It’s been an impressive 18 months for Chet Faker, the electro neo-soul singer from Down Under.
Since his acclaimed debut LP, Built On Glass, peaked at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart in spring 2014, Faker (born Nick Murphy) has been touring the world over with sold out shows on five continents, including three nights at Manhattan’s Terminal 5 and memorable sets at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Primavera, and Glastonbury. Now he’s tapped South London DJ-producer Marcus Marr to help close 2015 with a victory lap. The two hirsute hitmakers are getting to Work.
The four-song EP — due Dec. 4 via Faker’s own Detail Records/Downtown Records — is the product of four days’ studio time earlier this year that transpired after a Twitter exchange.
“Nick posted my song on Twitter. I messaged him and said thanks and a conversation started — all nerdy stuff about recording processes,” Marr said of Work. “Pretty soon we started exchanging song ideas in voice memos. He then suggested maybe we try and do something together.”
Kissed with some Daft Punk-ish funk, Work’s first single, “The Trouble With Us,” was released in October and shot to the top spot on HypeMachine and Spotify’s Global Viral 50 chart, among others. There’s been comparable enthusiasm for “Birthday Card,” a deep house cut that dropped earlier this week.
Listen to an exclusive premiere of the full EP below.
“Marcus is one of the most talented people I’ve worked with,” Faker, who also released a collaborative EP with Cactus Channel in September, tells Billboard. “The songs speak for themselves.”
Marr, a seasoned dancefloor maestro and vet of Berlin’s Berghain, takes the production reins and matches Faker’s tight-lipped, romantic introspection with flighty, 7-minute musical turns of percussive dance and heady R&B, giving listeners room to breathe while still demanding their attention.
Catch Faker and Marr live at the end of this month with three U.S. dates in the Golden State, including a New Year’s Eve show at San Francisco’s Mezzanine.