FAULT Weekly Playlist: Lostboycrow

Lostboycrow draws from Santa Fe, New Mexico’s natural creative energy and endless high desert landscape for his new single “Since The Day I Was Born.” It’s the first look from his forthcoming album aptly titled Santa Fe and where he wrote most of the album. “I was already in love with the people and energy of New Mexico, and Santa Fe is so beautiful,” he admits. “Santa Fe is a vehicle of exploring gratitude for where I am, who I am, and how I came to be Lostboycrow and ultimately do what I’m doing.”

Revered for his rapturous voice, off-kilter R&B panache, pure alternative perception, and airtight songwriting, Lostboycrow has emerged in 2018 with over 150 million streams with no sign of stopping.

In addition to sharing his new song “Since The Day I Was Born,” we asked Lostboycrow to put together a playlist of songs that inspire him. Check it out below.

1. Grouplove – Borderlines and Aliens
This band is equal parts compelling, original and just completely fun. you can just tell they had the best time making it. makes me want to get on a stage overtime.

2. Cage The Elephant – Portuguese Knife Fight
They always seem to have a classic timeless feel while just fucking shit up. I love that.

3. STRFKR – Kahlil Gibran
Portland boy is a sucker for these sounds. i dare you to find me a strfkr track that doesn’t have a perfect groove. relaxed. sure of itself.

4. Tame Impala – List of People (To Try and Forget About)
This song is just flat out believable. the music, lyrics and melody each coexist in such a perfect place.

5. Charlie Burg – Episode III
Feels like you’re at a house show without actually sounding like a typical one. recording live (assuming here) is always enjoyable to me as a listener.

6. Pale Waves – Karl (I Wonder What Its Like To Die)
This band is so special and i think this is the most unique and compelling piece yet. no words do this one justice. just honest writing.

7. Bear Hands – Agora
This song just radiates a kind of invincibility. unconventional and yet so easy to listen to.

8. Josh Ritter – Miles Away
A true storyteller in true storyteller fashion.

9. Spoon – Do I Have to Talk You Into It
Such an effortless song to get into. classic Spoon with a groove you can just sink back into without having to think about it, yet totally original.

10. Alvvays – Dreams Tonite
A perfect song.

Lostboycrow Socials:
Facebook
Twitter
Spotify

FAULT Weekly Playlist: Sakehands

Seen through rose-tinted lenses, pop music can take on a polymorphous sound with lush vocals and plasticine production and the conductor in this case is sakehands. Led by producer and songwriter Aris Maggiani, sakehands is an LA-based collective who first garnered recognition for a 2015 Soundcloud demo “TOY,” which led to their signing to Majestic Casual Records.

Maggiani’s new single “PLASTIC” features sakehands’ latest recruit singer/vocalist Lauren Boncato aka Lo. The track pulls from a bevy of sources: 8-bit chiptune, ‘90s boy bands like N*SYNC, and the likes of the late R&B siren Aaliyah and producer Timbaland.

We asked Maggiani’s to put together a playlist of tracks that inspire sakehands’ music and it’s no surprise that ’90s / ’00s stalwarts like N*SYNC and Destiny’s Child make the cut. Check it out below.

1. Destiny’s Child – So Good
One of my favorite Destiny songs. I’ve been hooked on Kevin Briggs production since 4th grade, along with Rodney Jerkins. I still can’t get my snares this perfect.

2. 702 – You Don’t Know
This is one of the first songs that started using beats like that. It’s cool too because I think this came out in 1999 and a year later a lot of rnb moved in this direction. I love that sense of urgency in the drums.

3. N*SYNC – Do Your Thing
This song goes so hard and it’s basically just vocals, percussion and probably the best re-intro harmony I’ve ever heard. Plus that rap verse is wild…

4. O-Town – Sexiest Woman Alive
The lyrics are ridiculous. During this time boy bands would always sing about how girls “blow their mind”. I swear it was in like every song. I actually watched the first Making the Band with my mom and sister every week so we always kind of felt like we “knew” O-town. My mom liked Ashley.

5. Destiny’s Child – If
Despite the sample being completely overused, this generation of Destiny’s Child interpolated the original track better than anyone probably ever will.

It’s easy to think of it as just a pretty song when in reality it’s a diss track with so much attitude and sass. I love writing songs this way.

6. Spice Girls – Holler
For me Rodney Jenkins’ style is timeless. This track is 18 years old and I literally just try to copy it every time I work.

7. O-Town – Right Kind of Wrong
Not much to say about this other than it is a BOP

8. N*SYNC – The Two Of Us
This is my ultimate middle school crush track. It’s my leave on repeat during a long car ride while wearing headphones and staring out the window thinking about a girl track.

I doubt that I will ever know if I achieve this but one of my goals with sakehands is to give the same feeling to people that was given to me at a young age.

9. Natalie – Goin’ Crazy
Another good crush song, except for when they don’t feel the same about you. It’s nice to feel sad and listen to this song to feel more sad. It’s really a vibe, especially if its raining.

10. Isyss – Day & Night
One of my favorite chord progressions. This is one of the only tracks that isn’t from the 2000’s but it’s too good not to include. Personally I’m not into much 90s rnb/pop. People sometimes try to associate sakehands with 90s music but it’s whatever they probably like Next – Too Close

sakehands Socials:
Twitter
Soundcloud
Instagram

Get acquainted with the eclectic sounds of Demons Of Ruby Mae

Opening with dark, possessed synths, “Young Blood” is the latest ’80s influenced single from Manchester based duo Demons of Ruby Mae. Comprised of Jonny Gavin and Adam Rowley, the pair teamed up with James Sanger (Faithless, Brian Eno) to expand the boundaries of their compositions, evident in “Young Blood.”

In an email, Demons of Ruby Mae say the song “is about taking a chance on love when you’re young and have nothing to lose.” “Young Blood” comes from the duo’s forthcoming debut album due out October 26th.

Tracklist
1. Intro
2. To Be Adored
3. Synesthesia
4. Records
5. Young Blood
6. What Is Now
7. Beneath The Surface
8. Someday
9. This Is The End

Tour Dates:
October 3rd – Brighton @ Hope & Ruin
October 4th – London @ The Black Heart
October 5th – Sheffield @ Cafe Totem
October 6th – Manchester @ The Night and Day Cafe
October 11th – Glasgow @ Broadcast
November 1st – Nottingham @ The Chameleon Arts Centre
November 3rd – Newcastle @ Head Of Steam

Demons Of Ruby Mae Socials:
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Website

Fast Favs with San Holo

San Holo straddles the line between the electronic and pop worlds, all the while creating a new space for rising talent with his label bitbird and cementing himself as an industry juggernaut. Born Sander Van Dijck, the Dutch artist first gained international recognition with his remix of Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode” in 2014. Since then it’s been his original music that’s continued to catapult his career.

In this next phase of his development, San Holo takes inspiration from bands like Explosions In The Sky and Sigur Ros, injecting atmospheric and warm soundscapes into his music. After announcing his upcoming album, aptly titled “album1,” San Holo today shares a new cut “brighter days” featuring Bipolar Sunshine.

We caught up with San Holo ahead of his performance this weekend at Electric Zoo Festival in NYC to ask him a few quick questions. Learn more about the man behind San Holo below with Fast Favs.

FAULT: Favorite rising artist?
San Holo: Ooph, there’s a few I really like. But if had a gun to my head, it would be Duskus. He’s been making some really good songs and developing his sound lately. Can’t wait to bring him on tour!

FAULT: Favorite guilty pleasure artist?
San Holo: I personally don’t believe in ‘guilty pleasures’ to be honest, I think that’s one of the biggest weird conceptions in music – only being able to listen to or like things that is ‘cool.’ I mean, why would you feel guilty about something you like? If you like something you like it, don’t feel guilty about it!

FAULT: Favorite collaborator?
San Holo: I think the Nicholas. We’ve known each other for a while now and we always just seem to click when we make music. He comes up with ideas I wouldn’t have thought of and vice versa. Also the way he plays guitar, besides his amazing voice of course, is unparalleled. Throughout the album process he’s been really helpful as well as somebody I can bounce ideas off of, or ask for feedback while I’m making music.

FAULT: Favorite piece of gear?
San Holo: I’m torn between my laptop and guitar. But I’m gonna go with guitar. Guitar playing is where everything started and also something I’ve been really incorporating in my music over the last couple of years – you’ll hear lots of it in the album!

FAULT: Favorite clothing brand?
San Holo: bitbird merch! Enough said.

FAULT: Favorite thing in your closet?
San Holo: The bitbird hoodie is my go-to item, I’ve already gone through so many of them. Biases aside, I have this long shimmery reflective jacket I picked up in Asia on tour last year. And there’s also this sweatshirt from De Anza College. I have no idea what that is or where it is but it has the flags of all the countries in the world which is super dope and somebody very special lent it to me which is nice. I also love tracksuit jackets from Nike and Adidas from the 90s. I guess it’s hard to pick just one thing!

Sold Out Minneapolis last night was a dream ?thank you 🙂

A post shared by San Holo (@sanholobeats) on

WE TOOK SEEING THE LIGHT VERY SERIOUS THIS YEAR @bitbirdofficial #edc

A post shared by San Holo (@sanholobeats) on

FAULT: Favorite city?
San Holo: My hometown Zoetermeer. It’s so ugly that it’s beautiful! Los Angeles is another place that’s very special to me.

FAULT: Favorite food?
San Holo: Vegeterian Pad Thai when I’m in the States and a Dutch dish called ‘broodje kaassouflé’ when I’m back home.

San Holo Socials:
Facebook
Twitter
Soundcloud
Instagram
Spotify

FAULT Weekly Playlist: Weslee

Transatlantic R&B pop duo Weslee are donut lovers and wow, what a coincidence, we are too. Made up of Us born Josh and British vocalist Emma, Weslee are a pair on the rise. They released their EP “F-9” earlier this summer that includes the certified banger “Sweat Dreams” that’s the perfect listening companion for these hot summer nights.

We asked John and Emma to put together a playlist of tunes they can’t get enough of. Let these songs take you away on a summer breeze, tune in below.

Kwabs – Perfect Ruin

“When we first started working together we discovered we both loved Kwabs, then one day Emma was like ‘you gotta watch this video’ and played me Kwabs singing ‘Perfect Ruin’ just with the piano, at that point the song hadn’t been released yet, but we probably watched that video at least once or twice for the next few months that we worked.”

James Blake – Retrograde

“Another song that had come out around the same time we started working together, and another song we would randomly put on really loud when we were working together. I wish I could hear this song for the first time again, the programming is amazing.”

SIR – Ooh Nah Nah

“We spend a lot of time sending other songs back and forth to each other, you know, the like, ‘have you heard this? have you heard that?’ etc etc. Emma sent me this sometime last year and I still listen to it all the time. One of those songs you wish you had made.”

Drake – Sacrifices

“If Emma’s personality could be a beat it would be this one. She loves a bubbly beat, I know if we are ever having a shit day or if I’m like struggling with the Music side of us writing a song I try and channel my inner sacrifices and get something bubbly cooking.”

Kendrick Lamar – Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe

“As we finished our first EP and started writing for the next EP, Emma was back in the states and sent me a text that was like I’ve been listening to m.a.a.d city and I hadn’t forgotten but sort of had forgotten how good that album is , I started listening to it again on repeat, it’s one of those albums that you could just listen to over and over and over again and never get bored of, so picking one song off it would be Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe.”

Blackstreet – Don’t Leave Me

“Before our first session with Moss Kena we were blasting this on repeat in the studio, and then Moss showed up and started singing along and we all instantly felt comfortable with each other. It’s a banger.”

Frank Ocean – Thinking ‘Bout You

“Frank Ocean is the one, and this probably seems like an obvious one but people that say they like Frank Ocean but then try and talk about how they don’t like this song can get lost. He sort of paved the way and changed the game with this song. We celebrate his entire catalog, ha, but this would have to be the one one.”

Rihanna – Yeah I Said It

“This is one of the most recent songs we’ve both been vibing on … another one that I had slept on when the album first came out but then Emma was like “yeah I said it is a tune” I listened again and it’s another one that has been in the rotation ever since. So once again Emma is the teacher and I’m the student.”

Weslee Socials:
Facebook
Twitter
Soundcloud
Instagram

FAULT Weekly Playlist: Kirk Spencer

Hailed as one of the most promising newcomers, Kirk Spencer recently shared his new single “Animals” feat. Lexus and Pollena that mixes together the slick electronic production with African rhythms. The Nottingham, UK native creates an infectiously summery sound that sounds like a sip of cool water.

We asked Kirk to put together a playlist of tunes he’s currently got on heavy rotation to keep the summer vibes going. Check it out below.

Boston Bun – Missing You
I decided to make this playlist based on science of my most played songs. What better way to start off a playlist than my most streamed song of 2018? Super additive song.

Brodinski & Lil Reek – Rock Out
Love the combination of bringing to the two worlds of Techno atheistic and Rap. Super bouncy beat. Check out Lil Reek he is going to be huge.

DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Quavo – No Brainer
Another 1! DJ Khaled is a big inspiration. I can’t record successfully without “The Keys” book in the room, something me and Lexus discovered when recording “Animals”.

Littlebabyangel – Alarm Song
I think this song would be incredible to see live. I’m currently working on some newer music using a similar Modular palette.

Tomas Barfod & Jonas Smith – Family
When I first played this to my girlfriend she hated it but it soon became her most streamed song as well. Such a well crafted song.

Rich The Kid & Tripe Redd – Early Morning Trappin
Sometimes the little things in a song can make me repeat a song over and over. In this song I’ve fallen in love with the rim/snare.

ZAYN – Entertainer
When this was first released I probably repeated it 30 times on YouTube. The whole video and song is such a good presentation.

SG Lewis & J Warner – Aura
I first heard this song in a car journey half asleep. I woke up and shazammed it. Also played this recently in a DJ set and the crowd loved it.

Gesaffelstein – Maryland Theme
Good for having a bath in the dark which I must have done a lot this winter as its in this playlist of most listened to tracks. It is from a Soundtrack to an awesome film by my favourite producer.

TALA & Naughty Boy – Stay Here in the Sun
Again couldn’t stop listening to this one when it was first released. After I have figured out that I love a track I proceed to repeat the song over until I know why and sometimes I can’t figure out why which is the joy of listening to music for me.

Kirk Spencer Socials:
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

Premiere: Harmless “Como Somos”

Mexico City born songwriter/producer announces his new project Harmless with the single “Como Somos,” which we’re happy to premiere today. The 26-year-old Los Angeles based artist slides through a menagerie of seemingly incongruous sounds in the song, anchored by a jazz saxophone solo and a minor key synth beat.

“Como Somos,” translated into “how we are” in English, was written about his 2017 near fatal car accident. As he wrote “Como Somos,” unaware of the physical pain he’d undergo just a few months later, wounds from an ended long-term relationship were just scarring. Like most artists, Nacho worked through these feelings by making. Here are Cano’s own words about writing the song during this challenging time:

“Como Somos (How We Are in English) was probably one of the few songs that I wrote during my break up. When my ex and I were going through tough times I would walk around the neighborhood to clear my head and would sing the chorus to myself. I didn’t want to finish the track at the time because I was hopeful for things to change between us. I’d write a verse here and there when I felt hopeful. Finishing the song represented the end of us. By the time I finished it things were definitively over and I didn’t wanna be in love.”

FAULT Weekly Playlist: Abraham Tilbury

Abraham Tilbury is the new nu-R&B meets electronica producer you need to know. His single “OCEAN” features guest vocals from Melbourne rapper Diemne that showcases their combined songwriting skills as they blend together a mix of watery guitars with hip-hop undertones that come together to create the track’s deep-sea energy.

We asked Abraham to put together a playlist of some of his favorite tunes, listen in below.

Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats – Man Pass Man, Iron de Cut Iron
S-s-sizzling Sierra Leone release from 1972, easily on par with James Brown. ??

Madvillain – Raid
Bouncy track for the mornings, sounds straight out of a ‘Pop Eye’ episode.. ?

Harpoons – Amaro
Amaro rests comfortably amongst my timeless date-night bangers. ?

Majid Jordan – Gave Your Love Away
Great song to massage the ears with, another timeless tune.. ?

Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange – Lakshmi
Listen to the constant evolving sound from the Melbourne Jazz collective. The album is worth your attention! ?

Slum Village – The Look of Love, Pt. 1
Feeling warm/inspired listening to this 1997 Dilla production ?

03 Greedo – With the Plug
One of my favourite hip-hop tracks from last year ?

Pi’erre Bourne – Honeyberry
Pi’erre has been one of the coolest producers to follow in recent years, incredible atmospheric production ?

J Dilla – Wild – Dilla’s Mix
I’ll just sit this one here… ????

Andras – Gold Coast (Surfer’s Paradise Mix)
This Surfer’s Paradise mix sounds looks and feels like lemonade ?

Socials:
Facebook
Twitter
Soundcloud