduced to the beautifully lazy drifter "Serum," and now we can hear the titular track. "Jamaica Plain" is a wordless piece clocking in at nearly seven minutes and including lots of mournful, sprawling, gorgeous guitar-play, plus a combination of live drums and Casiotone click. Come down from the work week with the lovely number below, via Stereogum.

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