Sunday, May 29, 2016

Berlin music video awards day 2 part 2

So finally found to the time to write about the rest of the music videos from day 2 of BMVA. In the coming categories the same "hip" themes of the year were used quite often, stripper bars, pouring paint on bodies, milk baths and black contact lenses (so stolen from Die Antwoord...) You can again see the full list of contestants from here and all the videos too:

"Best art director" category

Mat Zo - "Sinful" from this song I only noted down two things: welding masks and strippers in a bar.

My favorite from the category of Best art director was definitely the Jolin Tsai - "Play".  The artist is coming from Taiwan. I really loved the humor of this video! You see the Taiwanese hipsters fighting and getting out older and older cameras and gramophones while trying beat each others in this coolness competition. The hipsters then end up in a big fight hitting each others with ukuleles.

The song is quite dance pop but combined with the video it makes a perfect couple. I think this video and song was one of my favorites from whole BMVA 2016. Here's the music video with English subtitles (click them on while watching, it's more fun when you know the lyrics too)

Jolin Tsai - "Play"

Catz 'n Dogz feat Tanika - "Get it right". This Polish creation was also high on my list. I like how they have gathered so many different groups of people into this video; you have the motocross boys, cheer leaders, american football girls, equestrians, priests, fishermen, the hooligans and the high class house wives.

Catz 'n Dogz - "Get it right"

Petite Meller - "Barbaric" not so much to say; scary make up, random dance moves and a swimming pool with old people.

Tame Impala - "The less I know the better". Not so much to say either; crazy video with a basketball player going oral on a girl and then the girl is later stolen by a big gorilla. And the gorilla dies in the end when a basketball pierces it. Here's a impala for you:

and the other kind of impala

Be quiet - "Ichor" yet again another music video with lots of....MILK. In this video though the milk is kinda taking over the whole world, in a very literal way.

Here's the milk wave taking over the world!

The best editor category was bit hard for me. I first just mostly disliked all the videos coming up...or maybe I was just being too picky and getting tired of the overdose of music videos. (Can happen!)

Synapson - "Fireball" in this video two girls are getting bored with their boyfriends and end up being a couple. Pretty common story line, but even being in Berlin the audience gave a small "ohh" sound when they saw two girls kissing in the end of the video.

Gilligan Moss - "Choreograph"  Only want to say: lots of fried eggs.

Reid Willis - "Search for the blue pearl" maybe I've seen too many time Matrix because I was wanting to write the name of the song several times wrong: Search for the blue pill.  This was one of the rare videos that was shot in Berlin (you can spot the S-bahn (city train) from the video). I like how the song itself is pretty minimalistic and so are the small subtle changes. They have shot normal every day life from Berlin and surroundings and afterwards changed small parts and made non living things move with the music. You see the iron bars jumping up and down, lights turning on and off. I really liked the theme of how the whole city gets its own life.

Here the link to the video:

Sbcr - "The grid" video with a very very angry bodybuilder.

Delta Q - "Ode ( An die Freude)" (Ode for the happiness)
This was the only stop motion animated music video of the category and possibly of the whole BMVA 2016. The Delta Q guys are singing multiple times the same song but in different styles and for each style they created own scenes. Was thinking how insane amount of work this has taken. I totally agree that this music video was also the right one to win this category of best editor. 

Delta Q - "Ode (An die Freude)"

The "Best song" category went bit pass me, being so tired after seeing all videos I was forcing myself to stay and see the videos. In this category they had thought only about the song and didn't care about the video itself. It was very easy to pick my favorite from this and my personal winner was: Robot Koch & Julien Marchal - "Care". I knew Robot Koch from before and was waiting already something great when hearing the name. The video is also quite astonishing with the colors floating trough the air, combined with the dreamy song it definitely was a perfect combination.
Watch this from a bigger screen if possible!

Robot Koch & Julien Marchal - "Care"

Monday, May 23, 2016

Berlin music video awards day 2 part 1.

On the second day of the festival I was able to attend it myself. Second day there were videos competing in five different categories: Best visual effects, Best cinematography, Best art director, Best editor and Best song. So it was a full day's or lets say full evening's work to watch all the videos. It took about 4-5 hours to watch it all (including breaks). The BMVA took place this year in Gretchen, which is a nice club close by Mehringdamm in Berlin. FYI I don't mention all the videos that were competing but my favorites or dislikes. You can go for the full listings to BMVA site:

The first category was Best visual effects 
The new "hip" in this year's videos were different kinds of paints and liquids splashing or oozing from the eyes. After you saw it in a couple of videos you started to think if they had seen bit too much of X-Files (black oil kröhmm..). There were some big names competing too in the best visual effects category, one was Zayn with "Pillow talk". I had heard the song quite some times in the radio before but was surprised how visually beautiful the video was. But at some point the couple's kissing and the red oozy eyes were getting bit blah..but anyhow the video had some beautiful moments. Here's some photos from it:

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and here the bloody eyes:

I think Gem club - "Speech of foxes" should have competed in the best narrative section instead of the best visual effects. While watching I was just thinking about the story of the man in the video, where he was burning all his old photos. While throwing the photos into the fire he started to burn himself too and turning slowly into ashes.

                                                     Gem club - "Speech of foxes"

One other big name competing in this category was Björk with "Mouth mantra".
I had pretty mixed feelings about this video. First I thought oh how cool idea, then it was just gross and then I was thinking if I'm watching a mouth or a after all that going trough in my head I just disliked the extreme close ups of the mouth. If it was Björk who's mouth was being filmed I can say at least that she has good teeth! See for yourself:

                                                            Björk - "Mouth mantra"

Carpenter brut - "Turbo killer" was one of my favorites from the category or maybe even my favorite. It's super camp disco style but it was cool and fun to watch! And the video stayed in my mind afterwards which tells that it was good!

Prepare for some camp and fasten your seat belts!

Carpenter brut - "Turbo killer"

Montmartre - "Out of violence" was confusing video to watch. The song was pretty dance'ish happy going and the video was like the world would be ending.. If they tried to use this contrast as a powerful tool they failed. The song has some vibes from Daft Punk, it would be nice to dance to in a disco, but combined with this huge black storm thingy (which reminded me of the Dementors from Harry Potter) I couldn't really enjoy the video.

Montmartre - "Out of violence"

And here a Dementor for you too!

Darwin Deez was competing in multiple categories this year but I still didn't like his video "Kill your attitude" that much. It had a funny idea behind though...the whole music video was shot like the singer would be part of a video game "Counter strike". But I never really liked Counter strike so then I didn't really like the video either.

Noah - "Flaw" was one of my favorites too. A visually beautiful video with amazing landscapes. I liked the flying clothes and the floating bodies. The song was bit Sigur Ros'ish. Super dreamy!

Noah - "Flaw"

My immediate favorite was Stromae - "Quand c'est". I've listened before some music from him and have big respect towards this amazing artist! He has other genius videos too you should check out! (At least Tous les memes: The song "Quand c'est" when translated means "When it is?" in English. The trick is that if you say Quand c'est in French it sounds bit like cancer in English. Stromae uses this kind of tricks often in his songs and lyrics like "Moules frites" ( If you understand French the double meanings of the lyrics will open up easier.

But anyhow back to the video of "Quand c'est". It is a captivating and touching video to watch. How the "cancer" is taking hold of the theater and then eventually of the dancer while Stromae is singing. He is asking when the cancer would be taking a holiday, telling how mischievous it can be starting from the mother's breasts and taking slowly over the whole body. Stromae won the category of best visual effects with this video.

Stromae - "Quand c'est" 

The second category Best cinematography.

Alice on the roof - "Easy come easy go" was totally new for me.
Easy come easy go is a very beautiful song, but the video didn't really get high points from me, it was another "breaking up" video. Seems like that was one themes of the music video's this year's competition.

Here's a live session of the song instead. It's soo much better than the original video. Sometimes voice is all we need.

Alice on the roof - "Easy come easy go"

More music from Alice on the roof:

Major Lazer ft. Nyla & Fuse ODG - "Light it up"

Major Lazer is more known from his tongue in the cheek type music videos like "Pon de floor" so I was very surprised about the video I saw, in a very positive way. The music video tells about a funeral in a small village somewhere in Africa. I think there they see funerals as a more joyful party to celebrate the life of the deceased person. I like this idea a lot better and think that it should be more common in Europe too. Why to just mourn these people while we can celebrate the life what they had and remember the good things?

The "Light it up" video is just beautiful. It has a short extract from a poem in the end. The poem is called: "Kae" (translated remember). I was lucky enough to find the poem and would like copy it here so you can read the full poem before listening and watching the music video. It's a bit long but worth of reading trough. It tells about the struggle and the suffering Africa had to go trough because of the invasion of the western people. I tried to fix the possible typos what the translator left there..


 by Kwadwo Nkita-Mayala as translated into Twi by Obadele Kwame Kambon

"My people
Do you know what time we are in now?
It is time to remember
To remember
To remember life

My people
We’ve rested so long in sleep
Far too long
Let us arise
Let us arise and remember
Remember life
Wise people and Fools
Beautiful stars and powerful Suns
Children and Elders of Africa

Can we remember the time before
The arrival of albinos/Europeans to Africa?
The time before we were dispersed all over this earth
Before slavery
Before colonialism
Before exploitation
Before the heart of Africa began bleeding

Who caused all of this suffering?
We know
We know
And remember
We did not forget
Remember and be prepared

Who ignores the truth?
Who ignores the history?
Who can forget Our suffering?
In slavery
In exploitation of colonialism
We survived
We survived

Our enemy will be brought before justice
He cannot hide from the eyes of the Ancestors
Remember and stand

Birds have feathers because they were passed down to them by other birds
Where is the returning path (to Our Way)? 
Look back and feel the unseen power of remembrance
Because Our Ancestors are with us
They are Our strength
Our Ancestors work very hard on Our behalf
We also, we must work very hard
To help Our children and change life on earth

Life is dying and undying
But you must remember
Look back
And remember

We are at a crossroads
Between life and death
Who will show us the way?
Who will open the path?

It is 
Train your mind
Train your mind
To remember and to heal
To remember and to destroy

To hold onto that which holds you up
Do not give it away
Rise up (spiritually)
Sing a new song

Remember Our traditions
Let’s Return
To Our roots
To Our systems/nature/order

For Change
For Justice
For Balance
For Life

And here the music video which was one of my favorite from best cinematography category:

Major Lazer ft. Nyla & Fuse ODG - "Light it up"

Nao - "Bad blood" was also something totally new for me. It seemed to be also a trend to have naked people walking around. As a person from the North I was like okay again they have tried to use this nakedness as some sort of an effect, so people would go like "Oh what, she's naked!". I saw the person naked as a some sort of a life giver. When she was watching people they would have small trees popping out of their eyes. And the people would arise from dead. The song itself is pretty much house.

Nao - Bad blood

Lunakid - "Technicolor". Lunakid comes from Germany and some of the producers and other crew of the video were also present. The video had very cool costumes! I hope there would be actually a category only for costumes. It would be awesome! I remember from this video mostly only the golden and black masks and the vcr tape. The atmosphere is pretty dark and so the song too. They are worshiping VCR cassetes, well sort of...maybe.."Must have old tape!"
Anyhow it is a cool video!

Lunakid - Technicolor

Susanne Sundför - "Accelerate"
I was happy to see Susanne Sundför competing in this category and knew the song already beforehand. Accelerate is a music video with loots of strobo lights, big disco ball and people floating naked in the water. Kinda sexy! The video is well done and fits the song good. Great song to listen bit louder!

Susanne Sundför - Accelerate

Hurts - "Lights"  was a totally new artist for me. They had a pretty crazy video with some as crazy dancing in a disco. And if you watched the video you'll know not to mess around with these people while they are dancing! This video won the category even though I would have wanted to give the prize to Lunakid!

Hurts - "Lights"

Lance Butters - "Es zieht, ich zieh" (Google translate says: It attracts, I pull)
This was maybe the most disgusting video of the competition. It shows a man shooting himself to the head and how the corpse starts to rot with maggots wriggling around and mice eating the body. So in you have been warned and you can watch the video if you want. Maybe not good thing to do while eating or before eating.

Lance Butters - "Es zieht, ich zieh"

I'll leave the Best art director, Best editor and Best song to the next post!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Berlin music video awards day 1

I got the chance to go to the Berlin music video awards this year (noticed the event just in time). It is the 4th time they organized this four day long festival. If you are a friend of music videos I really recommend this event! You will get the chance to see all different kind of music videos from all over the world. So far they have received videos from 100 countries. So if you feel bored with watching only mainstream videos BMVA is a good place. (They have always some big names competing too, but the nice thing is that they have the same chances as the other "less known" artists.

So I was at the festival only on the second day, but was checking videos of the other days later and will (try) to make a post about every day of the festival and pick up my favorite videos and songs.

On the first day there were competitors 3 different categories: Best concept, Best narrative and Best director.

In best concept category there were quite some good participants so it was kinda hard to decide which I would like the most. But nevertheless, I ended up choosing Yvein Monq - "Twun" as my favorite one. The music video is a high heel nightmare compilation, people tripping with their high heels. You can feel the struggle of the people walking in these insane shoes. I just hope nobody got hurt while doing this video. The video is especially bit hard to watch if you have had a ankle injury yourself!
The song itself is also a good one, cool, bit down tempo house'ish song. The music video and song is a collaboration of three different countries: Spain, Hungary and France.

Here is the music video.

Yvein Monq - "Twun"


You should also check Yvein Monq's Soundcloud channel:

As a second I would choose from the best concept category Elliot Moss - "Pattern repeating" from Norway. This music video invites you to peek inside a life of a Norwegian green morph suite family. And no, not every family is wearing green morph suites in Norway! And this family seems to be very sporty too and there's one golden family member who seems to like bondage.

Here is the music video:

Elliot Moss - Pattern repeating

Elliot Moss – Pattern Repeating (Official Video) from Elliot Moss on Vimeo.

Underwater filming seemed to be a big theme in this year's contestants. So this music video is not making an exception. The whole video is shot underwater, I wonder if they used professional free divers for is from a more known artist Naughty boy ft. Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin with the song "Runnin' (Lose it all)".

The video has a dreamy feeling and parts of the video is shot upside down.

Naughty boy ft. Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin - Runnin' (Lose it all)

I think the music video survives from the cliches of an underwater video and has quite some beautiful floating moments in it. This was my favorite underwater video from the whole festival (believe me there's was quite some underwater music videos!)

Naughty boy has made some super known songs and collaborations like the "La la la" ft. Sam Smith ( and many collaborations with Emeli Sandé - "Lifted"

Third one I would like to choose Yanis with "Hypnotized". They had really hypnotized all the dancers of the music video (you can see it in the video too). The song is pretty easy going, nice Saturday afternoon sun song. 

                                                                Yanis - "Hypnotized"

YANIS - Hypnotized from YANIS on Vimeo.

I would like to mention still from the best concept category one Polish entry: Rysy - "The Fib". The video itself wasn't that much my thing, though I really like the minimalism of it, but I liked the song even more and was astonished to find how much cool house and techno music is coming from Poland and found some other interesting artists via Rysy. Here the video:

                                                                 Rysy -"The Fib"

I ended up listening some more songs from Rysy and couple other polish artists. So now some non BMVA-videos.

You should watch the next video from a big screen.

Rysy - "Brat"

I found also one amazing singer via Rysy.. Justyna Swięs she has the most amazing voice.

Justyna Swies

Sonar soul - "The dive feat Justyna Swies (The Dumplings)

I will definitely keeps my ears open in the future for this singer! Okay, one more artist that was not BMVA related. Polish band which I found via Rysy...called Bokka. They play more pop'ish music, but nevertheless nice stuff!

Bokka - "Let it"

The next video from Bokka is a really beautiful one. Telling a story about a boy who was dreaming about flying and built his own wings. (Oh yes, bit syrupy, but watch it anyhow). I really liked the video and the song! Definitely worth to check some other songs from Bokka too!

Bokka - "Town of strangers"

Here the soundcloud page of Bokka:
And the ofiicial homepage:

Okay okay, now back to BMVA!

So the next category was Best was first bit hard to find your favorite from this category when many of the songs were about just killing, shooting and bloody people. But when I saw Lucille Crew's - "What the hell" and Savage's - "Like Michael Jackson" I was like yeah, finally! 
Lucille Crew had a nostalgic music video made as a old computer game. I really liked the theme and the jokes in the video, like when you jump and catch a joint you will be soon flying with a jetpack trough the game and the girls are throwing razor blades in fire. Even though I'm not a big fan of hip hop but I still liked this song!

Lucille crew - "What the hell"

Here's the webpage of the Lucille crew:

One other music video that I wanted to mention also from the best narrative category was Valsaland - "Ensamheten". It tells a story of a lonely robot (like the name ensamheten - in English loneliness)

Valsaland - "Ensamheten"

But my favorite from the best narrative category is definitely Savage - "Like Michael Jackson". The songs is sort of a mix of trap music and rap. But this music video made me all starts with a lonely glitter glow having an adventure... I recommend to watch this from a big screen and bit loud.

Savage - "Like Michael Jackson"

SAVAGE | Like Michael Jackson from James Chappell on Vimeo.

The last category of day 1 was Best director. I really have to admit that it was hard to find something what I would have really liked from this category...

Petite Meller was competing with "Baby love".  I had never heard anything from this artist before...and when watching the music video I was just being concentrating to the extra clownesque lipstick what she has. Ans I was thinking in my head is this some new disco copy of Yolandi Vi$$er from Die Antwoord. See for yourself the comparison.

Petite Meller up

Yolandi Vi$$er

I couldn't choose a favorite, but for sure the craziest video in this category was from Dillon Francis - "Not butter". The music video repeats itself and every time the same party and story gets more crazier. This is a video not to watch at work. Sex sells??

Dillon Francis - "Not butter"

Some new music video reviews from the BMVA coming soon! Stay tuned!