Nguzunguzu’s ‘Mecha’ Video Is a Smorgasbord of Evil Robots
'Skycell' duo raid 'Matrix,' 'Avengers,' and more for mechanized monsters
When we heard the titular first taste of Nguzunguzu’s new Skycell EP, SPIN’s Philip Sherburne theorized that the Los Angeles duo had set out to answer the question: “What if you could make U.K.-style grime music with no hard edges at all?” On their latest track “Mecha,” Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda still take a minimal, airy approach, but the accompanying video is packed wall-to-wall with dangerously solid and hefty things — namely, a wilding cavalcade of mechanized bad guys borrowed from cinema’s past. The annals of anime are raided (Gundam, perhaps?) as are sci-fi flicks (The Matrix) and action blockbusters (The Avengers). Directed by Jude MC for MOCAtv, the clip was inspired by the Fade to Mind EP’s theme — Skycell is apparently video game that captures the user and subs in a hostile alternate reality.