Features I by I 03.07.16

The week’s best videos: Rihanna’s Star Trek fan-fic, Jamie xx and twerking

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

Jamie xx
Dir: Romain Gavras

Supposedly containing no CGI or 3D effects, Romain Gavras (director of M.I.A.’s iconic ‘Bad Girls’ video) cast over 400 extras – and a handful of albino actors – and shot in the Chinese ghost town Tianducheng, using the drama of ‘Gosh’ to soundtrack a post-apocalyptic tale with messianic overtones. Reminiscent of GENER8ION and M.I.A.’s 2015 video ‘The New International Sound Pt. II’, which also relied on staggering numbers of Chinese performers.

Parquet Courts
‘Human Performance’
Dir: Phil Collins

Parquet Court are transformed into disheveled puppets, performing (and drinking) their way through ‘Human Performance’ while a pair of rubber-faced puppets explore their kinks.

Angel Olsen
‘Shut Up Kiss Me’
Dir: Angel Olsen

Beneath a silver tinsel wig, Angel Olsen campily overacts in convertibles, dive bars and roller rinks, asking the camera, “Do I need to give more attitude?” We think she gives plenty.

Dir: Floria Sigismondi

Star Trek super-fan Rihanna dons the makeup and dress of an interstellar priestess before becoming a nebula unto herself in the kaleidoscopic video for this Sia-penned soundtracker.

Marissa Nadler
‘Janie in Love’
Dir: Marissa Nadler

Marissa Nadler self-directed ‘Janie in Love’, a monochromatic collage that cuts together blown-out footage and stop-motion animation of sand faces and detached limbs (that Nadler also animated).

Playboi Carti x Uno the Activist

In the video for the verse-less ‘What’, Carti and Uno crash an upper class dinner party whose old white guests go from “disgusted” to “ready to party” in a minute flat.

Dir: Icey Jace Film Factory

Dancehall star Spice goes Fast & Furious in the video for her latest smash, ‘Indicator’. In between shots of a car race, expect a lesson in twerking before the loser hands over the pink slip.

Blood Orange
Dir: Devonté Hynes

Dev Hynes pairs his latest quiet storm ballad with a visual tribute to New York. Like his music, the video seems like a forgotten project crafted during the ’80s – Dev and friends (including Julian Casablancas) jam in a loft, vogue in the park and party on rooftops.

Maal & Morris
‘Hustle Boy’
Dir: Maal

Maal and Morris debut their collaborative project with a video as subtle as the song itself. Serene shots of Japanese street traffic and cherry blossoms transition to intimate portraits of Maal’s performance.

Day In the Life of Diplo
Dir: Brandon Dermer

Diplo toys with the idea of “Diplo”, casting James Van Der Beek to play him in this promotional clip. The joke’s on Diplo: it turns out everyone in his employ – harpists, strippers, beatmaking elves, social media staffers – hates his guts. Still, he gets the last laugh, defeating a horde of ninjas before riding off on a white horse.



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