The Very Best – “Julia” Video (Stereogum Premiere)
Still with the brightest smile/voice in the game, Esau Mwamwaya’s audio/visual charm make him particularly well suited for the video format, as demonstrated in the Esau + Ezra clip, and why there shall be no stink made about the fact that this video is coming an internet age after the still-great Warm Heart Of Africa LP he put together with production coup Radioclit. In this video, only one half of that coup is present, that being Johan Hugo; Tron is nowhere to be found, but his slot is taken by Mo Laudi, who is reportedly the Very Best’s new MC. So, meet Mo Laudi, a South African native relocated to and making music in London, in other words owner of a story very similar to Esau’s if you’ll trade the South Africa for Malawi.
So Mwamwaya’s way is to be the human manifestation of sunshine, but all that surrounds him in the video for “Julia” are a bunch of stone-faced pretty ladies, any of which could be “Julia” I suppose since my Malawi is rusty enough that the traits Mwamwaya’s lyricizing escape me, and a smoky abandoned subterranean urban warehouse space where there’s a couch (because the song’s laid back) and Mo Laudi’s carrying lifeless bodies (because the song pairs some bleak beats to Esau’s angelic croon). “Julia”‘s got dimension.
The Very Best will release the “Julia” 12″ on 10/5 (out now digitally at the Green Owl Store), featuring a remix by The Very Best (and Radioclit)’s own Johan Hugo, as well as Javelin. Also on the 12″ are remixes of “Kamphopo” by Lazy Flow and “Nsokoto” by Renaissance Man.
Bonus, from yesterday’s Das Racist mixtape: DR’s remix of “Julia,” who is like a very different girl than the one Esau’s serenading:
Catch the Very Best at these dates, with Vampire Weekend and Beach House. They’re great live.
09/23 – Vancouver, B.C. @ Fortune Sound Club
09/24 – Portland, OR @ Holocene
09/25 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theater*
09/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl*
09/28 – San Diego, CA @ Soma*
09/29 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl Concert Theater*
09/30 – Albuquerque, NM @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino*
10/02 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theater*
10/03 – St. Louis, MO @ Cahifetz, Arena*
10/04 – Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater*
10/06 – Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom*
10/07 – Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theatre*
10/09 – Austin, TX @ (Austin City Limits)
10/11 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live*
10/12 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live*
10/13 – Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore*
10/14 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Ampitheatre*
* w/ Vampire Weekend & Beach House