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Nu Music: HANA Unveils The Gorgeous Video For “Clay”

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About 3 months ago I attended Shamir’s insanely good show at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom– and I say “insanely good” not only cause Shamir puts on a great show; but also, because he had LA-based singer-songwriter and producer HANA (who just happens to be Grimes’ BFF) as his opening act. Admittedly, I didn’t know anything about HANA before that night, but boy, as soon as she started playing the captivating, “Avalanche” and later, her dreamy cover of the Eurythmic’s classic “Here Comes The Rain Again” (which I captured on video and she posted it on her Insta and Twitter–thx!!); I was completely and utterly in love with her.

Well, today, HANA has finally unveiled her official video for the gorgeous, “Clay” a beautiful and minimalist electronic ballad produced by Grimes’ collaborator Blood Diamonds (aka Bloodpop). In the video, directed by Lorraine Nicholson (daughter of Jack Nicholson), we see the singer in a bathtub, floating in milky-like waters as if being re-born again.

HANA’s forthcoming self-titled EP (artwork above) is due March 25.

Watch!

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Grimes – “Go” featuring Blood Diamonds [Official Video]

Claire Boucher, aka Grimes, unleashes the official video for “Go” the track co-written and produced by fellow Canadian artist Blood Diamonds. The hyperactive and surreal video was directed by Grimes and her brother Mac Boucher under the name Roco-Prime.

In Claire’s own words: “It’s our take on Dante’s inferno. The circles of hell reflect more contemporary issues though. We shot a bunch at the salton sea which is basically an apocalyptic wasteland filled with dead fish because of human carelessness, the bullet hole hallway a la korn freak on a leash etc etc. If you look closely you can find clues. Haha, but in the usual fashion it is also abstract enough to just be a trippy visual accompaniment to the song.”

Trying to understand Grimes’ thought or visual process is like trying to find any rational explanation for The Matrix movies—so I won’t even try. With that being said… I leave you with a quote by Morpheus that I think rationalizes this gorgeous visual mess: “What happened, happened and couldn’t have happened any other way”  🙂

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Grimes – “GO” featuring Blood Diamonds [Brand New track!]

A few weeks back during the Governors Ball festival in NYC, Grimes debuted a song live called, “Go” co-written by fellow Canadian artist Blood Diamonds.The song was written specifically for Rihanna, but was apparently turned down by her team (see tweet). Today, the studio version of the song has made it’s way into the world debuting first on Zane Lowe’s BBC radio show. Take a listen to the celestial-jam and let us know what you think?! We love it!

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Blood Diamonds – ‘Phone Sex’ featuring Grimes

Check out Vancouver producer Blood Diamonds (aka Mike Tucker) brand new single “Phone Sex” guest starting the incredible and strangely fascinating Grimes!

The track’s amazing steel drum kicks and island-tinged groove along with Grimes’ ever-so-dreamy vocals are only a few reasons why this track should be A MUST HAVE on your next summer playlist!

I LOVE THIS TRACK!

Tucker tells Pitchfork:

We wanted to do a big pop song and wrote it in my bedroom in a night. I played the track later that week at a Blood Diamonds show with Claire as the secret guest. It was ridiculous. We wore LED glasses and projected the PS2 game “Rez” onto a mise-en-scène of “Twin Peaks”, whilst performing on a slippery stage due to the opening act (ice skaters on fake ice dancing to a David Lynch cover orchestra). Later that month, I reproduced “Phone Sex” with halo drums and we re-wrote the lyrics together. When Claire came over to work on those, I didn’t have my phone on me and she slept on my complex’s porch for half an hour, I still feel bad about it. The song was mixed down in Kansas City on a board which was also used on Thriller (mostly did this for laughs).

Blood Diamond‘s ‘Phone Sex – EP’ arrives on 12-inch via 4AD. on July 24.