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.
Madonna feat. Nicki Minaj
‘Bitch I’m Madonna’
Dir: Jonas Åkerlund
Jonas Åkerlund turns Madonna’s trap-EDM self-awareness anthem into a neon dance party with a cameo-loaded video that makes Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ look like child’s play. Beyoncé, Miley, Katy, Kanye, Nicki and Chris Rock (!?) turn up as Madonna refuses to act her age.
Awful Records singer-producer Abra mixes sex and violence in her self-directed video for ‘Roses’, the title track off her excellent new album (Awful boss Father shot and edited it). “I’m young and I’ll waste you away,” she sings, playing Lolita in her bedroom and wielding a sword amid a fireworks display.
GENER8ION & M.I.A.
‘The New International Sound Pt. II’
Dir: Inigo Westmeier
Surkin and Canblaster recruit M.I.A for their “pluridisciplinary” GENER8ION project, heading to China for their ‘The New International Sound Pt. II’ video. Director Inigo adapts footage from Dragon Girls, his documentary about the 36,000-strong Shaolin Tagou fighting school featured in the video.
‘Asleep In The Deep’
Dir: Skinner, Shane Morton, Video Rahim
Mastodon soundtrack the most-metal cat video of all time, as a feline goes on a journey into the deep. Excellent prop-craft, animation and psychedelic visual effects combine for a six-minute mini-epic that could be subtitled “Lil Bub on LSD”.
Brooklyn electro-rock duo Ratatat return with ‘Abrasive’, and the group’s E.VAX hand-draws this animated clip, full of dance loops and athletic feats that — like the ’80s-facing song itself — are anything but abrasive.
Jessy Lanza feat DJ Spinn & Taso
‘You Never Show Your Love’
Dir: John Smith
Jessy Lanza perform her Hyperdub-meets-Teklife ballad, dancing along with a pair of wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men in a video that demonstrates slow motion’s power to make anything seem dramatic.
Kim Ann Foxman
‘Creature (a/jus/ted remix edit)’
Dir: Jonathan Turner
New York house star Kim Ann Foxman pays tribute to voguing with a monochromatic video that pairs dance routines with stark imagery reminiscent of the city’s house heyday.
‘No No No’
Dir: Brother Willis
Beirut examines music video artifice with ‘No No No’, a lightly-surreal video where baguettes, skunks and grills stand-in for instruments and everyone feels a little off. The same Singles Club criticisms apply.
Dir: Monica Mirabile
Dan Deacon and friends enter the 3D-world of ‘Meme Generator’, donning nude bodysuits and performing dance routines that pull from modern, ballet and twerking traditions. Plus, there’s an interactive version — all the rage these days.
Dir: Sonny Wojcik
DC-bred pop trio Misun go all smoke-and-psychedelia for ‘After Me’, a visual style that flows from the throwback vibes of the song itself.