This week here on The Frog, we’re going to be sticking to a particular theme: KIDS AT PLAY. And today’s Music Video Monday will start off this theme week with a bang (pun fully intended). Let’s get to know the ingredients of this secret recipe:

IS TROPICAL

Formed in London in 2009, Is Tropical were signed to French music and fashion label Kitsuné. The band entered the studio in the autumn of 2010 to record their debut album, and released the single “South Pacific” in January 2011. Around this time, they toured the UK and Europe as special guests of Klaxons, The Big Pink, Mystery Jets, Good Shoes and also co-headlined a tour with Egyptian Hip Hop.

In June 2011 they released their debut album “Native To,” which was preceded by the single “The Greeks.” “The Greeks” was accompanied by a video directed by French directors, Megaforce. The video was critically praised and has won several awards, such as The Antville Music Video Awards 2011, UK Music Video Awards 2011, D&AD Yellow Pencil Award 2012, and an Artrocker Award. After the release of “Native To” and their single “Lies,” the band spent the rest of 2011 and part of 2012 touring Europe, the USA, Japan, South America and the Far East.

In January 2013, Is Tropical released an EP, titled “Flags,” featuring artists Get People, Visions, Drugzndreamz, Goodbye Leopold and Owen Pratt.

The band released their second album, “I’m Leaving,” on May 20, 2013. The first single taken from the album is “Dancing Anymore,” accompanied by a video also directed by Megaforce (see below). In April 2013, Is Tropical became one of the first Western bands to play in Mongolia.

MEGAFORCE

Former graphic designers Léo Berne, Charles Brisgand, Raphaël Rodriguez and Clément Gallet are the four members of the French collective MEGAFORCE. With their background in the visual medium, Megaforce believes in “pushing the envelope” with their music videos. Their second video for Is Tropical, “Dancing Anymore,” gained notoriety and was removed from YouTube within hours of its release due to its graphic depiction of imagined sexual acts between a young man and naked CG characters. (It’s even a little too NSFW for The Frog to link to, so you’ll have to Google that on your own time.)

Megaforce named their collective after an old action film featuring a “phantom army of super elite fighting men whose weapons are the most powerful science can devise.” You can check out the trailer for that film here, if you really must, but as a collective, there is little to compare Megaforce: the video directors with the movie that inspired them.

Megaforce continues to crank out some amazing visuals in all of their videos, working with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Dizzee Rascal and Madonna. You can check out a lot of their work here.

THE GREEKS

So, you take 2 parts Is Tropical, mix it with 2 parts Megaforce, and what you get is an insane mix of youthful imagination that is wrong in just the right way. Enjoy!

Now go take a shower, Froggies.

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