SONNY curates FAULT Magazine Playlist of the week

Despite not legally allowed to drink in the UK until last week, Sonny’s voice is filled with the rich tones of the jazz singer whose spent years perfecting his craft in smoky jazz dens. His debut single entitled ‘Princess’ oozes with soul whilst containing elements of folk and jazz all rolled up in a modern pop ballad for contemporary audiences.

“My first release ‘Princess’ is a very personal song about a challenging relationship. It’s a little tongue in cheek but I’ve tried to be as honest as possible and I hope that shows throughout the lyrics in this song.”

Produced by Rum And Bug, Princess is taken from Sonny’s upcoming EP, ‘Hopeless Romance’ that drops on the March 24th. (Preorder available HERE)

We wanted to find out how a young performer could be imbued with such old-school soul and what better way to find out than to have Sonny curate this weeks FAULT Playlist below!

 

Stevie Wonder – He’s misstra know it all 

This song has always been a big part of my life, it’s one of my Mums favourite songs and artist. I’ve been influenced by Stevie Wonder from such a young age but out of all of his songs, this one really stands out for me. It’s quite a serious song until he lets loose at the end and adds in some really fun and jokey vocals. Only Stevie could do this! It’s really iconic.

 

Drake – Hold on we’re going home 

This song was when I first discovered Drake, and it’s the song I’ll always remember him for. It’s quite different to what he usually does but the melodies are so catchy and powerful. He is always very understated yet powerful at the same time. This song makes me want to get up and dance.

 

Paolo Nutini – Loving you.

 

Paolo has such a distinctive voice and I love it! So I had to buy the album. After a few car journeys I stumbled across this tune and never looked back. It was so relevant at the time because I was in a really happy place.

 

Penny and the Quarters – You and Me

 

This song featured in a movie called ‘Blue Valentine’. I fell in love with it instantly, it’s so old school and soulful. Right up my street!! With one female vocal accompanied by several males, I found it really unique. I love the story behind this song and how it was discovered. 

 

John Martyn – May you never.

I was introduced to John Martyn by my Dad who is also an acoustic guitar player/ singer. He would teach me how to play it and then I added it into my set list! Its really folk and a different type of songwriting which I liked. 

 

Coldplay – Everything’s not lost

Coldplay have always been one of my favourite bands. This song is typical Coldplay! A slow build up throughout the whole song and then a big finish. It helped me out through a tough time, I would just sit and listen to it on repeat. It’s from the album ‘Parachutes’ which I feel really defined Coldplay and is kind of my favourite albums. 

 

 

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FAULT Samples The World’s First Shazam-able Beers

 

As summer finally decided to become a thing this year in the England, FAULT UK finally have a reason to seek out new and exciting summer products usually reserved for our NYC, LA and travel team (yay us). With Bestival on the horizon, we discovered that Island Records (yes, THE Island records) have released a new IPA and naturally we just had to try it.

Island Record’s Session Ipa is an Indian pale ale which blends different hops harvested in three different continents. What do the big wigs at Island Records know about beer brewing we hear you ask? Well, we can’t speak for them but Two Tribes Brewing who they’ve partnered up with have a proven track record for producing some of our fave ales which can be bought via The Beer Collective. Two tribes is founded by former DJ and producer Justin Deighton but they aren’t the only music-focused partner behind the beverage. Soundwaves Brewing who previously collaborated on the Island Records Jamaica Porter complete the trio of music lovers behind the product.

With all partners involved with music in some way, it’s only fitting that they have also curated a playlist to listen to while you sip on your tropical beer. From the reggae-acoustic playlist entitled ‘As The Sun Hits The Water’ and ‘Slave To The Rhythm’ it’s clear that they are trying to pair the vibrant and colourful tracks with their equally vibrant ale.

You can access this playlist yourself using The Shazam App; making Island Record’s Session IPA the world’s first “Shazam-able” beer. From the Shazam app you’ll be greeted with numerous Spotify playlists to listen to while you enjoy the beer, which is a great use of the software. It’s exciting to see that they have tried to capture the whole experience of enjoying the IPA and put serious consideration into the mood and different senses of their customers. This goes down to the small details of beer can’s coating which is both colourful and has a great feel so kudos to the product designers on that front. Well, that’s sight, hearing and touch covered, I guess it’s over to taste…

We’re glad to say that they have hit the nail on the head with this one. The citrus and tropical fruit flavours could very easily have created a far too sweet and overpowering taste but thankfully they all blend well with the Ipa’s hoppy taste to create a wonderful summer pale ale fit for any beer garden, festival or barbeque. We listened along to Island’s ‘Porky’s BBQ’ playlist which featured jaunty hits by FAULT favourites, Jimmy Cliff, Hozier, The Rolling stones, Stevie Wonder and other Island greats during our very professional tasting session.

If fruity ales are for you and you’re looking to try something new and a little different, we’d recommend picking up an Island Records Session IPA. While the Shazam-able can and the somewhat shameless self-promoting playlists may seem a little gimmicky, it’s a great use of the tech available and music/beers lovers will appreciate it even if it’s only used the one time. An impressive product and one befitting our fine British summertime. Let’s pray it lasts…!