Late one night in 2011, a newly-minted Melbourne-based songwriter and producer known as Chet Faker recorded a cover of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” for a few close friends. They passed it on (and on and on). The Music Internet fell in love. DJs couldn’t resist, and eventually the track became a worldwide hit.
An artist of considerable range, Chet Faker, real name Nick Murphy, excels at crisp, soulful songwriting that merges late-’90s R&B with a contemporary electronic palate influenced by a youth producing house and disco. He performs all of his own music, giving it a warm, homespun feel that also sounds like one of the world’s sultriest bands cranking at full steam.
Chet Faker released his debut EP, Thinking In Textures, in the US on May 22, 2012 via Downtown Records. Led by “No Diggity,” the effort garnered critical acclaim, was certified gold in Australia and received support from leading international radio personalities like Mary Anne Hobbs, Gilles Petersen and Zane Lowe.
2013 found Faker on the road, selling-out his first US headline tour and supporting Bonobo on major dates across the country. He also flexed his collaborative chops, releasing “Drop The Game” and the Lockjaw EP with fellow Australian producer Flume, as well as guesting on Say Lou Lou’s single “Fool Of Me,” which received a coveted Best New Music designation from Pitchfork.
“Melt,” released in August 2013, became Faker’s biggest original release yet, garnering well over a million streams, topping the Hype Machine chart multiple times and inspiring remixes for months after dropping. The Kilo Kish-featuring single serves as an appetizer for Built On Glass – Faker’s 12-track debut LP, which is set to arrive April 2014 via Downtown Records.
Over two years in the making, the album follows the lead of its first single “Talk Is Cheap,” crystalizing Faker’s wide-reaching aesthetic into a singular vision that fuses languid R&B, classic songwriting intimacy, house music immediacy and the dusty thump of golden age hip-hop.