Chris Martins

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  • Katy B 'I Like You' Stream

    Hear Katy B's Alluring R&Beats B-Side 'I Like You'

    British R&Beats riser Katy B is set to release her new 5 AM extended single on November 5, and in addition to a handful of versions of the excellent title track, the short set will include a new song called "I Like You." The George FitzGerald-produced track owes to house, pop, techno, and R&B, much like work by Katy's peers Disclosure and AlunaGeorge. Of course, Ms. B's vocals are the main attraction — alluring and hypnotic as she sings, "I like you a little bit / More than I should." Pre-order 5 AM on iTunes, and hear the new entry below.

  • FIDLAR Elliott Smith Cover Whatever Folk Song in C

    Hear FIDLAR Sweetly Cover Elliott Smith's 'Whatever (Folk Song in C)'

    FIDLAR remade Nick Cave's "Red Right Hand" last month in their own party-punk image, but a new cover just shared to the Los Angeles band's Tumblr takes an entirely different tack. In belated tribute to Elliott Smith, who passed away 10 years ago last week, the quartet take on "Whatever (Folk Song in C)" — and do so quite reverently. The short-and-sweet version was fittingly shared with the words, "woops... totally forgot to post this... RIP Elliott Smith. :_(" and sounds unlike pretty much anything the "Cheap Beer"-swilling crew has ever released (cross-reference "Cocaine" and the entire FIDLAR album).Other Smith covers of late have come from Madonna, Cat Power, and Sky Ferreira with DIIV's Zachary Cole Smith. For more, check out this collection of 97 Elliott Smith concerts that you can download for free, and revisit SPIN's "Mr.

  • Major Lazer 'Jet Blue Jet' Video Free the Universe

    Major Lazer Go Mile High for 'Jet Blue Jet' Video

    Major Lazer's album-length dancehall-EDM mashup Free the Universe lets slip another visual today, this time for the clattering club-crusher "Jet Blue Jet." Like most of Diplo's collaborations under this guise, the track wrangles the talents of a number of collaborators: Kingston chanter Leftside, Miami booty-bassists GTA, and Jamaican DJs Raz and Biggy. Only the first name on that list appears in the Grizz Lee-directed video, however.Leftside's wicked grin shows up between gratuitous shots of nearly nude women (unless you count the tattoos) smoking gratuitous amounts of presumably marijuana-packed cigars. Oh, and there's former Kreayshawn homie Lil Debbie rocking a perm and sitting on what kinda sorta looks to be an Eames interpretation of an airport lavatory.

  • Eminem Rihanna 'The Monster' Stream MMLP2 Crazy

    Eminem and Rihanna Wrestle With Insanity on 'The Monster'

    Eminem confronts his very own Mr. Hyde on "The Monster," the latest share from The Marshall Mathers LP 2 and his most recent collaboration with Rihanna. This meeting of the minds sits a little better in the stomach than their disturbing domestic abuse pantomime "Love the Way You Lie," though is far less freewheeling-weird than their dubbed-out dream "Numb." Landing somewhere in the middle, we get Mr. Mathers in thoughtful mode — "I'm think I'm getting so huge I need a shrink ... going cuckoo and cooky as Kool Keith" — while the beat plays like an EDM-amplified cut-up Kate Bush production maximized for melodic heartstring-tugging.

  • Kanye West Big Boy Interview Video Freestyle Power 106

    Kanye West Aims to Design Next Sistine Chapel, Become Tupac of Fashion

    Kanye West stopped by Los Angeles' Power 106 for an extensive, fully fascinating talk with host Big Boy. The Yeezus auteur sat in the studio for just shy of two hours, and held forth on a handful of topics — his fashion ambitions, his love for fiancé Kim Kardashian, that whole Steve Jobs comparison thing, the paparazzi, etc. — plus held his own in a 10-minute freestyle session with Big, and performed his half of Watch the Throne's "Otis" as well as "Good Life."The clip above is full of insights and memorable bits.

  • MellowHigh Stream Self-Titled Weed-Rap LP, 'Extinguisher' Video

    MellowHigh Drop Self-Titled Weed-Rap LP, 'Extinguisher' Video

    Odd Future's MellowHigh aren't making attention-mongering moves or doing much to anger Middle America. Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis, and Left Brain are pretty much just smoking weed and rapping — keeping it real in the mode of Southern Californian forefathers like G-Funk's 213 and Stones Throw's Lootpack.Those vibes are captured pretty perfectly by the "Extinguisher" video above, which finds the trio casually doing their thing inside of a couch-enriched garage (cameos by Tyler, the Creator and Taco). Of course, one could stream the group's entire debut album, MellowHigh, below as well too, via Myspace.The 13-track set features drop-ins by Curren$y, Earl Sweatshirt, Smoke DZA, Remy Banks, and Tyler, and is something of a follow-up to recent albums by MellowHype (Numbers) and Domo's Alchemist-assisted No Idols. Come to think of it, Hodgy recently released a new one, too.

  • Julia Holter 'Horns Surrounding Me' Video Loud City Song

    Julia Holter Considers Murder, Time-Travel in 'Horns Surrounding Me' Video

    SPIN's Philip Sherburne wrote in his review of Julia Holter's Essential new album Loud City Song that "Where indie rock has often used acoustic instruments to signify peace and quiet, Holter's horns and strings can be as rambunctious and unruly as a scrum of paparazzi." Indeed, the Los Angeles avant-gardian uses chaos to her benefit, wrenching drama from dissonant sounds, lyrical ideas, and, as we see above, video concepts. We've already seen striking clips for "Maxim's 1," "In the Green Wild," and "World." Now comes one for "Horns Surrounding Me," in which the same characters appear to occupy two distinct eras — one Victorian and filled with intrigue (murder, magic); and one modern and filled with ennui (Holter sitting in a courthouse-style bathroom, doing nothing).

  • Disclosure 'Apollo' Unknown DJ Club House Music

    Disclosure Pull Back the Pop for Raw Club Track 'Apollo'

    With their SPIN Essential debut album Settle now out and a busy summer festival season wrapped, Disclosure are heading into the club for the winter. Below you can hear "Apollo," a brand new song that strips away the Lawrence brothers' pop tendencies — so often assisted by singular vocalists like Jessie Ware and Sam Smith — in favor of a hard-driven four-four beat, moody atmosphere, and surging synth lines. A ribbon of a voice twists and turns within the five-minute track, but the emphasis is on rhythm and feel. "Apollo" was initially uploaded to the #Unknown SoundCloud profile, where unidentified tracks from the dance world are premiered. Good timing following the recent teases that were the yanked video for "Help Me Lose My Mind" and Paul Woolford's remix of the very same London Grammar-featuring track.

  • Rudimental 'Free' Emeli Sandé Jack Beats Remix Home

    Jack Beats Remixes Rudimental's Arresting 'Free'

    When SPIN spoke to Rudimental about their EDM-pop masterstroke Home, producer Amir Amor clearly had a special place in his heart for "Free," the album's striking closer. "It's a very powerful song for us," he said, and indeed, our own Philip Sherburne wrote that, the song "feels like floating on air." Now that calmer coda gets dusted off for the dance floor courtesy of OWSLA duo Jack Beats. The Londoners keep Emeli Sandé's arresting vocals front and center but scrap the rest, infusing a fidgety house beat with effects from the dubstep bass canon and sudden percussive hits of the tropical persuasion. Rudimental are prepping a remix collection due November 18 (via Big Beat) featuring contributions from Nas, Maya Jane Cole, Roy Davis Jr., and others.

  • Zula 'This Hopeful' Album Stream Band

    Stream Zula's Wily Psych-Pop Album 'This Hopeful'

    New York psych-pop explorers Zula aren't easy to pin down, but while their sound shifts track to track, there is a beautiful coherence to an album like This Hopeful. Chalk that up to the fact that the band's core comprises cousins Henry and Nate Terepka, who each sing, strum, and synth assisted by bassist Mike Lawless and drummer Pablo Eluchans. With their electronics-addled and fuzz-infused compositions — plus those wry and mournful vocals — Zula at times recall left-fielders Fog or even the slowcore of Idaho. But then a track like the titular one will burst through like a beam of sunlight through a hazy sky. Or "And More Business" comes along and delivers a jolt of jaunt to the affair, though without outshining its moodier neighbor "Poison." Take it all in below via the full stream of This Hopeful, out October 29 via Inflated Records (Speedy Ortiz, Ava Luna).

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