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Little Dragon discuss new album, Nabuma Rubberband, at Way Out West Festival, Gothenburg

FAULT spoke to the Swedish quartet earlier this year at Way Out West, a local festival for the Gothenburg residents. We’re delighted to unveil our exclusive interview and photos from their inevitably effervescent performance on the eve of the latest single release. ‘Underbart’, the fourth single from the group’s fourth album Nabuma Rubberband,  is out in the UK and internationally on 15th December:

It’s not often that I get excited about a festival. Long gone are the days where I want to spend a night in a tent, not seeing a proper hot shower in what feels like an age, and having to deal with tripping over mountains of mud face-first. By contrast, however, my invitation to Way Out West 2014 brought a breath of fresh air. A Swedish city festival in a league of its own, it prides itself in being fully vegetarian with a 30,000 strong crowd. Set in the ‘oh-so-pretty-it-hurts’ city of Gothenburg, the line up was one of the most exciting I have seen since the release of the Coachella lineup in 2012 (albeit post 2pac performing ‘live’ by hologram!). Le’s set the scene: Little Dragon, playing in their hometown, Neneh Cherry playing her first Swedish festival in over a decade. Not forgetting dynamic duo Icona Pop and electro heartbreak queen Robyn, performing with Röyksopp. It’s not hard to believe that so many of the incredible women who currently dominate the pop scene are Swedish, given Sweden has voted a feminist political party into European Parliament. And let’s not forget who gave us ABBA (for better or worse…).

Getting into the festival I rush to make sure that I don’t miss a thing . As I handed in my ID to get my pass sorted, I was greeted by a gigantic portal, beyond which lay the lair of Way Out West.

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The first time we interviewed Little Dragon their second album had just been released, they had just toured with Gorillaz, and the world had not entered their Kaleidoscopic universe. This time we met them before they went on stage. Collaborations with SBTKT and Outkast’s Big Boi, who are also headlining the festival, have followed since that album, as well as everything from Boiler Room sets, to playing at a Givenchy Show in Paris. They count Drake and Damon Albarn as fans – after all, it was the latter who personally asked them to join Gorrilaz on tour after being introduced to them by his partner. Nabuma Rubberband, the group’s fourth studio album sees them collaborate with Dave from iconic hip-hop trio De la Soul.

There is something quite special about listening to Yukimi[ Nagano, lead singer]’s voice as it gently caresses the algorithms of synth-infused pop. A focused and unashamed parallel reality Little Dragon simply just make life all that much more fun, colorful and bouncy. It hard not to get dancing feet at the idea of seeing them play in front of a home crowd. But first there was the small matter of our interview to which to attend…

 

FAULT: This is your biggest home crowd, how do you feel?

Little Dragon: It’s our hardest crowd, we have all our friends and family, and they are always the hardest to impress. They’ve seen it all before! It’s like having the end of year school concert, like a Christmas gift to your parents.

You’ve managed to break out internationally, before breaking out in your home country, you’ve collaborated with some pretty big international names. Who’s been your favourite collaborator?

Håkan Wirenstrand: Hahaha! No favorite! I mean he is my favorite collaborator. (Hakan points at Erik) And that point about us breaking out internationally, we never really pushed it here in Sweden. And it was through this organic flow of distribution. It was actually Damons wife who first heard our record and then played it to him. Next thing we know we are being asked to collaborate and go on tour. That was a great collaboration. It was much more than just a song we did left on an MP3. It was a full tour, life long friendships.

How long have you guys known each other?

Erik Bodin: Oh! Quite some time! Hahaha!

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How do Swedish people even make friends? They seem so much more reserved!

H.W: We are a little afraid of strangers. We are pretty closed up in the winter, and a little crazy in the summer. You know we talk to whoever on the bus stop!

Could you see yourself living outside of Sweden?

H.W: Impossible!

E.B: Or we could just dismantle the Swedish Border so that we are still in Sweden, but just not staying here anymore.

H.W: I wouldn’t mind a Mediterranean climate though.

Where do you go to unleash your creativity? How do you embrace your creativity?

E.B: In our brains somehow we carry the creavity inside us. We don’t really have to go anywhere specific to channel it out. It’s good to be very bored, and to stay away from it once in a while too. I like life here its simple, I have family I have here. You can make your creative lifestyle more of an everyday thing. You don’t need to travel to Hawaii or find yourself in India.

Who are you guys listening to right now?

E.B: I’m listening to Yung Lean. The rap and hip-hop thing seems to a good scene right now. I think its very healthy to break out and doing something different. Not just wear skinny jeans and do the whole indie rock thing.

H.W: We like Bob Hund.

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Apparently Gothenberg is the Indie Rock capital of Sweden…

E.B: I thought that would be Linköping…

H.W: Hahaha!!

E.B: And you know down south in Malmo, they have a few freaks that really like to push boundaries. You know, that break all the rules.

Listening to the album feels like walking through a little dream, an emo electric pop dream. You all must so different to eachtother. You can hear so many influences 

E.B: I think that it’s true we are all very different and have so many different influences. I think we like it that way too. We kind of started with just, you know, jamming. At a certain age we had a lot of time for jamming… For example, Hakan bought the whole synthy atmosphere into my life. You know? And it was very different for me. It was also very lucky that we were interesting in something that we didn’t already know.

H.W: I think it’s also a misunderstanding that I am the only one that plays the synth. It’s come to the point where all just explore eachothers instruments. And when we are trying to get an idea across. Sometimes we have to just head in and use whatever expresses the best. We end up influencing and inspiring each-other.

E.B: Everyone plays on his synths.

H.W: Maybe I have the biggest collection of synths. I’m building a little system, which I have been using on stage. That’s my most creative output. When you have to patch a synth. Its like opening your fridge, and trying to work out what you can put together and eat.

E.B: Like Kalles Caviar and keso [cottage cheese] on a banana…

H.W: Hahaha!

Gosh, that sounds awful. I’m going to try and un-hear that now…

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Little Dragon – full UK tour dates below:

Brighton – Corn Exchange – 17th November

Birmingham – The Institute – 18th November

Bristol – O2 Academy – 19th November

Leeds – Met – 21st November

Manchester – Albert Hall – 22nd November

Glasgow – O2 ABC – 23rd November

London – O2 Academy Brixton – 27th November

Oxford – O2 Academy – 29th November

General tickets available from:

www.gigsandtours.com | www.ticketweb.co.uk |www.gigsinscotland.com

‘Nabuma Rubberband’ available to download via iTunes: http://po.st/NabumaRubberband

All text and images by Silvana Lagos

The Brian Jonestown Massacre release ‘+ -‘ EP TODAY – 10th Nov ’14

 

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The BJM‘s new EP, ‘+-‘ (that’s right: plus minus), is out today – and it’s a cracker. While we’re pretty sure that Anton (Newcombe, the front man and sole consistent member of what has eventually become more of a musical collective and general concept) was just trying to fuck with music writers everywhere when he decided on the internet-unfriendly name for the record, his latest offering shows few other signs of messing about.

+- is a return to the classic, timelessly awesome style that saw the BJM establish themselves as the figurehead for ‘real’, guitar driven, psychedelic rock music way back in 1990. Anton and co have largely eschewed the changing trends and passing fashions of the hits list ever since and the release of their latest full album, Revelations, earlier this year stands as a testimony to their enduring popularity with an admittedly niche but definitely devoted audience.

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The Brian Jonestown Massacre, as featured in FAULT Issue 11

The +- EP has since been released off the back of a highly successful European tour, which cemented Anton’s undisputed position as the ‘Granddaddy of Psych’, and exhibits both the trademark tones and wide-reaching diversity of the BJM at their best. A key influence for the likes of the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the Horrors, Tame Impala, the Black Angels and many more, a simple call to action for on-the-fence readers is that all-too-clichéd come-on: “You’ve tried the rest, why not sample the best?”*

*Ed: OK, so we may have overplayed our hand a bit there because there’s no real ‘best’ out of those bands. But the BJM, and this EP in particular, are pretty damn good.

10” – Tracklisting:
 
SIDE A 
1. Heat
2. Everything Was Very Simple
SIDE B 
1. Reconstruction
Have a listen to ‘Heat’ below:
The digital download version contains an extra track called ‘Leave It Alone’.

Ariana Grande Releases Music Video For ‘Love Me Harder – ft The Weeknd’

Unless you’ve spent this summer under a rock, you’ll undoubtable know the name Ariana Grande by now. Even those of you that don’t, we would bet money that you could recite the lyrics to hits ‘Problem‘ and ‘Break Free‘ without hesitation if asked. After Grande’s recent collaboration with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj on track ‘Bang Bang‘ gained nearly 100 million views on YouTube and momentarily broke the internet, we were kept on the edge of our seats waiting for her next release.

 

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We have now been graced with Ariana’s latest (and highly anticipated) music video for ‘Love Me Harder’ which features the soulful vocals from The Weeknd. Taken from Ariana’s sophomore album ‘My Everything‘, fans have called for this track to become a single, making the arrival of this video is very welcomed.

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Pop music as a genre is often plagued with insults and insinuations that pop singers lack vocal ability however Ariana and her powerhouse vocals not only silences the haters, she drowns them out with impeccable belts and vocal maturity far beyond her twenty-ones years of age. If anything, this song is not only a glimpse at what we can look forward to from Ariana as she continues to grow as an artist but another testament to the fact that no genre (especially one as expansive as pop music) should be defined by any one artist or their (or lack there of) of vocal ability.

See the full music video directed by Hannah Lux Davis below! The song is released in the UK on November 30th.

 

FAULT Favourite Jacob Perlmutter’s debut album FREE DOWNLOAD + new music video premiere

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Our Twitter followers might remember our Summer love-in with globe-trotting renaissance man Jacob Perlmutter. After coming to our attention many moons hence as a gifted filmmaker, Jacob announced the impending release of his debut album, Meanwhile, in Rio, earlier this year in late July.

The album was recorded with Brazilian producer Diogo Strausz in March this year. Now considered one of Brazil’s top music producers, Diogo’s most recent album soared to number 2 in the iTunes charts in Brazil. ‘Kicking Back’, track 5 on Meanwhile, in Rio, also features Castello Branco, a Brazilian songwriter whose album Strausz also produced and has had over 150,000 downloads.

Not convinced? Well, luckily for you cynics, we’ve managed to secure an exclusive premiere for Jacob’s brand new music video for track #4 from Meanwhile, in Rio, ‘We Share a Cloud’. Check it out here:

After what one can only hope has been a brief respite following a hectic 18 months attracting support for, writing, recording and promoting Meanwhile, in Rio, Jacob has recently announced his intention to start working on a new multimedia project, starting with around 40 new tracks which will eventually be boiled down into a sophomore album.

In the meantime, however – perhaps that should be ‘Meanwhile, at FAULT‘ – we’ve been lucky enough to secure an exclusive opportunity for our readers to download Jacob’s entire debut completely free of charge.

To get your free copy, simply head over to www.meanwhileinrio.com and click the download link for around 76MB (or, more conventionally speaking, 10 tracks) of FAULT-approved, Rio-recorded musical whimsy.

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Photography by Eduardo Magalhaes

Video footage from one of Jacob’s early gigs in London’s Portobello Road reveals his ability to capture the imagination, not only with his recorded material but also by sheer force of personality in a live context:

For more information on Jacob, please visit:

www.meanwhileinrio.com
www.twitter.com/jacobperlmutter
www.facebook.com/jacobperlmutterartist
www.jacobperlmutter.com

Tyga – FAULT Issue 19 Music section cover star

 

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FAULT Issue 19’s Music section cover star Tyga was shot by Dove Shore and styled by Leah Adicoff and Leah Henken.
Click here to order your copy of this issue!

Cash Money/Young Money rapper and entrepreneur Tyga is hard at work perfecting The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty, set to drop November 18th. This could explain why, despite numerous efforts to connect with Tyga, he was unavailable to speak with FAULT. Nevertheless, this third studio release seems to be an early 25th birthday present, a passion project that has been gestating since the summer.

Tyga has been steadily rolling out select tracks from the album, including ‘Wait For a Minute’ featuring Justin Bieber and ‘Hookah’ featuring Young Thug. Additionally, Tyga has teamed up with past collaborator Chris Brown for the Fan of a Fan 2 mixtape, the follow-up to the 2010 release that featured ‘Deuces’.

Tyga for FAULT Magazine Issue 19

Tyga wears designs by Official Last Kings, Saint Laurent, Givenchy & more in this FAULT exclusive shoot.Words by Vanessa Willoughby

Like any good mini-mogul, the rapper has made efforts to gain inside knowledge of his business ventures. The rapper flew from California to New York City to attend NY Fashion Week, where he made an appearance at Alexander Wang’s Spring 2015 show.

With such a packed schedule, it’s easy to see why Tyga is always on the go. After all, when you’re busy overseeing a fledgling empire, who really has time to make small talk?

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Get the full shoot and interview – only in FAULT Issue 19.
Click here to order your copy for delivery worldwide!

FAULT MAGAZINE ISSUE 19 – The Millions Issue – IS AVAILABLE TO ORDER NOW

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Usher UK + EU tour: FAULT Issue 19 cover star announces UR Experience – on sale now

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FAULT Issue 19 front cover star Usher was shot by Sinisha Nisevic and styled by Sammy and Judy/Cloutier Remix.
Click here to pre-order your copy of this issue!

FAULT Issue 19 front cover star Usher has announced his first UK  and European tour in 4 years. The UR Experience tickets went on sale TODAY, with the star visiting 23 cities over a period of nearly two months starting February 13th 2015. Usher’s upcoming shows are said to include a fresh take on early and recent hit songs – as well as some new music from his much-anticipated forthcoming eighth studio album.

Speaking about the tour, Usher said, “With The UR Experience, I want to give my fans an ever-changing live show full of surprises and special guests. I am really excited to be with my fans and give them an Usher experience like they’ve never seen or heard before.”

THE UR EXPERIENCE
*All dates and venues below subject to change.  Additional dates to be announced

Date               City                              Venue                          On-Sale

Feb. 13       Montpellier, FR              Park & Suites Arena      Oct. 3
Feb. 15       Paris, FR                      Zenith                           Oct. 3
Feb. 20       Oslo, NO                       Spektrum                      Oct. 10
Feb. 21       Stockholm, SE              Globen                          Oct. 6
Feb. 23       Helsinki, FI                    Hartwall                         Oct. 10
Feb. 27       Copenhagen, DK            Forum                           Oct. 10
Feb. 28       Hamburg, DE                 O2 World                      Oct.10
Mar. 2         Koln, DE                       Lanxess Arena              Oct. 10
Mar. 3         Antwerp, BE                  Sportpaleis                    Oct. 10
Mar. 4         Amsterdam, NL             Ziggo Dome                   Oct. 3
Mar. 6         Zurich, CH                     Hallenstadion                 Oct. 10
Mar. 9         Munich, DE                   Olympiahalle                 Oct. 10
Mar. 10       Vienna, AT                    Stadthalle                      Oct. 10
Mar. 12       Mannheim, DE               SAP Arena                    Oct. 10
Mar. 14       Nottingham, UK             Capital FM Arena           Oct. 3
Mar. 15       Sheffield, UK                 Motorpoint Arena           Oct. 3
Mar. 17       Glasgow, UK                 The SSE Hydro              Oct. 3
Mar. 18       Newcastle, UK               Metro Radio Arena         Oct. 3
Mar. 20       Dublin, IE                      3Arena                          Oct. 3
Mar. 21       Belfast, UK                    Odyssey Arena              Oct. 10
Mar. 23       Manchester, UK             Manchester Arena          Oct. 3
Mar. 24       Birmingham, UK            NIA                               Oct. 3
Mar. 26       London, UK                   O2                                Oct. 3

For the latest tour information please visit www.usherworld.com or www.livenation.co.uk

Join the conversation at #URXTOUR

FAULT REVIEWS: UNKNOWN FESTIVAL

 

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We couldn’t find a better festival to end the season than Croatia’s UNKOWN Festival. It is a truly unique experience with an unbelievable amount of activities to participate in and to make the whole experience better, it’s on a beach! As far as foreign festivals go, this one’s easy to get to from the UK flying direct to the nearest town Rovinj with organised coaches collecting you to ensure your safe arrival at the site. Of course you get the opportunity to camp at the event but for the less adventurous or the more self-indulgent, guests may choose to stay at the 4-5* accommodation on and off site. We swiftly checked into our Villa which offered great views of one of the stages and the beach, a breath of fresh air from the usual grey polluted South London we escaped from!

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The Festival runs from Monday – Friday and even though we arrived on the Sunday evening, the site was fairly busy already with several balconies having their own mini ‘warm up’ parties, the beach and pool area strewn with bikini clad bodies. The crowd had a great age mix, not too young like many mainstream UK festivals now, and everyone was on a festival high, chatting away to fellow festival goers. With a quick food and booze run to the town centre, we returned in the early evening to find the house DJ’s already livening up the atmosphere at the ‘Pool Terrace’ which was a nice unexpected surprise as the festival hadn’t even officially opened yet.

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The following five nights were a mixture of chilling on the beach, dancing by the pool, pier jumping and hammock swinging in the forest. With it being a longer festival, but not too big you get to know quite a few people on the site very quickly, always bumping into each other at one of the six stages. Tuesday saw the opening of the main stage. Chvrches drew in a huge crowd with their synthy pop tracks. Headlining was Chic Ft Nile Rogers- such a party atmosphere and so many smiles. Followed by a wander to the Forest Stage to catch the end of Erol Alkins booming set, Daniel Avery and finished off with a dance at the ‘Just a Little Medina’ stage to some BeeGees, Madonna and other equally cheesy tunes!

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With bellies full of pizza (the food of choice – delicious in this region due to its proximity to Italy) and recharged by the sun, day 2 saw the first set of boat and island parties which all sold out in minutes. Kink played an eagerly awaited live set, getting the crowd going, even in the sudden downpour of rain. Crowds still remained strong throughout an extended four hour muddy Seth Troxler set, and George Fitzgerald kept up the Forest Stages reputation for finishing the night on a bang, never fails to please!

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The final two nights were loud and muddy! Ten Walls played to a massive crowd, with Walking with Elephants being the perfect track to stomp to in the now pretty deep mud. Moderat finally played the festival after having to cancel in 2013, were the highlight of our festival, closing the main stage with a bang. And of course, Unkown Festival’s legend being Jackmaster closing the whole festival on the Forest Stage, billed for 4-6 we could still hear him playing ‘bangers’ when we went to bed at 9am…

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FAULT issue 10 stars Far East Movement release new track: ‘Grimey Thirsty’

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Remember when the airwaves were dominated by ‘Like a G6‘? FAULT Issue 10 stars Far East Movement, the group behind the aforementioned 2010 Billboard Hot 100 hit, have just dropped a new song from their upcoming KTown Riot EP.

The track, ‘Grimey Thirsty‘, a trap-heavy party anthem, features a high-energy verse by YG. When asked about the recording process for the song, Far East Movement member Kevin Nish said, “When we were in the studio with Rell [Central-American EDM producer] working on the Murder Was The Bass project, we were just messing around and slowing down all the 150bpm trap tracks we had to 100bpm. The drums snapped in a different way that reminded us of some old school MOP energy that our fans could really rock with.”

The group has started to slowly unveil the tracklist for KTOWN Riot with previous releases such as ‘Bang It To The Curb’ and ‘The Illest’, which featured Riff Raff.

Can’t wait for the full EP? You’re in luck; the wait isn’t too long. KTOWN Riot has an official release date of October 28th. The group is currently on their Rager Nation tour and recently played for eager fans in Australia.

Words: Vanessa Willoughby