Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • 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).

  • Eminem MMLP2 Deluxe Cover Track List Marshall Mathers LP 2

    Eminem's 'MMLP2' Deluxe Edition Features Sia, New Cover

    Eminem has shared the details of the deluxe edition of his forthcoming eighth album The Marshall Mathers LP 2. The artwork still features the Detroit MC's childhood home — harking back to 2000's The Marshall Mathers LP but with a foreclosed-upon twist — but this time we're one step removed from the scene. Cleverly, the new image seats the old one within the window view looking out from a locked luxury vehicle.The image of the back contains the amended track list, which throws in five extra songs, including collaborations with "Diamonds" co-author Sia ("Beautiful Pain") and blues-rock Brit Jamie N Commons ("Desperation"). In related news, we've so far heard "Rap God," "Survival," and "Berzerk." The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is out November 5. Images and track list below, via VIBE.Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 track list:1. "Bad Guy2. "Parking Lot (Skit)"3.

  • LEGO Record Store Shop Model Vinyl Miniature

    Here Is a Tiny Record Store Made from Legos, You're Welcome

    Sadly, the tiny record shop you see above isn't a prefab kit made by the good folks of Lego. Impressively, it's a DIY concoction dreamed up by Flickr user Eldeeem, who clearly has a knack for creating his own miniature scenes using the iconic building blocks and their funky little people. Shared by The Brothers Brick, an eight-years running "LEGO blog for adult fans of LEGO," the work above lovingly recreates an independent music shop using printed 2X2 tiles to represent in-sleeve vinyl, circular tiles as picture discs, and 1X1 squares as CDs. We see a P.A., a boombox, a turntable, and even an RIAA-style "gold pack." Oh, and the blue milk crate in the foreground is a touch of inspired genius. The people at Record Store Day should get involved with this.

  • Joey Badass 'My Yout' Remix Maverick Sabre Summer Knights

    Joey Bada$$ Gives 'My Yout' a Sharp New Hook With Maverick Sabre

    Brooklyn rhymer Joey Bada$$ revamps his Collie Buddz-featuring Summer Knights highlight "My Yout" with an assist from Maverick Sabre. The Anglo-Irish reggae-dubstep singer/rapper/songwriter (really) gives the song a fresh hook that compliments it's bubbly Jamaican vibes, while the boom-bap obsessed MC does his thing. For a refresher course on the works of Mr. Bada$$, revist the nostalgia-heavy video for "95 Til Infinity," his scathing response to Kendrick Lamar's "Control" verse, and the clip for "Hilary $wank," in which Joey shows off by weaving in footage of Lamar praising him.

  • Austin City Limits Vampire Weekend Grizzly Bear Video ACL Live

    Watch Vampire Weekend and Grizzly Bear Woo Texas for 'Austin City Limits'

    The new season of Austin City Limits is in full swing and paying heavy tribute to the young gods of indie. Earlier this month the PBS series aired a 14-song set from Phoenix, and a new episode airing Saturday, October 26, will split the hour between Vampire Weekend and Grizzly Bear. Above, the former play their juantily blessed "Unbelievers," from this year's Essential Modern Vampires of the City. And below, the latter deliver "Yet Again," which of course arrived in 2012 via the excellent Shields. Preview the bands' set lists below, via Pitchfork.Vampire Weekend's Austin City Limits set list:"Diane Young""Ya Hey""Unbelievers""Cousins""M79""A-Punk""Giving Up the Gun"Grizzly Bear's Austin City Limits set list:"Speak in Rounds""Ready, Able""Sleeping Ute""Yet Again"

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