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Sam Smith, London 2014

Cover Story: Sam Smith Opens up About Life and Love

(click to enlarge) From the magazine: ISSUE 92, June/July 2014. This is the first of four covers from our annual Summer Music issue that we’ll be revealing over the next week. Sun ping-pongs off the … read more »

POSTED May 28, 2014 6:00PM IN FEATURES Comments (167) TAGS: , ,
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Tori Amos Interview: “We had to have a few rules: no sliding on giant tongues.”

14 albums in, the fiercely candid star talks desirability, growth and making pop at 50 It’s been nearly 25 years since Tori Amos made her solo major record label debut. That effort, Little Earthquakes—a confessional … read more »

POSTED May 8, 2014 4:25PM IN MUSIC, MUSIC INTERVIEWS Comments (6) TAGS: ,
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Stream: Ryan Vail, “Gone”

FADER PREMIERE Earlier this month, we premiered Ryan Vail‘s “Grow,” a grievous song from Vail and musical partner Katie Cosgrove’s forthcoming Grow EP, which details the story of a friend’s sudden death. Where “Grow” laid … read more »

POSTED April 23, 2014 10:00AM IN MP3 / STREAMS, MUSIC TAGS: , ,

Stream: Ryan Vail, “Grow”

FADER PREMIERE Ryan Vail and his musical partner Katie Cosgrove have a way with austere soundscapes. Their latest track, “Grow,” begins with stark simplicity: the crackling of a needle resting on a vinyl groove. It’s … read more »

POSTED April 3, 2014 10:00AM IN MP3 / STREAMS, MUSIC Comments (2) TAGS: , ,

Stream: Gallant, “Jupiter Greyscale”

FADER PREMIERE L.A.-based singer Gallant’s ambient R&B steady rolls beneath his narcotic falsetto, not unlike oft comparisons The Weeknd and How to Dress Well. His latest track, “Jupiter Greyscale,” produced by UK’s Maths Time Joy, … read more »

POSTED March 27, 2014 10:00AM IN MP3 / STREAMS, MUSIC Comments (3) TAGS: ,

Stream: IYES, “Breathe”

FADER PREMIERE Brighton electro-pop duo IYES (pronouced “eyes”) is comprised of Melis Soyaslanova, from Prague, and Josh Christopher, who met by happenstance a little more than a year ago at Christopher’s flat. Their’s is a … read more »

POSTED March 24, 2014 10:13AM IN MP3 / STREAMS, MUSIC Comments (1) TAGS:
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Video: Erykah Badu “The Healer” (Live at The FADER FORT Presented by Converse)

Beloved neo-soul singer Erykah Badu, who appeared on the cover of The FADER in 2001, performed at The FADER FORT Presented by Converse tonight, opening with a 900% soothing rendition of “The Healer,” in which … read more »

POSTED March 15, 2014 11:46PM IN FADER EVENTS, FADER FORT, Fort Video TAGS: ,

Stream: Talos, “Tethered Bones”

FADER PREMIERE Cork-born musician Talos’ debut, “Tethered Bones,” begins with beeps akin to a decelerated heart monitor. The heart slows as it slips into slumber, and eventual death. But just as quickly, it spikes with … read more »

POSTED March 6, 2014 10:00AM IN MP3 / STREAMS Comments (1) TAGS:

Nick Hakim Sings for the Lonely on “Pour Another”

FADER PREMIERE Nick Hakim’s sweet soul plays like hymns from the stuff of nightmares—broken hearts and desolation, mostly. On “Pour Another,” the 23-year-old immediately recalls another lovelorn balladeer: Bon Iver. But while Justin Vernon captures … read more »

POSTED February 17, 2014 10:07AM IN MP3 / STREAMS Comments (1) TAGS: ,
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GEN F: Sampha

Sing softly and craft some big hits From the magazine: ISSUE 90, Feb/March 2014 There’s only one way to hear to Sampha Sisay speak, and that’s to listen very, very carefully. In conversation, the singer/songwriter/producer … read more »

POSTED February 14, 2014 11:16AM IN GEN F, MAGAZINE TAGS: , , , ,