FAULT Weekly Playlist: Amanda Mair

For fans of Lykke Li, Kate Boy, and Tove Styrke, Amanda Mair is a Stockholm native who gained attention as a teenager with her debut single, “House” in 2011. After an extended hiatus, Amanda announces a new forthcoming EP and teases it with the single “Empty Blockings.” Like so many of her Swedish contemporaries, Amanda displays a flair for breathy vocals over hypnotic drums and glittering synths. We can’t wait to hear more from Amanda, but in the meantime, we asked her to put together a playlist of tracks that inspire her as a musician.

 

 

Lana Del Rey – High by the Beach

“I LOVE Lana Del Rey and have listened to a lot of her music. This song just hit me directly with the quite melancholic melodies and the discreet beat.”

Banks – Gemini Feed

“For me ‘Gemini Feed’ is the perfect balance of dark and lightful. Myself I have a bit hard time writing uptempo cheerful music. With the chorus very direct and open but the verses being more innocent, it’s just the perfect match.”

Mura Masa, Bonzai – What if I go? (Feat. Bonzai)

“This song just makes me wanna dance every single time. Love the bouncy beat and the sound.”

Jai Paul – BTSTU

“I’m a huge fan of Jai Paul. I love his calm falsetto together with the more aggressive sound.”

Emelie Nicholas – Nobody Knows

“This song just hits my heart. The pads are goals and when the sleepy swiping melodies meet the drum machinge likely chorus it’s like releasing a bird or something.”

Lykke Li – Love Out of Lust

“This one just had to be in the list. A big influence since I was young. Especially the airy drums, the big timpani, an innocent cowbell and something I suppose are whistles. Its a sound I really can relate to.”

Susanne Sundfor – Memorial

“I feel like I get sent to heaven, a safe place with soft clouds when I listen to ‘Memorial.'” I love the ecclesiastical vibe.

It’s so mighty?! And the arpeggiator makes it extraterrestrial and the choir is just GENIOUS. The melodies, the vocal, the strings, the piano outro. Why didn’t I write this song? I can’t stop:)”

Saturday Monday, Julia Spada – The Ocean (Feat. Julia Spada)

“Drums, drums and more drums please! The one key to my heart. I like the energetic perky beat together with the soft cold strings.”

The Blaze – Territory

“Another key to my musical heart is a distinctly acoustic piano. And when that adapts of a deep kick, weird vocals and sounds, I’m sold.”

Massive Attack – Teardrop

“This one also have the ingredients of High on the beach. The dark instrumental go down deep but the airy vocal lifts the song and it’s like an on going fight between them. Perfect.”

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FAULT Weekly Playlist: Polina

LA based, Russian born singer/songwriter Polina is a classically trained musician with model good looks. Her latest single “Little Babylon” is a testament to her adept ability to create sonically challenging music. Her collaboration on “Book Of Love” with Felix Jaehn catapulted her into the spotlight and counts more than 19 million plays and it’s clear that Polina has a bright future ahead. 

We asked Polina to put together a playlist and some of her current favorite songs – take a listen below. 

Polina – Little Babylon (Jyye Remix)

“Australian based Jyye sent this remix to my label (Ultra) during our world-wide remix contest. It breathed new and different energy into ‘Little Babylon’ a great mix to start a day to, work out to or play before going out. Pumps me up every time I hear it.”

Tame Impala – Yes I’m Changing

“This song and the whole album has literally been on repeat in my house. I heard the song for the first time at Verve Coffee in West Hollywood (in LA) while I was well ummmm in the loo so I was schazam-ing it in a very awkward position, with my arm stretched out to the ceiling speaker. Amazing album.”

Christine & The Queens – Tilted
https://soundcloud.com/christineandthequeens/tilted-1

“Heard this while touring with Felix Jaehn in Germany this fall. Christine is an artist with a vision in her own lane. The song is super cool. Big props!”

Contessa – Running


“A fresh new single by a new project and supergroup that’s a collective of music and visual artists coming together. You might have to watch the video to see what my connection is here :)”

Deadmau5 – 4ware

“Feeds my ‘young raver days’ tastes. My trance-y guilty pleasure. I was brought up in Europe before moving to the states at 16 so hearing tracks like this one takes me right back there.”

Mura Masa – Firefly

“Been out for a minute, but I’m still very much into this glitchy track. It takes a lot of turns in terms of sound and I like that!”

The Weeknd feat Daft Punk – Starboy
https://open.spotify.com/track/7HtPBwBoCBDy1tpstag7HL

“How could I not include this one! A huge fan of both The Weekend and Duft Punk. The records ‘s got some subtle MJ undertones.”

Cashmere Cat – Trust Nobody (feat Selena Gomez & Tory Lanez)

“Far end of the pop spectrum for me but Selena’s got some serious swag on this one. And Cashmere Cat’s production is sick!”

Petit Biscuit – Sunset Lover

“If the word ‘glow’ had a sound form that would be Petit Biscuit. Just love his warm sound. Good vibes. Listen to this one a lot when I want to chill or traveling.”

Bonobo – Break Apart feat. Rhye

“Leaving you with some introspective meditative thought provoking music. Two of my favorite artists of this year Bonobo & Rhye got together and made a beautiful record together. Hope you enjoyed my favorite tracks of the week! Xo Polina”

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FAULT Magazine Attends Way Out West Festival

 Way Out West, Gothenburg. Nestled deep in the beautiful park of Slotskogen in Gothenburg, this year Sweden’s Way Out West promised us the likes of Jamie XX, Skepta, Morrissey and PJ Harvey.

We arrived on Thursday to the distinctive sound of French electronica band M83 who performed a healthy mix of old favourites amongst a great selection of new tracks from their recently released album, ‘Junk’. The set spanned from the upbeat and catchy ‘Do it, Try it’, to the hauntingly beautiful ‘Outro’; a perfect start to our three day festival weekend.

Priding itself as a completely meat free festival, it seemed fitting that Morrissey should headline the first day. “No meat for sale” he exclaimed, pleased with the festival’s ethical policies and then thanked us for being so “open minded” after performing ‘Meat is Murder’, through which disturbing footage of animals being tortured in slaughter houses was shown. Other sing-alongs included ‘First of the Gang to Die’, ‘Irish Blood, English Heart’, and ‘I’m throwing my arms around Paris’. One thing for sure, he’s still got it. His voice was impeccable and it seemed the whole festival, young and old, was captivated by his presence.

The morning of day two treated us to ‘Danny Says’ in the film tent, which documents the life and times of music manager and influencer, Danny Fields. Music from artists such as James Bay, Julia Holter and the legendary Grace Jones then filled our afternoon before we eagerly headed towards the Azalea stage for The Libertines; who, despite the messy set, were extremely well received by the Swedes. PJ Harvey then took to the Flamingo stage with a mesmerizing performance filled with power and passion.

Due to the diversity of the lineup, Way Out West is great for discovering new artists. We went eyes shut to our third and final day, trying our luck at stumbling across musicians we hadn’t heard of. Swedish singer songwriter Amanda Bergman was a pleasant surprise and British born instrumentalist Mura Masa got the muddy crowd moving at the Dungeon stage in the afternoon. Jamie XX was an eagerly anticipated act and he did not disappoint as the entire festival flocked to the Azalea stage for his solo performance. Despite the great music and positive vibes we couldn’t help but feel his set would have been better suited to a later evening slot.

The best was saved to last with a thoughtful and energetic performance from Massive Attack featuring Scottish hip hop group Young Fathers, who elevated the experience with their enthusiasm and rhythmic sound. As the light faded and they played into the night, the impressive light show added to the spectacle and the political messages that flashed up on screen encouraged roars of unity from the dancing crowd.

An all-around feel-good festival, Way Out West is a unique experience unlike any British weekender you’ll encounter. The park is kept impressively clean and tidy throughout the event; the food is thoughtful and healthy, focusing mainly on vegan options. This isn’t always what you fancy when feeling the cold and ankle deep in mud, however embrace the Way Out West spirit and you’ll discover numerous delicious dishes including generous sized pizzas, halloumi burgers and many falafel options. Way Out West is great for those looking for a chilled weekend away to enjoy music. Here you will find a diverse range of acts, friendly people and beautiful landscapes ready to be explored.

 

Words: LXN

FAULT Magazine Weekly Playlist: Elohim

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We’ve been quietly obsessing about LA based rising indie pop idol Elohim and when the mysterious do-it-all producer/singer/songwriter said yes, we did a little happy dance.

It’s rare to find artists who consistently put out hits, but that’s just the case with Elohim. After making her debut earlier this year with the catchier than hell “She Talks Too Much,” Elohim followed it up with two more excellent singles and today unveils the fourth home run “Bridge and the Wall.” While you’re not spinning “Bridge and the Wall” on endless repeat, check out Elohim’s exclusive playlist for FAULT.

Young thug – Up

“I am psyched Young Thug just put out a new mix tape. The tone and inflections in his voice excite me.”

Rich Homie Quan – Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)

“THIS SONG makes me so happy.”

Radiohead – Separator

“Essentially any playlist I have curated and listen to ends up including either Thom Yorke or Radiohead. I have always been a big fan. I don’t think I will ever grow out of their sound. Sparks my senses.”

Muddy Waters – Rollin Stone

“I just bought a Muddy Waters vinyl in London. I love listening to jazz and blues when I am at home playing records. This kind of music on vinyl sounds so special and full. I adore the simplicity of the chords and the depth of soul in his voice.”

Demo Taped – not enough

“We became internet friends and I love this song a lot.”

Partynextdoor- things & such

“This is some sexy music.”

Cosmo Sheldrake – Rich (Ft. Anndreyah Vargas)

“I played a show with Cosmo Sheldrake in New York at CMJ. I hadn’t heard of him before that but as I was getting ready for my set I heard him perform this song. It immediately caught my attention.”

Fetty Wap – Jugg

“You can’t really control what song happens to strike an emotional chord within, for me right now it is Fetty Wapp’s “Jugg.” I don’t know why but it triggers some feelings…and I absolutely love it.”

Mura Masa – Firefly (feat. Nao)

“I just did a show at MIT in Boston. The students there are hip and most importantly so down to earth and welcoming. They have impeccable taste in music. They showed me this song. My crew and I have been listening to it since.”

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