BUG 49 – Review

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Review of BUG 49

BUG, the bi-monthly round-up of the most creative and cutting edge music videos, returned for the last show of 2015. Samuel Fry reviews Adam Buxton’s most recent show.

Billing itself as a show that has some fantastic new videos that have nowhere near as many YouTube views as that one by Adele, is a pretty bold way to hype up a show.

BUG is always a playful show. For those unfamiliar with the concept, Adam Buxton presents a collection of music videos and short form creativity from his laptop.

This edition, number 49, started with the cartoon mayhem of Nicos Livesey‘s video for US garage punk band Radkey. During the evening we saw

There were a few videos that stood out. Firstly, M.I.A.‘s self-directed video for “Borders” was particularly striking. M.I.A grew up in war-torn Sri Lanka, before finding refuge in London. Her newest video deals with the global refugee crisis in a very visual way.

Very much in contrast to M.I.A.’s politically motivated video were two very comical ones. The first was by French-Canadian directing duo Dent de Cuir for The Shoes. “Drifted” takes viral clips, memes and gifs and creates unlikely scenes. The other was for New Build‘s “Luminous Freedom”. George Wu, a director and graphic designer has created a video where you are presented an image and a subtitle which combine to create a famous name.

The final video that stood out was for a song from John Grant‘s third solo album, “Grey Tickles, Black Pressure”. The song is called “Down Here” which features a young man who desperately wishes to join his local synchronised swimming team: a concept which I am fairly sure has not been featured in too many music videos before.



BUG 49 – Music Video Playlist

Radkey – Glore

Directors: Nicos Livesey

Production Company: Blinkink

Record Company: Strange Loop

UK 2015

M.I.A. – Borders

Director: M.I.A.

Production Company: Prettybird

Record Company: Interscope

UK 2015

John Grant – Down Here

Director: Lisa Gunning

Production Company: Good Egg

Record Company: Bella Union

UK/US 2015

Ogris Debris – See the World

Director: LWZ

Production Company: LWZ

Record Company: Affine Records

Austria 2015

The Shoes – Drifted

Director: Dent De Cuir

Production Company: Caviar

Record Company: Green United

Canada/France 2015

Raleigh Ritchie – Bloodsport ’15 (Pt 2)

Director: Shynola

Production Company: Black Dog

Record Company: Columbia

UK 2015

Beardyman – Mountainside

Director: Lewis Rose

Production Company: Uphill Productions

Record Company: Tummy Touch

UK 2015

New Build – Luminous Freedom

Director: George Wu

Photography: John Short

Production Company: Nexus Productions

Record Company: Sunday Best

UK 2015

The Jezabels – Come Alive

Director: Darcy Prendergast & Xin Li

Production Company: Oh Yeah Wow

Record Company: [PIAS]

Australia 2015

Tame Impala – Let It Happen

Director: David Wilson

Production Company: Colonel Blimp

Record Company: Universal Music Australia

UK/Australia 2015

Lorn – Acid Rain

Director: R113

Production Company: n/a

Record Company: Wednesday Sound

US 2015

Naive new Beaters – Run Away

Director: Romain Chassaing

Production Company: Solab

Record Company: Bang

France 2015

Stealing Sheep – Apparition

Director: Dougal Wilson

Production Company: Colonel Blimp

Record Company: Heavenly Recordings

UK 2015

Tame Impala – The Less I Know the Better

Director: CANADA

Production Company: CANADA

Record Company: Universal Music Australia

Spain/Australia 2015


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Samuel Fry

Create Hub

Samuel is a Project Manager at IBM Interactive Experience. He is also currently the Director of Create Hub. Samuel has a history of working with creative, innovative and entrepreneurial companies such as the creative-business incubator Cockpit Arts, in the Creative Economy team at Nesta, with entrepreneur network Virgin Media Pioneers and as the Enterprise Consultant at University of Bristol.

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