Charli XCX’s Ramones-inspired new single “London Queen” has been growing on me the more I listen to it. It’s certainly kitschy, but it’s also pretty damn catchy, even if the lyrics leave a lot to be desired compared to the goth-pop of something like “Nuclear Seasons,” which was Charli’s first major collaboration with producer and songwriter Justin Raisen. (He worked on some other songs from Charli’s first record, had a hand in “Boom Clap,” and co-produced Sky Ferreira’s debut alongside Ariel Rechtshaid.) The lyric video for “London Queen” is done in the colorful and bubbly animation style of basically every ’90s edutainment computer game. Watch below.
The British duo Orbital were one of the most important groups of the early days of rave in the UK, and their 1989 single “Chime” was one of the anthems of its day. The group stayed busy throughout the ’90s and broke up in 2004, but they got back together in 2009 and released two more albums. But now, the brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll are once again calling it quits as Orbital. Paul, who has been composing music for movies and TV shows, is starting a solo project called 8:58, and his first track under that name, also called “8:58,” is a largely beatless piece of warm and sunny electronic music. Its new video, which has narration from the actor Cillian Murphy, is a piece of black-and-white expressionism about a couple who fantasize about leaving behind workaday drudgery and becoming, like, old-timey circus folk. Watch it below, and read some words from Paul Hartnoll.
Ringo Starr is officially the new face of Skechers. According to a press release, the Beatles drummer “will be bringing his legendary talent and style” to the Skechers line of Relaxed Fit shoes. Starr will join an esteemed group of endorsers that includes Britney Spears, Joe Namath, Pete Rose, and Mariano Rivera, all of whom have represented the Skechers brand in the past, which is mostly sold in shopping malls around the world. “We can’t wait for everyone to see how Ringo’s charm and cool charisma makes him the perfect ambassador for Relaxed Fit,” the statement says. His campaign begins in the spring, when he’ll appear in his first TV commercial for the shoe company. Hope the paycheck was worth it… (It probably was.)
“Plants And Worms” is one of the many standouts on Girlpool’s self-titled EP. According to a new interview with the band for Rookie, the song “is about how scary life can be and just feeling afraid to step out of your comfort zone, and then realizing that’s how we grow.” That’s what artist Catleya Sherbow gets at in the sullenly-animated video for the track. It starts with one of those mornings when all you can do is pull the covers back over your head and go back to sleep and continues into a watercolor fantasy world haunted by an anxiety monster that our protagonist eventually fights with a pair of scissors. You can watch below.
iLoveMakonnen has shared a video for his Drake-featuring “Club Goin’ Up On A Tuesday” remix. Drizzy appears in the video as well, and the airballer and the up-and-coming rapper trade off verses in the club while sipping out of styrofoam cups. The hazy club footage is intercut with people singing the song’s hook during their everyday lives. The mask that shows up on the cover of Makonnen’s debut EP is also heavily featured. Watch below.
In between stops on her summer tour, Lorde curated the soundtrack to the upcoming blockbuster The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. We’ve already heard some of her handiwork in her solo cut “Yellow Flicker Beat” as well as “This Is Not A Game,” her collaboration with the Chemical Brothers and Miguel that premiered earlier today. Now, since it’s already Tuesday in the UK, the entire soundtrack tracklist has been revealed via an iTunes UK preorder page. It’s impressive! In addition to new tracks from emerging talents like Tove Lo, Raury, and Tinashé, the comp features some unexpected collaborations including a Kanye remix of Lorde, Charli XCX with Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon, and the ambitious grouping of Stromae with Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip, and HAIM. Check it out below.
Earlier this year, Girl Talk and Freeway released a pretty great collaborative EP called Broken Ankles. A$AP Ferg hopped on a remix of EP track “Suicide” a little bit later, which now has a video to go along with it. The clip was created by artist Lisa Ramsey, who turned all three of them into alternate reality versions of Simpsons characters. There’s a group of gun-toting Barts, a Maggie smoking weed, and a Krusty The Clown cameo. Watch below.
Etnik has released a video for his hard-hitting new collaboration with Mykki Blanco. The video amplifies the gothic-rave vibe of the song, featuring slow-motion dancing and some intimidating-looking car rides. Blanco gets down in a mechanic shop and plays with fire. The badass visuals were directed by photographer Björn Jonas. Watch below.