The Prodigy release music video for ‘Timebomb Zone’ [Watch]

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Now that The Prodigy have released their full 10-track studio album, No Tourists, the group has been supplementing their monumental release with a steady stream of remixes and music videos for its various singles. The newest addition to these ancillary products is the music video for “Timebomb Zone.”

Music video is as grizzly as the song it comes with. Much like gritty synthesizers and purring bass battle each other in the song, the visual accompaniment depicts a chaotic fighting scene that ends in a positively brutal manner. The tale that unfolds is truly David and Goliath-esque, with an unexpected fighting ring win being carried out by a petite woman before an explosive ending.

No Tourists is the seventh straight studio album the band has released to hit number one.

Marshmello and Bastille release alternate version of ‘Happier’ music video

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Marshmello and Bastille pivot away from the tear-jerking story of a girl and her dog in their release of an alternate version of the “Happier” music video. What they’ve come up with is something even more uplifting, albeit, quirky. It plays out like an animated slideshow, showcasing the artists and their work on the song rather than involving a specific storyline. Marshmello can be seen playing multiple instruments as sort of a one-man band, accompanying Dan Smith as he sings along. Per the masked DJs general odd aesthetic, the video makes sure to include a number of oddities that make for a more entertaining watch; including a cameo by some floating graham crackers. Where he and his team find inspiration for such things, we’ll never know — but props to them for a colorful alternative ending!

RUFFMERCY wields animation wizardry in video for DJ Snake & Mercer’s ‘Let’s Get Ill’

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Something of an anthem was born in DJ Snake and Mercer‘s invigorating future house smash, “Let’s Get Ill.” It only makes sense, then, that the powerhouse collaborators behind the tune would tap the talents of RUFFMERCY in fashioning a music video worthy of their brainchild’s madness. The animator boasts some strong credentials, boasting a resume that includes projects for Thom Yorke and Flying Lotus.

In “Let’s Get Ill,” RUFFMERCY brings the colorful track to life with equally vibrant visuals that fit in well with the graffiti-laden enclaves of Paris where it was filmed. The animations dance along with the real life breakdancers in the video, who do well in tying together the gritty urban aesthetic presented within. It might be difficult to not want to get on the floor and join them by the end, especially given the track’s hollowed, jacking house kicks and commanding vocals.


Photo credit: Miko Goncalves

 

 

Watch Gesaffelstein make his spectacular return with menacing new ‘Reset’ video

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The time has finally come. 

The world has been watching him since the billboards arose in late October, but the wait has been far longer, and far more arduous for a majority of his fans. Indeed, this cryptic campaign began almost five years to the date since dance music’s most sinister figure proffered his debut album, Aleph. In the years since, he’s made only intermittent appearances in the lives of his devotees, releasing no music whatsoever apart from production credits for Kanye West and The Weeknd, the score to a French thriller film, and a sole collaboration with fellow French luminary Jean-Michel Jarre.

Since he famously retired the black marble altar at Coachella 2015, audiences have sought ceaselessly to fill the void that he left. In an attempt to do so, leagues of aspiring dance music necromancers have endeavored to mold themselves in his fashion; and, while the results of such missions are often pleasurable, they will always, inevitably, be but middling simulacra in the face of the original. Thankfully, now, with “Reset,” the abyss is no more.

“Reset” might be more than the presumed lead single of an impending new album from Gesaffelstein. The track comes with a video that seems to take aim at a certain polarizing rapper, and could perhaps be the beginning of a more pointed commentary from the principal of techno and hip-hop’s intersection.

At long last, Gesaffelstein has returned.

 

CloZee releases purposeful video to accompany ‘Spiral’

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French experimentalist, CloZee, recently released her worldly sophomore album, Evasion, which takes listeners on a sonic journey inspired by the artist’s extensive travel, interlaced with soul-baring reflection that comes to life through the intricate arrangement of sounds and songs. One of the most intricate and widely received tracks off the album is “Spiral,” which CloZee has released a captivating music video to accompany.

The music video follows the story lines of two women. Viewers watch as an athletic woman goes boxing, delivering hit after hit to a punching bag. Another woman then takes the spotlight as she does her makeup and heads out to go dancing at a club. The story lines intersect as the woman who was boxing ultimately washes off and heads to the club, where the two women meet and leave together. The story is testimony of dance music’s inexorable ability to bring people together–even in the most unlikely of circumstances.

CloZee releases purposeful video to accompany ‘Spiral’

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French experimentalist, CloZee, recently released her worldly sophomore album, Evasion, which takes listeners on a sonic journey inspired by the artist’s extensive travel, interlaced with soul-baring reflection that comes to life through the intricate arrangement of sounds and songs. One of the most intricate and widely received tracks off the album is “Spiral,” which CloZee has released a captivating music video to accompany.

The music video follows the story lines of two women. Viewers watch as an athletic woman goes boxing, delivering hit after hit to a punching bag. Another woman then takes the spotlight as she does her makeup and heads out to go dancing at a club. The story lines intersect as the woman who was boxing ultimately washes off and heads to the club, where the two women meet and leave together. The story is testimony of dance music’s inexorable ability to bring people together–even in the most unlikely of circumstances.

Ed Banger Records commemorates watershed 15th anniversary with orchestral collection

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Ed Banger Records has summoned a most lustrous lineup for their milestone 15th year in rotation, with symphonic assistance from fellow Frenchmen, the 70-piece Orchestre Lamoureux.

Including sightings from Ed Banger emblems like Mr. Oizo, Justice, and longtime label-head, Busy P, the album, Ed Banger 15 Ans, is an instrumental conflation of some of the labels most celebrated tracks, performed entirely sans electronic equipment. Busy P enlisted his aptly adept comrade and accomplished film score composer, Thomas Roussel to conduct the album’s performance at the Parisian Grand Rex this past March.

To accompany the momentous release, Ed Banger has mashed up some of the label’s most memorable video releases, with the visually retrospective “I Want My Ed Tv,” which includes clips from Busy P’s own “Genie,” Boston Bun‘s “Paris Groove,” and Justice’s “Fire,” with the tracks’ respective audio paired accordingly. The album is now widely available across streaming platforms, with limited edition vinyl and CD/digital versions also available for purchase.

The Chemical Brothers drop off boundary pushing new music video for ‘Free Yourself’ [Watch]

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The Chemical Brothers spared no time or expense on newest music video for “Free Yourself,” which took a cool eight months to make. The video was directed by Dom&Nic, the creative duo who have worked with The Chemical Brothers over a period of more than 20 years. The new video feature’s storyline follows a security guard coming to work at a shipping facility for robots. As could be predicted, the robots break free of their shipping containers. They chant “Free Yourself,” and proceed to wake up and dance. Directors Dom&Nic commented on the video as well as working with The Chemical Brothers,

“The Chemical Brothers’ music allows people to get out of their box at a gig or listening to the record – it’s a moment of frenzied abandonment to the music. We wanted to capture that feeling in the idea of an oppressed robot workforce suddenly abandoning themselves to music and fun…It’s a black comedy and an observation or conversation about the possible future relationship between robots, artificial intelligence and humans.”

The video takes visual twists and turns as the robots peel their faces off or morph into giant fruit. It’s a psychedelic visual experience that screams the veteran duo’s aesthetic, rounding out their new Astralwerks offering with a top-notch visual complement.

 

Premiere: Bob Moses gives a gritty glimpse of life on tour in ‘Back Down’ music video [Watch]

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Premiere: Bob Moses gives a gritty glimpse of life on tour in ‘Back Down’ music video [Watch]Bob Moses Back Down Video Premiere

With a brilliantly evocative new album titled Battle Lines in tow, Bob Moses have brought their latest era to cities across North America this fall. Their Battle Lines Tour is set to wrap after one final show November 16 in Los Angeles, following months of international touring. “Back Down,” a breakaway hit from the new LP, has quickly become a streaming and crowd favorite–and the genre blending duo were kind enough to premiere the song’s official music video here at Dancing Astronaut.

The music video is an intimate glimpse into the Bob Moses tour experience,  with various black-and-white scenes from the road contrasting beautifully with the bright red-orange lights of the stage. Behind-the-scenes footage ranging from hotel room jams to views from the tour bus are sprinkled between shots of Bob Moses tearing through a spirited live performance. Almost imperceptibly, black and white and full color shots converge on the stage for the track’s climax. The duo gave some insight into the music video’s documentary-esque origins:

“We spent a while thinking about what we wanted the ‘Back Down’ video to be. We wanted to be in it which inevitably ended up meaning that the video came to us. It’s a few days in our lives so that means on the road, in the bus, and onstage. No middle of the night truck stops made the final cut.  It was filmed at the very beginning of our most recent US tour so they caught us performing the song for our very first times.   We got to shoot some of this in our hometown of Vancouver too which was special.”

THEY. deliver Wiz Khalifa-assisted ‘What I Know Now’ video and new Jessie Reyez collaboration back to back

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THEY. dropped the music video for their Wiz Khalifa-assisted single “What I Know Now,” closely followed by a brand new collaboration with Jessie Reyez, “Broken.” The new visual is sure to set the tone for the duo’s highly anticipated upcoming Fireside  EP, set to land on November 9. The impending project will reportedly feature contributions from Jeremih, Gallant, Vic Mensa, and Ty Dolla $ign.

The “What I Know Now” visual, directed by Amber Park, succeeds in bringing an array of concentrated elements from an entire era of music to the here and now. The horizontal grain from the handheld digital camcorders of yesteryear show a dark, grungy, visceral, live set reminiscent of the 90s — the compression effect on the guitar and chains hanging from the stage add to this end. The editing on the video, however, is something digital artists of that time could only dream of.

Sonically, “What I Know Now” remains contemporary. The LA-duo sing catchy hooks through subtle autotune and the presence of Wiz Khalifa’s high energy, status, and experience bring the message of the performance to light — they’re rock stars, they’re high profile, and they’re clearly confident about what they’re about to release.

The pace changes considerably on the EP’s second offering, “Broken” featuring emerging pop force Jessie Reyez. The smooth, heartbreak-inspired collaboration points to a well-rounded collection underway on Fireside, and certainly highlights the complements between Reyez’ infectious vocals and THEY.’s sleek R&B-influenced sound.