MØ, Tink, Angel Haze and Deerhunter make the cut for the 10 essential videos of the month
Lizzo – "Batches and Cookies" (feat. Sophia Eris)
It would have been easy to just post the top ten moments of brilliance in Detroit born, Minneapolis-based rapper Lizzo's video – omnipresent confectionary-porn, the guys being sponge-bathed, the skipping, the white people prancing in their pants, the rainbow flag waving, the tassled denim vest over the sequinned dress... – but the most important is really the introduction of the wickedly funny lady herself. "Batches and Cookies" shows off Lizzo's capacious appetite for and delight in all things supposedly bad for you, as well as her sharp, dynamic flow. It’s also properly funny, and having watched about 100 videos this weekend, you can trust me there is a serious deficit of lols in the music video world right now.
Seekae - "Another"
This heart-shatteringly moving piece for Sydney electronic group Seekae was shot in Bolivia by director Ian Pons Jewell, illustrates a prominent local urban myth. Simply put: want your building to stand forever? Then make a blood sacrifice in the foundations. Stunningly captured with keenly timed cutting and astute casting, the wanweird tale plays out elegantly against this touching track, which is the most beautiful way I’ve ever heard “You’re dumped. I’ve moved on”, translated in song.
Angel Haze - Echelon
Angel Haze has totally taken over. She knows it. We know it. No autolatry on this track, Haze is just stating facts and looking oh so slick. She could probably hang out in a trash bag in any yard, chuck in a couple rearing motorbikes for anyone somehow not sucked in by her or the insanely strong styling of her crew and still be killing everyone else. Read our 2012 interview with Angel Haze here.
Movement – "Us"
Director Dave Ma opens soulful Sydney dance trio Movement's "Us" with a pathos-stirring ghost bike scene, flagging that our protagonist has nothing to lose, and hooking us along for further ensuing violence and sorrow in this sombre tableau of gangster life in East L.A. This month, Ma also helmed the masterful, ethereal choreographed piece for Forest Swords' "Thor’s Stone", where Madrid’s Guzman Rosado dances through the night, with the effect of a corpse reanimating.
MØ - "Never Wanna Know"
Apparently it’s not really a video, but live visuals crafted into music video form. MØ isn’t due to play here for a month yet though, so in the meantime we’ll happily stare at her multiplying form amongst cleverly-chosen snatches of archive footage that add pathos to this charming cut from her Bikini Daze EP. Extra points for that jacket. Read our 'Major Lazer Selects MØ' feature from the September Issue here.
Deerhunter - "Back To The Middle"
I defy you to not fall head over hem for this bewitching vixen, played by Durassie Kiangagu, whose stellar performance anchors this piece. Director Olivier Groulx adroitly underscored the ‘fuck you’ at the heart of Deerhunter’s track, from their sixth album Monomania, as Kiangagu serves timesless glamour all the while. Groulx also managed to wrestle a defunct 1960s TV camera out of obsolescence to shoot "Back To The Middle", a task not to be undertaken lightly by any account.
Real Lies - "World Peace"
This video nails the dreadful, itchy, clock-watching feeling that inevitably casts a pall over the last few hours of each week. At least this fine-looking pair have a poolside date beckoning, rather than a tepid bottle of overpriced craft ale with workmates on a heaving Hackney pavement.
Tim Hecker – "Black Refraction"
Hypnotic light play transfixes you for the length of Tim Hecker’s subtly lustrous "Black Refraction" recalling childhood glee at making rainbows on walls, but now with a very grown up soundtrack. For anyone who has ever seen him live in a church - a definite bucket list addition if it’s at all your thing - there’s the added ghost of shivers past to be enjoyed.
Tink - "Money Money" feat. Mikey Dollaz
Not the most original video, but it captures the exhilarating Chicago rapper’s character, skill and attitude perfectly, and sometimes that’s all you need to get really excited. "Money Money" is the first cut from Tink’s fourth solo mix tape Boss Up. Read our interiew with Tink from Dazed's April issue here.
Oneohtrix Point Never – "Still Life"
This is at the end as it's such an all out assail on mind, gut and soul that you wouldn't be able to look at your screen or touch your keyboard for a good, long while after viewing. Bleak. Sublime. Watch, weep, vomit. (And then read our interview with Oneohtrix Point Never here, and director Jon Rafman here.)