\\ The best music videos of 2017 so far
Hands up if as a kid you’d come home from school and spend the rest of the day watching music videos on MTV? Music videos have become less of a sure thing for music fans; artists will sometimes reveal one months after an album has been released, if at all. We’ve selected the best music videos of 2017 so far to prove that it really is a case of quality over quantity.
NxWorries \\ Sacred Money
Set in the year 1988 in homage to the film Paid In Full, Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge remind us why socks and sandals was and never will be a good look. Watch two minutes in and be rewarded with a treat; a taster of NxWorries‘ Yes Lawd! remix album coming this Summer on Stones Throw.
Kamasi Washington \\ Truth
In true LA fashion, this 14 minute wonder dropped without warning. Focused on a number of fictitious narratives, Kamasi Washington‘s Truth offers a peering hole into sobering moments of vulnerability and self-awareness.
Flamingods \\ Mixed Blessings
The best music videos carry a message. In Mixed Blessings – created by Alpaca Animations – we follow an explorer who is escaping from intimidating creatures, only to find that they’re his friends when they throw him a party. Flamingods say that the video is a protest against xenophobia in International politics.
Kendrick Lamar \\ HUMBLE.
Just a year after dropping Untitled Unmastered, Kendrick Lamar returned with impact. HUMBLE. is one of the best hip-hop tracks we’ve heard and seen this year. Directed by Dave Meyers, the video uses several cool filming techniques, such as the ‘tiny planet’ effect whilst KL rides his bike. Discover how this and other effects were achieved here.
Blood Orange \\ With Him / Best To You / Better Numb
One of our favourite growing trends is the multi-track music video. Anderson .Paak dropped a triple tune on Youtube in 2016 and we’ve seen more appear since. Another well rounded musician is Dev Hynes, who follows in his footsteps as Blood Orange. With Him, Best To You and Better Numb are combined with alluring visuals.
Nick Hakim \\ Roller Skates
NYC based Nick Hakim has announced his arrival into the playlists of many with his impressive debut album Green Twins. The playful video for Roller Skates – animated by Micah Buzan – looks like something out of an episode of Adventure Time.
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JS | Tina Edwards