Welcome to FACT’s weekly video round-up.
As we note at the end of every year, music videos have never been better. But too often, music videos — along with documentaries, live sets and interview clips — get lost in the shuffle of news and new music.
With that in mind, FACT is doing what it does for mixes, mixtapes, vinyl and more: rounding up the internet’s best videos on a weekly basis. And to remove our bias, we won’t be including our own content — you’ll have to stay tuned to FACT TV for all your Against The Clock, FACT Freestyles and Confessions needs.
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Dir: Derrick Beckles
Neon Indian DJs a dance where even choking on meat won’t stop the party. Basically, this is what happens when you filter the disco scene in Airplane! through Adult Swim and house music.
‘Can’t Get Enough Of Myself’
Dir: Santi White and Sam Fleischner
Santigold originally released ‘Can’t Get Enough Of Myself’ as an interactive video, a format we have had enough of. The “linear” version is an improvement: Santi’s day in New York features Jay Z, Pharrell, Olivia Wilde, Andy Samberg, Alexander Wang and more.
Rae Sremmurd feat. Bobo Swae
Dir: James Larese
Another interactive video where the standard video is fine as-is. Rae Sremmurd and friends are abducted by aliens, hit an animated skatepark and run through an 8-bit video game.
BABYMETAL is the pairing of metal and J-pop you never knew you wanted. ‘Karate’ is part live performance and part gothic Sailor Moon karate demonstration. Recommended for Grimes — and for fans of Grimes.
ERAS feat. Grace Hall
Dir: Viet Dang / Nathaniel Eras / Simon Steuri
A lone man undergoes a transformative ritual that is equal parts martial arts, meditation and magic in a video with warm blue-green hues that match its crashing waves.
‘Dangerous Woman’ (A Cappella)
Dir: The Young Astronauts
Two things we know about Ariana Grande: she can really sing, and she’s a little off. Grande delivers an a cappella version of her latest single (including “guitar solo”) in a latex bunny outfit. Will a “proper” video follow? Who knows, but this definitely beats a lyric clip.
Lagos youth rollerblade around a stadium parking lot and skitch down the highway, their slo-mo moves timed to Redlight’s latest house burst.
Dir: Sia & Daniel Askill
Sia enlists teenaged doppleganger Maddie Ziegler and two other dancers to perform a ‘Cheap Thrills’ routine while she “sings” in the corner – mostly refusing to be part of the action, as always.
‘Love as a Weapon’
Dir: Dan Huiting
Little Scream wields ‘Love as a Weapon’ in a rec room of repetition, aided by disembodied sign-language signers and vogue-inspired dancers in a video that embraces primary colors until its snowy denouement.
‘Signals (Throw It Around)’
Dir: Nathan R. Smith
Who doesn’t want to party with D.R.A.M.? Especially when he brings along lowriders (of both the bike and car varieties), women, dinosaurs and Chance the Rapper?