Have you guys been watching American Crime Story: The People Vs. OJ Simpson? You should be watching that show. It’s fucking nuts. My favorite bit of music-related video from this week was the intro to this week’s episode, in which Cuba Gooding Jr. (playing OJ) and David Schwimmer (playing Robert Kardashian) go to a club to party, snort blow, and dance to C&C Music Factory’s “Gonna Make You Sweat.” Even in a week that had that great FKA twigs Tonight Show performance, that little piece of sensationalism ruled them all. But there were also some very good music videos this week, and five of them are below.
5. TEEN – “Free Time” (Dir. Becca Kauffman)
I don’t know how it’s possible for a 2016 band to so convincingly recreate the grainy rigor of old ’80s art-punk videos, but here we are.
4. Vic Mensa & Skrillex – “No Chill” (Dir. Becca Kauffman)
There are some really great hallways in this video. One day, I would very much like to go to Tokyo and experience some of these hallways myself.
3. Oscar – “Sometimes” (Dir. Bryan Schlam)
The whole Wes Anderson aesthetic is a difficult one to pull off. But when you surround yourself with interesting people who matter because they care deeply about one goofy thing, you give yourself a fighting chance.
2. Massive Attack – “Voodoo In My Blood” (Feat. Young Fathers) (Dir. Ringan Ledwidge)
Shout out to Rosamund Pike for bringing the same freaked-out intensity to facing off with a Phantasm orb in a trip-hop video that she brought to her Oscar-nominated Gone Girl role.
1. Rihanna – “Work” (Feat. Drake) (NSFW-ish) (Dir. Director X & Tim Erem)
Some people are just good at being famous, you know?