Chris Martins

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  • LIZ Stop Me Cold EP Diplo Jeffrees Mad Decent Stream

    Hear LIZ's '90s-Celebrating R&Bass Feat 'Stop Me Cold'

    When last we heard from LIZ, the '90s R&B-loving Valley Girl teamed with Canuck beatsmith Ryan Hemsworth for the blissful "Day N Nite." Now, after a pair of two-song sets via Diplo's Mad Decent subsidiary Jeffree's (home to Baauer and Zebra Katz), she's prepping the "Stop Me Cold" single for a December 10 official release. You'll find the titular track below and it plays just as we've come to expect: equal parts soulful groove and spangly pop, with production nods to Ghost town DJs' "My Boo" and the greater Aaliyah oeuvre, of course. LIZ recently implied via Twitter that she's been working with 'N Sync member JC Chasez. She is also currently out on the road with Charli XCX, who was recently tapped for studio work by Britney Spears.

  • Katy Perry Prism Billboard Chart AFI DJ Khaled

    Who Charted? Katy Perry's 'Prism' Saves the Record Industry for Another Week

    First! Katy Perry's Prism starts on the throne, which is fitting, since SPIN's own Rob Harvilla writes that the pop star's fourth album "mostly serves to forecast the milquetoast AOR queen that she, one day very soon, will stoop to aspire to become." So, yeah, it's not a great album, but it's pretty much the only thing keeping the record industry afloat this week (more on that to come), moving 286,000 units according to Billboard and nabbing Perry her best sales week to date.2 to 10: Last week's winner dips to No. 2 — Pearl Jam's Lightning Bolt, down 72 percent in sales with a so-so 46K. Drake's Nothing Was the Same does 44K, which derails the album from its one-slot-per-week slide by bumping it up a notch to No. 3. Miley Cyrus' perfectly American horror show (a.k.a. Bangerz) slips to No. 3 (43K), while Lorde's less-than-great Pure Heroine ascends to No.

  • Crookers 'Ghetto Guetta' Remix Skitzofrenix Stream OWSLA

    Hear Crookers' David-Trolling 'Ghetto Guetta' Remixed by Skitzofrenix

    Crookers made hefty waves earlier this month with the release of "Ghetto Guetta," a serrated electro-house track whose title and hook lovingly takes the piss out of EDM's most mainstream star, David Guetta of course. This week, the Italian producer drops the official single — via Ciao Records abroad with an assist from Skrillex's OWSLA imprint here — complete with a pair of significant remixes. DILLIGAS provides a nasty robotic revision, but Bosnian-Dutch producer Skitzofrenix goes even farther afield.Below, you can find his take on "Ghetto Guetta," which douses the original in copious reverb and sets it on fire atop a rattling tropical beat.

  • Nobody Cedric Bixler-Zavala 'Always Away' Stream Single

    Cedric Bixler-Zavala Coos Over Nobody's Freewheeling 'Aways Away'

    Back in June, we heard "Our Last Dance," a sunny and soulful collaboration between Los Angeles producer Nobody and former Mars Volta man Cedric Bixler-Zavala. That highlight hailed from the former's still-fresh Vivid Green album for Alpha Pup, but the Low End Theory resident DJ is releasing a new short set on November 5. As it turns out, he stashed a second song with Bixler-Zavala, which you can stream below. "Aways Away" is a spacier, more deeply psychedelic affair featuring languid guitar and breathy vocals, plus all of the magical production flourishes provided by our host: ambient fuzz, backmasked effects, and drums both live and canned. Nobody's new three-song set includes both team-ups, as well as an Ages remix of "Our Last Dance."118945:song:Aways Away (feat. Cedric Bixler-Zavala):

  • Broken Bells After the Disco Angel Fool Short Film Video

    Broken Bells Tease 'After the Disco' Film Starring Kate Mara, Anton Yelchin

    At the top of the month, we learned that James Mercer and Danger Mouse's Broken Bells collaboration is plotting a long-awaited return in the the new year. Now we know that After the Disco will be accompanied by a sci-fi short film starring Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness, Terminator Salvation) and Kate Mara (House of Cards, American Horror Story). The Jacob Gentry-directed flick will evidently be pretty substantial, as the prologue above ("Part One: Angel and the Fool") runs nearly eight minutes.Therein, we see our protagonist switch back and forth between his workaday reality and an alien dream-scape. While inside of the latter, he meets our heroine — a space woman who seems to have some mysterious connection to the strange spiky pink orb that graced the cover of 2010's Broken Bells album.

  • BC Kingdom

    BC Kingdom Load a Golden Gun on Glistening 'Lock Up'

    Solange has shared the second sampling of the Saint Heron compilation due out November 12 on her very own Saint Records. Los Angeles duo BC Kingdom contribute their hazily menacing "Lock Up," streaming below, which is perfectly in line with the younger Ms. Knowles' statement of intent: to cultivate a community for genre-defying R&B artists.The Saint Heron online hub features an interview with BC's Logan Eze and Zou Deon in which they share that their influences include both TLC and the Spice Girls, and explained that "on this record we focused on taking classic pop and R&B references and adding electronic, futuristic and global elements to them." Their entry follows Kelela's "Go All Night."

  • Twin Shadow Lou Reed Cover Perfect Day Video

    Watch Twin Shadow's Touching Lou Reed Cover 'Perfect Day'

    Twin Shadow joins the growing list of artists paying tribute to the late, great Lou Reed. The man born George Lewis, Jr., has in fact been on a covers streak of late, recording versions of Tori Amos' "Silent All These Years," Bruce Springsteen's "I'm on Fire," and 10cc's "Not in Love." The video for his remake of "Perfect Day," the sweet song from Reed's 1972 album Transformer, is similarly directed, finding Lewis in an intimate space with just a microphone in front of him and a piano over his shoulder.

  • Tyler the Creator William Dis Twitter Glowing Chester French Video

    Tyler, the Creator Thinks will.i.am Sucks Too

    In the last 24 hours, Tyler, the Creator has: directed an "anonymous" music video for a possible Chester French spin-off, fired heavy Twitter artillery at will.i.am, met his hero Dave Chappelle, and begun filming season three of his Adult Swim comedy show Loiter Squad. Above you can find the aforementioned clip for "Glowing" by Glowing which the Odd future leader shared via NPR under his Wolf Haley guise.The visual is a tough but engrossing watch, contrasting one couple's life-long love with a series of awful images beamed in from the outside world. Meanwhile, a voice that sounds very much like D.A. Wallach sings with ELO aplomb, "We'll still be right here holding hands / Still be glowing, smiling like we didn't give a damn." It's a good song, and a good video.Still, Tyler's Twitter feed was concerned with other matters.

  • FatKidsBrotha 'Magic' Miloh Smith Video Eastside Paradise

    See FatKidsBrotha and Miloh Smith Spread 'Magic' Across Atlanta

    FatKidsBrotha hail from Atlanta's buzzing Two-9 collective, whose members have hit the road with Ludacris, produced for Maybach Music Group, and collaborated with their Chicago analogs in SAVEMONEY. These two are indeed siblings — that's Light Skin Mac 11 with the beard, and Dav.E rocking the Runaways tee — though all that skating and rapping seems to keep 'em svelte, which is a fair way to describe their rhymes as well. In "Magic," the pair big-up their town and lifestyle with a hook assist from their neighbor Miloh Smith. The Mike Kusumadjaja-directed video above finds the trio lounging on rooftops, soliciting local eateries, and cruising the streets of Atlanta. The warble-synthed, sun-baked song will appear on Eastside Paradise II, due out soon via Two-9.

  • Purple 'Feel Alone' Video Live Version Wedidit

    See Purple Get Singularly Sad in 'Feel Alone' Clip

    If there's a single color that best represents the hazed and dazed feel of modern bedroom R&Beats, it's purple. It only makes sense then, that a Portuguese singer-producer who uses that very hue as his moniker would wind up in the warm embrace of the Wedidit Collective, the Los Angeles-centric crew whose numbers include Shlohmo, RL Grime, and D33J, plus Ryan Hemsworth by association. Purple, the artist (though not that purple The Artist), will release his Salvation EP with Wedidit on November 5, and in honor of that he's sharing an alternate live version of "Feel Alone." The clip above captures those raw, moody grooves quite beautifully, finding the man fittingly alone with his machines and microphone, and revealing something particularly human and despondent within the song's guts.

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