Danny Brown’s A-Trak-produced “Smokin’ & Drinkin’” is maybe the most raucous party song on the phenomenal 2013 LP Old, an album with a back half that’s practically nothing but raucous party songs. And the clip’s new video finds him in full hedonist mode, throwing back beverages at a house party filled with people who look very, very wasted. Alan Del Rio Ortiz directed the video, and the best thing about it is probably Brown’s Dead Boys T-shirt, which conclusively proves that Danny Brown is more punk than anyone you know. Watch it below.
The latest video from Interpol’s El Pintor is directed by frontman Paul Banks himself. Banks uses the slow, dramatic head-bob “Twice As Hard” to soundtrack scenes of real-life boxers training at a New York gym called Mendez Boxing. Like the song itself, the video takes an effective idea and repeats it ad infinitum. Watch below.
1987′s “Public Enemy No. 1″ was the first single from Long Island’s Public Enemy. The group recorded the track before they got explicitly political, but its blaring, needling synth line laid the groundwork for the chaotic noise that the group would soon bring. Last night, to help promote a bigass Def Jam anniversary box set, the group performed the song on The Tonight Show. They were there in all their glory: Flavor Flav yammering, the S1Ws stepping, everyone crammed onto a small stage with the Roots. And for their part, the Roots kept the song’s sound thick, their live instrumentation never detracting from the song’s precision. It’s cool when something like this can happen on TV; watch the performance below.
Jessie Ware broke down her new song “Say You Love Me” for The Guardian’s Behind The Beat video series. The song was co-written by Ed Sheeran and produced by BenZel (Benny Bianco and Two Inch Punch, who both appear in the video). “My voice is definitely more up front in this record and that was really scary for me at the beginning,” Ware said. “I was obsessed … addicted to reverb and Benzel were like, ’No, we’re pulling this back.’” She also reveals that Bianco’s father and brother are part of the group of voices singing at the climax of the song. Watch the video below.
Next month, Run The Jewels, the duo of El-P and Killer Mike, will release RTJ2, their second album as a group. It’ll be available as a free download, but there are plenty of deluxe versions of the album available for anyone who feels like owning a physical version of it. Some of those versions are real, and some are deeply, obviously ridiculous; nobody, for instance, is likely to pay El-P and Killer Mike $50,000 to open a private detective agency. One of those joke packages, though, may well happen for real. El-P and Killer Mike might record a new version of their album with nothing but cat noises.
How To Dress Well’s Tom Krell has worked with his share of electronic producers (you might remember his appearance on Shlohmo’s Laid Out EP last year), and now he’s lent his fantastic voice to producer RL Grime’s upcoming debut album, Void, via the new song “Reminder.” The track debuted on Zane Lowe’s BBC show earlier today, so if you head there now and scroll ahead to about 43:00, you can check it out.
In their consistently fun videos, Team Spirit have gone to hell and back, and in this new one they once again meet the devil. Of course he looks different than the animated Satan from the last video, but then again, they all do. That’s because, for this Alex Russek-directed clip, Team Spirit worked with Andrea Gilletti to create puppet versions of the band to tell their story. Here they ponder how to become successful, before Satan shows up and offers some surprisingly friendly mentor-like advice. Watch it below.
Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi are best known for their band the Men — who already released a great album earlier this year — but they’ve got another project, the electronic-leaning Dream Police, with an album on the way. What does an electronic-minded project from some dudes in the Men end up sounding like? Based on the title track from their upcoming Hypnotized, it sounds like an ass-kicking rock band. Here Perro and Chiericozzi supplement their rough guitars with a Roland 707 drum machine and a Juno 106 synthesizer, which provide a heavy thump and a shrieking pierce, respectively. Throw in Perro’s vocals and you’ve got something that’s certainly leaner but no less fierce than their other band. Listen to it below.