Basement Jaxx featuring ETML “Never Say Never”
With an upcoming album Junto due out August 25th, Basement Jaxx have given us a glimpse of the future with their video for “Never Say Never” featuring ETML. The video begins with a shot of two people in white protective suits slapping a butt. This butt isn’t real, but a fake one they’ve made. The video chronicles the work of a Japanese husband and wife team who are concerned that people don’t dance anymore. As a result, they are working on the TW3RK-BOT. It’s a robot that can teach you to dance, or just dance for you. This is of the highest importance, especially because the wife won’t let the husband sleep with her until they complete this robot. Enjoy the video, and twerk along, but not more than 124 twerks per minute.
Clean Bandit featuring Stylo G “Come Over”
The latest video by Clean Bandit is for their single “Come Over” featuring Stylo G. The video is shot over many exotic locations. From the tundra of Svalbard, Norway to the Sahara Desert and Morocco, we see some locations devoid of human interference. Front woman Grace Chatto is no mother of dragons, but she does resemble a character from HBO’s Game of Thrones with her costumes and the isolated locations. The mode of travel is a bit primitive as well, as we see Chatto using the power of dogs to pull her wheeled sled. It’s visually stimulating as it juxtaposes images of the cold and hot climates. We also get a nice scene of the shops in Morocco. Clean Bandit’s New Eyes will be out August 11th.
Cal Scruby “Gold Coins”
Cal Scruby’s February release of “Gold Coins” has garnered him more praise for his lyrical prowess. This week he dropped a video for the single. It’s not your typical rap video. Cal sort of looks like a pop-star or a member of a boy band. The video is shot out behind a building. Considering that the song is called “Gold Coins” you think there would be more gold. Other than a small gold chain and medallion, and maybe a gold watch, there’s nothing indicating money in the video. We do get a female dancer, but she looks like she’s made for a rock video and not a rap video. Still, the whole thing is the point of the song. Cal talks about how other rappers all look alike. He, himself, might rock the chain, or the watch, or whatever, but he’s still himself.
Clipping “Story 2”
Clipping continues his push of his latest album CLPPNG with the video for “Story 2”. We have a pair of legs, obviously attached to a person, walking along. As the story of the song goes, it’s Mike Winfield walking home from work. Eventually, Winfield’s pace quickens as he starts to run. He starts to shed things like his bag and his jacket as he runs towards a light. You can tell that it’s clearly something burning that is washing him with a dull yellow. He makes his way to a sidewalk where we see more legs, some people aren’t even wearing shoes. He tries to push his way past them, but is tackled and taken down. Here we have quick cut scenese that show the framework for a house afire. Like the lyrics, Mike has come home to find it on fire. He has family that was inside, and though he’d like to run in and burn to death with them, he is restrained from doing so.
Rise Against “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore”
Rise Against have a new album The Black Market that is currently out. Their latest single is “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore”. The video depicts Rise Against playing the song, but it also has plenty of information on violence in the world. There are interviews with kids growing up in Chicago, and how it is common for them to witness shootings and lose family members to it. There’s more info on all the deaths that occur as a result of the Mexican Drug War. It reminds us that we aren’t completely out of Iraq now that ISIS, or just IS now, are moving in. In fact, we look to return to help. The girls kidnapped in Nigeria are brought up as well. Vigilantes now roam Nigeria’s villages in an effort to protect their children. It’s as though the only way to fight violence is with violence. Towards the end the video mentions that since the beginning of recorded history, the world has been at peace for only 8%, or roughly 270 years. That’s an unfortunate statistic if true, depicting that maybe the norm for humans is to be at war.