When I heard MIA’s new track “Born Free,” the first thing to come to mind was Justice’s “Stress”… the song gave me the creeps and I guess I wasn’t alone. MIA recruited French director Romain Gavras (who also directed the disturbing visuals that accompanied Justice’s “Stress”) to orchestrate her latest video, a sort of short-film, for “Born Free.” You can’t help but put those two videos together. Both are disturbing, both add more tension to a song that was so freakin’ tense to begin with, both are bothersome and yet, you can’t look away till it’s over. Already an internet hit… or controversy, knock yourself out here!
The band couldn’t have come up with a better video for their theatrically dazed new single Flash Delirum and you can watch it now on their website or below. So much is going on here and it makes me even more intrigued and excited about MGMT. It all starts with what seems like a welcome-back party full of characters, with a singing trio of ventriloquist’s dummies, as the old lady bursts out playing the flute (my favorite part of the song!), triggering an eel to come out of Ben Goldwasser’s throat to then feed some kind of mutant machine… this video is CRAZY!
You may remember Jónsi as the vocalist and guitarist in the Icelandic band Sigur Rós. He is now back with a new release as Jónsi (the first record was more of a collab with boyfriend Alex) and this new album Go is full of beautifully arranged strings, keys and flutes, making it a classical and cinematic musical adventure. The video for Boy Lilikoi is perfect and you can also listen to the opening track Go Do and Tornado here.
Sting’s daughter Coco is knocking down the walls with with our lovely Sweede Robyn in this video for the single Caeser. Loving this song and also digging Diplo’s remix, which kindda gives it a Santigold’s Starstruck vibe. You can catch I Blame Coco on tour this April with La Roux and a full abum is also due sometime this Spring.
One of the most talented artists out there now, B.o.B. finally gets the light he deserves with the hit single Nothin’ On You featuring Bruno Mars. The song has made its way to the Billboard Rhythmic Top 10 Airplay Charts, fastest than any other debut since Drake’s “Best I Ever Had.” B.o.B Presents: The Adventures Of Bobby Ray, his debut album on Atlantic Records, comes out on April 27th showcasing his versatility and true musical genius. Bob can play several instruments and produces most of his music, not to mention, the depth of his imagination is transparent in his story-telling and entertaining flow. What out for the kid! The video for the single was shot in LA and finally came out today:
Ronald McDonald, The Colonel, The King and Jack walk into a bar strip club, get down in the city and do it right. The Rad Omen take Man Night to another level in ‘Rad Anthem,’ and it ends the way any good night of partying should – by covering each other with ketchup and mustard at Carney’s! I can’t wait to check out more from these guys. Can you guess who plays The King and what Hollywood rocker is under the Jack in the Box? (Hint: check the Tats).
I really don’t know what’s with Sweden and the music they make, but it is so freakin’ good and eventually addictive. Miike Snow, with a freshman release that is packed with great songs from beginning to end, continues to collaborate with many artists keeping their songs on heavy rotation and the band one to watch for. Animal, Silvia, In Seach of... the list goes on. The band also takes a very artist and cinematic approach to their videos, a few picks below:
One of THE best songs of 2009. “Big Bills” is Flosstradamus’, a Chicago DJ duo, first original production to be released. The song features Caroline Polachek of Chairlift, whose voice you may recognize from the iPod nano commercial, and is the first artist collaboration out on Mountain Dew’s Green Label Sound.
You can download the track and more here.