FAULT Weekly Playlist: TOTEM

It’s always great to see more diversity in the music industry and TOTEM one of the artists cropping up that’s challenging perceptions. TOTEM is an Indian-American man who weaves smart political and social commentary into slick pop production. Proving that pop music doesn’t have to be thoughtless 4-on-the-floor beats, his skill of turning astute cultural criticism into catchy earworms is bringing him surprising success.

TOTEM is currently working on his EP, which will be out this summer, but before that we asked him to put together some of his current favorite songs. Take a listen below.

Calvin Harris – Heatstroke

“I love this new new disco feel that Calvin Harris is doing. This and Slide have been on repeat. Pharrell’s pre-chorus is so unexpected but feels so good. I loved Jamie XX’s last album and this is as close as we have come in pop music.”

Kodak Black – Tunnel Vision

“The hook is an earworm and that detuned sample in the background reminds me of a song from Lauryn Hill’s “Unplugged” album. You gotta listen to this under the influence in a dark room.”

Future – Mask Off

“I read something in the New York Times magazine about this song a couple weeks ago and it made me appreciate this song a lot more. I had no idea about Future’s personal transformation. Also, the recorder sample.”

Julia Michaels – Issues

“It’s great to see songwriters win as artists, and Julia Michaels deserves to win. She and Justin Tranter have been writing exclusively hits for over a year, and this one is no different.”

Vice feat. Jon Bellion – Obsession

“Jon Bellion is one of my favorite songwriters and vocalists. This is such a feel good tune.”

mansionz – Wicked

“I hate the shtick, but this song is really good.”

Drake – Blem

“My favorite song off the new Drake playlist. I really envy his melodic simplicity.”

KAYTRANADA – Got it Good

“I was really late on KAYTRANADA, but this is the song that got me. Nice to hear Craig David’s voice too. His kind of pop R&B is what the world is missing right now.”

Frank Ocean – Chanel

“I’m always amazed how many really dynamic melodies Frank Ocean can fit into one song. This one sounds so fresh but classic.”

Zedd and Alessia Cara – Stay

“Zedd is a musical genius. The drop in this song has so many elements I love— space, harmonies, vocoders. Simplicity at it’s most impactful.”

FAULT Magazine Summer 2017 Festival Guide


Frank Ocean , Jamie Xx , Mac Miller , Solange , Sampha , Kaytranada , Ray Blk , Mick Jenkins , Rex Orange County , The Fedz , Raheem Bakaré , Noisey Djs, Rag’n’bone Man , Rüfüs , Sälen Chase & Status (Live) , Jess Glynne , Annie Mac , Dj Ez , Kano , Anne-marie , Raye , Club Drive


Lovebox have now announced Solange and Frank Ocean as headliners for 2017 and we are more than excited. Both performers released critically acclaimed albums respectively in 2016 and fans will sure to be excited for the release of these details. Being the eclectic festival that they are, there’s truly something for everyone this year. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Jamie XX, Mac Miller, Chase & Status and many more FAULT Favourites will be there.

As they enter their fifteenth year, Lovebox has made a name for itself with lineups featuring taste making-headliners and need-to-know acts from Britain and around the world.


London – Victoria Park


14-15th July




Metronomy, Crystal Fighters, Toots & The Maytals, Wild Beasts , Peaches , Ray Blk , Honne ,,jagwar Ma , Jeremy Loops , Rejjie Snow ,tom Misch , Kate Nash , Akala , Jorja Smith , Fickle Friends , Bonzai , The Moonlandingz , Deap Vally , All Them Witches , Jain , Pumarosa , Zak Abel , Will Joseph Cook , Tom Grennan , Mabel , Etta Bond , Be Charlotte , Toothless , North Downs ,?Let’s Eat Grandma , Seramic , Charlotte Oc , Laurel , Anteros , Aine Cahill , Cosmo Sheldrake , Mont Jake


This year, our FAULT Favourite Festival ‘Secret Garden Party’ is back with a clear message to the fame worshipping and excluding masses, “bore off, we all run this town!” This summer the Secret Garden Party invites all into the most inclusive VIP-LOL-OFF for their 15th SGP ever themed – “Sweet Dreams. Are made of these? And who are we to disagree…” It’s no surprise that we LOVE attending SGP each year and would likely still attend even if the lineup wasn’t to our taste but time and time again they have filled their lineup with FAULT Favourite bands and this year is no exception.


Cambridgeshire – Mill Hill Field


20-23 July




Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, The xx, The National, Biffy Clyro, Katy Perry, Barry Gibb, Royal Blood, Stormzy
Chic, Major Lazer, Alt-J, Boy Better Know, Lorde, Solange, Run the Jewels, Laura Marling, Kris Kristofferson, The Jacksons, Emeli Sandé, Phoenix


Come on, you know about Glastonbury by now! Not to mention the lineup is batshit crazy but we love it. Whether you have a an eclectic music taste or just a large group of mates with diverse music tastes; you’re bound to have fun at Glasto 2017. Skank out to Stormzy, jive with The Jacksons and sing your lungs out to Solange all in the same week – chances are you won’t get many chances to see so many great performers under the proverbial roof that is Glastonbury.


Glastonbury – Worthy Farm


21st – 25th June




Chance The Rapper Skepta The Weeknd Abra Cadabra AJ X DENO Big Narstie Big Tobz Bryson Tiller (UK Festival Exclusive) Bugzy Malone Cadet Dave Desiigner DJ Charlsey Fetty Wap (UK Festival Exclusive) Flatbush Zombies G-Eazy (UK Festival Exclusive) Geko Hilltop Hoods Jez Dior Kojo Funds Lil Dicky Lil Uzi Vert Lil Yachty (UK Festival Exclusive) Mike Skinner and Murkage Present TONGA MoStack Nas (UK Festival Exclusive) Nef The Pharaoh Noname Post Malone Rae Sremmurd (UK Festival Exclusive) Sean Paul Section Boyz Stefflon Don The Age of L.U.N.A Tim Westwood Topaz Jones Tory Lanez Travis Scott (UK Festival Exclusive) Ty Dolla $ign Tyga Wiley WizKid Young T and Bugsey Young Thug (UK Festival Exclusive) Yuna Yungen Zara Larsson


Wireless Festival today adds five further artists to its 2017 line up, including some of the biggest names in home-grown talent Bugzy Malone, Geko and Kojo Funds, as well as international stars Fetty Wap and Travis Scott for two UK festival exclusive performances.


London – Finsbury Park


7-9th July




Now in it’s 11th year, Field Day has consistently proved itself to be one of the leading festivals in the UK. Exceptional programming over the years have seen the best in upcoming and legendary acts and this year Field Day is set to surpass expectations once again with Aphex Twin playing in a brand new stage plus Flying Lotus, Slow Dive and many more confirmed to grace the festival’s many other stages in


Aphex Twin, Fatima Yamaha – live, Flying Lotus, Marcel Dettmann, Midland, Moderat, Nicolas, Forest Swords ,Forth Wanderers, Gaika, Haelos


London – Victoria Park


3 June




Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Frank Ocean, the xx, Aphex Twin, Grace Jones, Slayer, Solange, and Van Morrison,Run The Jewels, Mac DeMarco, Miguel, Flying Lotus, the Magnetic Fields, Angel Olsen, Grandaddy, Sampha, Swans, Broken Social Scene, Mitski, the Afghan Whigs, Against Me!, the Damned, the Descendents, Priests, King Krule, Gordi, Pinegrove, Mannequin Pussy, Cymbals Eat Guitars,


Year after year, Primavera have paired contemporary and culturally relevant artists alongside living legends who paved the way for originality within the music industry and 2017 is looking to be no exception to that rule. Classic festival favourites Arcade Fire, Aphex Twin and Bon Iver tear the stage up at every appearance and we’re sure Primavera Sound 2017 will be no different. Solange, Frank Ocean and The XX arguably released three of the best albums of 2016 and on their merit alone will bring music lovers from across Europe and beyond to Barcelona next May.  That’s all before we even mention that Run The Jewel, Skepta, Flying Lotus and FAULT #23 Alumni Miguel will also be performing. Alongside these contemporaries, festival goers can also bask in the presence of legends Van Morrison and  Grace Jones who have made undeniable contributions to music throughout their respective careers.


Spain – Barcelona


31 May – 4 Jun




Aphex Twin, Fatima Yamaha – live, Flying Lotus, Marcel Dettmann, Midland, Moderat, Nicolas Jaar, Nina Kraviz


Hideout is firmly cemented as the leading electronic music festival in Europe, the six open air stages will once again play host to the best in electronic music. With Croatia now a globally recognised destination for dance music, Hideout Festival is at the forefront of the scene. Six incredible years of stand out line-ups spanning the whole spectrum of electronic music, Hideout has become one of the definitive european dance music events in the calendar.


Croatia – Pag


26th – 30th June




Rae Sremmurd, French Montana, Sean Paul, Lady Leshurr, Krept & Konan, DJ Jazzy Jeff


Fresh Island is Europe’s leading hip-hop and urban music festival, set against the backdrop of the stunning island of Pag in Croatia. The festival has become renowned for welcoming the finest international talent to the shores of Zrce Beach to play across its three open-air superclubs and in the last five years has hosted performances by Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Eve, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, Stormzy, JME and many more.


Croatia – Pag


11th – 13th July



FAULT Weekly Playlist: Midnight Pool Party

Sydney producers Midnight Pool Party make the kind of music you want to play while out on a late night drive or in the club dancing under a disco ball. The pair have released their anticipated debut EP ‘Dalliance’, which sees a playful five-track body of work brought to life through a clear musical objective. Lyrically, the EP draws from the bittersweet emotions of the ups and downs of relationships, but musically expresses an irresistible groove with soulful, feel-good rhythms. So if you’re in need of a pick-me-up post-breakup, this is what just the doctor ordered.

We asked MPP to put together some of their favorite tunes, which includes tracks from fellow Aussies Flight Facilities and Flume, as well as one of the duo’s inspirations, Snakehips.

Cosmos Midnight – History

“Getting drunk and going home with someone shouldn’t. Taking that scenario turning it into a dance song applies to so many people on the dance floor, smart and catchy AF.”

Calvin Harris/Frank Ocean/Migos – Slide

“When we read ‘CALVIN + FRANK + MIGOS’ we did know what to expect… until we pressed ‘PLAY’ and it was instant love.”

Kaytranada – Got It Good

“Kaytranada never does anything wrong and pairing up with smooth vocals from Craig David makes this song so smooth and so chill.”

Drake – Take Care

“Drake combined with Jamie xx was unexpected but so cool. It was different from what other hip hop artists were doing at the time. Drake always seems to keep things interesting.”

Banks – Warm Water (Snakehips Remix)

“We loved the original version by Banks, but Snakehips injected so much grove into their remix that we couldn’t stop listening. It’s everything we aimed for when we were making our own music.”

Flight Facilities – Clair de Lune

“FF Boys are gods to us and this song inspired us to write our track ‘collide’, intense, beautiful.”

Young Franco – Drop Your Love (Ja Funk Remix)

“Young Franco is the coolest dudes ever! The original amazing but this funky ass remix just takes it to a different level.”

Flume – Never Be Like You

“There’s a reason why this was #1 on triple j hottest 100! Flume is doing Australia proud.”

Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You

“That falsetto! Oooft! Even if you can’t sing, you can’t help but sing along anyway… and cry at the same time haha.”

Chance The Rapper – All Night

“His whole album is amazing and this song is an absolute jam. It doesn’t matter what you are doing, when this song comes on your body just moves to the beat without you knowing it… now THAT is a good song!”

Midnight Pool Party Socials:

FAULT Magazine Weekly Playlist: Tom Misch


20-year-old Southeast London based beatmaker Tom Misch is far from your average producer. His music brings to mind memories of warmer days and poetically interweaves differing styles. One of our favorite Misch releases is “Sunshine,” a melodic tropical house tune with Tom’s own soulful vocals. With almost a million plays to date, we think it’s only a matter of time before everyone’s on board the Tom Misch train.

We’ve asked Misch to put together some of his current favourite tunes for us to get a better idea of where he draws his inspiration. Dive in below.

Jordan Rakei – Street Light (feat. Gwen Bunn)

“I love the way Jordan merges songwriting and his production sound in this track. It’s also exciting cause he’s a mate of mine and I get to jam with this genius!”

Haitus Kaiyote – The Lung

“The band’s use of harmony and chords is amazing and the progression in this track gives me chills. I love their use of live instruments and the arrangement of strings. Great thinking music.”

Kaytranada – At All

“I’ve recently been falling in love with Kaytranada’s sound, seeing him live twice has completely converted me into a mad fan. His stuff makes anyone move and its feel good. I also respect his sound sonically, I don’t know how he does it but it sounds so fat and clean.”

Butcher Brown – Sticky July

“This is a band I discovered a few days ago when my mate told me to check them out. The leader of the band DJ Harrison I’ve been following his beats for a while but never knew he ran a band as well. Pure soul jazz groove and this shit sounds amazing.”

Gogo Penguin – Hopopono

“Discovered this track recently as well, but fell in love with the mood and vibe. Beautiful dreamy harmony between the piano bass and drums and suited my mood exactly at the moment I first heard it.”

Tom Misch Socials:

SXSW 2014: FAULTless guide to our favourite music, shows and food at the Austin festival

definitive guide


Part of enjoying SXSW is getting away from 6th street –  and even the east side, for that matter – and delving into the rest of what Austin has to offer. 2014 will be this editor’s sixth year attending the festival and, on top of that, I’m a native Austinite, so let me show you my side of town…











Saint Pepsi

London Grammar

Sylvan Esso

Tove Lo



In accordance with the United States Constitution and the preservation of life, liberty and freedom, I’ve only included free shows here. So let’s get started, shall we?

Things get underway on TUESDAY, MARCH 11TH with KARMALOOP x Do Androids Dance x Peligrosa. This five-day show presentation launches at Volstead with bass music progenitors Brenmar and Jacuzzi, so expect there to be lots of hip swinging in the crowd.

Volstead – 1500 e. 6th St. // 7PM – 2AM Full line up: Chingo Bling / Joao Brasil / Brenmar / Jacuzzi / Dirtyfinger / MSCLS – Furoche / Keeper / Royal Highness / Christopher Carr / Sonora / Peligrosa RSVP

On WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12TH, the number of shows increases exponentially as it’s the first *official* day of the music portion of the festival. Here are four music unofficial showcases to hit up for the day.

B+Q’s BBQ AT LAMBERTS – C3 PRESENTS 2014 SXSW DAY PARTY Full line up: San Fermin / MOON TAXI / Panama Wedding / HOLYCHILD / The Ceremonies / Spanish Gold Lambert’s Downtown Barbeque – 401 W 2nd Street // 12PM – 5PM

SexPop Showcase Full line up: Gemini Club / French Horn Rebellion / Fmlybnd / Cardiknox / Night Drive / Story of the Running Wolf / Thief / Touch Sensitive / 8th Grader / Hot Cops / THE PASS RSVP

Learning Secrets and Soul Clap Records Present: Soul Clap (All Night Long) Full line up: Soul Clap (all night long) RSVP

Binary Records

IHEARTCOMIX @ Empire Control Room

Nintendo x Pennzoil

For the bitches who brunch, I’d suggest trying Yellow Jacket Social Club.

Yellow Jacket Social Club

1704 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702

My friend took me here this past Christmas break but it’s been an Austin establishment for a minute. Located on East 5th St., YJSC is dive-y chic, you know, the kind of place you could maybe go to for a date and also maybe get kicked out of for belligerence at 2AM. I should also mention that their shrimp and grits is absolutely divine.

Hyde Park Bar & Grill has been a favorite of mine since college.

 Hyde Park Bar & Grill

4206 Duval St, Austin, TX 78751

It’s located in the Hyde Park neighborhood just North of The University of Texas campus, tucked away on a street lined with craftsmen homes and unnecessary speed bumps. I love driving up to the restaurant because they’ve got a giant sign in the shape of a fork always with something different on the end (sometimes it’s a meatball and sometimes it’s the entire world!).

The menu’s a little pricier by Austin standards, but pretty much everything here is good and the portions are *Texas* sized. If you’re adventurous and not too concerned about your waistline I’d suggest the Texas Horseshoe – Texas toast topped with 8oz. of round chuck, spicy cheese sauce, hyde park fries, more spicy cheese sauce, diced tomatoes, fresh scallions.

Oh hey there! So if you look out the window from Hyde Park Bar & Grill you’ll see another one of my Austin restaurant staples – Mother’s.

Mothers Cafe & Garden

4215 Duval St, Austin, TX 78751

This place for the vegetarians and vegetable lovers who don’t want to sacrifice on taste. The restaurant itself is pretty no frills but still feels very homey with lush greenery filling every corner of the room. Again, pretty much everything here is good; my go-to is the spinach salad topped with cashew tamarind dressing mmm mmmm.

If you’ve got that late night hunger Trudy’s has got you covered.


Texas Star location: 409 W 30th St, Austin, TX 78705

South Star location: 901 Little Texas Ln, Austin, Texas 78745

Their tagline of “Casual Tex-Mex” is everything you need to know, and with three locations there’s always a Trudy’s near you. Good for large groups and avocado lovers (try their stuffed avocado). Their Mexican martini splashed with tequila instead of gin and vermouth is a highway to the dangerzone, but also great if you’re looking to get down.

Kerbey Lane has been around for as long as I can remember and has been great since even before then.

Kerby Lane Cafe 

South location: 3003 South Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas 78704

UT location: 2606 Guadalupe St., Austin, TX 78705

Central location: 3704 Kerbey Lane, Austin, TX 78731

You can’t go wrong with anything off their menu, whether it’s their pancakes of the week or chicken fried chicken. Oh and let’s not forget their signature Kerby queso.

It’s just pure coincidence that the last recommendation for late night eats happens to be another Tex-Mex place. What I meant to say is, WELCOME TO AUSTIN. I have fond memories from undergrad of hitting up Polvo’s with a group of friends and ordering several pitchers of margaritas.


2004 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

I don’t even like margaritas but the chill hang-out-for-hours atmosphere is enough for Polvo’s to make the list.


WARNING: My friend own’s this food truck. WARNING: It is dangerously delicious. It’s called Patrizi’s and it’s possibly the best Italian food in Austin. Nick has catered some SXSW events in the past, but this year he’s opted to stand alone. Drop by on Wednesday when he creates a special menu of treats not found on the usual list.

Patrizi’s 2307 Manor Road, Austin, TX 78722.  You’re listlessly wandering the East Side in search of snack-tisfaction. You smell the sweet aroma of pizza coming from the parking lot of Violet Crown and that’s when you see it –

VIA 313 Pizza 1111 East 6th, Austin, TX 78702 . This place has saved my life on multiple late night occasions with its gourmet Detroit style slices. Try “The Cadillac” here: gorgonzola cheese, fig preserves, shaved prosciutto and parmesan all topped with a balsamic glaze.

Veracruz Tacos 1704 E Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702. Austin’s not Austin without tacos and there’s no place quite like Veracruz’s. Located on East Cesar Chavez, Veracruz’s Tacos are all natural using only fresh ingredients and homemade tortillas.

That’s it from us before SXSW. Hope to see your bright and shining faces in Austin this week!