Lupe Fiasco’s Animal Pharm/Atoms for Peace

Lupe Fiasco’s recent release uses a chunk of this year’s also amazing ‘Ingenue’, by Atoms For Peace. His version of the song pairs the meandering synth lead and skittering beats with a dense critique of, well…a lot of things. The song is incredibly layered and a reminder that the frequently outspoken MC is a vastly talented writer. He announced this year that his finished album Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Part 2 will be shelved and he is starting with a new album that’s called Tetsuo & Youth. It’s a different angle and twist.” No word on if Animal Pharm will be on Tetsuo & Youth.

Let’s not forget that ‘Ingenue’ is also one of the better singles of the year, with what will probably end up as one of my favorite videos of the year. Though every music blog on the internet posted about it back in February, but as internet years are like dog years squared, take another look:

The simple set-piece was designed by Wayne McGregor, resident choreographer at London’s Royal Ballet. Yorke’s coconspirator in the video is Fukiko Takase, a dancer who is part of McGregor’s renowned group Random Dance. McGregor was also the man behind the moves that most everyone thought were spasmodically improvised in the previous Radiohead clip for Lotus Flower. It’s quite awesome to release his movements are intentional in that video.

The gorgeous bespoke suits that both Thom and Fukiko wear in ‘Ingenue’ are handmade by the Savile Row tailors Norton & Sons. GQ has a pretty interesting interview with Patrick Grant, the tailor who constructed the clothes for the video.

The video’s director, Gareth Jennings was one half of the now defunct directing duo Hammer and Tongs. That pair has created a bunch of interesting clips over the years: including Vampire Weekend’s spazzy A Punk, the classic Coffee & TV video for Blur and the mostly maligned, but still I love it feature adaptation of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

Well, that was interesting…from Lupe to Hitchhikers Guide in 5 moves. Not bad.