Faithless

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British electronic band formed in London, England in 1994.

Some of the original members (Sister Bliss, Maxi Jazz and percussionist Sudha Kheterpal) continue to perform under the name Faithless Sound System.

Faithless were Maxwell Frazer AKA Maxi Jazz (Conscious Rap) Ayalah Bentovim AKA Sister Bliss (Music) Roland Armstrong AKA Rollo (Producer, Music). Many of the songs are sung by Pauline Taylor. Jamie Catto was originally part of the group but left after the release of the second album "Sunday 8PM". Zoë Johnston joined for the album "Outrospective".

Their first album, 1996's "Reverence", was an underground sensation but did not quite break the mainstream. 1998's "Sunday 8AM" changed all of that, the single "God Is a DJ" became a big club anthem while the album enjoyed bigger sales than anything they had previously released. Critics may have been harsh, but the group kept moving forward with all members also pursuing solo careers on the side.

When playing live they were joined by guitarist Dave Randall (2) and bassist, Aubrey Nunn.
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CHEKCD500, CHEKCD 500, CHEK CD 500 Reverence — Faithless Faithless Reverence (Album, Comp) Cheeky Records CHEKCD500, CHEKCD 500, CHEK CD 500 UK 1995 Sell This Version
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IC 0707 In Concert 707 — Faithless Faithless In Concert 707(CD, Transcription) BBC Radio International, BBC World Service IC 0707 UK 1997 Sell This Version
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07822-19029-2 Sunday 8PM — Faithless Faithless Sunday 8PM (Album, Comp) Cheeky Records 07822-19029-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
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74321 86555 4, 30042 Outrospective — Faithless Faithless Outrospective (Album, Comp) Cheeky Records 74321 86555 4, 30042 Turkey 2001 Sell This Version
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IC 0844 In Concert 884 — Faithless Faithless In Concert 884(CD, Transcription) BBC Radio International IC 0844 UK 2002 Sell This Version
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CDAST (CF) 469 No Roots — Faithless Faithless No Roots (Album) Cheeky Records CDAST (CF) 469 South Africa 2004 Sell This Version
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82876 65159 4 Everything Will Be Alright Tomorrow — Faithless Faithless Everything Will Be Alright Tomorrow (Album) Cheeky Records 82876 65159 4 Ukraine 2004 Sell This Version
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none Live @ Radio 1's One Big Weekend In Derry (24th April 2004) — Faithless Faithless Live @ Radio 1's One Big Weekend In Derry (24th April 2004)(CDr, Promo) Cheeky Records, Arista none UK 2004 Sell This Version
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none To All New Arrivals — Faithless Faithless To All New Arrivals (Album) Columbia, Sony BMG Music Entertainment none Australia 2006 Sell This Version
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REN28CDDJ PROMO Renaissance 3D: Faithless — Faithless Faithless Renaissance 3D: Faithless Renaissance REN28CDDJ PROMO UK 2006 Sell This Version
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REN28CDDJ SAMPLER Renaissance 3D: Faithless (Promo Sampler) — Faithless Faithless Renaissance 3D: Faithless (Promo Sampler)(CD, Mixed, Promo, Smplr) Renaissance REN28CDDJ SAMPLER UK 2006 Sell This Version
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none Live In The UK 2007 (Recorded Live 18/03/2007 SECC - Glasgow) — Faithless Faithless Live In The UK 2007 (Recorded Live 18/03/2007 SECC - Glasgow) (Album) Columbia, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Concert Live none UK 2007 Sell This Version
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none The Dance — Faithless Faithless The Dance (Album, Comp) Nates Tunes none US 2010 Sell This Version
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CDLHN80 Live 2010 - Tues November 23th (Tempodrom, Berlin) — Faithless Faithless Live 2010 - Tues November 23th (Tempodrom, Berlin) (Album) Abbey Road Live Here Now CDLHN80 Germany 2010 Sell This Version
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7502232229684 Passing The Baton - Live From Brixton — Faithless Faithless Passing The Baton - Live From Brixton (Album) Nates Tunes 7502232229684 Mexico 2012 Sell This Version
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538627991 All Blessed — Faithless Faithless All Blessed (Album, Comp) BMG 538627991 Europe 2020 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

CHEK-12008 A1 Salva Mea (Save Me) — Faithless Faithless Salva Mea (Save Me) (Single, Maxi) Cheeky Records, Cheeky Records CHEK-12008 A1 UK 1995 Sell This Version
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DV 130-5 CDS Insomnia — Faithless Faithless Insomnia (Single, Maxi) Cheeky Records DV 130-5 CDS Italy 1995 Sell This Version
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FAITHLESS 1 The Scream — Faithless Faithless The Scream(12", W/Lbl) Not On Label FAITHLESS 1 UK 1995 Sell This Version
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74321 370492 Don't Leave — Faithless Faithless Don't Leave (Single, Maxi) Cheeky Records, Cheeky Records 74321 370492 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
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CHEKXCD.038P If Lovin' You Is Wrong — Faithless Faithless If Lovin' You Is Wrong (Single, Maxi) Cheeky Records, Cheeky Records CHEKXCD.038P UK 1996 Sell This Version
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574657-2 Reverence — Faithless Faithless Reverence (Maxi, Single) Cheeky Records 574657-2 Greece 1997 Sell This Version
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CHEKDJ 1001 Bring My Family Back  — Faithless Faithless Bring My Family Back Cheeky Records CHEKDJ 1001 UK 1998 Sell This Version
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724389562521, CDVIS (WS) 126 Take The Long Way Home — Faithless Faithless Take The Long Way Home (Maxi, Single) Cheeky Records, Intercord 724389562521, CDVIS (WS) 126 South Africa 1998 Sell This Version
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ASD 1 God Is A DJ — Faithless Faithless God Is A DJ (Single, Maxi) Cheeky Records ASD 1 UK 1998 Sell This Version

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matt2011

matt2011

January 31, 2020
I can't think of a group who's been more consistently terrible, but had one awesome song, in my life. Other than "Insomnia", I can't think of a single song I've heard from these guys that wasn't garbage. Even their remixes are bad. Just my take, of course!
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SYSTEM-J

SYSTEM-J

April 19, 2006
edited over 17 years ago
Faithless are truly a multi-talented band and their music reflects the diversity of the group. Combine a Buddhist rapper, a producer with synaethesia and a female house DJ and you have... one of the most adventurous electronic bands ever. Here are the levels of their accomplishment:

Most people know Faithless for the big room house anthems: Insomnia, Salva Mea etc, and it's obviously here that they shine. You'd be hard pressed to find a dance musician who can write hooks quite as big as Sister Bliss and they just keep churning them out. Insomnia is a stone-wall club classic, up there with Chime, Papua New Guinea, Acid Trax and Blue Monday. They know exactly how to move dancefloors without ever sounding cheesy. Rollo's synaesthesia also means he creates unique, deep soundscapes that sound very original. While he isn't as technically gifted as a producer like BT, Rollo can build up atmosphere in a unique and subtle way, so the tracks sound excellent on a big club system.

It's their album work that has seen Faithless become the dance act of choice for people who might not otherwise stomach them. On every album they deliver a perfect blend of traditional song-writing, clued-up trip hop and club bangers. The variation of material across each record is always excellent, although this actually puts off people who just want twelve variations of God Is A DJ per album. Another interesting thing to note is how their albums have developed: Reverance was essentially a collection of thematically linked songs all connected to urban life in Britain from every aspect. However, their next album started to flow musically: linking moody, rap-heavy works together. By No Roots, every track blends seamlessly, with a mish-mash of standard verse/chorus ballads and production-heavy electronic works on almost every track.

Something which is really easy to miss is the strength of the lyrics. No electronic act comes remotely close. Maxi Jazz can do more than rhyme: he constructs raps and songs that flow on a purely rhythmic level yet tell stories and pull heart-strings. He frequently places himself as a child, relating back to incidents of emotional trauma, while at other moments he takes the seat of Spiritual Leader, proclaiming the band's political and ethical messages. Whether it's the frantic portrayal of depression on Salva Mea, the deep jealousy of Killer's Lullaby or the simple blazing affection of Miss U Less, Maxi is a master at his trade.

Finally, something which tops it all is their live performance, which sadly may never happen again. Faithless are truly immense live. They use an entirely analogue set up: two extensive drum kits, a bass, guitar and a stack of keyboards, as well as male and female supporting vocalists. Maxi is an unconventional yet addictive front-man: he channels the message of whichever song to the crowd perfectly. Their slow songs sound intimate, their instrumentals sound epic and the big anthems DETONATE. They also do what all good bands should: they don't just play what's on the record, they rebuild the songs to work live.

Faithless to me encapsulate everything good about modern British music. They're a crossroads of cultures, beliefs and musical influences, new and old, that combine into something, varied and eclectic. They work in a dancefloor context, they work in a radio single context, they work in a listening album context and they work in a live context. They aren't perfect, but somehow that just adds to the humanity of it all.
henno85uk

henno85uk

June 28, 2003
If you asked me what sort of music Faithless produce, a straight and simple answer is something which I could not give you. The only way which I could describe Faithless' music would be "The Melting Pot of My Favourite Music".
Their debut album, Reverence, in my opinion is the greatest album ever produced (in my opinion!)

Faithless made their name with the classic dance tracks 'Insomnia', 'Salva Mea' and 'God is a DJ', and with more recent house tunes like 'We Come One' and 'Tarantula', so it is easy to believe that Faithless simply produce dance music. But with gorgeous songs such as 'Don't Leave' and 'Crazy English Summer' this is so untrue. These two tracks are very simple, yet can be listened to over and over again and still sound as good as the first time you heard them.

Maxi Jazz, Sister Bliss, Rollo & co are not just hard-house noise makers, and they do not try to make it big by producing chill-out songs suitable for TV adverts, they do not create acoustic masterpieces, nor do their albums sound like endless drones of "kill yourself" music.

They are, quite simply, Faithless.

You should give them a try,
Dido did, and look where it got her.
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