Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Ella Eyre If I Go Remix Cadenza Stream

    Ella Eyre's 'If I Go (Cadenza Remix)' Blends Pop, Soul, Trap

    The last time we heard from Ella Eyre, the Rudimental singer was holding forth over Oflynn's purple-dipped post-dubstep remix of her breakout solo track "Deeper." On July 13, however, she'll release her first official single, "If I Go," and we've got a trap-kissed revision of that soul-pop gem below courtesy of Mad Decent affiliate Cadenza. The London producer stays out of the way of those immense vocals, supporting with a wild array of percussive hits, eerie builds, and atmospheric wash. In the end, we get something akin to Timbaland and Mark Ronson crafting a track for the Wedidit gang, with a lion of a vocalist doing her thing on top.

  • Incan Abraham 'All You Want' Video Tolerance

    Incan Abraham Depict High-Flying Heartache in 'All You Want' Video

    Incan Abraham know a thing or two about magnetism. The four Los Angeles natives therein first met in kindergarten. And when adulthood (or, more accurately, college) pulled them apart across the length of the continent, something kinda wonderful happened. They decided they'd reunite for a quick stay in a home in upstate New York, and wound up staying for a month, writing much of the music that would make up their debut album, Tolerance, out now on White Iris.Their song "All You Want" deals with a different kind of magnetism — the romantic sort, naturally — and the just-released video brings that theme to new dramatic and dangerous (and literal) heights. The Noah Kistler-directed short introduces us to two young lovers from a different era: the pilot of a single-engine airplane and his patient but distressed darling.

  • Ryan Hemsworth Tinashe 'One For Me' Video

    Ryan Hemsworth and Tinashe Make the 'Most Boring Video Possible' and It's Beautiful

    Ryan Hemsworth isn't your typical DJ. He's the type to play an edit of a Kanye West rant to a rave-happy beach crowd in the Bahamas, to redub himself "Shy Diplo" on Twitter and half-seriously request of his followers, "pls send pics of your dog/s to fill my empty soul up with." But in a way, the Canadian producer is merely projecting the reality felt by many artists whose line of work often puts them at odds with their own crowds (hi Deadmau5), and whose purportedly glamorous life frequently feels like a long string of quiet moments — transit, email, eating, waiting, sleeping — the mundanity of which is magnified by the one that everyone gets to see: the show.The point of all this musing? Hemsworth released a wonderful album last year, Guilt Trips, and we're happy to premiere a late-breaking music video therefrom, for "One for Me" featuring Los Angeles R&B singer Tinashe.

  • Oscillator Bug 'Feel Rif' Stream Bursts of the Million

    Oscillator Bug's 'Feel Rif' Is Gleeful Synth-Pop Lunacy

    Oscillator Bug's strange sound exists at the previously unforeseen axis of Dan Deacon's maximal brainiac pop and Gary Numan's arty synthetic dream — at least, that'd be a fair enough description of the song you'll hear below, "Feel Riff." Other parts of the Chicago musician's September 9 album, Bursts of the Million, may well invoke Devo, Suicide, Of Montreal, and even (in that analog synthesizer goop) Black Moth Super Rainbow. The man born Zaid Maxwell has done time in a handful of bands (Shapers with Hood Internet's Steve Reidell, for one) but one could argue all that's been in service of honing his approach to so much creepy/gleeful lo-fi weirding. Take a listen here, and spend some time staring at the cover of Bursts of the Million, arriving via Dymaxion Groove, while you're at it.Track list below, too.Bursts of the Million track list:1. "Enavasion"2.

  • Allah-Las, '501-415,' Stream Worship the Sun

    Hear Allah-Las Sling Vintage California Cool on '501-415'

    Allah-Las are about as California as they come — an aural cocktail of surf-rock slack, garage-psych heat, and Beat Generation cool that goes down as easy as a Harvey Wallbanger sipped within view of the Pacific sunset. This also makes them a perfect fit for the Innovative Leisure label, which specializes in high-quality Los Angeles (etc.) noise-makers like the fellows you see above, and hear below. As the story goes, the band's members first met while working at their city's iconic record shop, Amoeba Music, but soon migrated to a nearby basement. On September 16, they'll release their second album, Worship the Sun, and you can now hear the first taste of it below.

  • Afrolicious California Dreaming Remixed Album Stream Scientist

    Stream Afrolicious' Dubby, Funked-Up 'California Dreaming Remixed' Album

    When you consider the roots of Afrolicious, an album-length remix project makes perfect sense. The San Francisco-based collective began simply as a DJ night thrown by two brothers — Joe and Oz McGuire, a.k.a. Pleasuremaker and Señor Oz. But as their event gained popularity, it attracted other producers and players interested in exploring the intersections of live Afro-Latin music and contemporary electronic styles. Afrolicious soon became a dozen-strong band, their growth mimicking the diaspora of the very same culture they're celebrating.

  • Fishing Producers Australia Recoup Stream Shy Glow

    Aussie Duo Fishing Create Sampledelic Psych-Pop on 'Recoup'

    Fishing are best friends Doug Wright and Russell Fitzgibbon, two Sydney-based producers whose new album's title could also function as a pretty apt name for their particular sound: Shy Glow. There's a brightness to what they do — a mix of Avalanches-style sampledelia, Animal Collective-like psych-pop, and contemporary beat-work — and also a certain amount of intimacy. The latter, in particular, is responsible for the warmth you'll hear in "Recoup," below. That lush track features loping guitar and vocals that seem beamed in from an enchanted land. Also, it sounds like summer, which is a thing Fishing have a knack for whether on the road opening for Yeasayer, at home remixing their countryman Flume, or releasing singles on the chillwave-friendly Lefse label. Shy Glow is due out June 23 via Create Control. Listen here:

  • Tyler the Creator IceJJFish I Just Bought a Bugatti Video

    See Tyler, the Creator and IceJJFish Skewer Shallow 'Bugatti' Rap

    It seems all too fitting that only days after the world witnessed Tyler, the Creator telling Larry King that he "hates" rap he'd release a video that skewers tired hip-hop tropes with aplomb. We first met the Odd Future founder's Young Nigga alter-ego c. 2011 (he came threw looking clean, you'll recall) but the cartoonishly thuggy character has since found an apt home on Tyler's show for Adult Swim, Loiter Squad. Seen above, YN teams with unlikely overnight R&B-ish viral sensation IceJJFish ("On the Floor") for a pretty delicious rap parody dubbed "I Just Bought a Bugatti (I'm Happy)." The premise pretty much speaks for itself — a statement on supplanting human joy with purchasing power — and the video is hilarious, opening with a press conference and devolving into bazookas, llama portraits, and Earl Sweatshirt overdubs.

  • SBTRKT Temporary View Sampha Stream Dog Bite

    SBTRKT and Sampha Meet Again on Lush 'Temporary View'

    The ever-elusive SBTRKT has shared a new song. "Temporary View" offers a lush pileup of glitchy effects, snapping percussion, pensive keys, thick textures, and — perhaps best of all — the unmistakeable voice of Sampha, known friend to Drake, Solange, and Jessie Ware. Earlier this year, the once-anonymous English producer released his Transitions EP but this latest share is likely the first taste of the next proper SBTRKT album. Hear it below, and as a bonus, check out Atlanta outfit Dog Bite's unofficial edit of Sampha's "Hesitant Oaf."As band boss Phil Jones writes, "I think Sampha has one of the best voices I have ever heard, I listened to his EP Dual and kinda fell in love with how elegant and powerful his song writing is. 'Hesitant Oaf' kinda stood out for me because as soon as I heard it I knew I wanted to make it into a longer experience. It was way too perfect.

  • Koreatown Oddity 'Title Sequence' Video Stream

    Wolf-Masked MC Called the Koreatown Oddity Will Save Us From Wackness

    It's a lot to take in all at once — a dude in a wolf mask, stalking the California wilderness, rapping about Rihanna over sweeping strings. But a guy who calls himself the Koreatown Oddity wouldn't have it any other way. Los Angeles residents may know Dominique Purdy from his days doing standup at the Laugh Factory at the age of 16. Others, perhaps, from his modest acting credits.

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