Welcome to FACT’s newest feature: the 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 Freestyle and Big Narstie needs.
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OTTO VON SCHIRACH
Dir: Egon & Otto Von Schirach
Miami weirdo Otto Von Schirach is always good for high-concept, high-camp videos, and his new short film doesn’t disappoint. The Jodorowsky-styled lo-fi sci-fi of Pineal Warriors mixes Santeria, the Illuminati, third eyes and more. There’s a bonus video, too: the clip for his electro-fied Miami bass jam ‘SuperMeng’ plays over the credits (and here, too).
Dir: Vision Quest Media
No, this one’s not new, but the two-decade-old video is just seeing the light of day now. As Rhymesayers explains, ‘Ear Blister’ was recorded for a compilation that never materialized, thus negating the need for a video release, even as the song became a fixture in the group’s live sets and a fan favorite. (Hat tip: Steady Bloggin)
Dir: Allie Avital Tsypin
For her horn-heavy single, Nika Danilova heads to a warehouse and delivers a minimalist-goth version of Flashdance. Alternatively, check out footage of Danilova performing in Brooklyn as the (not quite) blizzard begins.
NICK CATCHDUBS feat. B.I.C.
Dir: Nick Catchdubs & Josh Wehle
The Fool’s Gold co-founder teams with Bronx rap crew B.I.C. (“Bitches Is Crazy”) for ‘Wuts That’, he latest brash-rap single. The video doesn’t do much — a performance, booze and weed, lo-fi karaoke doodles — but they had fun shooting it and you can do worse than K.I.S.S. as a guiding principal.
Dir: Sam B. Jones
The Lo Motion / Camp & Street vocalist (one of our R&B artists to watch in 2015) gets in touch with nature, taking the title of ‘Serve’ literally as she lays out a surreal picnic. We’re looking forward to her debut album Alkali as much as we’re looking forward to spring.
RUN THE JEWELS
‘Lie, Cheat, Steal’
El-P and Killer Mike take a break from assembling Meow The Jewels to share the warped psychedelia of the ‘Lie, Cheat, Steal’ video. Living up to the song’s title, the pair get political and don Nixon and Obama masks. America, the Run the Jewels way.
‘Until You’re Worth It’
Dir: Sam Kadz
The lithe nu-disco of Mugwump’s ‘Until You’re Worth It’ gets an equally lithe video treatment, as dancers twist and contort in slowed-motion. Flesh is the focus, but not in the usual way: the camera lingers on shoulder blades, ribs and elbows, highlighting the alien aspects of the human body.
MIKE G feat. LARRY SUSAN
Dir: Michael Griego
Underrated Odd Future talent Mike G knows how to throw a party: ‘Archer’ brings together stoned muppets, late night arcade sessions, rooftop baths and plenty of scantily-clad models for a very OFWGKTA take on rap video tropes.
Warm Up Sessions
Take that, Idris Elba: you’re not the only veteran of The Wire with delusions of rap stardom. Dominic West, who played Detective Jimmy McNulty on the iconic HBO show, stops by Nottingham’s Community Recording Studio to make his SB.TV debut alongside newcomers Sinead, Bugsey and Jah Digga. Come on, Dom — drop a verse!
Dir: Aaron Perkins Jr.
Forget Welcome to Chiraq: soul-trap auteur Tree and APJ Films present a short-but-sobering look at the streets of Chicago. “Not only am I in tune with trap music, I come from the trap — born in one of the most notorious projects in the country,” writes Tree. “People see the more classic music I make and here I wanted to take it back to the trap… I still have love for the the neighborhood and the people I grew up with.” Tree’s TrapGenius album is due soon.