Each week, Moritz Gayard rounds up the best new music videos so you don’t have to.
On and on: music video making is in full effect. No matter if you’re signed to a major or an indie label—all bands we adore are (still) using promotional videos. This week, I have pearls to offer from the likes of The Weeknd, Wolfgang Voigt, Bestial Mouths, Solange Knowles, and may more. Have fun.
#1 Solange – “Lovers In The Parking Lot”, self-directed
I cannot get this damn song out of my head. It’s also worth checking out this video: watching Solange’s infectious performance in this run-down Houston(?) flea market.
#2 Cyan Kid – “Only Love”
#3 Laura Welsh – “Undiscovered”
Really dig this song by Rising UK songstress Laura Welsh, which will be out on October 28th through Outsiders/Polydor. If you fancy watching a bit of dancing skin you should press play above.
#4 Holy Ghost! – “Okay”, directed by Ben Fries
New York duo Holy Ghost!’s new, blue video – chasing last week’s Dynamics, album release.
#5 DENA – “Guest List”
Some years sago the young and ambitious Bulgaria-born Denitza Todorova moved to Berlin to study. She added vocals to some Whitest Boy Alive tracks and is now finally about to release her debut album, which will be played live for the very first time on November 8th, when she performs in Zagreb on our Electronic Beats Festival at Boogaloo Club.
#6 The Weeknd – “Pretty”, directed by Sam Pilling
NSFW. Pretty rough video for a beautiful song which has some Michael Jackson-moments to offer. Anyway, in this video his girl is cheating on him with another gentleman in bed (nudity warning). And The Weeknd takes revenge.
#7 SETH – “Vacation, act 1”, directed by Jamie Krasner
In last week’s Editors’ Choice I inaugurated my latest Gobby love. His team up with vocalist James K is called SETH, and if I am not wrong, above is their first, trippy video.
#8 Wolfgang Voigt – “Zukunft Ohne Menschen”
Kompakt-head Wolfgang Voigt recently created his Zukunft Ohne Menschen concept in the main entryway to Art Cologne, which is a ten-part installation of music, video and paintings. Above, you can get an idea in this slightly boring video.
#9 Bestial Mouths – “EARTH”, directed by Niko Sonnberger
L.A.-based surreal synth horror act Bestial Mouths—some time ago, we hosted an excellent mix—are back with a video where vocalist Lynette Cerezo exploits nature.
#10 White Denim – “Pretty Green Video”, directed by Max Boss
White Denim is bringin’ the heat with their psychedelic video for “Pretty Green”, which is off of Corsicana Lemonade out in November. Make sure you check out the bass. ~
The English band’s third album establishes them as leaders of modern day electronic post-punk. Steph Kretowicz discovers the place that got them there. Above: Factory Floor from left to right: Nik Void, Dominic Butler, Gabe Gurnsey
“Do you remember that burger we got, between the two of us?” Factory Floor guitarist and vocalist Nik Void is laughing across the kitchen table as drummer Gabe Gurnsey, understanding all too well what she’s on about, picks up the thread. “I had no money. I had my last pound or something. I went and got a burger and I was like, ‘I’m so fuckin’ hungry.’ I came back and Nik goes, ‘Oh, let me have a bite.’ Then she just dropped it down the fucking stairs. It was like the end of the world,” he says laughing, mirth mixed with a residue of resentment, as the two artists recall the volatility of living together while skint in a rough North London suburb.
Now Nik lives in Norfolk (absent third member and synth player Dom Butler has moved to Dorset), which inevitably means she’s 40 minutes late for our interview. But there’s plenty of distraction in the warehouse space where Gabe still lives, now the makeshift studio where Factory Floor record: coffee, cigarettes and some London Pride ale among a rotating door of friends, artists and a flatulent old bulldog named Vincent. Eventually, Nik and her son Morgan arrive, which is Gabe’s cue to stop smoking, while warning me the dog’s snoring might interfere with my recording. I’ll take the risk.
That’s when Gabe’s girlfriend Ana retires to her room, flatmate Ken to Café Oto to see Sun Ra Arkestra for the umpteenth time, and a journalist friend to the recording room to, rather embarrassingly, play Factory Floor’s new self-titled record really loudly while we talk. “That isn’t us playing the album by the way,” Gabe assures me.
And this is where the magic happens. Over a period of roughly two years, the band—that have worked with the likes of Chris Carter, Mark Stewart and sound artist Haroon Mirza—have played, honed and recorded their ideas into this finely tuned record, as heard emanating through the walls next door. It’s a disrobed “primitive dance”, as Gabe calls it, that is worlds apart from the bass-led punk strut of the 2008 EP Planning Applications’ “I Was Always Wrong” (the first Nik Void contribution before permanentlay replacing ex-member Mark Harris in late 2009) that drew easy comparisons with Joy Division and The Fall. Now, it’s all about the pitched and processed malfunction of unyielding rhythm, fed through the tethers of a limited four-track recording process in an equally restrictive in-house studio. But that’s nothing compared to the limits of a paid studio, where Factory Floor could never have taken the time and the patience to evolve their sound and clarify their direction. And, as it happens, environment has everything to do with it.
I get the sense that living in East London, or any major city, can really mess with your head. Sometimes it feels like the world is falling apart.
GG: It’s a difficult environment.
NV: I love it. I moved out of it and I miss it a lot. I’ve moved to the country now but at the time of doing the record in the first year, I think I had two jobs, as well. Going to work on the tube during rush hour and then coming back here and then it was like [scats the frenetic rhythm of movement] for a long couple of years. But you have to put yourself in that situation to get something quite… I’m not bigging us up, but unique. You have to torture yourself a little bit [laughs]. Especially, around here, it’s really quite gritty, but I like it. It feels real and part of life.
GG: Yeah, that’s the nice thing about it.
NV: I lived here in the warehouse a couple of years before we started work on the record, in view of knowing that we wanted to take it over and build a studio here. It’s not the nicest place to live but it was interesting, I have to say. All these warehouses, walled off spaces, and they were taken over by churches and kind of all these gospel sounds. They had these massive dub PAs playing through the walls ‘til six in the morning, with this guy going, “Praise the Lord!”
GG: I kind of miss it.
You don’t really come across spaces like this anymore.
NV: Yeah, it’s just really fortunate, the whole complex. The lady who has it has been here for years. There’s always been someone in here using it as an art space and I think she likes the fact that there are people here, when they’re all gone. She’s totally left us to it. She’d been up here once or twice since I’d lived here and I lived here for about five years. I’m really conscious, knowing there’s hardly any space like this, that if someone was into the same things I was doing, I would start to get a bit like, ‘don’t start looking around because you’re not having this place’ [laughs]. You get really territorial.
Considering how much your sound has moved away from its original noise leaning, I felt like you must have recorded this album somewhere new.
NV: We all lived in East London separately before then. That’s hectic, in terms of you’re stuck in a scene with other bands and lots of people can overhear what you’re doing. You don’t feel like you can get your own space and your own bubble, so this place—being the ‘un-trendy’ part of London—It’s kind of hectic today but usually, when we were working on the record, it’s kind of isolated, and you could concentrate on recordings every day. I think we very rarely went into Central London, which is 20 minutes away on the Victoria line.
GG: You come up here and you don’t really leave it much; you’re kind of stuck. Not in a bad way; it’s a great place but there are loads of people coming in and out and it’s quite a creative environment to be in, and there’s just so much space. You couldn’t do this in a one bedroom flat. We couldn’t have done it in a studio either, because we would have paid two million pounds because of the process and the way we work.
Do you think that has something to do with your affinity with the bands that you’ve worked with, that older generation, because they also came from an environment like this? Whereas a lot of people of your generation don’t.
NV: Yeah. There’s loads of people in our generation and the new generation that are really good bands, but I do get the sense that bands that happened from the ’80s had that. You always hear about them coming from squats in Kings Cross, or [Throbbing Gristle] had their place down the road in London Fields. It sounds like quite a romantic vision of being in a band when you read about it, but you know it’s not that easy. Sometimes you have to put yourself in an environment to extract something that’s good and real.
GG: You’re in that state. When you’re in that situation, you feel a part of something and it’s totally creating your own world and environment.
NV: You’ve got to live it.
You performed at The Tanks at Tate Modern last year and the response you got is almost legendary. How is it that you got a bunch of teenagers so excited?
NV: We wanted to do something slightly different to a normal set up. We were going to treat it as an open rehearsal and, because it’s in a gallery, people would just walk in and walk out. But for some reason, we knew it was going for three hours, and people just came in a ring around us and they just stuck it out. The projections in the Tate Tanks where it’s a circular room, people just started losing their shit to it, taking their clothes off and the Tate were tweeting, “Oh my god, there are naked people in the Tate.”
GG: It was such an environment where you could just get totally lost in it. I don’t know whether it was a shape and a sound where people just felt that they could do that.
It doesn’t seem like the kind of place where you’d think to take your clothes off.
GG: That was the great thing. It was the Tate.
NV: There were no windows or anything. It’s a massive bunker, basically. I guess that’s the closest we’d get to being in a dance club, I suppose, because we were facing each other on tables, those people on the outside weren’t looking at us as entertainment, which I think is a really important thing. Being in a band, you’re looked upon as being entertainment and we’re really not like that at all. We’d really just rather people feel what they’re doing, as opposed to straining their necks trying to see us on stage. That was a great example of, ‘look, you can reach this different level if you’re not concentrating on what we’re doing and sort of losing yourself.’
GG: It’s quite a frustrating thing of being in a band, the interest of people watching you. There is the other side of it, where people watch Dom dancing or Nik moving to the music and me drumming, there’s that part of it, which can make the audience go more crazy, but we want to be a part of the audience as much as anything. ~
Factory Floor’s self-titled album is out now on DFA.
Time to dance.
Last year Hermione Frank aka rRoxymore got some major interweb buzz with her split 12″ with Planningtorock. Now she has signed a proper label deal on Planningtorock mastermind Janine Rostron’s label Human Level to drop her EP, Precarious/Precious, which is Frank’s first proper solo release under her rRoxymore moniker. Below, we’ve unwrapped the beautiful EP here for the very first time in full, so if you are down for some dancefloor-friendly, hypnotic rhythms, join our listening party now and see you on the floor at Berlin’s Shift, later this month on August 23rd (see the poster below).
Precarious/Precious EP is out on August 19th via Human Level.
The very first video selection of July 2013 has quite a variety on offer. Try Gucci Mane‘s insane “Trap House 3”, the classy animation for the first new Moderat-tune—made by our pals of Pfadfinderei. Then there’s David Lynch: his debut video for the unstoppable Nine Inch Nails has debuted online. Also the first new track/video from, yes, The Pixies, plus the Marcus Söderlund-directed video for Mount Kimbie‘s “You Took Your Time”. Press play below.
#1 Gucci Mane feat. Rick Ross – “Trap House 3”, directed by DRE films
Watch how Gucci Mane and Rick Ross become dope dealers in the video for “Trap House 3”. Also worth checking out Slackk’s recommendation of Gucci Mane’s Trap God 2 while listening to the whole Trap House 3 album over at his Bandcamp.
#2 The Weeknd – “Kiss Land”
All we know is that The Weeknd‘s album, Kiss Land is about to drop later this year. The title track has got its own little, Japan-inspired video.
#3 Dirty Beaches – “I Dream in Neon”, directed by Michael Lawrence
Dirty Beaches are beautiful. Filmed in Berlin and Hamburg by night, this video is for “Drifters”, taken from Alex Zhang Hungtai aka Dirty Beaches’ Drifters/Love Is the Devil LP—which is an amazing album.
#4 Dan Bodan – “Anonymous”, directed by Keaton Ventura & Greg Fong
In this pick, the Canada-born, Berlin-resident Dan Bodan offers some very relaxed grooves and an amazing video for his new track, entitled “Anonymous”.
#5 Moderat – “Bad Kingdom”, directed by Pfadfinderei
Moderat is about to strike back with their Bad Kingdom sophomore album, released through Monkeytown Records next month. Our colleagues and collaborators, the Berlin-based visual studio Pfadfinderei, have now unveiled this cool animation-video. Chapeau!
#6 Nine Inch Nails – “Came Back Haunted”, directed by David Lynch
#7 Mount Kimbie – “You Took Your Time”, directed by Marcus Söderlund
Black and white video joy, brought to you by acclaimed Scandinavian music video director Marcus Söderlund, here filmed on location in London.
#8 Ciara – “I’m Out ft. Nicki Minaj”, directed by Hannah Lux Davis
Just before Ciara’s July 9th release, the diva has released the dance-heavy video for “I’m Out” featuring Nicki Minaj—watch CiCi and Nicki dressed in white above.
#9 Wavves – “That’s On Me”, directed by Brandon Dermer
Watch an angry man destroying various items. There’s also some kind of a Nirvana moment here.
#10 Pixies – “Bagboy”, by LAMAR+NIK
Yes, The Pixies are back. Shortly after Kim Deal left the band (again), out of nowhere this track surfaced with the announcement of a european tour later this year with the bassist Kim Shattuck taking Deal’s place.~
Please accept this as your weekly invitation to explore the newest and coolest music videos. Today they come fresh from the likes of Dean Blunt, Lace Curtain, Die Antwoord and Disclosure, plus many more.
#1 Dean Blunt – “Felony / Stalker 7”
Isn’t that hilarious?
#2 METZ – “Get Off”, directed by Chad VanGaalen
A nice animated video for METZ‘s punk rock tune entitled “Get Off”, directed by label mate Chad VanGaalen. “Get Off” is taken from their self-titled album released last autumn on Sub Pop.
#3 Lace Curtain – “Falling”, directed by Daniela Velickovic & David West
#4 Dense & Pika – “Move Your Body Back”
Sorry folks, not a music video but the production is kind of killer. Don’t miss it.
#5 Die Antwoord – “Cookie Thumper”, directed by Ninja
They don’t stop, do they? Ninja and ¥o-Landi Vi$$er have done it again and dropped a pretty intense video, which is once more NSFW because ¥o-Landi gets naked and a lot of weed is smoked.
#6 Roedelius Schneider – “Hohner Omen”, directed by Detlef Weinrich
Ambient’s not dead, and when it’s served with such classy imagery then it’s double the fun. Taken from the soon-to-be released album Tiden this video is directed by Krediler’s Detlef Weinrich.
#7 Stellar OM Source – “Polarity”, directed by Christelle Gualdi
Up for some underwater fun? Then try out Stellar OM Source‘s video for “Polarity”, taken from their RVNG Intl release Joy One Mile.
#8 Disclosure – “F For You”, directed by Ben Murray & Ross McDowell
Looks like they’re unstoppable at this point. The latest groovy dispatch from Disclosure‘s debut LP comes correct with another cool video.
#9 Josep Xortó – “I Remember”
Cool power pop with the usual VHS visuals for Josep Xortó’s “I Remember”. Produced with a little help from Mikko Gordon who worked as an engineer for Atoms For Peace.
#10 Matmos – “Aetheric Vehicle”
A psychedelic video for the dreamy soundscapes of Matmos‘ “Aetheric Vehicle”, taken from their recent Thrill Jockey LP The Marriage Of True Minds.