With their compelling live presence and irresistible, sun-soaked pop sound, LA’s coolest “three sisters and one mister” act is destined for big things – watch this space.
2012 has been a big year for Haim. Fresh from releasing their debut EP Forever, they’ve since toured to rapturous acclaim, receiving the same fever-pitch enthusiasm whether they’re playing SXSW or The Shacklewell Arms. Formed of sisters Este, Alana, Danielle and friend Dash, the sisters took time out of their recent hectic UK show schedule to talk about familial squabbles, drinking slurpees and meeting the A$AP crew. Read the rest of this entry
Filling dancefloors with his woozy, blissed-out soundscapes and tropical-print production, Vancouver-based electronic artist/producer Blood Diamonds (otherwise known as Michael Diamond) currently stands head and shoulders above his competitors (well, he is 6″9). Now, with upcoming EP Phone Sex (said to be the result of a night partying with frequent collaborator Grimes) all but ready to drop, we talk to Mike about the Canadian music scene, Ke$ha and where he’d be without the Internet. Read the rest of this entry
We speak to London’s most interesting new vocalist on soundscaping, Portishead and her brand new mixtape, Tripping On Wisdom.
Up-and-coming London-based artist Py (real name, Jade Pybus) is destined for big things. Having only performed her first ever live show in March, she has already collaborated with some seriously impressive names like Lapalux, Damu and Greenwood Sharps – and with her enchanting vocals and hypnotic tripped-out sound, it’s pretty much a guarantee she’ll be taking up residence on your iPod this summer. Read the rest of this entry
So, your office is too loud, your room too quiet and there’s nothing on the radio except One Direction – what CAN you listen to while you work? Check out our favourite sites to give your brain a break. Read the rest of this entry
Since 2005, North London-based trio Belleruche have been getting toes tapping and hips shaking with their addictive, highly original electronic-soul sound – and now they’re back with their shiny new fourth album, Rollerchain. Guitarist Ricky Fabulous tells us more.
Rollerchain has just been released. What kind of lyrical and musical concepts were behind it?
It’s more experimental in sound than our previous albums. We would write parts then chop them on the computer, replay them through amps and them start chopping again. This fits with the lyrics, as they’re very much about personal feelings and experiences, and the music takes this kind of form – kind of like fragments of thoughts and ideas laid against each other to make sounds and lyrics. Read the rest of this entry
Born in the darkest woods of Sweden, schooled in a far-flung Japanese jungle, ascending to Grammy award-winning pop stardom in Norway and now taking on Europe (next stop, the world?), electronic artist Karin Park is getting music fans everywhere (including us here at FAULT) talking with her bewitching vocals, spine-shaking beats and statuesque 6”3 frame. With fourth album Highwire Poetry poised to drop this month, what’s next for the Scandinavian siren?
FAULT: Tell us about Highwire Poetry – what can we expect?
KARIN: It’s electronic, and has a lot of heavy beats and bass; there’s fun in there, it’s fresh. It’s a collection of songs, not just beats with a bit of melody. Read the rest of this entry
There’s a new Internet meme on the horizon. It’s thick. It’s green. It OOZES. It’s… slimepunk! Starting off as a trolling game on Facebook and shaped by ‘likes’, #slimepunk is set to take 2k12 – and your Tumblr page – by storm…
While #seapunk gave us turquoise hair, idyllic ocean scenes and an almost disturbing love of dolphins last year, slimepunk is all about getting greener, grimier and naaastier – think noxious colours, polluted sounds and, above all, LETHAL DOSES OF SLIME. Read the rest of this entry
My Panda Shall Fly (named after a fun day out at Alton Towers!) is the project of one Suren Seneviratne, a South London-based fine artist/producer with an ear for music and an eye for fun. His “sun-kissed Tibetan crunk” sound will be big news in 2k12!
SS: Your debut EP, Sorry It Took So Long, only dropped in April. What’s the story there?
SS: It’s a dig at ourselves [the original three MPSF members] for having never released anything in all our years of making music. When I took on the name as a solo project, I didn’t want to release anything – I never felt it was good enough. Read the rest of this entry
Operating as both DJ Kingdom’s creative brainchild and Night Slugs’ sister label, record label/club night Fade To Mind already boasts names like Nguzunguzu and Total Freedom.
SS: So Kingdom, you’re obviously a well-established DJ in your own right… what prompted you to start your own label?
K: My friend DJ Prince William was asking me about it for a while. As time went on, it seemed more and more necessary – especially since we felt that Nguzunguzu’s incredible musical output needed a proper home – and we decided to start the label together. Prince thought of the name ‘Fade to Mind’ – it was his BBM status for a while, and just stuck. Read the rest of this entry
This LA-based production duo turned 1999 R&B jam ‘The Boy is Mine’ (Brandy and Monica) into an angelic continuous harp epic on their appropriately titled Perfect Lullaby mixtape. Now back with a brooding, dark mystery inside the dance tracks of their latest release Timesup, Nguzunguzu reveal the secret behind stripper music, and how to ward off evil water spirits.
SS: Where does the name ‘NGUZUNGUZU’ come from? Exotic…
DP: The Solomon Islands. We’re water themed!
AM: It’s a figurehead that wards off evil water spirits, usually put at the front of a canoe when going to hunt. We like the phonetics. NGUZUNGUZU – looks good, don’t it? Read the rest of this entry