FAULT Weekly Playlist: Taska Black

Belgian producer Taska Black’s first introduction to music came at a young age in the form of violin and piano lessons. Like most kids, Tasks wasn’t initially keen on the imposed structure of a musical education. However, through improvisations, Taska found his deep-seated love for creating.

Stretching past genre definitions with his music, Taska first garnered international attention with his official remix of Charlie Puth’s “The Way I Am.” That soon led to releases on Martin Garrix’s STMPD label. His latest (and debut) five-track EP “Minds” was shared via San Holo’s indie label imprint bigbird.

With every track, Taska unravels a rawness through his intrinsic aptitude for melody and sound design which has seen him garner support from fellow heavyweights Zeds Dead, Alison Wonderland, Marshmello, Martin Garrix and more. Utterly refreshing and thrilling in its pursuit of greater sonic diversity in the pop sphere, Taska Black’s “Minds” EP showcases all the promising musical avenues that the young artist continues to progress into. As the year is winding down, listeners can only expect that Taska’s 2019 will hold even bigger musical moments, as hinted at by this debut EP. Until then, take a listen to his exclusive inspirations playlist for FAULT.

Sia – Soon We’ll Be Found

I’ve always loved Sia and she’s one of the best voices in pop music in my opinion. This is the very first song I heard from her from 2008 and I still can’t get tired of it.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-love

I’ve only recently got to know this band but they’re absolutely amazing. Whenever I’m traveling or doing nothing this is the only thing I listen to.

M83 – Midnight City

It feels like this song has been stuck in my head for 7 years now. That sound in the intro just never lets me go.

King Princess – 1950

When I first heard this song I was blown away. Just when that first verse comes in it just grabbed my attention and I can’t stop listening to it anymore.

Alison Wonderland – Church

I’ve always been a fan of Alison Wonderland. This is one of the songs off her “Awake” album and it’s just so well written.

Frank Ocean – Solo

I don’t think this one needs explanation. Blonde was one of my favorite albums of 2016 and ‘Solo’ has been in my daily playlist ever since.

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside

When I was a kid I used to listen to the RHCP all the time. I could really pick any song of theirs because they’re all great, every single song is just so nostalgic to me.

ODESZA – Falls ft. Sasha Sloan

I don’t think ODESZA needs any explanation, they’re just legendary. Falls is definitely one of my favorite songs of their ‘A Moment Apart’ album.

Taska Black – Forever

This is a song I wrote with David Thomas Jr. His voice just sounds so good… This was my first song ever to be played on local radio in Belgium, where I live, and it was a crazy feeling to hear yourself on the radio like this.

Shawn Mendes – Lost In Japan (Zedd Remix)

I’m definitely a fan when it comes to Zedd’s music and it has been a while since he released a remix. This track inspires me because it shows how Zedd can twist a pop song and still push his sound and his production forward.

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NYFW Review (Sept ’13): Tommy Hilfiger’s SS14 ‘Westcoasting’ show

Tommy Hilfiger presented his new womenswear collection for the upcoming Spring/Summer ’14 season during New York Fashion Week. The set was completely inspired by the beach: sand on the floor, wood on the runway, surfboards, blue sky and the feeling of being somewhere in California. That’s why the show started with a song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers whose singer, Anthony Kiedis, was seated in the front row.

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There was no doubt that the main theme of the show was the Golden State, with a collection full of strong, intense colors and very sportive details, which spoke of the youthful spirit of the West Coast of the USA. Following this motif, Hilfiger also added Hawaiian prints and neoprene fabrics to give the surf and skate sensation – so typical of the lifestyle of that part of the world.

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Once sport and optimism had been represented, the best way to finish was with a world famous song that everybody knows: ‘Surfin’ USA’ by the Beach Boys. Right after the show, this writer moved on to the next show thinking that I was in LA before belatedly remembering that I was back in New York after an intriguing and absorbing runway experience.

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Words by Anais Serrano

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All photos: Carol Fingerhut de Armas www.caroladearmas.com

Words: Anaïs Serrano