The Week’s Best Videos: Mystical mind-trips, California dreams and New York nostalgia

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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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Aïsha Devi
‘Mazdâ’
Dir: Tianzhuo Chen

This video from Aisha Devi and Tianzhuo Chen is a mind-trip of mystical symbolism that draws from Hinduism and Buddhism, hip-hop and bondage and more as dance turns to ritual and back again.

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Lana Del Rey
‘Music To Watch Boys To’
Dir: Kinga Burza

Lana Del Rey gets back to basics on Honeymoon, and the video for ‘Music’ returns to the 8mm kitsch of her breakthrough videos — but with higher production values. The camera rolls as Lana plays underwater and relaxes in her secret garden, California dreaming about ballers and skaters.

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Arca
‘Soichiro’
Dir: Jesse Kanda

Arca and Jesse Kanda’s latest collaboration trades animation for reality without losing any of the haunting body horror that has defined their previous videos.

Nire feat. Maluca & Nani Castle
‘Commie Mommie’
Dir: Lil Internet & Lil Government

New York producer-DJ Nire joins forces with Maluca and Nani Castle, bringing their ‘Commie Mommie’ revolution across the city: “‘Commie Mommie’ is an inclusive platform for women to express their anger, activism, humor & femininity,” writes Nire. “Any woman can be a Commie Mommie!”

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Destiny Frasqueri
‘Soul Train’
Dir: Asli Baykal

The artist formerly-known-as Princess Nokia celebrates New York City’s Black and Latino communities with a nostalgic video that lives up to its old-school title.

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Jamie XX feat. Young Thug & Popcaan
‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’
Dir: Rollo Jackson

The song of the summer finally has a video. As with the song, Young Thug (and to a lesser extent, Popcaan) is the star as Jamie DJs a gig and bikini babes chill by the pool.

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Tyler, the Creator
‘Buffalo / Find Your Wings’
Dir: Wolf Haley

Tyler directed this striking clip that sees him go from whiteface to blackface, survive a lynching and both run from and preach to black people. Then the channel changes and we’re on the set of a throwback bandstand show. As controversy-courting and ADD-addled as ever.

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Nick Catchdubs feat. ShowYouSuck
‘Drop’
Dir: Matt Kliegman

Nick Catchdubs and ShowYouSuck are a modern day Beavis and Butthead in this bad trip that owes plenty to the neon horror of vintage White Zombie — just like ShowYouSuck’s throwback band tee.

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Jhene Aiko
‘Lyin King’
Dir: TOCK + Topshelf Junior

In this allegorical video, Aiko plays a “mysterious, time traveling medicine woman” that gives power back to the women of a male-dominated tribe.

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DJDS
‘In the Flames’
Dir: Body High

The duo formerly known as DJ Dodger Stadium unveil their latest single, cutting through smoke and strobes in this slow-burning clip.

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