Tauranga hip hop group Flow on Show released “Move to the Flow” as a double A-side along with a track called “Ease Your Mind”. While “Move to the Flow” is the group’s self-described B-boy anthem, “Ease Your Mind” is an ode to hanging out at the beach at Mount Maunganui.
In the world of “Move to the Flow”, everything is cool. It’s set in an old warehouse, helped out by a generous cast of extras. There’s an attempt at some “Beat It” style dancing between rival groups, but both groups seem aware of their lack of dance menace. Slightly more successful is some formation dancing, with the less skilled dancers hidden down the back and sympathetic camera angles not revealing too much.
I have long wanted some good, show-stopping dancing in a New Zealand music video, so I have no complaints when a group actually puts effort into bringing dance to their video. There’s also some highly skilled breakdancing that steals the show.
But then I keep thinking back to the “Ease Your Mind” video. As cool and urban as Flow on Show try to be in the “Move to the Flow” video, the truth is out there – they are actually dudes who really like hanging out at Mount Maunganui on a hot summer’s day and give a shout out to the suburban streets of their neighbourhood. And that all seems a lot more fun than the self-conscious world of the “Move to the Flow” warehouse.
Best bit: the breakdancer’s headspin – always good.
Note: This video was on Facebook, but is now unavailable.
Next… showdown at high noon.