Welcome to TWIB’s Weekly Top 5 Videos. This is a segment where we will be looking at some exceptional visuals from various acts from around the globe. The music video format has been around for decades and through the 90s and 2000s, it has really taken flight from multi-million budget music videos, to mid to low-budget videos with exceptional features. In this section, we will not discriminate but rather highlight some of the creative visuals that pop up on our radar.
Subreehzy – “Coldest Soldier“
East London rap artist Subreehzy opens up our list with “Coldest Soldier“. The track sees her in a reflective mood as she gives listeners a glimpse into her daily struggles and what makes her tick. The visual directed by LJFilmsUK captures her hometown and makes use of performance shots of her and her crew.
Aloe Blacc – “Mercy (Godfather Mix)”
Aloe Blacc gives his own take on the Godfather series with the aptly titled song/video “Mercy (Godfather Mix)”. The Grammy-nominated singer/rapper/producer tells a tale of epic proportions as he embodies the spirit of a man who is balancing the gangster life and the true love of his life over the classic Godfather love theme reimagined over a modern hip-hop beat. The visual makes use of the dark, cinematic motifs ain to the Godfather movies and it’s a befitting tribute to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Godfather.
jonnychang – “You”
jonnychang shares visuals for “You” which is taken from his collaboration with Solomon Chang. The reflective tune sees him musing on his life and the unpredictable things that can happen along the way. The visual is quite abstract and makes use of expressive performance shots with subtle vanishing effects. The visual is directed by Solomon Chang. “You” is 2nd episode from jonnychang’s and Solomon Chang’s latest EP and music video series, The Weather Inside.
Spaceman Dela – “BE YOU”
Spaceman Dela makes his entry on our list with “BE YOU”, a heartfelt tune that dwells on being true to oneself. Over a solemn guitar-laden backdrop, he shares some personal tales that listeners can appreciate and also drops some aspiration and uplifting gems to help lift up our spirits. The visual captures Spaceman’s vibrant performance style in the infamous cold Montreal weather.
“BE YOU” is the first single off Spaceman’s upcoming EP, titled Nobody Teaches You to Come Down.
Rio Thomas – “Breakthrough”
Rio Thomas helps close out the list with “Breakthrough”, a soulful tune that is ripe with insightful and retrospective bars. Bolstered by the smooth soulful backdrop provided by producer FROwNS, Rio shares a myriad of topics ranging from personal flaws to finding hope as time progresses. The video has a summer-time feel and captures Rio’s laidback style in all its glory.