Welcome to #37 in our video round-up V I D E O D R O M E. This week with Django Django, Santigold, Justice, Xiu Xiu, Frittenbude. Enjoy.
#1 Marsen Jules – Swans reflecting Elephants (directed by jutojo)
This is jutojo‘s very nice under water video for Marsen Jules stand-out track ‘Swans reflecting Elephants’ off Kompakt‘s 11th annual Pop Ambient compilation, curated as usual by label co-founder Wolfgang Voigt.
#2 Django Django – Default (directed by Daniel Brereton)
Most songs by Django Django just have so much going on and it’s a credit to them that it all makes perfect sense. Their latest single ‘Default’ is another example of this new band’s unique talent.
#3 Perfume Genius – Hood (directed by Winston H. Case)
Seattle-based singer/songwriter Mike Hadreas, aka Perfume Genius, has a new video out for his song ‘Hood’. The video is shot in a very bleak, confessional style that suits the openness of the song. Hungarian gay-porn star Arpad Miklos also stars in the video…
#4 Justice – On’n’On (directed by Alexandre Courtes)
Awesome video for the standout track of Justice’s second album, made by french director Alexandre Courtes, who recently quit Partizan for joining the Division production company hailing from Paris.
#5 Santigold – Big Mouth (directed by Cody Critcheloe)
Santigold is back with a new track and music video called ‘Big Mouth’. The much hyped, rather crazy music video is half animation/half live action and is very very M.I.A. Santigold indeed. Listen to this club stopping tribal beat and prepare to be blown away!
#6 Frittenbude – Einfach nicht leicht (directed by Michael Maier)
This, my dear followers, is some really good shit. It’s Frittenbude‘s new single ‘Einfach nicht leicht’ out very soon via Audiolith. Video made by iconic photographer Michael Maier, who also did this for the boys some years ago.
#7 Jesse Ruins – Shatter the Jewel (directed by Franck Deron)
Japanesse artist Jesse Ruins drops some airy female vocals with deep synths and drum machines. What a great appetizer for the upcoming release later this year on Cuz Me Pain.
#8 Xiu Xiu – Hi (directed by David Horvitz & Jamie Stewart)
Directed by David Horvitz and Jamie Stewart, the video for ‘Hi’ features footage shot on a crazed trip through upstate New York. Xiu Xiu’s new album Always will be out in march.
#9 Nicki Minaj – Stupid Hoe (directed by Hype Williams)
Why is everyone giving Nicki Minaj a hard time about her ‘Stupid Ho” song? I like it, I think it’s catchy.
#10 We Have Band – Where Are Your People? (directed by Alex Turvey)
New Music from British Dance-Pop artists, We Have Band, released a video for their latest single, ‘Where Are Your People?’ Obviously inspired by Jodorowsky and The Holy Mountain.
Bell techno. Is there such a genre? Hendrik Weber aka Pantha du Prince would no doubt be offended when labeled like this, but it nails down his latest project – The Bell Laboratory, pretty well. Together with Norwegian composer Lars Petter Hagen and other musicians, the Hamburg based producer developed a fusion of techno and 20th-century classical music.
After being premiered at this years Øya Festival, Weber is working hard on bringing this piece of rhythmic percussion music played on a carillon consisting of 64 bells to concert spaces all over Europe.
The first confirmed show of The Bell Laboratory on continental Europe’s ground is – wherelse (sigh) – Berlin, where Pantha du Prince will be curating three nights at Gallery Vittorio Manalese in September. Besides the performance of The Bell Laboratory, Weber lined up fellow musical crossers Chloé, a special performance by Philipp Sollmann (Efdemin) and Berlin based design bureau JuToJo, sets by NSI, Arnold Dreyblatt Trio, Natalie Beridze, a special live perormance by German krautrock legends Faust as well as Moritz von Oswald (Basic Channel) and Rashad Becker playing a single musical note.
More information on the event ‘Kunst als Klang’ and ticketscan be found here (in German). Hopefully there will be more shows of The Bell Laboratory outside the German capital soon. In the meantime: watch the short video of the Laboratory’s live performance at Øya 2011 below.