Katy Perry’s Candyland-inspired video for “California Gurls” and OK Go’s stop-motion clip for “End Love” might be racking up clicks online, but there’s a new contender for best video of the summer: Mark Ronson and the Business Intl.’s “Bang Bang Bang.”
Bookended by two seemingly unrelated pieces of footage — a fictitious retro commercial for sandwich spread and a dramatic tennis match — “Bang Bang Bang” stars Ronson as the guest on an offbeat, ’70s-style Japanese talk show. When he’s asked to chat about his music, Ronson — the Grammy-winning mastermind behind Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black — transforms into a smooth Bryan Ferry figure and hops behind a bank of synthesizers to perform his latest composition.
Newcomer MNDR provides the song’s indelible French-laden hook, and a debonair Q-Tip absolutely slays on his verses, making it his best guest spot since “Groove Is in the Heart” (or at least Raphael Saadiq’s “Get Involved”). The clip is equal parts American Bandstand and Tron — and the most effective time-capsule music video since Snoop Dogg resurrected the Rick James era with “Sexual Eruption.”
“Bang Bang Bang” is the latest single off Ronson’s September disc Record Collection, the follow-up to 2007′s Version. The album, the first under the moniker Mark Ronson and the Business Intl., will also feature guest spots by D’Angelo, Ghostface, Boy George and Duran Duran’s Simon le Bon.
Chiddy Bang is made up of two guys, Chiddy (MC) and Xaphoon Jones (Producer) who meet up in Drexel University, in Philadelphia, PA. Their sound is based on the fusion of hip-hop and unique sample choices from alternative and Electronica artists such as Radiohead, Sufjan Stevens, Passion Pit, and MGMT. They first came on the scene with their mixtape entitled “The Swelly Express.” After the huge buzz from the mixtape they were later signed to EMI.
Latest mixtape from the philly duo, Chiddy Bang. The mixtape contains remixes and samples from some of their favorite UK artists such as Gorillaz, Ellie Goulding, La Roux, Kate Nash, Hot Chip and Tinie Tempah. A studio album is slated for August 24, 2010 Called Swelly Life.
When it comes to girl-on-girl cat fights in music videos, we’ve already seen Brandy and Monica square off over an apartment-hopping player; Avril Lavigne pluck a boy toy off another girl’s arm; and Mariah Carey kick her own a** in a movie theater bathroom. And now making her official entry into the canon — and raising the stakes in the process — is Black Barbie herself, Nicki Minaj, with her new video for “Your Love.”
Decked out in gorgeous silk robes, Nicki and a competitive classmate go all Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, crossing samurai swords over their hunky martial arts instructor. Occasionally, the camera cuts to Ms. Young Money soloing in front of billowing one-million-thread-count satin sheets, just to remind us how damn FINE she is. But then back to the fighting: Blood is shed, and someone doesn’t make it out alive. We’ll leave it to you to find out which lady reigns supreme…
“Frisbees” is the first leak off Skyzoo & !LLMIND’s forthcoming collaborative album Live From The Tape Deck in stores this October on Duck Down Music. Look out for the music video in the next few weeks.