Ok so your playlists might be full of nostalgic Christmas anthems right now, but for the few seeking a break from the holiday buzz, I created this blog for you.
2016 has been quite a ride for us all. We've lost many celebrity legends such as David Bowie, Prince, Terry Wogan, Alan Rickman, Bill Cunningham, Muhammad Ali, Nick Menza, Guy Clark, Sir George Martin... the list goes on! Alongside this we're digesting the fact that yes Brexit and Trump are real! Sometimes I'm not sure if I am even awake, especially with all those clowns appearing everywhere.
It's clear to see that many artists have been inspired from the events of 2016, and channelled their beliefs into their work. A powerful wave of fiery creativity has taken over. I love it. Of course, some are just doing their own thing which is also a lovely little slice of escapism.
So press pause on your christmas playlists! Here's 16 music videos you may have missed from 2016.
(In no particular order)
1. DJ SHADOW FEAT. RUN THE JEWELS - NOBODY SPEAK
Says DJ Shadow: "We wanted to make a positive, life-affirming video that captures politicians at their election-year best. We got this instead.”
Directed by Sam Pilling and produced by Pulse Films, stars Igor Tsyshkevych and Ian Bailey, and was shot in NYC, London and Ukraine.
2. LEON BRIDGES - RIVER
Exploring human dispair and redemption - "A message of light"
Tolokonnikova, “This song could be considered an answer to Trump. But I believe the idea of powerful female sexuality is much bigger than any populist megalomaniac man…Vagina is bigger than Trump.”
4. RED FANG - SHADOWS
In a world of super powers and beer..there is always Red Fang
5. WOLF ALICE - LISBON
From their debut album, 'My Love Is Cool’. Animated video created and directed by Irish animation studio Eat The Danger, explores “love, loss and sadness”.
6. SERPENTWITHFEET - FOUR ETHERS
A dramatic video to compliment powerful voice. The first music promo from NYC singer serpentwithfeet.
Written and produced by serpentwithfeet.
7. KITANA - PRINCESS NOKIA
24 year old Princess Nokia hits reference to 90s nostalgia and takes over a basketball court with her girl gang in this music video.
"Kitana" Princess Nokia, Produced By Atrak & Lex Luger
Directed by Destiny Frasqueri
8. A TRIBE CALLED QUEST - WE THE PEOPLE....
Politically-charged video by A Tribe Called Quest. They dropped their first album in 18 years 'We got from Here, Thank You 4 Your service' two days after Trump's victory. The album was recorded before the founding member Phife Dawg sadly passed away in March.
9. ROB ZOMBIE - THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A TEENAGE ROCK GOD
The king of horror looked particularly great in this Mexican themed video.
From the album The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser - (what a title!)
10. SEVDALIZA - HUMAN
Sevdaliza, the Iranian singer is cast as a mythological creature gazed upon by males in this haunting music video.
11. DIE ANTWOORD - BANANA BRAIN
The South African rap-rave hit us with another freaky video filled with drug overdoses, bad trips, serial killer references and a big zef penis.
ZEF GRAFFITI based on the work of ROGER BALLEN.
12. SLAYER - PRIDE IN PREJUDICE
(Sorry slight themes of Christmas)
SLAYER music video for the REPENTLESS track, "Pride In Prejudice," directed by BJ McDonnell.
13. KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD - RATTLESNAKE
This band really takes me back to my garage band days, even looks like the type of video we probably would of created.
14. SOLANGE - DON'T TOUCH MY HAIR
From the album A Seat at the Table, a 21-track record that took 3 years to make. Inspired from the trauma's of her own past and featuring interludes from her parents speaking of their experiences with racism.
She calls her "project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief and healing."
Directed by Alan Ferguson and Solange Knowles
15. HO99O9 - BLOOD WAVES
Converse teamed with the punk-rap duo Ho99o9 for this interactive video. Turn off the lights and disturb your neighbours.
Written by Ho99o9. Production: Ian Longwell.
16. THE GROWLERS - I'LL BE AROUND
Afropunk-inspired first single "I'll Be Around," this retro video was directed by Warren Fu.