Usher releases video for ‘She Came To Give It To You’

 

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Unless you’ve spent the last few days under a rock on Mars with ear plugs in, you are fully aware of two things: 1) People have been pouring ice cold water on their heads to raise money for ALS and 2) Usher performed ‘She Came to Give It to You’ live at the VMAs along side Nicki Minaj and people haven’t stopped talking about it since.

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We have now been treated to an accompanying music video for the new single. The track is everything loyal fans have grown to love about Usher’s voice while the music video sees Usher prove that he is still king of the dance-floor as he slides, pops, locks and shows off his fancyfootwork.  Not to be missed is a cameo from the tracks producer Pharrell Williams, who seems to work on every hit single this year so this can only been seen as a good omen.

While the video begins simple enough with Usher entering an electronics store, it soon turns into a surreal club scene fit with gravity defying dance moves as Usher croons on stage before following a girl into a puzzling  M. C. Escher-esque stairwell.

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Of course we can’t forget to mention Nikki Minaj’s perfectly delivered verse midway through. As a rapper, Minaj has been churning out the best features and singles reminiscent of her early string of hits which propelled her to stardom. This verse is no exception, it makes sense, it’s gibberish free and is the icing on the cake for yet another Usher hit single.

While we hopelessly tried to keep it a secret it’s pretty much known that Usher is set to feature in the next issue of FAULT. While we’ve been inundated with messages regarding the feature, we can reveal that your wait is almost over! Just keep things FAULT for a few more days and all shall be revealed. In the mean time, Check out the music video below to get your Usher fix until the big reveal!

 

Flight Facilities unveil debut album “Down to Earth”

 

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The announcement that Flight Facilities are releasing an album this October came out of nowhere but the news has pleased fans and FAULT readers worldwide. Their debut 14 track album humorously entitled ‘Down To Earth’  is set for release on 27th October followed by a 11 date international tour.

The Australian Duo flew relatively under the radar (we’re allowed one pun) at the start of their career as they began mixing songs by other artists. However since their hit single ‘Crave You’ ft Giselle back in late 2010, music lovers have taken a lot of interest in the duo as their original tracks and mixes began to play in clubs worldwide.

Giselle will once again lend her vocals on this album along with other stars such as Emma Louise, Reggie Watts, Owl Eyes,  Bishop Nehru and Micky Green.

Flight Facilities are well aware of the single driven culture we are currently living in and it’s an even larger risk for any producer to release an album and expect traction, however with a strong fan-base and proven talent driving them, it looks as though they will pass it off with very minor turbulence (sorry).

Taylor Swift reveals new album entitled ’1989′

 

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With seven Grammys currently under her belt, Taylor Swift is showing no signs of slowing down as she announces her brand new album entitled 1989. It’s rare to see modern day Country singers gain such a large following outside of the US but Taylor has managed not only to make a splash but to flood the charts worldwide with hits such as ‘Love Story’, ‘I Knew You Were Trouble, ‘22’ and her latest single from the album which she performed at this week’s VMAs ‘Shake It Off’.

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Writing all her own songs, Taylor’s new album will feature 13 songs and a cd booklet designed by Taylor herself. Taking two years to record, Taylor has described the record as a ‘rebirth’ as she leaps into the big bad world of pop music. However it seems Taylor has found her true calling stating that this has been her ‘favourite album’ to make to date. While for many artists, taking the bold step into a brand new genre of music is a huge risk, for Taylor, it feels like a very fluid transition and one that we believe will only add her gargantuan fan base.

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The album drops on November 27th, however preorders are available HERE. Those that buy the record through pre-sale are also entered into a #1989SwiftStakes which offers the chance to meet Taylor in person. There is also a deluxe version of the album that features a collectible photo print and 3 bonus songs showing that Taylor has all bases covered when it comes to pleasing her fans. As many of our readers know, this something FAULT admires in every performer, so it’s great to see someone of Taylor’s caliber staying true to those who support her.

 

Annie Lennox announces imminent new album, ‘Nostalgia’

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Iconic Eurythmics singer and solo artist Annie Lennox is set to release her seventh studio album on 27th October ’14. Entitled Nostalgia, the new record features twelve covers of seminal songs primarily from the 1930s and ’40s.

Classics played and popularized by the likes of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Louis Armstrong all appear on the album, which marks a return to the industry for Ms Lennox after a four year absence.

Lennox describes the album as “a challenge” when describing her decision to revitalise the old masterpieces: ““I thought, ‘I wonder what my voice would be like. Would these songs suit my voice?’ It was like a little challenge. I just sort of got to know them, became friends with them really and had a great deal of joy in the process.”

Nostalgia Track Listing

Memphis in June
Georgia on my Mind
I Put a Spell on You
Summertime
I Cover the Waterfront
Strange Fruit
God Bless the Child
You Belong to Me
September in the Rain
I Can Dream, Can’t I?
The Nearness of You
Mood Indigo

Nostalgia will be released on 27th October 2014 by Island Records in the UK and internationally, and by Blue Note Recordings in the US.

FAULT Favourite: The Hot Child jeans – a uniquely designed product specifically for men

 

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If jeans were people then we might have just made a new best friend. The Hot Child (or THC for short) label name comes across as a mix between a chilled out ’70s Cali groover and a dangerously trendy NY noughties chick. Suffice to say that this was love at first sight.

The jeans brand, founded by Octavio Silva this year (2014), is stylish, sophisticated and surprisingly personal in its approach. The Ft Lauderdale, Florida resident clearly cares about each individual product and the way his products fit and generally interact with each of his customers. Of course, part of that is synonymous with owning and operating a brand still in its infancy, but Octavio’s evangelising of his product and eagerness to see each set of jeans go to a happy home transcends a simple self-preservation business instinct.

It may have something to do with the founding principle of THC – the all-too obvious yet previously disregarded notion that perhaps, just perhaps, someone should design a pair of jeans with the male physique in mind. After all, we’ve all heard the horror stories about how tight-fitting and skinny jeans can affect fertility in men. When one really sits down and thinks about, it’s simply mind-boggling that no-one has previously thought about creating a product like the one that Octavio and THC have now pioneered.

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With patents pending internationally, THC are set to go big in the next 2-3 years. The brand is quirky, cool, and original. The playful, tongue-in-cheek JUNK tag complements the brand’s USP: its specially designed pouch in the front to hold a man’s…erm…manhood in perfect comfort. On top of all that, this is a company that cares. In a world were so-called ‘ethical’ brands are now two a penny, THC opts not to adopt the term as a label. They prefer to let their actions speak louder than words:

- A stylish product that celebrates individual body shape and prioritises individual comfort and health.

- A commitment to plant a tree for every product sold.

- An information email and follow-up contact for every customer served.

These are the sorts of things ‘ethical fashion labels’ talk about doing, while THC actually does them.

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THC’s first design, DANK, is already a sell-out success – although you can still purchase sets of their second product run via their website here – and, needless to say, a firm FAULT Favourite. We love everything about this product, right the way through from the unique design to its 98% cotton, 2% lycra selvage material. The buttons on the fly ‘pocket’ or ‘pouch’ are beautifully crafted – as indeed is the finishing all over. When these jeans turn heads, you know that it’s just as much because of their superlative quality as for their idiosyncratic design.

Now that we’ve had a chance to think about it, if jeans were people then THC probably wouldn’t be your best friend. They’d be your lover. Now head on over to www.thehotchild.com to get your hands on THC’s Junk!*

* N.B: If you can’t handle the homosexual connotations of this joke then these jeans probably aren’t for you – because you need to grow a pair!

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All images courtesy of THC

Jungle and Beaty Heart perform at Heineken Ignite at London’s Battersea Power Station

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Last night, the FAULT team were lucky enough to be in attendance as Jungle and Beaty Heart jammed their way through a Heineken-fuelled Thursday night special at London’s Battersea Power Station. The party was held in a space that has been used as a pop-up cinema by the Everyman Cinema company throughout the Summer but which was turned into a mini-festival arena for this special, ‘one night only’ event.

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The Dutch beer giant enlisted two major up and coming London-based music acts to ‘ignite’ the evening. Jungle, in particular, have been heralded as part of a trailblazing new breed of contemporary soul artists, and the duo, backed by a hefty entourage of backing dancers and vocalists self-described as a  ‘collective’, certainly proved their worth during a smashing set punctuated by funky beats and smooth, sensual singing throughout.

Photo: Matt Crossick/PA

Photo: Matt Crossick/PA

The bands played to a backdrop of gourmet street food stands set up in a psuedo-festival style along the banks of the Thames. On the other side, of course, the Power Station itself loomed over proceedings like a sleeping giant. An extravagant light show projected onto the iconic towers set up the climax of the evening – aided in no small part by the hundreds of interactive light-up beer bottles that were being slung around by an enthusiastic young London crowd.

 

 

The Ignite London event was part of Heineken®’s ‘Cities of the World’ campaign aimed at inspiring men to cross borders within their city and to explore parts of the capital they wouldn’t normally visit. Through star treatment.co, Heineken provides access to the city’s hottest events and by hailing a complementary Star Cab, Heineken fans can be driven across London to discover a different part of the city for free every first Saturday of the month.

For more information, visit www.heineken.com/gb/oyc/home.asp

Images by Charlotte Page (unless otherwise stated)