Dub Thompson – “Dog Races”

Recent Secretly Canadian signees Dub Thompson drop a new track and music video that reminds me of a more lush, psychedelic take on Odelay-era Beck. Really enjoying the band’s approach to groove, vocal delivery, and the slightly lo-fi tone of the recording. Not only that, but the marching theme melody of this track, strangely enough, is incredibly fun. If every track is this good on the band’s forthcoming album, 9 Songs, the only disappointment will be that it’s, well, 9 songs. Enjoy, and look for this album on June 10th!

Chromeo – “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)”

Chromeo drops some visuals on one of the catchier singles from their forthcoming album, White Women. Look for the album on May 12th. You might remember my fandom for the synth funk duo after the release of their last album. Admittedly, that was quelled a bit after they released a relatively weak song with Toro Y Moi; however, “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” has my excitement back in full gear–especially since its pairing with this incredibly clever, well-shot video. Enjoy!

SZA – Babylon

TDE member SZA drops a stunning single and video for her upcoming album, Z, which is dropping on April 8th. While this is clearly an R&B song, I’m loving the unusual emphasis on atmosphere in the production and subtle Björk influences on the vocal melody here. It would be stellar to see her evolve along this difficult-to-categorize path. She’s definitely off to a good start.

You can also catch her vocals on the new Schoolboy Q album if you’re interested.

Enjoy!

The Body – “To Carry the Seeds of Death within Me”

Well, here’s a video that’ll surely give you nightmares. As if their compositions weren’t terror-inducing enough, Portland avant-garde, experimental metal duo The Body have enlisted the demented talents of London musician The Haxan Cloak just to make sure their new album I Shall Die Here is even more fucked up than its predecessor, last year’s Christs, Redeemers.

“To Carry the Seeds of Death within Me” is a horrific piece by itself – The Haxan Cloak’s rumbling bass has certainly enhanced this quality of The Body’s music. But  then there’s the Richard Rankin-shot visuals that are attached to it, which depict a man staring into a mirror, preparing to perform some kind of invasive procedure on his head, and going on to cut in. Thanks a lot, The Body, Haxan Cloak, and Richard Rankin; I dedicate my loss of sleep and consequent delirium to you.

I Shall Die Here is due out April 1 via RVNG. It is currently streaming on Pitchfork. By the way, we’re masochists and loved The Haxan Cloak’s Excavation, which dropped last year:

Xiu Xiu – “Botanica de Los Angeles”

Xiu Xiu has made plenty of videos in support of their great (but naturally polarizing) new album Angel Guts: Red Classroom – lead single “Stupid in the Dark” first got a really gritty one, followed by a Pornhub-hosted one for “Black Dick,” another NSWF, S&M-themed one for “El Naco,” and then two surprisingly inoffensive ones for “Lawrence Liquors.”

Thankfully, Xiu Xiu have continued going in a safe-for-work direction with their latest video, for the warm, oddly triumphant penultimate track “Botanica de Los Angeles.” It features twitchy, cubistic animation and it kind of reminds me of David Lynch’s early animation. It’s really neat!

I’ve been fine with the band’s more explicit, on-the-nose expression of Angel Guts‘ unsavory subject matters – although the visuals are repulsive, Jamie and co. are displaying a level of commitment to direction and aesthetic I’ve always wanted to see from them. Still, it’s nice seeing them get back to the more creative and abstract approach to conveying these themes, as they’ve done to fine effect for past projects. However, they hinted a while back at a video for “Adult Friends,” and things could get NSFW with that video real fast – let’s hope nobody gets down and dirty with a pig for it.

Angel Guts: Red Classroom is out now via Polyvinyl. Check out our review of it below:

The Scenes – “Anorexia Is Boring”

Finnish rock group The Scenes evidently feel anorexia is boring, but thankfully their music is anything but. This song is catchy, catchy, catchy. The “twiggy” guitar tones, that “woohoo-ooh” falsetto vocal, and my gosh that finale! – they all add up to an unlikely earworm. And of course there’s a good, powerfully-delivered message here: anorexia blows; lead a healthy lifestyle and be cool with your body, y’all. Check the track and its simple B&W music video out above.

“Anorexia Is Boring” is taken from the band’s upcoming LP Beige, which is due out in April via Sound of Finland. Be on the lookout for it!

A$AP Ferg – “Let It Go”

OK, A$AP Ferg’s “Let It Go” music video: Mutants! Ninjas! Teleportation! Damsel! Distress! Rocket arms! Explosions! AAHHHH! All of the explosions! TRAPLORD to the freaking rescue! Praise his name!

The videography here calls to mind any number of crummy (in the best way) 80s sci-fi crime films, mostly Scanners for some reason. But that movie could have benefited from more rockets and this video could have benefited from a head explosion. Then it would have been perfect.

Scope this thing above via VEVO. Also, a reminder that Trap Lord is a grand ol’ time:

Parker – “Ganghis Khan”

Parker (a.k.a. Dumbfoundead) put out a new album last year called Old Boy Jon that you should totally check out if you want to hear one of alternative hip hop’s most charismatic and forceful voices. The LP’s penultimate track and highlight, “Ganghis Khan,” recently received a video and it’s properly bonkers. Parker et al.’s performances are off-the-wall and are aided by hilarious VFX courtesy of David Wright-Spaner. Strap yourself in, press play and enjoy!

Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks – “Little Fang”

We’re digging the new single from Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, “Little Fang,” quite a bit. Now some visuals have been attached to the song, and they’re simultaneously adorable and terrifying. The video is drenched in psychedelic effects, mixes black and white and color photography, and stars a cute little cat puppet named Little Fang, courtesy of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. Follow Little Fang as he drives through the countryside to the fairgrounds, going on a merry-go-round and eventually venturing into the most happening funhouse you’re likely to ever see. Remember that carnival sequence in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas? It’s weirder than that…but cuter, too.

“Little Fang” appears on Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks’ forthcoming debut album Enter the Slasher House, due out April 8 via Domino.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – “Yumeno Hajima Ring Ring”

J-pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu drops yet another heart-warming song with some incredibly cute visuals attached. While her formula may be obvious, she’s still doing it incredibly well. Check a review for Kyary’s last album here.