Songwriter, producer and musician SG Lewis today shares the video for his collaborative new single ‘Better’ with rising US star Clairo. The result of a chance writing session in LA, the track instantly became a viral hit last month and was labelled “addictive” by Pigeons and Planes” with Hypebeast calling it “the perfect summer jam”. The innate chemistry the duo shared in the studio has now naturally translated into the fun, care-free video for ‘Better’. Shot in Chicago and produced by Weird Life Films (Ravyn Lenae, Soccer Mommy), ‘Better’ features both artists as they drive around the city in full-length tracksuits in a loving homage to classic Hype William’s directed videos of the later nineties, early noughties. Speaking on the track, SG says “I played Clairo the instrumental and she jumped on it straight away! The process was so natural, I kept the beat unquantized from the jam as I felt like it gave the record an old disco feel”. The single is the perfect marriage of SG’s signature warm, sunny house production and Clairo’s dreamy vocal delivery. Clairo reflects, “Sam is one of the most talented producers I know. We met the same day that we made this song, and just clicked instantly. “Better” is one of the first real steps I’ve made into ‘pop music’ and this collab feels like a match made in heaven!” ‘Better’ is the latest in a long run of exceptional collabs for SG, with his upcoming album featuring J Warner, Kartell and a host of others yet to be announced. After an incredible run of dates across Europe, America, Australia and Asia so far this year, SG also recently announced a landmark headline show at London’s iconic superclub Printworks on December 7th. In addition he will return to the US for a full tour starting in September making stops at Brooklyn’s Elsewhere on September 28th & 29th and LA’s The Fonda Theater on October 19th. This year, SG Lewis began releasing music from his ambitious three-part album ‘Dusk, Dark, Dawn’. Currently in phase one – ‘Dusk’ – SG imagines the trajectory of one night out in club music and is a loving tribute to club and youth culture. Referencing a wide breadth of styles and genres, ‘Dusk’ uses disco, west coast hip-hop and 80s electro to set the scene. Soon to move into Phase 2 – ‘Dark’ – he’ll use heavier styles like techno and rap to move the crowd into the night before heading off on his worldwide tour. US pop prodigy Clairo is on an undeniable ascent, with collaborators including Rejjie Snow and Danny L Harle and her ‘diary 001’ EP receiving major accolades across the world.SG LEWIS TOUR DATESAugust 8 Budapest, Hungary Sziget FestivalAugust 12 Pristina, Kosovo Sunny Hill FestivalAugust 24 Zurich, Switzerland Zurich OpenairAugust 25 Paris, France Rock en SeineSeptember 25 Washington, DC Union StageSeptember 26 Philadelphia, PA The Foundry at the FillmoreSeptember 28 Brooklyn, NY Elsewhere (SOLD OUT)September 29 Brooklyn, NY ElsewhereSeptember 30 Cambridge, MA The SinclairOctober 2 Toronto, ON Mod ClubOctober 3 Montreal, QC Fairmount TheatreOctober 5 Detroit, MI El ClubOctober 6 Chicago, IL Lincoln HallOctober 7 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street EntryOctober 10 Austin, TX Come and Take it LiveOctober 11 Houston, TX Bronze PeacockOctober 12 Dallas, TX HOB – Cambridge RoomOctober 14 Denver, CO Larimer LoungeOctober 16 Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – VinylOctober 17 Santa Barbara, CA SOhO – Restaurant & Music ClubOctober 19 Los Angeles, CA The Fonda TheatreOctober 20 Santa Ana, CA The ObservatoryOctober 21 San Francisco, CA The Regency TheaterOctober 23 Portland, OR HoloceneOctober 24 Seattle, WA The CrocodileOctober 26 Vancouver, BC Fortune Sound ClubDecember 7 London, UK Printworks
Toronto artist NUE, premiered his much anticipated music video for his latest single, “Nightfall” via Hypebeast. The song has already cultivated over 1 million total streams since its audio release on Noisey along with the uptempo “Deadman.” “Nightfall” is a striking visual with animated narcotics, skulls, and animé-inspired caricatures (that he drew himself).
The anime illustrator explained the video to Hypebeast stating, “Soon as the sun goes down that’s when my day starts and that’s pretty much what the song is. N****s pretty much live in the darkness, me and boys that’s just the lifestyle. I got a project I’m working on right now that I’m super excited about. I went to a different planet to make that shit, it’s all these new sounds the world’s never heard before, so be sure to watch out for that.”
The video’s release follows Nue’s impressive Iroquois mixtape that went on to capture the attention of outlets such as; Complex, The Fader, Pigeons and Planes, PAPER Magazine, Rap Radar, and more. The Toronto native is slowly making waves in the American music market as he performed at the first ever Canadian music stage at this past SXSW.
NUE vulnerably shows his paranoia and dealings with women. Through all the nuanced complexities that NUE experiences, the video ends with a calmness taking over him — as blood drapes all over his body, symbolizing escaping his troubles and coming to terms with his issues.
Take a look at “Nightfall” below and look out for more music coming from NUE this June.
Watch “Nightfall” Music Video HERE