This week in music was… admittedly weird. We got Ryan Adams’ take on “Bad Blood” from his 1989 cover album, we got “Oh My Darling Don’t Meow” from the upcoming Meow The Jewels, and Lil Dicky made the cheapest video of all time. To be fair, we also got a new clip from Beyoncé as well, but still, things have been a little off.
Thankfully, we’re here to provide some more normal clips. Here are the best songs and videos you may have missed.
Disclosure – “Jaded”
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As Part 3 in the four-part music video series, “Jaded” picks up right where “Omen” left off, even in the same bar with Sam Smith. But our unnamed protagonist is captured and questioned by the evil and rich elite. Also, she is somehow serenaded by the two brothers in Disclosure. As far as interrogations go, it could be worse. Waterboarding or Disclosure? We’ll go with the funky garage house.
Shamir – “In For The Kill”
Who could forget the tale of Balloon Boy? Apparently electropop singer Shamir hasn’t. His latest clip for “Into For The Kill,” off of this year’s excellent album Ratchet, pays tribute to the crazy phenomenon that brought Falcon Heene into our lives. Just like in real life, people are confused by the unidentified flying object in the sky and assume the worst, but really, it’s just a dude pumping modern day disco jams. The only downside is that Shamir doesn’t throw up on a morning talk show and reveal the whole thing is fake. Maybe he’s saving it for the next one.
Kelela – “Rewind”
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Kelela‘s 2013 Cut 4 Me mixtape surprised a lot of folks and ended up on a fair amount of year’s best lists. But we haven’t heard much from her since aside from a drop here and there. Now, we have an actual release in our sights with her Hallucinogen EP dropping in October. The first taste from that album, “Rewind,” serves all the things that were so great about Kelela in the first place: ’90s r&b feel with a modern synth influence, entrancing vocals, and an undeniable beat. The visual for the clip isn’t exactly groundbreaking, but it definitely gets the urgency of the track across. Welcome back.
Toro Y Moi – “Half Dome”
While it seems like Chaz Bundick has his hands in a million different projects right now, he still finds time to do his work in Toro Y Moi justice. He just released a brand new clip for the song “Half Dome” from his most recent studio album What For? The video is pretty much quite literal, with half-dome mountains shot almost like a moving postcard with footage from the gorgeous Yosemite National Park. The clouds floating atop the peaks and valleys makes for a chill visual to perfectly accompany Toro Y Moi’s vibe.
Oberhofer – “Sun Halo”
This is not the Oberhofer that we’re used to, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The usually uptempo and chaotic surfy, psych rockers decided to turn things down a bit for their most recent single from the forthcoming Chronovision. Even with a bit of piano, the guys still manage to hold on to their wavey, anthemic aesthetic even if the speed is cut in half. The track concludes with a little organ grinder bit that’s clearly a fade in to another track. We’re not sure where all of this will go or what it means, but it certainly has piqued our interest.