EDM artists Wiwek & Skrillex go longform with Still In The Cage, a film written and directed by Jodeb and scored by Wiwek’s The Free and Rebellious EP, starring a group of close friends who learn what it truly means to be free and rebellious.
There's a peaceful sound from Leon Bridges' guitar and voice in his motel room, but it's violence and harsh realities out on the streets. But, hope is there if you choose to find it, even if it's via a garden hose baptism or just finding some solace with your loved ones.
Leon Bridges: "A river has historically been used in gospel music as symbolism for change and redemption. My goal was to write a song about my personal spiritual experience. It was written during a time of real depression in my life and I recall sitting in my garage trying to write a song which reflected this struggle. I felt stuck working multiple jobs to support myself and my mother. I had little hope and couldn’t see a road out of my reality. The only thing I could cling to in the midst of all that was my faith in God and my only path towards baptism was by way of the river.
When thinking about how to best visually represent this universal battle, I reflected on the depiction of black communities in our media and particular experiences within my own life. This video showcases the unique struggle many black men and women face across this country. However, unlike the captured images which tend to represent only part of the story, I wanted to showcase that through all the injustice, there's real hope in the world.
I want this video to be a message of light. I believe it has the power to change and heal those that are hurting." [via Facebook]
Hero to some, heretic to others, say hello to Halsey who's got an anthem that seems spot-on for a post-Lorde world. The obvious reference point here is Divergent, with a spark of Joan Of Arc martyrdom, as a civilization rallies around Halsey against a totalitarian force.
Get on your mopeds kids, cuz Mack is back with something that looks way pricier and more ambitious than what you'd find at a thrift shop. "Downtown" is essentially a rallying cry for all the underdogs and eccentrics out there to get on their wildest ride and meet up for a massive parade with rap Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, rap legends Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee and Gradmaster Caz, and a scene-stealing Eric Nally from Foxy Shazam.