The Week’s Best Videos: Pussy Riot, washing machine porn and Flat Eric

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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.

Read more: The 20 best music videos of 2015

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PJ Harvey
‘The Wheel’
Dir: Seamus Murphy

Irish director Seamus Murphy brings together footage from two trips to Kosovo (and some London rehearsals) for ‘The Wheel’, a song and video inspired by the Kosovo War and the European refugee crisis that finds moments of hope amid staggering loss.

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Usher feat. Nas & Bibi Bourelly
‘Chains’
Dir: Ben Louis Nicholas

Usher makes a rare political statement and it’s a powerful one. Like Jeezy’s ‘Sweet Life’ video, ‘Chains’ is a black-and-white look at police brutality, where those marked by the failure of America pray for the decay of guns, handcuffs and chains.

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Pussy Riot
‘CHAIKA’
Dir: Nadya Tolokonnikova and Andrey Fenochka

Russian protest artists Pussy Riot take on “the recently uncovered bloody criminal connections and unbelievable corruption of Russia’s top law enforcement official” Yuri Chaika in a video that illustrates torture and gluttony with the dead-eyed sexuality of ‘Addicted to Love’.

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Mr Oizo (feat. Charli XCX)
‘Hand In The Fire’
Meat Dept

Time is a Flat Eric as two of the yellow puppets chase each other in an endless loop. It’s a spiritual successor to Mr Oizo’s ‘Flat Beat’, the second such revival in the last few months.

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Maluca
‘Mala’
Dir: Shahan Khan

Resurgent New Yorker Maluca “enjoys” a futuristic spa as she writhes in a massage chair, gets caressed by fiber optic cables and receives a disturbing, surgery-free facelift.

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DJDS
‘I Don’t Love You’
Dir: Daniel Pappas

DJDS return with another video tribute to the beauty and horror of Los Angeles. As they tell GvsB, Dasha Nekrasov plays the ghost of an aspiring actress as she makes her way through a variety of Hollywood landmarks; the iPhone-shot video moves from touching slow motion to a frenetic climax.

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Primal Scream & Sky Ferreira
‘Where The Light Gets In’
Dir: Douglas Hart

Bobby Gillespie and Sky Ferreira get their Fleetwood Mac on, vamping under disco lights, lava lamp filters and various psychedelic superimpositions and projections in a video that lives up to the song’s title.

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Matmos
‘Ultimate Care II Excerpt Three’
Dir: Max Eilbacher

Like the album from which it is excerpted, this video separates a washing machine from its “intended domestic position” by warping an untethered 3D model of one and editing in washing machine footage that is pornographic, scatological or somewhere in between.

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The Dead Weather
‘Impossible Winner’
Dir: Sophie Muller & Ross McDowell

The members of a freak show make music despite being imprisoned. The black-and-white video (co-directed by video veteran Sophie Muller) is heavy on body horror: extra limbs, Glasgow smiles, a dirt mermaid and gaping maw guards abound.

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Towkio feat. Chance the Rapper
‘Clean Up’
Dir: LL

Towkio, Chance and friends (and a few passers-by) footwork under the L in the video for ‘Clean Up’, an impossibly upbeat song produced by The Social Experiment and Stefan Ponce.

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