Now, if you’ve been frequenting JOVM for some time, you’ll likely be familiar with the now-internationally recognized, Australian-born, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter and producer, Nick Murphy, best known to the music world as Chet Faker. Since the release of his critically acclaimed debut effort, Built on Glass last year, Murphy has been very busy as he’s played sold out shows on 5 continents, as well as some of the world’s biggest and most renowned festivals, including Primavera Sound, Coachella, Lollapalooza and Glastonbury. During that same time, Murphy collaborated with fellow countrymen The Cactus Channel on the “Kill the Doubt”/”Sleeping Alone” 7 inch, which was released last month digitally through Downtown Records across North America and Hope Street Recordings throughout the rest of the world. Interestingly over the past couple of years both Marr and Murphy had built up a mutual appreciation society between the duo through where else — Twitter.
Initially, as Marr explained in press notes, their collaboration began when the duo exchanged DMs over recording processes and other tech nerd stuff, and after recognizing that they were like minds, they then started to exchange voice memos with some ideas and sketches, which eventually lead to Murphy suggesting that they should try to work on something together. And the end result is the duo’s forthcoming 4 song EP Work slated for a December 4 release through Murphy’s Detail Records, Downtown Records across the US and Fontana North Distribution across Canada.
The EP’s first single “The Trouble With Us” pairs Murphy’s soulful crooning about a dysfunctional yet emotionally and sexually charged relationship with a slick, club-banging production consisting of angular Nile Rodgers-inspired funk guitar chords, a sinuous bass line reminiscent of Daft Punk‘s “Get Lucky,” Boulevards‘ “Got To Go” and Michael Jackson‘s “Burn This Disco Out,” and a ridiculously infectious and sensual hook. Granted, Murphy has a reputation for crafting incredibly sexy material; however, this particular single may arguably be the sexiest and most straight-forward, club-friendly song he has released.