From pop and grime, to DIY-punk and everything in-between, our weekly round-up of the best new music videos is back with a bang. This week features Weaves dancing in the desert, dressing up games from Martha and Grimes, and some seriously seductive visual delights from Fifi Rong, George Maple and The Duke Spirit.
“One More” sees the badass lead singer of Weaves, aka Jasmyn Burke, starring as “a disgruntled cheerleader”. She dances around the New Mexico desert in a shocking pink dressing gown. Think Blur meets tUnE-yArDs meets the B-52’s for this Toronto-based foursome. Their eponymous debut album will be out June 24 via Memphis Industries, they’re playing Latitude and heaps of shows across the UK this summer, so catch Weaves while you can.
Garage-pop lovelies Martha become fashion victims as they dress up in the video for the joyous ‘Goldman’s Detective Agency’. The track is taken from the County Durham teens’ forthcoming album, Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart. They describe themselves as “vegan, straight edge, and anarchist” and Martha are fast becoming one of our favourites from the awesome Fortuna POP! label.
London-based singer and producer Fifi Rong bends genres, fusing grime with alt-pop. Her track ‘Forbidden Desires’ deserves your attention. The video actually premiered last month but we thought it was more than worthy of including in this week’s round-up. It’s a slick, seductive slice of dub-pop and it’s the title track of her EP. Fifi is undoubtedly one to watch. She recently collaborated with Skepta on his new album, Konichiwa.
Singer/songwriter and producer George Maple returns with new single, ‘Sticks and Horses’, featuring rising D.C. rapper GoldLink. The explosive visual accompaniment explores themes of power, sex, money and greed with Maple and her co-stars embodying the role of the black widow spider luring her victim. Directed by Leticia Dare and shot in Palm Springs / Joshua Tree, it’s “a battle for authority between lovers, produced as the sort of strip club anthem,” that Maple road tested at the strip club seen in the video.
The Duke Spirit
The Duke Spirit are still sailing high off the back of the Noughties indie wave. One for fans of The Joy Formidable and Howling Bells, the poetic and subdued ‘Wounded Wing’ features guest vocals from Mark Lanegan, and the video sees singer Leila Moss perform as a vision in yellow and orange.
It’s the pop gift that keeps on giving. ‘California’ is the latest video from everyone’s favourite album of 2015 – Grimes‘ masterpiece, Art Angels. This time around, Claire Boucher dresses up with her pals as old-school Hollywood starlets. She gets a helping hand from Megan James from Purity Ring, frequent collaborator HANA, Cecil Frena of Born Gold, model Eric Cheng, and her brother Mac Boucher.
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