Lakutis – “Body Scream”: Lakutis; easy to hate, and easy to love. “Body Scream” is the vibrant smartass antithesis to his earlier nightmare-inducing “Jesus Piece”. Lakutis lounges in an empty bathtub in the middle of the lush plains of Pennsylvania, howling to the camera. Cut back to a shot of Skeleton shirtless (when isn’t he shirtless?) in front of a Frieda Kahlo-inspired floral background. It’s impossible to watch without laughing, and forces you to appreciate his bizarre smart-dumb humor and freestyle wailing.
TĀLĀ – “Alchemy”: The visuals for “Alchemy” are breathtaking and expansive shots of Morroccan desert, captured by London filmmaker Kate Morross. TĀLĀ herself is hard to spot, she only appears in glimpses, often turned away from camera. At times the video reads like a cut of one of those Disney Earth movies, but the vivid color-editing and vibrant scenery are worth every second.
Jazz Cartier – “Switch”: Jazz Cartier, born in Toronto and part of the city’s Get Home Safe crew, is worth keeping a close eye on. He knows how switch tempo, he’s as pretty as A$AP, and can yap on par with Young Thug. If his camera appeal is any indication, he knows it (“Pretty n***a, I ain’t eva had a bad side”). The video is a tribute to Toronto- grey freeways, Old English, soccer fields; Cartier says “there’s a renaissance happening in Toronto right now. The city is more alive than ever.”
Run The Jewels – “Meow the Jewels Is Real” (Trailer): Ok, so this one isn’t really a music video. But it’s the funniest, weirdest possible outcome of an enterprising young fan’s quest to remake the RTJ2 album with nothing but cat noises. After an absurdly successful Kickstarter campaign, Run the Jewels jumped on board, along a small army of big names: El-P, Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, Zola Jesus, Bauuer, Boots, Just Blaze, the Alchemist, Skywlkr, Dan The Automator, Prince Paul, and Nick Hook. The asking price for that edition is $40,000, and the proceeds go straight to charity; an honorable project.
Foxygen – “Coulda Been My Love”: I’ll admit, I never really put Foxygen on heavy rotation. The last album seemed overly retro and a tad overindulgent. Still, something about the “Coulda Been My Love” video sticks. The satirical play on the ‘sad deviant rocker wanders around an empty mansion’ aesthetic works. Plus, frontman Sam France’s tie-dye hair and Mick Jagger-esque spasms are oddly captivating, we have to admit.