Grimes ‘Go’ Ft. Blood Diamonds (Official Video)
As collaborations go, they usually create commotion and sometimes uproars on the net. We have seen a fair few pop up on the Purple Sneakers site and could name a few brilliant ones like Disclosure and Sam Smith on ‘Latch‘ and XXYYXX and Vanessa Elisha on ‘Unknown‘. This week, another artist will be added to that growing list with Canadian electronic artist, Grimes.
In this collaboration with fellow producer and good friend, Blood Diamonds, Claire Bouchet takes things a notch higher with this genre-hopping track, infusing unheard elements of dub step into her usual collection of peculiar and quirks.
The sounds of this track is deceptively familiar and distant at the same time, there is an absence of her signature layered high-pitched voice that was represented in tracks like ‘Oblivion’ and ‘Vanessa’ but it still collects a sample of the glistening and catchy hooks. What goes out will end up replaced; airy drum beats and a fast-acting dub step beat solid for the clubs take its place.
In a recent show at the Governors Ball Music Festival in New York, Grimes revealed the song was originally written for Rihanna to use but had it turned down. This is definitely not the Grimes that we were familiar with that created Visions, not that Claire devotes her life to criticism or compliment, but we definitely agree with this new flow that she’s riding on.
On the same note of collaboration, Claire invites her brother Mac to co-direct the fantasy-filled video which is their take on Dante’s Inferno, it takes a page out of Korn’s video repertoire and features scenes of the desert, long swords and trippy strobe lights on water. Beyond the visually astounding elements, screenwriter David Hayter, who did up popular titles like X-Men and Watchmen, was drafted in to read the opening lines of the Inferno
Speaking in depth about the video, Claire says; “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.”
Words by Darren Ng