Hot off the Kitsune presses, the official video for Cesare’s remix of Citizen’s “Lighten Up” is one of my favorite things I’ve seen this year. It’s lighthearted, summery, and features French girls with animated foxes. What’s not to love?
It had been a good while since Marcus Marr released any new material which made a lot of dance music aficionados exceptionally excited when DFA Records announced a few weeks ago that his latest release was on the horizon. It’s been a couple of days since his newest record, the trippy, technophile wet dream Brown Sauce, was shared with the world and, in the normal giving spirit DFA has with its fans, we have been gifted a hilariously eccentric, offbeat music video to go along with the release of this undeniably excellent track.
The music video is beautiful in its simplicity and quirkiness: it features DFA label manager, Kris, consuming a chip butty slathered in a traditional English condiment as the eponymous track, Brown Sauce, plays on a Technic turntable alongside him. It’s a bizarre, oddball concept that miraculously works well for the title track as poor Kris Peterson relentlessly takes bite after bite out of a gargantuan, saucy sandwich while Marcus Marr’s loopy, acid house heater bumps and grooves in the background. It’s revolting. It’s kitschy. And it’ll make you want to eat a french fry sub.
Watch the video after the jump for Marcus Marr’s supergroove, Brown Sauce, after the jump and be sure to visit DFA Direct to pick up a white label or a limited print colored 12″ of the track.
As a deep house heater that parallels Duke Dumont’s I Got U from this same time last year, Michael Imperial’s All Night operates on a level that is basic: approachable, essential, and rhythmic without becoming a generic re-hash of the UK sound the mainstream’s become familiarized with over the course of 2014. In fact, the track, released through the Imperial’s label, Rare Beef, could very well become one of the first must have songs of 2015 for DJs as they search for new, provoking content.
The parallel continues with the video for Michael Imperial’s track which follows around a young man in an exotic locale as he interacts with vice. The video, expertly shot by commercial director Kristof Brandl, weaves through portraits of a Vietnamese young adults interactions with sexuality, drink, and carnage with calculated delicacy and grace resulting in multiple beautiful subtleties. In this context, the track complements these images the same way an aria would pair with images of a war torn battlefield: hauntingly and as if time stood still.
Watch the video after the jump and be sure to pick up Michael Imperial’s Secret Drugs: Vol. 3 for free on SoundCloud.
Hercules & Love Affair, the DFA supergroup and new addition to house label Defected, has been a force to be reckoned with in the independent music scene for the better part of a decade now. With a relentless energy and a focus on the roots of modern day dance music, the band’s beating heart, Andy Butler, has been one of the defining models of the indie dance underbelly by allowing cultures to blend and mesh to form a new school of dance. And with that, it’s only appropriate that the band’s video for “Do You Feel The Same?” features an apocalyptic wasteland where vogueing is your only path to enlightenment.
In the spirit of “Mad Max” meets “Paris Is Burning,” the video features styles fashioned by renowned designer Bernhard Willhelm and choreography from contemporary ballet dancer Josh Johnson and the Forsythe Company in order to create a dystopian desert infused with lush hues and a space rock attitude where dance reigns supreme. What results is a beautiful video that celebrates escapism and feeling free from the constraints of being grounded. It’s a rich world with personality and decay and love paid to each detail: a fitting monument to such a supreme track by such a Herculean act.
Check out the video after the jump and look out for new remixes to be released soon via Defected Records.
New Black Butter signee, Elderbrook, has just released the official video for his debut single “Could.” The video is nothing short of stunning, consisting of a series of animated oil paintings against textural background. New York artist Lauren Gregory is the genius behind the visuals and the video definitely speaks for itself. Check it out: