Music Archive

  1. Smd-list

    “What happens when an unknown piece of matter falls through time and space?” wonders Hans Lo in his new video for Simian Mobile Disco & Bicep’s recent collaboration, Sacrifice. Well, true to form it involves a pulsing, rhythmic journey through the dark vacuum of the cosmos, accompanied by neon geometric bursts and a strange clapping production line. As with most Simian Mobile Disco tracks it’s best to sit back and enjoy the entire thing, letting the music – and the visuals – build to a pretty epic climax. Sweet!

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    It’s that classic situation – you go to dispose of a body, someone sees you, you dispose of them, someone sees that and then you have to dispose of three people rather than just one! Typical. This video is brilliant. You don’t get too many music videos these days that are beautifully-crafted short stories, but this one is a perfect example of just how well that formula works. Directed by John Strong who, it’s worth saying, is renowned for his gruesome, boundary-pushing videos, this tale of murder mis-hap is as hilarious as it is disturbing. The fact that it’s for a truly magnificent Oh Sees song is the blood-red icing on the cake. Watch to the end – you won’t regret it.

  3. Mj-list

    We Cross The Line have already demonstrated that they’re more than capable of producing engaging short documentaries but now the small team of Belgian and Italian film-makers have branched out into new territory, producing their first ever music video. Uncomfortable follows a similar recipe to their documentary work – find someone who’s naturally interesting and point the camera at them – and manages to match the music incredibly well. So prepare to meet Emiliano, a Michael Jackson impersonator from Rome who honours the King of Pop on the city’s streets on a daily basis, albeit with a cheeky little belly that’s more akin to another King.

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    This week we were all talking about Tim Peake being the first UK astronaut to visit the space station out in…outer space, so in honour of his bravery we decided to make our monthly playlist SPACE themed! Not necessarily all relating to outer space, some of these songs hark back to the feeling of being in a teenage bedroom, getting out and about in the great outdoors or even just being in your trusty old house. Apart from Holly, our intern, she chose Modjo’s “Lady (Hear me Tonight)” because that would be what she’d want to hear if she was flying through space on her own. Fair enough. Here it is!

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    Very happy to welcome Slugabed back to It’s Nice That with the video for his new single Bombok, released to coincide with the launch of his new record label, Activia Benz. The word Bombok alone conjures up memories of the word bombastic and the feel of most Thai beach resorts, so it comes as no surprise that this video is nice, seizure-inducing a mixture of the two.

  6. Kanye

    Who said that the only way to get your music out was through the internet? Whoever it was obviously didn’t speak to Kanye West, who this weekend, ‘premiered’ his single New Slaves onto 66 different public buildings across the globe. Bystanders from Brooklyn to Sydney gawped at an oversized, front-on depiction of one of the most powerful men in music for the duration of his latest single – and the raw, personal effect has led to a ripple of individual anecdotes being spread internet-wide. Smart.

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    If you used to spend your time scrutinising the Hello Nasty album cover in your room (this is before the time when we all had work to do) or if you just thought, or still think, that The Beastie Boys are the coolest guys ever, then you’ll like this. Good old Juxtapoz magazine have gone and located all the designers and artists responsible for the consistently amazing Beastie Boys artwork and have interviewed them about the process.

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    As far as viral videos go, this one puts iPhone recordings of people’s dogs in the bath to shame. I daresay it even blows the baby sloth sanctuary out the water. Meet Chris Hadfield, he’s a Canadian astronaut who splits his time between maintaining a SPACE SHIP in SPACE, tweeting, and being a singer/songwriter.

  9. Ghostpoet

    Last week London’s Ghostpoet released his second record, Some Say I So I Say Light and as we’ve come to expect, gritty, sombre tones are present throughout. The first single from the album, Meltdown has had its promo directed by LA-based director Dave Ma – and the aptness of the video to the track is a rare treat. A snap-shot split-screen of two young relationships should, on paper, be nothing to write home about, but there’s something so oddly compelling about it that it drew me in completely.

  10. Bowie-list

    Look away now if you’re easily offended ‘cause Bowie’s second single from his new album comes with a video that’s packed full of religious iconography and seriously subverted biblical narratives. The Next Day is like the New Testament set in some dirty London pit. More importantly Bowie’s persuaded Gary Oldman (arguably there greatest living British actor) to play a wayward, lecherous priest cavorting in a back-room bar full of fist-bumping cardinals and ladies of the night. Look out for Dave’s ethereal ascension at the end, and don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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    Oooh we all love a good collab don’t we and even better when it comes in the form of dreamy band Wild Nothing and psychedelic artist Eric Shaw. In this trippy, block colour animation taking you into a strange world that is some kind of cross between 1980s abstract paintings and the what it would look like to teleport, Eric Shaw’s work totally comes to life, soundtracked by Wild Nothing’s beautiful new track A Dancing Shell. To accompany this absolute corker of a music video is some album artwork that’s totally flying the flag for diehard vinyl and CD buyers everywhere, which is at once comforting and genuinely exciting.

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    Certain people need to be told how to “say f**k you to the world once in a while” as Sol LeWitt knew, and in his 1965 letter to sculptor Eva Hesse he advised her to say just that. I don’t know if Eva took his advice – this was before the punk revolution so perhaps it was a little bit lost – but MOCAtv have brought this conversation back to life in the form of this animation by Aaron Rose and Thomas McMahon.

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    Do you remember last year when Laura Marling released an album and it was introduced to the world via a kind of spooky, intensely atmospheric trailer? Do you remember when there was a super nice documentary about her and waistcoat brigade Mumford and Sons charging about India playing string instruments? Well even if you don’t follow Laura Marling’s activity like some sort of crazed buzzard, this new trailer for her next album is worth a watch.

  14. Nilsson-list

    I’m a bit confused by this music video if I’m honest. It manages to induce so many opposing emotions in such a short space of time that I’m left feeling utterly bewildered. The first emotion is nostalgia, as the Arch Duke of auto-tune trance has purchased a hook from late 90s dance outfit Alice Deejay to serve as the basis for his latest song. The second is horror; that he’s added nothing to it that fits. Every new line of melody or harmony feels like it’s been cobbled together from samples he just had lying around the studio (sorry, bit of a rant there, but I loved Alice Deejay).

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    London-based performance poet Musa Okwonga’s new offering is a homily to his hometown, a celebration of the characteristics that convince him (and many others) that this is the greatest city in the world. For the accompanying video, Musa has been filmed walking through the streets of The Big Smoke as his ode unfolds, and the viewer is able to click and drag the camera angle 360 degrees to explore the city with him. This kind of technology is not new, but while often it comes across as gimmicky, here it really enhances the message, immersing us in the very city to which the poem pays such glowing tribute. As ever Musa’s linguistic skills are a treat, as is his jaunty pork pie hat.

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    If you’re London-based and the sight of your own bare flesh is enough to make you want to put sunglasses on, then this playlist is for you! That’s right, the sun’s out and we can stop crying ourselves to sleep every night in our beds full of dry skin and sadness. This calls for new music, so here’s the It’s Nice That Monthly Mixtape #3 with the apt theme of spring! A collection of songs inspired by beer gardens, roast lamb, daffodils and driving with the windows open. What are you waiting for? Click this link and crank it up to eleven!

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    If you’re the sort of person that likes roller coasters, strobe lights, fireworks and hallucinogens, this is the video for you. It’s directed by Morgan Beringer, a philosophy graduate with a penchant for the “unexplored conceptual space between still/moving image”. Not only is this a simplistic game-changer of a video, it’s also set to an impressive jazz punk track featuring honking, twangy music from the likes of Acoustic Ladyland, Polar Bear and Hello Skinny. More pleasing proof that you don’t need a Canon EOS-1D and some part-time models to make a perfect, shareable music video.

  18. Atrak

    We’ve seen lots of Fischli & Weiss inspired chain reactions in creative work over the last few years, so this latest one for A-Trak & Tommy Trash’s Tuna Melt should be a total non-event. However, the charms of Kinetic King’s (AKA Tim Fort) unbelievable patience makes this one something to write home about, demonstrating that compelling content is a brilliant way to stop the viewer’s pesky skipping finger. The big final reveal had me literally laughing out loud (also, for the cynics – it turns out they really did do it.).

  19. Hfs-list

    We’ve got simple tastes when it comes to music videos. If they include the most infectious guitar riff we’ve heard all year, flashing, disorientating imagery, a suggestive amount of bare flesh or the inexplicable appearance of an infant child we’re pretty much guaranteed to be impressed. If by some fluke of music video alchemy they contain all of the above ingredients with the addition of comically placed tube socks, an old people’s home and a whacking great pillow fight then heck, you may have just created our favourite music video ever! Which is exactly what New Zealand video-maker Jordan Dodson has achieved with his latest promo for Heroes For Sale. Prepare to have some (OBVIOUSLY NSFW) fun!

  20. Pseudo-list

    Just a quick warning for you; if you’re in the office and your workplace is the kind of environment that abhors obscenities flashing across your computer screen then best leave this one ‘til you’re home. Aside from effing and blinding, this latest video from South London-via Japan outfit Pseudo Nippon and friend and collaborator Myles Painter has it all: green-screen gimp suit, mad yoyo skills, infectious drum beat and some seriously post-modern behind-the-scenes footage of the video being made. Most important of all though, it’s a LOT of fun and makes us wish we’d spent a bit more time learning to yo-yo like pros during our misspent youth. I told you they weren’t a waste of time, Mum.

  21. Donottouch

    Today’s music video is a little later in the day than usual – so that we can bring you an exclusive first look at a brilliant new video from Moniker. Somewhere between music video and video game, Do Not Touch invites the viewer to use their mouse pointer to complete various tasks, from staying in a certain area of the screen, to avoiding a naked model and being the opponent for a scantily clad boxer. Beautifully simple and super effective as we’ve come to expect from Moniker – and I’m sure Dutch band Light Light are suitably thrilled. Get touching.

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    It’s kind of magical when unlikely celebrities team up to be really cool together and save us all some time (there’s a reason why this blog is so timelessly popular). So what happens when the illusive gods of music that are Daft Punk make a comeback with a man so famous that he is virtually untouchable? Well, I have no idea, but there’s definitely a reason why the sun has finally come out in London. Read a little more about this charming teaser and how it came about over on Rolling Stone.

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    We’re used to seeing the music video treated as a canvas for creative experiment. With clever visual tricks, left-field concepts and weird storylines par for the course now, I felt Cat Power’s simple new video for Manhattan was worthy of note. Set (aptly) in Manhattan we see Cat hanging out, goofing around on the subway and singing from out of a sunroof (I’m guessing) through one of America’s most recognisable landscapes without a surprise in sight. A music video for the purists, thanks Greg Hunt.

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    The extent of my electronic music knowledge starts and ends with knowing that MIDI is an acronym for musical instrument digital interface. That and that Squarepusher are cool. So when I see a man making digital music by scratching a selection of leaves across the dust mat of a turntable, all of my preconceived ideas about how music can be made are blown away immediately.

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    It’s that time again, when we at It’s Nice That blow your minds with our kind-of-lame lame, yet paradoxically pretty spectacular playlists. This month our theme is Journeys, which has inspired the studio to dredge 24 fantastic songs out of their memories for your listening pleasure.

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    Did I just dream that? For eight minutes and 15 seconds? Well it certainty felt like it. A two part track directed and edited by Gordon Hendrick and Hunter Steinman, it is the best eight minutes (and 15 seconds) I’ve ever spent. With no real narrative attached, you float from night time to dawn to night time again through a flow of incredibly endearing snapshots of ordinary life. The warm strokes of the synthesiser transforms into a medley of strings mirrored by psychedelic graphics, which then cleverly morphs into a man’s face. Gotta love the kid who gets pulled away from being soaked – looks like he is having a whale of a time. Ordinary is beautiful. Fact.

  27. Django

    What you may have known about Django Django is that they’re a great Britsh indie rock outfit who met in Scotland. What you almost definitely didn’t know if that they’re obsessed with the infamous Indian Well of Death riders in Allahabad. So, the guys pitched up at Noisey HQ, cap in hand and asked if they’d help them film their latest video with this odd obsession as the backdrop. As always (being a Vice channel) the video content is the kind of stuff to make any online platform green with envy and is the perfect accompaniment for a blinding record. Good vibes all round.

  28. Viewz-list

    Remember in childhood science classes there was that experiment where you all stood in a circle and held hands, formed a circuit and then lit a tiny LED in a ping-pong ball with the minute current that passes through your bodies? It was the one thing that completely blew my mind as a six-year-old scientist, but rather than do anything with the information I’d just been given, I forgot about it. Which is where J.Viewz and I clearly differ, because he held on to the magic of that technology and developed it into something bigger and better.

  29. Sledge

    If I needed any more tempting to drop everything and jump on a flight to New York, The Museum of the Moving Image have just given me a great reason. The smart people over in Queens have been putting together Spectacle – the first ever museum exhibition to celebrate “the art and history of the music video”, which opens early next month. The romp through the last 35 years of vids will showcase over 300 videos, artifacts, and interactive installations – and of course (my personal all-time favourite) Peter Gabriel’s Seldgehammer for your Monday Morning pleasure.

  30. Knife-list

    It’s been seven years since The Knife produced an album, 2006’s Silent Shout, and we’ve been waiting patiently for them to return. Finally they’re back. Famed for stunningly visceral live shows and collaborations with groundbreaking visual artists and directors, it’s fair to say that Olof Dreijer and Karin Dreijer Andersson front one of the most visually exciting bands out there today and, as you’d expect from a pairing of such considered creative output, the promo for their latest single, directed by Roxy Farhat and Kakan Hermansson, is typically magnificent. Subverting social stereotypes, mad choreography and an unlikely lead role all come together for an excellent watch, and obviously it sounds brilliant too.

  31. Suuns

    When it comes to flicking through Canadian visual artist Sabrina Ratté’s portfolio of moving image work, you’re never quite sure where you are. The glitchy mix of analogue and digital techniques leave plenty of room for both carefully conceived and beautifully serendipitous outcomes that probably resemble the inner workings of her brain. Regardless, who cares what they look like when they’re as magic as they are? Oh yeah, the point of this article was to tell you all to watch her latest video for Suuns – sorry that took so long to get to. Enjoy!

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    A few months ago we were wowed by Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling’s psychedelic plasticine video for Tame Imapala and by jove they’ve done it again, except this time it’s all a bit darker. For Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s new number the duo have created a modern parable about life, loneliness and, well, self-love. It’s a strangely affecting couple of minutes (considering how much onanism there is) with the protagonist’s trials and tribulations brought to life with the help of some rather charming puppets. And with an arrogant TV chef, a laughing horse and the worst therapist IN THE WORLD all in the mix it’s fair to say you’ve never really seen anything quite like this.

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    We’ve never made any secret of our love for director Garth Jennings here at It’s Nice That HQ, and having gone cold turkey since 2011’s Lotus Flower, I’m thrilled to be able to post a new video from the man himself. Sticking with his good mate Thom Yorke, Garth has pieced together a beautifully coreographed dance-off between the main man and the even more beguiling Fukiko Takase. The video’s simplicity makes it almost pointless to describe, so I won’t, but immerse yourself in four minutes of gorgeousness.

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    Those of you near the top of the It’s Nice That class will remember a few weeks ago we showed you some tantalising teaser trailers for a new collaboration between Nokia and Somesuch & Co documenting America’s emerging music scene. The films were released recently and screened back-to-back in east London last night – and it turns out the hype was very well-founded. Of course with directors of the calibre of Emily Kai Bock, Tyrone LeBon, Bob Harlow and Abteen Bagheri involved it was always going to be special, but the final pieces surpassed my expectations being both beautifully shot and genuinely illuminating. Everyone will have their favourites, but if you do nothing else today I urge you to watch Abteen Bagheri’s extraordinary piece (above) about bounce music and gay rap in New Orleans and I loved Bob’s Detroit piece too but across the board this is a creative offering of the highest order.

  35. Mixtape

    Seeing as a specially-made, handcrafted playlist is the most romantic of gifts, this is the first instalment of what will hopefully prove to be a long and fruitful relationship between the It’s Nice That studio and you, our audience. Yep, that’s right. It’s only a bloody It’s Nice That Monthly Mixtape. Seeing as this is the first playlist to grace the pages of It’s Nice That, we decided to give it the theme of Beginnings, which is perhaps more evident in some songs than others.

  36. Jackwhite

    Jack White’s Tennessee-based record label Third Man Records have released their fair share of exotic formats; from glow-in-the-dark 45s to 13" ‘Texas’ size LPs, so it’s unsurprising to see them pushing the bar again. This time, Jack’s cheekily sandwiched a 7" inside a 12" to conceal a secret track that can only be found by cracking open the original vinyl. Whether you’re a fan of the man’s music or not, I think we can all learn from experimentation of tangible formats to keep them as extra special as we’ve always known they were.

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    There’s a new Kurt Vile album coming out soon, hooray! (If you haven’t heard the previous albums, go away and listen) And as if that wasn’t a big enough deal, Steve Powers has painted a mural for the album artwork. And, you know, as if that wasn’t enough, the footage of him painting it has been set to a nine-minute teaser track off the new record. Then they decided to make a documentary about the whole process! Whose idea was this? We don’t know. But the footage of Steve at work, mixed with Kurt’s happy face in the evening light is enough to keep us happy for a while. Watch the music video above and the short documentary below.

  38. Keith-list

    Oh hi there Keith Schofield. It’s been a while since you entertained us with the products of your twisted mind. What’s that, you’ve got a new video for Darwin Deez that takes a load of bizarre stock footage and turns it into a tragic tale of missed romantic opportunity ending in the timely death of the protagonist on a sun-drenched beach? Yeah sure we’d love to watch it. It’s bit weird though isn’t it Keith, much like that Duck Sauce video you did last time with the singing crotch-faces. Actually to be honest Keith, all of your videos make us feel a bit weird. But we do bloody love them.

  39. Grace

    There are so many reasons to post this 1986 classic this morning. Firstly, it’s a banger – drenched in 80s soft focus and colour. Secondly, Keith Haring draws a massive 60 ft dress for her to wear (3 minutes seven seconds), and the anniversary of his death was on Saturday. Thirdly, Andy Warhol’s in it (36s) looking amazing. And finally, doesn’t that blue backdrop at the beginning twinned with powerful black songstress remind you of the incredible new Gentlewoman cover?

  40. Stoemp-list

    Belgian designers Stoëmp specialise in limited-run, hand-crafted pieces of print that utilise only the slowest, most intricate processes available to contemporary designers. This means they’re pretty adept at dealing with screen and letterpress, taking great pride in creating packaging and ephemera that makes the most of these tactile techniques. Take this recent piece of vinyl packaging for Cupp Cave’s Dice Pool for example; inspired by Bryan Christopher Baker and executed by Dimitri Runkkari, the entire cover design is created by letter-pressing plastic dice to create a beautifully vivid geometric pattern. Simple, effective and very, very cool.