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Faithless is a British band, most famous for their electronica hits, 'God Is A DJ' and 'Insomnia'.
Faithless has three core members, as well as a rotating cast of collaborators. The main members of the band are Maxi Jazz, Rollo and Sister Bliss. Maxi Jazz is the principle vocalist for the band and adopts a rap style of vocal for most of the songs, many of which have overt political and spiritual themes. Rollo is the producer, whilst Sister Bliss writes and constructs the songs, electronically. Bliss is also a talented pianist. Jamie Catto was originally a member of the band, but left following the release of Sunday 8PM. Pauline Taylor is a regular vocalist for the band.
Each Faithless album has seen the band employ somebody from outside of the band to work with. Zoë Johnston joined the band for Outrospective, whilst LSK was employed during the recording of No Roots. Rollo's sister, Dido recorded her first ever track with Faithless. Her payment for singing on 'Salva Mea' was apparently a curry. Since recording the track, she has sung on a track on each of their subsequent albums.
Faithless' debut album was entitled Reverence and reached number 26 on the UK album charts. Many tracks from the album, such as 'Salva Mea', 'Insomnia' and 'Don't Leave' are now considered to be classic Faithless tunes.
The second album, Sunday 8PM, reached number 10 in the charts. One of the most popular tracks from the album is 'God is A DJ'. Boy George was the guest singer on 'Why Go?'
Following on, in 2001, was Outrospective, which peaked at number four in the album charts in the UK. Zoë Johnston's vocals were featured heavily in the album. Also featured was the singer & columnist, Steve Rowland.
Faithless' fourth studio album was No Roots, the band's first number one album in the UK. Released in 2004, the album featured the Leeds-based artist LSK (Lee Kenny) on a number of tracks. LSK still features in Faithless' live shows. The track 'I Want More: Part 2' also features the vocals of Nina Simone.
In 2006, Faithless extinguished rumours that No Roots would be their last album and released To All New Arrivals. Robert Smith, of The Cure, provides vocals for 'Spiders, Crocodiles and Kryptonite', whilst American singer Cat Power (aka Chan Marshall) sings on 'A Kind Of Peace.' The lead single, 'Bombs' was banned from MTV, due to its controversial promotional video, which contained footage of war scenes.
Faithless: Solo Projects
Sister Bliss is a renowned DJ and often gigs alone. She also remixes other artists' work and has appeared in a music video for Paul Oakenfold.
Rollo has his own record label. Cheeky Records. He has produced two albums for his sister, Dido and makes his own dance music under a number of monikers, including Rollo Goes Camping and Rollo Goes Spiritual.
Maxi Jazz has worked on pirate radio, as well as releasing solo work. The project 1 Giant Leap was a collaboration between Jazz and Jamie Catto. Their album featured vocals from Robbie Williams.
If you didn't think Faithless could get any more big room with their music, then think again. They just did. Regarded as producing some of the biggest nights in electronica before the recent revolution and dominance of EDM, Faithless are back to celebrate 20 years since their nascent, now allowing the names in the industry to remix their classics into the songs that will satisfy the biggest electronic festivals around the planet.
Calling in A list names such as Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Avicii, Above And Beyond, Eric Prydz and Axwell among others, the album has been given a contemporary make over, using the highest quality DJ's from house, trance and dnb to return Faithless to the masses.
The album at first seems to be about the numbers. The group are celebrating 20 years, the album is entitled 2.0. It's 2 CDs long - one remix album, one greatest hits. And all the remixed tracks are considered second generation, entitled 'insomnia 2.0' for example.
Continue reading: Faithless - 2.0 Album Review
Although this record has been out for a couple of months it has been made all the more relevant due to the band's slot on the Pyramid Stage, then at T in the Park and later, their iTunes Festival appearance at the Roundhouse. There has been a suggestion that this period is something of a renaissance for the radio-friendly dance stalwarts. It isn't, rather it shouldn't be.
Continue reading: Faithless, The Dance Album Review
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RT @thesisterbliss: Thanks so much for having me - very humbling!!! And also kind of mad - did I really do that? With those amazing artists…
RT @Tim_Burgess: Such a brilliant listening party. Thanks @faithless such an ace album and a standing ovation for @thesisterbliss 🤘🙏 https:…
RT @thesisterbliss: Well - I think that was it!!! Hopefully didn’t outstay my welcome. Thanks for joining me and on our 25 year journey. It…
RT @thesisterbliss: DRIFTING AWAY good to hear the birds - like during lockdown ... nature’s own music healing us and our emotional wounds…
RT @thesisterbliss: DRIFTING AWAY riff a kid of slowed down Solfgietto... something I played as a kid - was much faster as a classical piec…
RT @thesisterbliss: DRIFTING AWAY Penny Shaw singing tragic opera intro about woman whose baby dies ... A French guy chopped up the Break 4…
RT @thesisterbliss: BASEBALL CAP I’m also singing on it ... euchhhhhhhhhhh #TimsTwitterListeningParty
RT @thesisterbliss: BASEBALL CAP found very cringey for years - love Maxi’s lyrics - heartfelt & telling a truly relatable story - wish mus…
RT @thesisterbliss: BASEBALL CAP spent hours talking about Karma with Maxi - what happens if you do something in a past life & punished in…
RT @Tim_Burgess: Never thought this before but it almost has the feel of a concept album - different characters, a real narrative to it #Ti…
RT @thesisterbliss: FLOWERSTAND MAN -he was behind Highbury Station I think ... a small obsession ... obliterating all worldly concerns -…
RT @Tim_Burgess: When one of the band says, “I’ll get my sister to come and sing this one” #TimsTwitterListeningParty
RT @thesisterbliss: You still with me Faithless family??????? #TimsTwitterListeningParty
RT @thesisterbliss: DIRTY OL MAN lots of texture in there ... love letter to London, all the grime n all the glory. Loved playing this live…
RT @thesisterbliss: INSOMNIA was also only on the album to balance Salva Mea - a B side to our A side ... and as a more accessible dance tr…
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