DJDS – Trees On Fire

Early contender for my favorite song of the year, and now my favorite video as well. DJDS’s aching brand of electronica merges with a moving collage of lo-fi nature shots, interspersed among vocalists and video stars Amber Mark and Marco McKinnis. Despite being simple, the DJDS-directed “Trees On Fire” visuals somehow perfectly encapsulate the many layers of emotion that the song itself evokes.

“Trees On Fire” is available for free download today only, on KCRW.

Knox Fortune – Lil Thing

Having guested on tracks with Chicago’s Chance the Rapper and Towkio, Knox Fortune does his own “Lil Thing” in this leisurely video. It’s got an intimate feel thanks to being shot on a Super 16 camera, in Knox Fortune’s former abode no less, and the song itself feels appropriately lived-in. “Lil Thing” is the perfect complement to a sun-faded summer day—listen in for yourself.

Manus – DSGD

A guy I know once told me that being a nerd was cool, because it meant that you were really passionate about something. That’s certainly true for Manus, the LA-based rapper with an affinity for anime, comic books, and video games. The “nerdswag” loving emcee’s new video for “DSGD” features Manus shopping for action figures while rocking a Pokémon jacket, all the while throwing down his charismatic rhymes over the slinky beat. Check out the video, directed by Andrew Crisman, in our exclusive premiere here. Bonus: Manus is giving away the stems for “DSGD” for free—if I were a producer, I’d find a way to sample as many video game characters as possible in a “DSGD” remix. But that’s just me.

Vince Staples – Big Fish (Prod. Christian Rich)

Its been two years since the last Vince Staples project, but Vince is coming back with a bang with his new video Big Fish that is set to be on his newest album The Big Fish Theory. The song produced by Christian Rich features a legendary hook by Juicy J that everyone should follow. “I was up late night balling, Counting up hundreds by the thousands”. The video shows Vince stranded on a boat in the middle of the ocean surrounded by sharks. Watch the video above.

Francis and the Lights – May I Have This Dance (Remix) (Ft. Chance the Rapper)

Francis and the Lights drops the video to the remix of the song May I Have This Dance featuring Chance the Rapper. The song that first appeared on Francis and the Lights debut project Farewell, Starlight! Chance’s verse is a dedication to his daughter, Kensli, as he sing-raps about how much he cares for her and how he sees her family members in her. The video directed by Jake Schreier, features Chance and Francis dancing in a mirror to their signature dance that the performed to close out the show when they were on tour together.  Watch the video above.