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/VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Gurr “Hot Summer” & More

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Gurr “Hot Summer” & More

My summers memories are always decorated with a particular kind of texture – the lingering feeling of grass cuts along my legs, the sting of sunburnt shoulders beneath a backpack full of empty rosé bottles, the soft and smooth goo of half melted ice cream on my tongue, skin sticky with sweat but refreshed with a summer breeze. Berlin-based duo Gurr pieces together these fleeting, surreal moments of summer debauchery in the video for their newest single, “Hot Summer.”

Laura Lee and Andreya Casablanca wrote the song on a foggy day in London, and as such, its theme takes that romanticized, freewheeling ideal of summer perfection, then haunts it with a side of disaster. It’s the band’s first single since the late 2016 release of their IMPALA award-winning debut In My Head, acting like a booster shot of the catchy, Go-Go’s indebted guitar pop they’ve become known for across Europe. As summer anthems go, this one comes with the reminder that life’s not always a beach – sometimes it’s sticky, hot, miserable, anticlimactic, or just plain weird.

Though she’s been busy with movie, television, and fashion projects, time hasn’t slowed this early 2000s chart-topper’s ability to create a hit. Uniting J Lo with another Latina powerhouse from the Bronx, Cardi B, this glamorous clip shows who’s really making money move in the music industry – Lopez reportedly donned $4.5 million worth of diamonds from Tiffany & Co to give the track a little extra shine.

Princess Nokia navigates a new musical character on her latest mixtape A Girl Cried Red, which was released on April 13th. This new incarnation revives a Gwen Stefani-esque aesthetic circa No Doubt’s early days and a rock sound that differs from the hip-hop influences fans have previously come to know from Nokia.

Mysterious Toronto-based artist Brahny just released a video for his song “Bloom.” Much like the song, the video is simple and clean – mostly comprised of a single shot following a variety of people throughout a city night, the revelers eventually end up in a laundromat where Brahny himself is performing.

Coming off a week in the spotlight after calling out Cardi B for allegedly dumbing down the conversation around women of color, Azealia Banks released a new video for “Anna Wintour,” a single from her upcoming sophomore record Fantasea II: The Second Wave. The track has a distinctive ’90s house vibe, with Banks rapping, singing, and using textured vocal manipulations over its relentless beat. Though the lyrics mention “diamonds and dreams,” there’s no sign of J Lo’s bling here – Banks vogues across an empty warehouse in little more than cutoff shorts.

By | 2018-08-09T17:04:16+00:00 May 31st, 2018|FEATURES, Video of the Week|

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Desdemona Dallas
Desdemona Dallas is a writer and photographer currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Through her work Dallas aims to highlight artists and activists engaged in changing social dialogue and igniting culture conversation. Currently looking for beauty in the belly of the beast. Follow her on Instgram @dily.daly and twitter @storiesbydallas