KOKO Video Visions

KOKO Video Visions is a section dedicated to music and related video content. The focus will be on local and international bands. Initially the page will show great videos that we like, videos that have a creative touch or at least are trying something different. As the site grows we are going to put up original content with a KOKO spin on the dynamic. Enjoy……!

You! Me! Dancing! – Los Campesinos! (UK)

What really gets me:One of the best bands to come out of Cardiff in a long time are the seven piece outfit that formed at Cardiff University only as recently as 2006, and the band have already supported names like Broken Social Scene on tour. Famed locally for their energetic live shows, Los Campesions! have recently finished recording their unnamed third studio album and are due to be supporting The Cribs on four dates of their UK tour later this year.

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Riot Radio - The Dead 60’s (UK)

What really gets me:Liverpool’s finest four piece Ska outfit with their breakthrough single that earned them much attention in the UK and beyond. Championed by the late legend John Peel in their earlier days the band have gone under the radar in recent years, however are rumoured to be recording with Sir Paul McCartney’s son James McCartney.

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Papillon – Editors (UK)

What really gets me:The first single taken from the Mercury Prize nominated outfits third studio album entitled ‘In This Light & On This Evening’. Once lauded as the second biggest British band of the decade behind the Arctic Monkeys, Papillon displays Editors keenness to develop and mature their work away from guitar dominated tracks to more experimental sounds for the Birmingham based outfit. With both of their previous albums going platinum, it’s shaping up that their third release could be even bigger.

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We Are The People – Empire of the Sun (AUS)

What really gets me:Trippy, new age video from who many are calling the Australian MGMT. This is the latest offering from their debut album ‘Walking on a Dream’. The duo, made up of Luke Steele from The Sleepy Jackson and Nick Littlemore of Pnau, gained mainstream attention for ranking fourth in the BBC’s sound of 2009. If you like this, then check out the drum ‘n bass remix courtesy of Sub Focus. Heavy.

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Elvis – These New Puritans (UK)

What really gets me:Awesome track from an exciting up and comer in the UK who are currently hard at work creating their second album. Frontman Jack Barnett shows a quality so often unseen for a band who were still in their late teens when forming. So far, the outfit has toured in support of big names like Crystal Castles, British Sea Power and Klaxons.

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Nature Of The Experiment – Tokyo Police Club (CAN)

What really gets me:If Arcade Fire are Canada’s finest then these surely must be their most promising talent. This was taken from their short EP ‘A Lesson In Crime’ before the band released their first studio album called ‘Elephant Shell’. Want to hear more? Then check out their other single from the same EP ‘Cheer It On’, definitely the pick of the litter.

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Heavyweight Champion Of The World – Reverend And The Makers (UK)

What really gets me:The debut single and top 10 chart hit for Jon McClure, aka ‘The Reverend’ and his band The Makers. The song is a social commentary on all opportunities missed and the realisation that too many UK youths are simply pissing their lives against the wall. Currently riding high off the success of their second album ‘A French Kiss in the Chaos’, Jon has been known to stage intimate acoustic gigs in the car parks of most venues after performing. Now THATS an artist.

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Homecoming – The Teenagers (UK)

What really gets me:For a band that started as a piss take, the Teenagers haven’t done half bad. This was their debut single back in 2007 and the lads from the streets of London and Paris have since gone on to perform at some of the world’s biggest music festivals, including Summersonic and Glastonbury. While not supporting KOKO favourites Vampire Weekend on a tour of US and Europe the band dabble in remixes of everyone from Britney to Phoenix.

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Wasted Little DJ’s – The View (UK)

What really gets me:Quality debut offering from one of Scotland’s finest. The Arctic Monkeys of the north have always acknowledged their Dundee roots, writing the song about ‘The Wasted Little DJs’ known locally as Karlene and Charlene in Dundee. Charlene is Kieren Webster’s (bass/vocals) girlfriend whereas Karlene is his sister. Kieren, who on some songs such as ‘Skag Trendy’ takes on lead vocals in place of regular frontman Kyle Falconer was voted 6th in NME’s 2006 Cool List.

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Architects – Sound of Guns (UK)

What really gets me:Amazing studio performance from one of the most exciting acts in the country. ‘Architects’ is the debut single from the Liverpool based band and the quality of their Maida Vale studio session is almost unrecognisable from the album version thanks to singer Andy Metcalfe’s unrelenting performance. You’re going to hear a lot more from these guys in the future, I think they’re sound is only going to grow louder.

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Crying Lightning – Arctic Monkeys (UK)

What really gets me:A moody, atmospheric first offering from the bands long awaited third album. It’s a great song, but doesn’t seem to pack the punch of their previous album launching singles such as ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ and ‘Brianstorm’. The video is beautifully artistic and runs parallel with the spirit of the song, although I’m sure there’s going to be as many conversations about the bands new, indiefied haircuts than the quality of the record.

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Baby Baby Baby – Make The Girl Dance (FRA)

What really gets me:French electro at its finest. Do you really need to know my thoughts as to why this video is a whole pocketful of tits? Watch. Enjoy. Repeat.

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Men’s Needs – The Cribs (UK)

What really gets me:A testament to understated videos. Previously described as ‘the biggest cult band in the UK’ The Cribs were seen, along with the Libertines, as the first line of defence for British indie music during the flurry of top notch US bands coming out at the time. Recently indie idol Johnny Marr of The Smiths became a fully fledged member of the band who are due to release their fourth studio album ‘Ignore the Ignorant’ this coming September.

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The Beat That My Heart Skipped – Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip (UK)

What really gets me:Both dan le sac and Scroobius Pip from Essex, UK worked as solo artists before forming a duo back in 2006, dan le sac as a laptop musician, DJ and promoter, Scroobius Pip as a spoken word artist who had just undertook his “Relying on the kindness of strangers tour” which took him round the UK in a Toyota Space Cruiser. Creating some of the most original beats and thought provoking lyrics the duo, who’s influences include Hip-Hop, Electro, Electronica, Pop and Drum & Bass first gained notoriety with their snipe at modern culture with the underground anthem "Thou Shall Always Kill". If you think that’s a tune, check out what they did in front of Simon Cowell on the X-Factor in their own unique shameless plug for their previous album ‘Angles’.

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Barney Rubble – The Twang (UK)

What really gets me:The first single from the Birmingham based indie outfits new album called “Jewellery Quarter” which was named after the area of Brum where the band record the majority of their material. Their last album Love It When I Feel Like This drew much acclaim with their captivating melodies and Phil Etheridge’s wide boy singing style which lyrically saw him compared to Mike Skinner. So much that arguably their biggest hit so far ‘Either Way’ was remixed by Skinner and the band joined him for a jolly for the video which you can see here.

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The Escapist – The Streets (UK)

What really gets me:The evolution of The Streets is an unusual one. Mike Skinner had a huge personal influence on me with his social poetry in Original Pirate Material and A Grand Don’t Come For Free, telling tales that all council estate crawlers could relate to and could be classed as two of the most important British albums of the last decade. The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living I feel was a huge dip in form for Mike - maybe its because we can no longer tap into his tales of dodgy street corners and substance abuse while he spouts on about wrecking hotel rooms on tour, but his content and delivery wasn’t what it used to be. The latest album Everything Is Borrowed still hasn’t returned him to his former glory, but one of the stand out tracks is The Escapist. Shot on a budget in between mixing the album Mike proves that he can still turn on the lyrical charm once more. Into your dub step? Check out the Nero remix of one of The Streets rumoured future tracks ‘In The Middle’.

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Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) – Florence and the Machine (UK)

What really gets me:The truly talented Florence Welch demonstrates why she has been so many critics choice for best breakthrough act of 09 thus far. The video is a bit of a spacky offering being in shot Alice in Wonderland style somewhere in the English countryside, but resonates perfectly with the spirit of the song and the energy she pumps out. ‘The Machine’ is a collaboration of other artists who provide the instrumentals for her tracks. If you like this then check out the ravey piano remix personal favourite Jamie T has done. Massive.

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Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap (AUS)

What really gets me:With haunting tracks like this it’s easy to see why the rock outfit from Melbourne were picked as many pundits choice for 2009. Having recently completed their first studio album Conditions, The Temper Trap have a flurry of gigs lined up the world over as they look to confirm their status as the sound of 2009.

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The Proposition - The Standards (UK/THAI)

What really gets me: The Bangkok five piece who are set to rip a new one at the KOKO Asia launch party on June 5th demonstrate why they are a headline, class act. The energy in the track is enthralling and the video is a must see. Having been produced by 9 Thai college students the video fits the frame of the song perfectly. You can read more about when KOKO Asia met The Standards here.

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A Thousand Trees – Stereophonics (UK)

What really gets me: Personally regarded as one of their best from their debut album ‘Word Gets Around’, the Stereophonics are still flying the flag for the mid 90’s Blackwood, Welsh sound that has seen them headline gigs and festivals the country over for years.

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Don’t Let Him Waste Your Time – Jarvis (UK)

What really gets me: Quite simply the man is a legend and I feel that his solo work is vastly underappreciated when stacked up against the success he had with mid 90 Brit pop pioneers Pulp. His respectability in the indie scene increased tenfold when he famously stormed the stage during a Michael Jackson performance at the Brit Awards in 1996. Still not convinced of the genius of Jarvis? Then click here.

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Sticks 'N' Stones - Jamie T (UK)

What really gets me: Okay, I know. We already picked this as our Choon Of The Week on the KOKO Asia Blog, but the boy from Wimbledon simply deserves more for what is shaping up to be one of the songs of the summer. Jamie T has been dubbed a one man Arctic Monkey and has been compared lyrically to an indie Mike Skinner, aka The Streets. His social commentary visible in all his tracks tells the story of sex, drugs and council estates in his own unique way. Liked this? Then check out Calm Down Dearest, a classic tale of pranging out in London nightclubs and see if you can work out the significance of the scary midget. Answers on a postcard people. Or email.

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Swastika Eyes - Primal Scream (UK)

What really gets me: So it;s not the highest quality video in the world, but Jools Holland is famed in the UK and around the world for the quality of the live music performed on his show. Here veteran Scottish rockers Primal Scream display their live mastery on what was to become the soundtrack to the film The Football Factory. After heavily influencing the indie pop sound of the mid 80’s Primal Scream evolved into the garage rock era heavyweights before introducing a new dance element to their music which has kept the band fresh, original and fucking hardcore even after 25 years.

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EDDIE MOHAMMAD: TOP 10 TUNES

What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong (US)

What really gets me: Living in the present, reflecting upon the statement of what was claimed to be an ideal world, and committing the act of self-evaluation over the very own characteristic Louis Armstrong’s voice is simply my personal endeavour to interact with others. The tune is a statement of an exquisite life. Live well, my friend.

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A Certain Romance - Arctic Monkeys (UK)

What really gets me: Let us speak of classic Reebok shoes, old battered Converse, and the sense of English daily dress up. This song makes the little dissimilarities appear clearly against no denials. New music for new ring tones, and the critique wins it all. Is this reality? No, it is just a little different around here.

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Roots Radical - Rancid (US)

What really gets me:Give them the boots, the roots, and the radicals, and this defines punk rock to me.

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Talk Talk Talk - The Ordinary Boys (UK)

What really gets me: Catchy, but not humdrum.

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Times For Heroes - The Libertines (UK)

What really gets me: The pride of a sub-culture has never been so well illustrated, and aloud this song calls for actions against what the Libertines think assault the image of a good taste. Personally speaking, it is a plus one to have the gut to express yourself in complaints.

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Sit Down - James (UK)

What really gets me:Those who feel the breath of sadness, sit down next to me. Those who find they’re touched by madness, sit down next to me. Those who find themselves ridiculous, sit down next to me. In love, in fear, in hate, in tears. A bit of what is sitting down to James is sensitive enough to make me think, for if I had not seen such riches, I could live with being poor. This song is honourable.

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Bully Boy - Shed Seven (UK)

What really gets me: Fight back! This is one of the best “guitar” bands of all time presenting a man to man fight in one single song. The simplicity of the tune really liberates me to interpret the lyrics into any occasions.

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Mother - Pink Floyd (UK)

What really gets me: Speechless.

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Don't Look Back In Anger - Oasis (UK)

What really gets me: I started playing the guitar because of this song.

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Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire (US)

What really gets me:Simple but sharp, this is a reminder! I first listened to this song when I was in primary school, and the song not never leaves my mind, it stays permanently on my playlist.

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Let’s Dance to Joy Division – The Wombats (UK)

What really gets me: The most exciting band to come out of Liverpool since the Zutons. Their first single release is a homage to all things Ian Curtis. Seen here performing at the NME Awards 2008 (where this track won ‘Best Dancefloor Filler’) the Wombats justify the hype and it is even rumoured that Sir Paul McCartney is hoping to produce their next LP.

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No You Girls – Franz Ferdinand (UK)

What really gets me: Taken from the recently released Tonight:Franz Ferdinand the Glaswegian foursome have finally created a track as catchy and satisfying as ‘Take Me Out’. ‘No You Girls’ contains the catchy hooks, trademark Alex Kapranos vocals and that all important skippy baseline that is going to be filling dance floors the world over.

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Sleepy Head – Passion Pit (US)

What really gets me: Not our normal sound I know, but every now and then a band of raw talent emerges that simply cannot be put into any genre apart from damn good. Check the carefully-sculpted song writing on display, the speaker-panning synths and slightly sinister children's chorus that is quickly becoming Passion Pit’s trademark. This is the track that made the world sit up and take notice, and you can expect to hear a lot more of them as their forthcoming release ‘The Reeling’ is due out in May.

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Over and Over – Hot Chip (UK)

What really gets me: NME dubbed this the best track of 2006 and it’s not hard to see why the video directed by Nima Nourizadeh was also voted one of the best of the year. Hot Chip are currently recording their fourth studio album and are looking for a slight change of direction with lead singer Alexis Taylor promising it will be more mid tempo and disco influenced and have approached former Genesis singer Peter Gabriel to help contribute to what many expect will be one of the biggest albums of 2009 (if its finished in time).

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L.E.S Artistes – Santigold (US)

What really gets me: Santigold (formally Santogold until she was threatened with a law suit by jewellers Santo Gold) was named by several respected music sources as one of names to watch last year and Rolling Stone even went as far as to place this as number two on their Singles of 2008. She played at KOKO UK last year in what was to be one of her breakthrough performances. Yet another quality video directed by Nima Nourizadeh, Santigold shows her melodic side and why she is the focus of so much attention with collaborations with the Beastie Boys, Jay-Z and Kanye West all rumoured in 2009.

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Nightmare – The Ghost Frequency (UK)

What really gets me:The first single from thrash electronic rockers The Ghost Frequency has been making waves back in the UK thanks to a lot of exposure from indie institutions MTV2 and NME. The as yet unnamed debut album will be hitting your eardrums towards the end of this year.

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I’m Outta Time – Oasis (UK)

What really gets me: Shot in dreary black and white, the video perfectly matches the atmosphere of the song, although fuck knows what Liam’s up to in his country bumpkin, carrot munching outfit. Another heartfelt effort from one of the most influential bands of our time.

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Dancing Choose – TV On The Radio (USA)

What really gets me: Trippy vid that keeps you glued to the screen, even if it isn’t their best track. It becomes immersing even though it is essentially a bunch of guys in front of a green screen. Dear Science appears to have thrown them into the mainstream and we can expect a lot more from these boys.

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L.S.F – Kasabian (UK)

What really gets me: One of the UK’s best bands playing live at the biggest festival in the country. Pure passion play, involving the whole audience and even getting them to join in for the glorified chorus. Kasabian are busy working away on their third album and are rumoured to be touring with Oasis this year.

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Heartbeat – Late Of The Pier (UK)

What really gets me: Clever shape-shifting video from Donnington’s finest. After concentrating on it for 3 minutes, the ending comes as no surprise. Expect to see plenty more from them in 2009.

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Let’s Make Love and Listen To Death from Above – CSS (Brazil)

What really gets me: Bouncy video for a bouncy track. The best of Brazil, who’s name actually translates as “I got tired of being sexy” show why their South America’s most sought after synthpop outfit.

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Our Velocity – Maximo Park (UK)

What really gets me: Pure power pop straight from the north of England. Expect their third studio album to drop in spring this year and their popularity to increase tenfold.

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House of Cards – Radiohead (UK)

What really gets me: Slow melodic beauty from the best band in the world. Continually expanding their musical horizons, here they take video technology one step further. Shot entirely from 3D mapping and using no camera again they become the band others will surely try to emulate in 2009.

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Jane Says – Jane’s Addiction (USA)

What really gets me: 80’s alternative legends Jane’s Addiction in probably their finest hour. Just after the Chilli Peppers, these guys helped set the scene for the early 90’s alternative sound, and this steel drum version of one of their best known hits is now regarded as a classic.

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