Each week, Moritz Gayard rounds up the week’s best music videos so you don’t have to.
This week marks a turn in the always uninspiring YouTube vs GEMA story (sorry, your video is blocked) here in Germany. Per today, VEVO is now airing the latest music videos online, and the most important thing is that they’ve got a contract signed by no other than all the three major labels which are left. Though not all videos below are VEVO videos, which are watchable in Germany without restrictions, I am pretty sure that the VEVO deal will change the game for better music video enjoyment. Let’s start.
#1 Toro Y Moi – “Rose Quartz”, directed and painted by Lauren Gregory
An amazing stop motion oil painting is what you can see in the video for Toro Y Moi’s “Rose Quartz”, the new single from his third LP Anything In Return, out via Carpark Records.
#2 Keep Shelly in Athens – “Recollection”, directed by Lamar & Nik
The new video for Keep Shelly In Athens‘ track “Recollection” has it all: a woman, an old high school, some bubbles, and a mystery. Check it out above.
#3 Jon Hopkins feat. Purity Ring – “Breathe This Air” directed by Anthony Dickenson
Last month Jon Hopkins added Purity Ring’s Megan James’ vocals over his track “Breathe This Air”, taken from his latest 2013 release Immunity. The video is sort of NSFW: you’ll see gun violence and a naked girl…
#4 Autre Ne Veut – “Ego Free Sex Free”, directed by Allie Avital Tsypin
Watch the minimal new visuals for Autre Ne Veut’s “Ego Free Sex Free”, one of the standouts from the brilliant Anxiety LP, released through Software.
#5 Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – “Gold Teeth”
Dan Le Sac and Scroobius Pip are back. “Gold Teeth” is the first single from their forthcoming new album, Repent, Replenish, Repeat. As the boys say, “This is what the classic ‘rapper in a strip club’ video would look like if half the industry didn’t lie about how rich they were.”
#6 A$AP Rocky – “Fashion Killa”, directed by Virgil Abloh
Anyone up for shopping with Rihanna?
#7 Brodinski feat. Theophilus London – “Gimme Back the Night”, directed by HELMI
While out in Los Angeles, Brodinski and Theophilus London filmed the visual for their collaborative track, “Gimme Back the Night”. The DJ/producer filmed the entire thing with a tiny camera that he kept inside of his mouth for twenty-four hours.
#8 RJD2 – “Her Majesty’s Socialist Request”
Philly-based beatsmith RJD2 has a new album to release soon. Above is the first teaser which takes you on a New York City tour.
#9 Tim Hecker – “Black Refraction”, video by Sabrina Ratté
Up for some beautiful melancholia? Then head in to Tim Hecker‘s “Black Refractions”, taken from his new album Virgins.
#10 Forest Swords – “Thor’s Stone”, directed by David Ma
“There was a moment around 3am when I felt a pure sense of all the elements coming together perfectly,” recalls David Ma of shooting the video to Forest Swords’ atmospheric track “Thor’s Stone”. Filmed overnight in the industrial outskirts of downtown Los Angeles.~
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Published October 02, 2013. Words by moritz.schmall.