Get transported to another world in Amsterdam duo CUT_’s music video for “Trick Me”

Amsterdam duo CUT_ takes you through their cinematic pop universe in the music video for their single “Trick Me”. The minimalist clip features glitchy tight framed cuts of Alice, performing an interpretive style of dance that mirrors the frenetic energy of the track. Her almost animal-like dance qualities combined with her androgynous beauty shines through in the video.

Take a look below!

Tour Dates:
April 20th: Luxor Live @ Arnhem, The Netherlands
April 21st: Grenswerk @ Venlo, The Netherlands
April 28th: Muziekgieterij @ Maastricht, The Netherlands
May 16th: Ancienne Belgique @ Brussels, Belgium
May 18th: Paradiso @ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
May 19th: Mezz @ Breda, The Netherlands
May 26th: Dauwpop Festival @ Hellendoorn, The Netherlands

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FAULT Weekly Playlist: China Roses

Adelaide pop-rap duo China Roses (comprised of vocalist Jessica Fisher and producer Pietro Filippone) have dropped their latest single with a sound ever so familiar to that of fellow Radelaidian Allday and Brissy artist Mallrat.

“Piedaterres” is an uplifting track inspired by love and appreciation for those in your life who believe in the artistry you’re creating. “It’s written around the theme of surrounding yourself with people that believe in you, and encourage you to fulfill your potential.” We’re all about positive vibes and creating an inclusive community so we’re fully on board with China Roses.

We asked the duo to put together some of their current favorite tracks and you can see both Jes and Pietro’s picks below! Add these to your weekend party playlist.

Jes’s Picks

Mallrat – UFO

Amazing perspective. I also feel like an alien, going back to when I was 7 though. These two vibing are powerful and magical. A gift to the earth.

Paradise Club – Saturday Night

The nostalgic feel in this song from these fellow South Australians is amazing. Something about the combination of the synth and chorusing guitar is awesome Just one of the many bands I love for this reason along with Trophy Eyes and Good Doogs.

Kllo – Last Yearn

Such a cute cousin duo. I love her dark vocals and his minimalistic production. Definitely something we use as inspiration for our own music.

Odesza – Late Night

Play this on repeat to get out of a bad funk. This track is a day changer.

Jess Day – Waiting

This girl is talented. Her voice is so moving and inspires me to create things. Another South Australian, Jess and I have supported each other with our music from both of our beginnings.

Pietro’s Picks

Uth Fruit – Thorns

Virtually unknown, this guy is one of my biggest influences. His production is crisp, his music is unbelievably exciting and vibey. If I was stuck on a desert island with only one artist to listen to, this would be the guy.

Louis The Child – Slow Down Love

Since finding these guys on FIFA they have never missed the mark. One of my biggest influences, I just love everything they do.

Duckwrth – I’m Dead

Always keen to hear something super funky with genuinely dope and unique rapping. This guy is next level.

ShockOne – Bleed Black

Putting in a good word for a fellow Adelaidian. It’s hard to pull off a track of this caliber but he nailed it so hard, it’s like getting kicked in the ear.

Lido – Problems

I’ve listened to Lido for a while and this has got to be my favourite of his tracks. It’s so simple but does so much for me.

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FAULT Weekly Playlist: KODA

The grandson of a famous Haitian singer and a self-proclaimed vagabond, Koda channels his free-spirited personality in his music. Initially crafted as a side-project, Koda’s penchant for hook-laden ambient dream pop caught the attention of over 20 million streams and with it, calls from music supervisors all over the world.

That success led to the a one-way ticket from Colombia to Los Angeles, where Koda would spend the next few years buried in the studio, writing 100s of songs as he developed what would eventually become his? ?debut LP,? ?i? ?hope? ?this? ?makes? ?us? ?better?.? ?The project marks a return to his rock roots, a blend of vocals-driven neue-gaze, post-rock, and alternative electronica.

We asked Koda to put together a playlist of tracks that inspire him, including some music he picked up on while living on Colombia to b-sides from hip hop stalwarts OutKast. Tune in below.

Soft Hair – Lying Has to Stop

I am OBSESSED with this song. It’s pure bouncy, bubbly fun. It has this absurdist youthful Spongebob aesthetic to it- it’s actually insane, and the lyrics are so pointed and goofy. Connan Mockasin is a genius; I saw him once at UCLA, and halfway through his set he brought out Sergio Flores (the sexy sax man) and he was shooting roses into the crowd from his saxophone, it made so much sense. Everyone is sleeping on this song – it’s the only thing that makes sense in this fucked up reality.

Dámaso Pérez Prado – Caballo Negro

I was stoned out of my mind when I first heard this – It plays at the beginning of Santa Sangre; there’s a brilliant, literal bird’s eye view shot over the circus and this song choice is perfect. I don’t have much to say about this one beyond its perfection when married to those particular images. I spend a lot of my time writing music to picture and i don’t think i’ll ever get it this right.

Outkast – Prototype

Has there ever been a sadder, sexier song? I think not. It’s so many things at once and it’s one of those things you have to repeat 3-4 times every time it comes on. I’ve listened 3 times trying to find the words to describe it – it’s just so simple and succinct and the groove is incredible. Did André 3000 play bass on it?

Cibo Matto – Birthday Cake

This perfectly encapsulates the 1990’s. I’m very terrified of having children one day, and I think it has something to do with the way she’s pleading with her son in this. It’s so raw, and the kooky organ really hammers it in. It’s featured in this Japanese video game Jet Set Radio Future and that soundtrack was very formative; serving as precursor for the whole Bristol sound trip hop thing (for me).

The Mars Volta – Televators

I first heard this on a college music mag compilation CD courtesy of my dad, and I think it was the first time I really cried because of music. It was so beyond (in scope, in sound, in musical maturity) pretty much everything I was listening to at the time, and Cedric’s crooning absolutely destroyed my soul. Confession: I used to get picked on hard for my curly hair and used to either straighten it or cut it until I got into this band. It was always either too frizzy or too dirty or any number of things, and none of the bands I listened to looked anything like me. Then I saw The Mars Volta, and Cedric had this huge curly mess going, and he was SUCH A BADASS. It all clicked for me then. I don’t think I’d be singing today without them as role-models.

Radiohead – Daydreaming

This is an obvious pick. Thom Yorke is this huge role model for me and the depth of emotion on this track is shattering. It feels like my hero’s heart is breaking into a million pieces – it’s one of those things you hear and think “what’s even left for him?” It gave me this lingering fear of love and loss that’s hard to cope with. I can’t relate with it yet, and I’m terrified now of the day I can.

Nine Inch Nails – 20 Ghosts III

This has to be my favorite mood piece – the way it washes in and out – the techy nightmare world it paints a picture of. It’s night personified. Weaving in and out of traffic. Heavy Rain. I always picture some Lynchian horrorshow. I want to direct a music video for this some day – I don’t really know how, I just want to. This is such an ungroovy playlist now.

Krzysztof Penderecki – Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima

There’s a shame to this song. Even if you didn’t know the title you’d know what it was about, you can feel it in your core – this great evil we unleashed. My connection with music is mostly emotional and rarely intellectual – so i’m not the one to reflect on this piece in writing beyond saying “oh my god”. Haunting in the worst way.

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FAULT Weekly Playlist: NoMBe

The Pharrell endorsed rising electro-soul phenomenon NoMBe has been releasing a steady stream of tracks over the last couple years, recently culminating in his first full-length “They Might’ve Even Love Me.”

On the buzzy, vibrant 18-track concept album, NoMBe explores and interrogates his relationships with all the women who’ve shaped his life, from ex’s to high school crushes, to true loves, to his mother, to his god-mother, soul legend Chaka Khan. With each love song taking on a different relationship, the album is a diaristic, brutally honest collection that sees NoMBe seductive, tender, elated, heartbroken and inspired all at once.

Following a successful run of shows at this year’s SXSW, NoMBe will support alt-J for a pair of shows, as well as a co-headline run of dates with Mikky Ekko and Mansionair. Before we get to that, NoMBe has shared with us some of his go-to tracks to listen to while on the road. Dive in.

Electric Guest – Dear To Me

These guys have been one of my favorites of recent years and on heavy rotation at my house. If you aren’t familiar, that needs to change!

THEY. – Dante’s Creek

I fell in love with this tune immediately. I’m a big fan of what these guys are doing. It’s very dark and emotional in a unique way with a lot of attitude…collaborations are in the works, too.

Boots – Mercy

Every now and then you find a record as an artist that makes you wonder what the hell you’re doing with your time. Mercy was that for me. My buddy Mikey Mike showed this to me and I was floored. It just sounded superior in quality and had a great song. Check out more from boots, he actually produced a lot of Beyonce’s records, too.

Sonder – Too Fast

This is my favorite record when I’m driving. Great production and Brent Faiyaz voice is jus butter..

Beshkin – Faceless

I remember meeting these cats on set shooting the video to “Faceless” and thought this might be cool. Once I heard the song weeks later I realized there’s some serious talent about to come up. Gus solo work has also been very inspiring. Make sure to give him a listen as well.

DCKWRTH – Michull

DUCKWRTH has been another great artist I’ve been really into. His whole swag and esthetic are really inspiring. Check out our song together called 2 Bucks!

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R&B artist Jhyve breathes new life to Toronto’s burgeoning music scene in his “Conversations” EP

Hailing from the creative hub of Toronto that was minted by Drake, R&B singer-songwriter-producer Jhyve gives us another reason to pay attention to the Canadian metropolitan powerhouse.
With guitar in hand, Jhyve is the latest star emerging from Toronto’s musical firmament thanks to his singular soul-focused sound.

Born Jamaal Desmond Bowry, Jhyve comes by his genre blend honestly. His mother sings in a gospel choir and his father is a former DJ who bumped soca and calypso at community parties with his own “big ass” soundsystem. Jhyve took those influences from his parents, immigrants from the Caribbean island of St. Kits, mixed them with the late-90s R&B he grew up on and added alt-rock picked up from his university dorm-mates who played guitar and got high all day. Everything filtered in.

“I wouldn’t have the sound I have today if i didn’t have all these honest prolonged exposures to different types of music coming up,” he says. But while his music is influenced by the the past, it stil sounds cutting-edge. “People confuse paying homage to duplication. There has to be reinvention. Don’t be brothers, be cousins.”

The jack of all trades performer falls in line with other boundary-pushing artists like Miguel and SZA, and his latest EP is Conversations, a five-song cycle about relationships that displays an introspection and vulnerability rarely seen in modern R&B, at least from the guys.

“Men hardly get out of a position of strength and nobility in love songs,” Jhyve says. “We always come at it from receiving the best love ever or being hurt by an ex. It’s very rare that you get more range of emotion. Conversations covers that range.”

The title track is about how men aren’t just about one thing, but actually enjoy conversation, too, while “Feel Something” is about romantic disconnection and “Convince Me” is about insecurity. The dark and moody “Human,” with a cinematic video to match, stems from a messy breakup in Jhyve’s past that inspired lines like: “you got problems like the rest of us / fighting demons like the best of us.” While “Keep Doing You” is about catharsis and closure, set after a relationship and offering redemption and emotional release as it ties in with his own experience chasing his dreams.

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FAULT Weekly Playlist: MORILLA

Australian artist MORILLA is off to ripping start in 2018 with “Love Me,” a track that blends elements of R&B, trap, and electronica. Produced by fellow Aussie cln, “Love Me” channels the intricate beat stylings of Flume with The Weeknd-esque vocals.

We asked MORILLA to put together a playlist of what he’s currently listening to, including cuts from Khalid and Bryson Tiller.

Bryson Tiller – Don’t

This song is one of the songs that re-ignited my interest in wanting to write R&B music again. Bryson himself as an artist, and history of how he got to where he is now is inspirational.

Khalid – Coaster

I first heard this song in the car when I was going through a break up and I cried… no body knows this haha. The lyrics, the melody and his voice just hit home for me.

Banks – Fuck Em Only We Know

I love this song because it oozes romance and rebellion all at the same time. It makes me feel young and in love everytime i listen to it.

Drake – Take Care (feat Rhianna)

This song and the whole Take Care album is probably my all time favourite of Drakes work. I remember thinking at the time that this choices of producers and samples were just different for hip hop and R&B at the time and it really stood out.

SZA – The Weekend

I love everything she does, but this song lyrically is controversial and sexy. I love her flow with her melodies.

Rhianna – Needed Me

Yeh she’s mainstream but I love her, and she is a badass and her attitude oozes through her vocals over this production.

Golden Vessel – Daylight

Ive been a huge fan of GV since the beginning, and he gets better and better with every release. The intricacy with his beats and his production is insane.

Aaliyah – One In A Million

To me, this song is timeless. Aaliyah’s music was ahead of its time. There are so many R&B/Hip Hop tracks that are moulded from her style.

Goldliink – Crew

The chorus right from the beginning is just so catchy and it continues to get cooler the more you listen through.

Frank Ocean – Thinking ‘Bout You

Still the best and most iconic Frank song. Love that he jumps from his low register straight to falsetto between the verses and choruses. And lyrically its so goddamn emotional!

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FAULT Weekly Playlist: RYDER

Rising LA based R&B pop artist RYDER feels like a kindred spirit, a girl who you just met but you know immediately that you need to be best friends. Writing deeply relatable lyrics and coming from NYU’s music program that has shone a light on talents such as Gallant and Maggie Rogers, it seems RYDER is primed for success.

Her thumping single “King” showcases her vocal range that has a smoke-y quality akin to Amy Winehouse, but with a heavier pop bent. It’s a celebratory song about how love can be this power another human has that reigns over you.

We asked RYDER to share some of her current favorite songs, including the absolute monster hit “Somebody Else” by The 1975. Stream on!

My Chemical Romance – Welcome to the Black Parade

One of my favorite songs of all time. The video and the song are just perfect! It has this epic & emotional beginning production and writing wise, it follow’s no structure and becomes an almost different song midway through, every second is just mind-blowing. It just keeps building and is so well thought out from start to finish. It feeds the emotional teenager in me.

Florence + the Machine – Shake It Out

When I read Florence Welch’s lyrics I feel as if I’m reading poetry, her use of language truly knows no bounds. Shake it out acknowledges darkness and regrets and yet is inspiring and uplifting, it has a little bit of everything. Her voice is just stunning; this record continues to be a constant inspiration and influence for me throughout my writing process. I saw Florence Welch perform live at Coachella a few years ago at the show where she famously broke her foot and it was by far one of the most incredible performances I’ve ever seen on a stage. She really brings everyone into the world she’s created.

The 1975 – Somebody Else

This song was my introduction to The 1975 and yes I know I was late to the party, but now I’m hooked! I remember a friend said to me “You have to listen to this band, you will be obsessed with their music” she played me “Somebody Else”, I ended up listening to it on repeat for the next few weeks and still put it on all the time. Everyone can relate to Truman Black’s narrative in some form and it puts me in this amazing nostalgic mental space. The concept and production is so simple and it doesn’t need anything else to be epic. That’s something I always try to remind myself that when simple feels good, it can be the best way to convey a song.

Greg Holden – Boys In The Street (Seeb Remix)

I don’t think I can even get through this song without crying, it’s pretty new I just recently discovered it but it has truly touched me. It’s a story about a man whose father wouldn’t accept him for simply being himself and being different until he is finally on his death bed and see’s that perhaps he really didn’t know best from the start and that in love there is no right or wrong. This song tells a real story with layers from start to finish in the way that old time records or country songs do. The remix Seeb did really compliments the melody; it’s an amazing collab.

MIA – Paper Planes

First off, the music production and the use of that guitar sample by Diplo is incredible, he is a definitely a dream collaborator of mine. M.I.A. is this fierce female who uses her commanding voice to tell stories about real world issues and isn’t afraid to get honest, she is another inspiration to me. I remember becoming obsessed with this record back in high school and I think its one of those songs that always stays relevant no matter how much time passes.

Amy Winehouse – Valerie

I mean where do I even start, Amy winehouse was such a legend it breaks my heart that she is no longer with us. Her music touched people. Her honesty and pain laced with a whole lot of sauce came through her lyrics and is what made her so unique. Also for the time the production and jazz infused soul was a genre she reignited in the popular music space. Amy tells her story combined with a voice that just has so much power and depth. I love all her music it’s quite hard to pick, so I chose my two favorites. Mark Ronson who produced these records to me is just mindblowingly talented, I’ve been lucky enough to meet him in passing a few times. He is another dream collaborator of mine. I always put on Amy’s music when I’m at home relaxing or just having me time, I truly enjoy all of rich texture and lush instrumentation.

Santigold – Chasing Shadows

I’m a big Santigold fan she’s such a creative soul, her wild melodies and bold left-winged production are pure ear candy. The low vocal tone she has in the verse is so rich and her highs have so much character. I love listening to her, her music feels like real art.

Fun. – We Are Young

I’m such a sucker for epic melodies and acoustic leaning production, Fun. and Jeff Bhasker are brilliant on this tune.

Robyn – Dancing On My Own

First off, the whole “body talk” album is unreal I’ve probably listened to every song a million times easily, voice, lyric, production, melodies it’s all just so on point and delicious! You can’t hear that intro and not want to dance, such an empowering tune, a true girl anthem!

Purity Ring – Fineshrine

One of my favorite productions on a song ever! The intro in this too is brilliant.

Son Lux – Flickers

Ryan Lott of Son Lux is one of my absolute favorite artists, his voice is hauntingly beautiful and his music is stunning. He started as a film composer and so you have this dreamy fantasy production with operatic sounds. He also uses instruments like oboes and uncommon sounds to create these amazing musical cascades.

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Vagabond Australian songwriter Emerson Leif chases happiness in his new single “Hesitate”

Australian upstart Emerson Leif has blessed us with an arrestingly beautiful new single “Hesitate” featuring fellow Aussie creative Golden Vessel. Like all great things in life, “Hesitate” started as a flicker of an idea before manifesting into a full-fledged concept, entrenched in the universal feeling that comes with chasing fleeting happiness.

We had the opportunity to chat with Emerson about the deeper meaning behind “Hesitate,” his collaborative process with Golden Vessel, and much more.

FAULT: You (Emerson Leif) and Golden Vessel have been friends for a long time and this isn’t your first collaboration either. How has your relationship changed since you first started making music together and how has your process evolved?

Emerson Leif: Max and I met because of music but quickly discovered that we both had the same over the top sense of humour and have been buds ever since. Working on something with a friend is always going to feel more natural. It’s nice to have someone you trust to bounce ideas off. I remember when we first spent time working on music together I really liked Max’s confidence and excitement over new ideas. Max hasn’t changed much since then except he wears turtle neck turtlenecks now.

FAULT: I think we’re all struggling to fill a void and music a lot of times can be that great escape. What is the primary message you hope listeners take away from your music?

Emerson: You can feel it when a song actually means something. I do not think that music is ‘the answer’ but I do believe it is universal, and can serve as a catalyst for more open minded conversation regarding ‘greater truth’ in respect to the human condition. I wrote ‘hesitate’ at I time when I had many questions and it marked the beginning of a life changing journey for me.

FAULT: We’re sad we can’t be there for your tour, but tell us more about what to expect from your live show.

Emerson: Well my live show is me and my friend Connor (who also makes music as Akurei), we both sing and play keys, and I’ve got these midi cubes which light up when I hit them. We also run projections that sync with what we’re doing, which are cut mainly from 90’s Asian cult films.

FAULT: What’s your favourite thing about touring?

Emerson: I think if you didn’t answer the show itself, you’d be lying haha. The hours of travelling and just waiting around for each show is not so much, fun but then the show itself makes it all worthwhile for sure.

FAULT: Finally, what is your FAULT?

Emerson: Those dishes in the sink.

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