Music videos of the Month

Gia Coppola directs Blood Orange's smooth moves, Mykki Blanco starts a riot and La Roux makes a swooning return

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CLIPPING. – “BODY AND BLOOD"

The LA rap trio get gory in their hyper-saturated latest video, directed by cross-disciplinary artist Patrick Kelleny. With more scarlet than a Dario Argento movie, men and women are naked, bloodied, and montaged with whirring drills. It sounds dark, and it is dark – but for all its squeamishness, it’s perfectly poised on that fine line between terror and lust.

MYKKI BLANCO – "SHE GUTTA"

Miss Mykki returns with a faux-documentary framed video, placing the rapper front and centre against the backdrop of a riot-ridden Los Angeles. It’s directed by filmmaker Jude MC (Blood Orange, “Bank Head”), who uses footage from mainstream US media to depict how the present political climate could be sowing the seeds for a troubling political future.

BO NINGEN – "SLIDER"

Noted director and Showstudio’s Head of Fashion Film Marie Schuller is in command of this hyperreal performance piece. She captures the London based band against an evolving, monochromatic backdrop with imagined characters and prismic rainbow effects, reflecting the ferocity that interlaces their music.

MERCHANDISE – "LITTLE KILLER"

Frontman Carson Cox drags his band back into a tripped-out 80s reverie in this green-screen, performance video for the Tampa Bay band’s Wilfred Owen-inspired new track. It’s considerably more light-hearted than the band’s previous visuals, but thankfully their acidic edge remains intact. The post-pop-punk outfit’s debut is out imminently on 4AD, too.

BLOOD ORANGE – "YOU'RE NOT GOOD ENOUGH" 

Dev Hynes recently provided the score for Gia Coppola’s feature film directorial debut, Palo Alto, and here she returns the favour, directing Blood Orange’s performance in a daytime TV setting. Hynes shows off his slick moves to the Cupid Deluxe highlight, whilst girlfriend Samantha Urbani shimmys to camera, clad in an enviable two-tone biker jacket.  

LA ROUX – "LET ME DOWN GENTLY"

La Roux extends an elegant invitation to become re-acquainted with her sparkling electro-pop, and we find her in a contemplative state. We’re cautiously drawn into her inner turmoil, before accompanying her on an imagined dash for freedom across the beautifully-captured British countryside.

RYAN HEMSWORTH – "ONE FOR ME" (FEAT. TINASHE

R&B’s new poster girl is nowhere to be seen in the video for Hemsworth’s cavernous track, as the producer takes us along for a day in the life of a DJ on tour. There’s something oddly engaging about the honesty here (i.e. basically nothing happens and then he gets in a helicopter), but it’s prettily shot, and the track is stunning. Check out our interview with Ryan on the making of Guilt Trips

LYDIA AINSWORTH – "MALACHITE"

This ethereal dance video – incorporating Waacking – was shot under a full moon amid a heatwave last summer; and enhances the innate magic within the Toronto singer’s orchestral-electronic compositions. The three stars are imaginatively choreographed by Princess Lockeroo, and directed by Ainsworth’s longtime creative collaborator, Matthew Lessner. Listen to the Arbutus signee’s EP in full and read our interview with her here.

PARQUET COURTS – "BLACK AND WHITE"

We’re taken on a projection and smoke-cloaked tour of Parquet Courts’ home turf of Bed-Stuy by the band’s Austin Brown and Australian director and musician Johann Rashid. An engaging portrait of this pocket of Brooklyn, deftly captured and paced throughout.

TOPS – "CHANGE OF HEART"

Montreal band Tops shot this visual confectionary on their recent tours, with a large portion of the footage taken from their time at SXSW. It’s as charmingly DIY as their indiepop, making for a fitting re-introduction to the Montreal band as they prepare to release their second album.

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