James Blake – “Mile High” (Feat. Travis Scott & Metro Boomin) Video

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James Blake - "Mile High" (Feat. Travis Scott & Metro Boomin) VideoThe day before James Blake released his lovestruck new album Assume Form, he shared “Mile High,” a moody, low-slung trap-pop duet with Travis Scott featuring production by superstar beat-maker Metro Boomin. We called the the best song of the week, noting, “Scott turns his depth-charge mutter into an angelic … More »

Travis Scott – “Yosemite” Video

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Travis ScottTravis Scott may be on the brink of scoring his first #1 hit with his Drake collab “Sicko Mode.” The song was at #2 this week behind Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next,” and Scott’s label Epic threw everything it could into pushing the song over the top. Skrillex’s “Sicko Mode” remix dropped this week. I … More »

SZA – “Doves In The Wind” Video (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

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SZA has just shared a new music video for her Kendrick Lamar-featuring track “Doves In The Wind,” from her debut album, Ctrl, which landed on our Best Albums Of 2017 list. The Nabil-directed clip is kung fu-inspired, and Lamar plays SZA’s mentor. She makes her way through the desert to him, fighting her way … More »

The 50 Best Music Videos Of 2017

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In this space in past years, I’ve usually written about which music-video directors had the best years. It’s a variation of the auteur theory, as visionaries like Nabil and Hiro Murai have used artists as vehicles for their ideas and approaches. This year, though, it feels like the artists themselves who are driving things, and … More »