VISUAL MIX #07

| June 6, 2016

Words by Michelle Zhu

EVERY week we’re going to be listing ten videos you need to watch. Catch up on this week’s essential viewing and make sure you don’t miss out on these stunning and intriguing visuals.

KOOL A.D – PROVE IT

Kool A. D. (of Das Racist) has come through with a ridiculous animated visual. It is ridiculous, crass and incredibly difficult to describe. So watch it for yourself and allow its bizarre and kinda depressing story unfold.

JAMES BLAKE – RADIO SILENCE (LIVE ON LATER…WITH JOOLS HOLLAND)

Sometimes it’s overwhelming when you can see James Blake performing life, because you become aware that his voice is a reality and you’re living in a world where it very much exists. Check out his live performance of ‘Radio Silence’ on Later…with Jools Holland and witness an angel at work.

MIA – POC THAT STILL A RIDA

NEW MIA! Have a listen of the intense layers of production and her raw vocals recorded over the top. Her message is politically loaded, and she includes in the description a paragraph about global unity and how love is always the answer. Thank you for all the love, MIA.

ANGEL OLSEN – THE INTERN

Angel Olsen is back and just as beautiful. Watch her self-directed video for ‘The Intern’ (Trailer), which implies that the full song is coming our way soon. It’s a beautiful reflective piece and Olsen is dressed in a sparkly SIA like wig where she sings about not knowing a thing and yet looking forward to something – anything.

BRYSON TILLER – EXCHANGE

Tiller is mourning an ex-lover with his sweet nothings and sultry smooth vocals. He relaxes by the pool, lounges around his luxury and yet feels emptiness in the space where his ex-girl used to be. Every Tiller video seems to be an ode to something lost but not forgotten, and always looks like life is coated with an Instagram filter.

FUTURE – WICKED

The video for this song is exactly as the tune. It’s catchy, electrifying and intensely immediate. You hardly even see Future or Meechie or Esco, but you see flashes of their energy and the wickedness they are talking about.

DEATH GRIPS – MORE THAN THE FAIRY

Although a lyric video, this visual is completely engulfing. It’s one thing that Death Grips are participating in a collaboration, and it’s another that they have this bizarre sculpture-like symbolism flashing on the screen before you, making less sense as each second of the song unfolds.

SCHOOLBOY Q FT. KANYE WEST – THAT PART

Schoolboy Q is looking good and seems to be levelling up in style. He swerves and growls around rooms hued with red, yellow and blue, and is joined by the style guru himself; Kanye West. As they enter different coloured rooms, each colour seems to represent something new, different sensibilities and emotions. Something consistent is how hype both Schoolboy and Kanye prove to be when working together.

YUNA – LANES

‘Lanes’ starts as a story at its very end. And it’s a story most of us are familiar with, one of betrayal, one of heartbreak. You see the heartbreak first, and then you watch the context. Yuna’s voice is soothing and meditative, as she sings about the pains of love and how they almost outweigh the desire to ever do it again.

THE MOTHERFUCKING AVALANCHES – FRANKIE SINATRA

THE AVALANCHES ARE BACK AFTER 16 LONG YEARS. The wait has been more than worth it, with an enormous collaboration with Danny Brown and MF Doom. Frankie’s Ice Cream seems to spread around the local community like an epidemic and makes everyone act a little crazy. Maybe they were sick of waiting for new The Avalanches too.

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