The 17 Best Music Videos of 2017

The 17 music videos below are my favourites from the year in no particular order!

Stormzy – Blinded By Your Grace pt. 2

A really heartwarming video that highlights the positive message that flows through the track; showing real community spirit and people coming together through the power of song.

Django Django – Tic Tac Toe

A fun, stop motiony video from Django Django, showing just how far some people will go for a cup of tea. Worth it though.    Directed by  John Maclean

Gorillaz – Garage Palace

A brilliant arcade inspired visualiser from Gorillaz filled with easter eggs for fans of the band for the intense Little Simz collaboration ‘Garage Palace’  Directed by Noah Harris

Sunflower Bean – I Was A Fool

In this brilliantly directed video, Sunflower Bean play at a classic American school dance. Directed by Andy DeLuca

Glass Animals – Agnes

Dave from Glass Animals is in a big centrifuge singing the most emotional song from their 2016 album ‘How To Be A Human Being’ Directed By Eoin Glaister

Tayla – Coming Back Around

Tayla gets chucked around in a very nice car in this fun video for the insanely catchy ‘Coming Back Around’ Directed by Xiphi 

Alvvays – In Undertow

Alvvays get spacey in this dreamy video that perfectly captures the mood of the track. Directed by Joe Garrity

The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – I Feel It Coming

This retro inspired video is relatively simple, but really effective – matching the mood and tone of the song perfectly. Daft Punk look really cool in capes too. Directed by Warren Fu

Dua Lipa – New Rules

This brilliantly choreographed and shot video surely helped to propel this track to #1 for two weeks earlier this year. Directed by Henry Scholfield

Gorillaz – Saturnz Barz

This beautifully animated video signalled the return of Gorillaz after 7 years, with Saturnz Barz being the first single from their latest album, Humanz. Directed by Jamie Hewlett

Kendrick Lamar – Humble

One of the best directed videos of the year, Humble features one incredible shot after the other, all perfectly fitting in with the track, which is a banger.

Father John Misty – Total Entertainment Forever

This bizzare but brilliant video starts Macaulay Culkin as Kurt Cobain.

 

Paramore – Told You So

Paramore have had a great year, with After Laughter being their best album in a long time. ‘Told You So’ was my favourite track from that album, and it comes with this great video.  Directed by Zac Farro and Aaron Joseph

Lorde – Green Light

This year Lorde finally made a comeback after her 2013 debut Pure Heroine. ‘Green Light’ instantly became one of the biggest tracks of the year when it was released, and the accompanying video was bursting with energy. Directed by Grant Singer

Dutch Uncles – Oh Yeah

‘Oh Yeah’ by Dutch Uncles is an upbeat track full of hope, and this fun, roller based video is a real treat. Duncan can move. Directed by Nick Middleton

The Big Moon – Sucker

The Big Moon go all western in this funny, really well directed video for their great single ‘Sucker’. Directed by Louis Bhose

Wolf Alice – Beautifully Unconventional

Wolf Alice go all old school in this great video for Beautifully Unconventional. Directed by Stephen Agnew

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Kendrick Lamar – DAMN. review.

Kung-Fu Kenny kicks hard on his fourth studio album.

It was always going to be hard for Kendrick to follow up ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ – one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the past decade – but I feel like he has, by making a very different album.

Beginning with an eerie, tense spoken word track about an encounter with what Kendrick thinks is a blind woman who then turns round and shoots him, the album immediately kicks off after the gunshot, with ‘DNA’ being fast right out of the gates. The whole album isn’t a full out attack however, as directly following on from ‘DNA.’ is ‘YAH.’, a much chiller, melodic track similar to a few of the tracks on last year’s ‘untitled unmastered’. A few songs in a similar vein follow before the first of three featured artists on ‘DAMN.’ shows up.

‘LOYALTY.’ featuring Rihanna comes nearly halfway through the album, and it is one of the standout tracks. Calm and thoughtful with a repeated hook of the track’s title, ‘LOYALTY.’ layers Kendrick and Rihanna’s vocals and it just works. Lead single ‘HUMBLE.’ has an annoyingly catchy piano based beat that has stuck in my head since I first heard it, and yet again has effortlessly clever lyrics.

The second of the features on the album is LA singer and rapper Zacari, who is on the track ‘LOVE.’ The song is mostly sung by Kendrick and Zacari and has a very laid back, R&B feel to it. Following on from that is ‘XXX.’ featuring U2. When I first read about the Irish rock giants featuring on the track I was puzzled, but upon hearing it, the pairing works surprisingly well, with Bono providing some compelling, but not over done vocals on the track.

Overall, this is another great album from Kendrick. It may be more straight forward than To Pimp a Butterfly and not as experimental, but ‘DAMN.’ is in no way any less clever or exciting than it’s predecessor. What can he do from here?

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Kendrick Lamar’s 5 best so far.

With Kendrick seemingly releasing his next studio album ‘DAMN.’ this Friday, including collaborations with U2 (ok???) and Rihanna (obvs) let’s look back at Kendrick’s 5 best tracks (in no particular order) so far.

King Kunta

Coming in fairly early on in Kendrick’s incredible ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ album, ‘King Kunta’ has an infectious bass groove and a great spoken/sung callback thing going on with his backing singers on the track. By the time you hear the next pop, the funk shall be within you.

Alright

An upbeat cut from TPAB, ‘Alright’ features some of the best bars King K has to offer, especially on tbe incredible run towards the end of the track.

Untitled 07 levitate

For what was essentially a B Sides collection, ‘untitled unmastered’ had some great tracks on it. Untitled 07 levitate was the single taken from this collection, and the strongest track of the lot.

i

One of Kendrick’s most pop-friendly, upbeat tracks, the 2014 single ‘i’ was later featured on ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ as a live version, which brings even more energy to the song.
The Blacker The Berry

Perhaps Kendrick’s most obviously politically charged track, ‘The Blacker The Berry’ was another stand out song from TPAB, with the Grammy performance of this song pushing it up to another level.