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: Simon Ward
Le1f revisits his roots with this under-the-sea adventure. Animations nod both to his seapunk origins (building-sized seaweed and flying koi) and the PC Music world of producer SOPHIE (hot pink lips and googly eyes). Riot Boi can’t come soon enough.
Dir: Kali Uchis
The upstart soul singer shows off her directing skills and impeccable style in ‘Loner’, a neon-drenched video that sees the LA-based talent draw inspiration from mermaids, call-girls, Mia Farrow, Scarface and Tarantino; we’d add the wood-paneled lolitas of Fiona Apple’s iconic ‘Criminal’ video to that list.
‘Tell Your Friends’
Dir: Grant Singer
The Weeknd might have ditched the gauzy sound that defined his early work, but his macabre vibe has remained. The dulcet tones of ‘Tell Your Friends’ are juxtaposed with Tesfaye getting buried alive in the desert and killing the mysterious figure who has haunted his videos.
Dir: Jacqueline Castel
The intimate ‘Nail’ comes to life in a stark video that sees Zola Jesus (clad in a nude bodysuit) writhe against a latex backdrop.
Future feat. Drake
‘Where Ya At’
Dir: Sam Lecca
Future continues his unstoppable video run, teaming with Drake, Metro Boomin and DJ Esco as he moves from the trap house to the roof to a prison to a meeting of the five families. Obviously, the star of this one is Esco thanks to his instantly-memeable dance moves.
Dir: Pablo Barquín & Junior Martínez
Floating Points soundtracks a video with an old school planetarium feel: a light creature explores extraterrestrial terrain, thanks to a light painting machine that draws 3D animated figures in a real environment, frame by frame.
Tommy Genesis feat. Abra
‘Hair Like Water Wavey Like The Sea’
Dir: Tommy Genesis
Awful Records upstarts Tommy Genesis and Abra go on a playdate in an aquatic dreamworld, and — like their music — it’s equal parts cute and creepy.
Stones Throw duo Anderson Paak and Knxwledge continue a recent run of videos celebrating Los Angeles street culture (by the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Miguel) as they ride around shining to their Mayfield-inspired ‘Suede’.
‘Get Up Get Down’
Dir: Nathan R. Smith & Sebastian Sdaigui
Two b-boys and a b-girl, all in classic Adidas gear, show-off their moves all across Chicago with the camera (and each other) as their only audience. Dance like nobody’s watching, indeed.
Dir: Jim Alexander
London’s Dark0 delivers his first official music video, editing together video memories from the last five years, throwing snowballs, eating sandwiches and slaying clubs along the way.