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.
Read more: The 20 best music videos of 2015
‘Kill V. Maim’
Dir: Claire & Mac Boucher
Grimes outdoes her impressive ‘Flesh without Blood / Life in the Vivid Dream’ video with the cyber-pop-punk fantasy for ‘Kill V. Main’. Boucher is a Versace vampire as her crew does subway choreography, attends a blood rave and continues the road trip she began in ‘Genesis’, albeit Akira-style this time around. Bonus points for the Law & Order title card and “You Died.”
Dir: Patrick Blades
What at first seems to be gorgeously shot footage (the ocean in slow motion) featuring a man alone in a seaside town quickly reveals increasing surreality, as disembodied heads amass, explode and wash up on the shore.
Odesza feat. Zyra
Dir: Dan Brown
This gauzy, smoke-filled black-and-white video journeys through the recurring struggles of human history. It goes from gladiator battles and Hannibal crossing the Alps, to finding the New World and cowboying the West, to space travel, street protest and beyond.
Jeezy feat. Janelle Monáe
Dir: Matt Barnes
Jeezy reads the day’s headlines as scenes from the black American struggle play out in stark black-and-white in the video for this Church In These Streets standout.
‘Deep Down Low’
Dir: Ian Pons Jewell
“Tripping in Tokyo” was a video genre unto itself in 2015, and OWSLA gets in the game with the ‘Deep Down Low’ video, which is a lesson in not doing drugs before having sushi. Expect body horror to the beat — tentacle eyes, featureless faces and esophageal journeys.
Dir: Whitey McConnaughy
The treatment for this one likely reads “Attach a GoPro to a ball and let ‘er rip.” The resulting video is seriously dizzying and disorienting, as the camera bounds from playgrounds and playpens to skateboarders and snowboarders.
‘Couldn’t Think of Anyone’
Dir: Sonny Walters
In this minimalist video for his Plant Mentality 2 cut, Slug Christ dances with Tommy Genesis in an abandoned flophouse, their slow-motion march matching the speed of the song.
‘Kill For Me’
Dir: Yoshi Sodeoka
Fool’s Gold’s Madeaux enlists Yoshi Sodeoka for a blast of digital psychedelia that illuminates insects, diamonds, masks and statues in glitched-out technicolor.
The Holy Kit
‘Rain On My Shades’
Dir: Born Ready Films
The Holy Kit continues his impressive streak of videos (and even more impressive location scouting) with ‘Rain On My Shades’, embracing despair in a decrepit church as visions of a lost love come into focus.
Dir: JT Gurzi
Warpaint’s Jenny Lee Lindberg struck out on her own in 2015, but she has a dacne partner in the ‘boom boom’ video, bringing the song’s angular new wave to life with choreography that is neither entirely old school or new school.