After the release of their critically acclaimed debut album 'Crooks & Lovers' on the Hotflush label yesterday, the video for Mount Kimbie's first single off the album has been released. The video is really good watch, filmed and edited together in an interesting and unique fashion by promising filmmaker and photographer Tyrone Lebon. The video is beautifully shot, managing to balance between aesthetic wonders whilst keeping a very raw and original visual style, with visual effects playing a wonderful part in the video's development. The track is the second on the 'Crooks & Lovers' tracklist, the brilliant 'Would Know'. If you are yet to hear the work of art that is the 'Crooks & Lovers' EP, make sure you give it a chance, you can buy it now at http://boomkat.com/download/320029-mount-kimbie-crooks-lovers.
As for Tyrone Lebon, the man is an extremely talented photographer and filmmaker. Over the past year or so he has done work for Stussy, Nike, Dr. Martens, as well as numerous shots of artists and his own individual works. You can check some of his work out by visiting his website which is http://www.tyronelebon.com/. It's clear he has a vision which shines through all of his work in terms of its aesthetic value, and I'm sure he will go far and that we'll be seeing a lot more of his great work in the near future. Enjoy his work.
I had planned on writing about the Mercury Award nominations, but upon seeing the release of the names this morning, I quickly averted that idea. Paul Weller (which I can accept), Dizzee Rascal (I swear at this point I may have bordered on the edge of insanity), Mumford and Sons, Laura Marling, Corinne Bailey Rae, Biffy Clyro, even the Foals to a certain extent. These artists are so poor it is beyond me as to why they have got anywhere near a nomination. Ok, The xx and Wild Beasts are deserving of their place in the line-up with two really nice albums, and to a certain extent I can accept the nomination of Foals (although I still don't quite understand it). Where's the quality, or even just the variety? Without doubt the two best album's I've heard this year are Scuba's 'Triangulation' and Mount Kimbie's 'Crooks & Lovers' (which although only recently released, should have been on the radar of the committee if they're as great as they're supposed to be), yet I can guarantee these wouldn't have even been considered. Well what did I expect, they didn't even award Burial's great 'Untrue' album of the year in 2008. At the end of the day these awards mean as much as Owen Hargreaves does to football; no more needs to be said than that in my opinion.