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.
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.
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.
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
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!”
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.
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.
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.
Nick Catchdubs feat. ShowYouSuck
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.
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.
‘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.