Best Music Videos of July 2014

The 20 Best Music Videos of July 2014

The most remarkable visuals from the most seventh month of the year.

- Aug 5, 2014
What month comes after July? The science is still out, and it's important that our children hear both sides of the issue. But that doesn't mean we can't enjoy all the best music videos of July. Watch them all below, plus our recommendations for further viewing.

Vybz Kartel, "Beautiful Girl"

VICE News Gully Queens: "Beautiful Girl" (Unofficial)

"With a fog machine, a generator and some studio lights, the gyrating youth take the genre's powerful sexuality and turn into an occasionally direct confrontation with the society that created it."

Now watch: Young and Gay: Jamaica's Gully Queens.

Future, "Coupe"

Future - "Coupe" (Official Video)

"It's a brand new song for the Adult Swim Singles series, so it's not too shocking that its video bears a strong resemblance to China, IL. Like that late night cartoon, the humour feels on-the-fly with a lot of very funny cameos..."

Now watch: The Professor Brothers: Jesus Fucking Christ

Woods, "New Light"

WOODS - New Light (Official Music Video)

All the books you dawdled away math class sketching in are coming to life for "New Light"....John Andrews, organist for the Brooklyn psych folk group, animated the whole thing from drawings by the band's frontman Jeremy Earl."

Now watch: Doodles beaching it up in John Wizards' "Muizenberg"

CFCF, "Strange Form of Life"

CFCF - Strange Form of Life [Official Video]

"Jared Raab (Nirvana The Band The ShowThe Dirtiesmusic videos) uses a variety of transitions over a portrait of a man's face to create an A Scanner Darkly effect and creates someone entirely new."

Now watch: Peter Crampus' pioneer video art Three Transitions

Bill Callahan, "Javelin Unlanding"

Bill Callahan "Javelin Unlanding" (Official Video)

"Using the same technology pioneered by freaky Quebecois children's shows, directors Hanly Banks and Chris Rusch insert Bill into our favorite celestial body so he can sing at our clay/plasticine earth and maybe find his dream date from a different pile of rocks."

Now watch: A Trip To The Moon, a classic of cinema by the Méliès Brothers.

Basement Jaxx feat ETML, "Never Say Never"

Basement Jaxx - Never Say Never ft. ETML

"...the special effects are insane, the plot is hilarious, and the years-long sex fasting between the two lead scientists leads to a climax suggested by the sight of a shaking butt."

Now watch: This horrifying robot test child.

Iceage, "The Lord's Favourite"

"Cali Thornhill DeWitt's video smooths the band's sonic transition with a group of familiar yet skewed set pieces: a hoedown, champagne showers, a lonely guitarist, a prisoner in an empty room and more."

Now watch: A real American sheriff.

White Fence, "Chairs In The Dark"

"...a not-so-surreal excursion once you figure out the strange black & white imagery is actually following the gently moaned lyrics."

Now watch: This ghost chair.

Robyn & Röykopp, "Do It Again"

"'Do It Again' starts off like a classic leftist thriller from the '70s, with well-dressed young people having heated discussions surrounded by books and tweed."

Now watch: Costa-Gavras' 1969 political thriller Z.

YG, "Bicken Back Being Bool"

YG - "Bicken Back Being Bool" (Official Video)

"Alex Nazari casts YG as a Tre/Baha composite of reluctant thug/loyal Blood, and adds colour to the song's fuck you anthem with a spoken word intro by a sharply dressed red flag bearer."

Now watch: Juice, starring Tupac Shakur.

Merchandise, "Enemy"

Merchandise - Enemy (Official Video)

"A masked Carson Cox is on some kind of psychedelic race against space/time and demonic hostage takers while his band performs in different almost-voids, including a movie theatre."

Now watch: Chart Attack's live movie soundtrack series.

Perfume Genius, "Queen"

Perfume Genius - 'Queen' (Official Video)

“Sometimes I see faces of blank fear when I walk by…if these fucking people want to give me some power—if they see me as some sea witch with penis tentacles that are always prodding and poking and seeking to convert the muggles—well, here she comes."

Now watch: Director SSION's last insane clip.

Simian Mobile Disco, "Tangents"

Simian Mobile Disco - "Tangents" (Full Album Stream)

Now watch: More glitchy effects in videos for Blondes' "Elise" and Factory Floor's "Turn It Up."

Lusine, "Arterial"

Lusine - Arterial

"Blood (both real from oxes and fake from THE MAGIC OF MOVIES) flows over macro shots of your computer's dissolving guts."

Now watch: The worst operating theatre in HSY's tencho-horror clip for "Cyber Bully."

"Weird Al" Yankovic, "Tacky"

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Tacky

Now watch: Weird Al's underrated comedy vehicle UHF.

Neko Case and Kelly Hogan, "These Aren't The Droids"

These Aren't the Droids (Neko Case, Ellie Kemper, Kelly Hogan)

"This little comic gem is a rebel song in the plainest sense: the future was designed by teenage guys, it looks like a permanent comic-con, and that's not a future that Neko Case or Kelly Hogan (or I for that matter) really want to live in."

Now watch: Mastondon's LARP-ageddon clip for "High Road"

Plurabelle, "Our Fires"

"On the Vimeo description page, the director claims influence from Charles Burns, adolescence, John Carpenter and manga innovator Maruo Suehiro's "ero-guro" style (which also inspired Midori, a film suppressed in Japan for "illegal imagery")."

Now watch: Midori, an anime so disturbing it was destroyed by the Japanese government.

Zammuto, "Great Equator"

Zammuto - Great Equator (Official Music Video)

"...hopes to magically transport you into images straight from the pages of National Geographic. Not the ones about famine or environmental collapse, but with the pretty close-ups of animals and tech."

Now look at: A bunch of real nice animals.

White Lung, "In Your Home"

White Lung - In Your Home (Official Video)

"The Vancouver punks themselves and a bunch of stand-ins get styled like gross dolls, with other faces occasionally superimposed as they rock out in a black and white night terror with the Deep Fantasy cover art in the background and hell's hobby horses as their noble steeds."

Now watch: The less hellish nightmare room of Tom Petty's "Don't Come Around Here No More" video.

Lee Paradise, "Farisian"

"Late 20th Century bombshells like Juliette Lewis and Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction get mashed alongside Blade Runner footage and an assortment of other films. You'll wish you could put it on your wall."

Now watch: The work of video scratch artist George Barber.

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