Even the inimitable Chet Faker isn’t immune to the perils of winter storm Jonas. The Australian artist and NY resident has released a new instrumental and blizzard-themed track entitled “In-Between,” an apparent byproduct of being snowed in along with the rest of the East coast. The track features a vocal sample from NYC mayor Bill de Blasio during a state-of-emergency speech (from a 2015 snowstorm) and a melodious guitar line. While we miss his rhapsodic vocals, we’ll take a dosage of Faker’s creative impulses anytime.
It’s been some time since we posted a Remix Roundup, a segment in which we bring you the latest and greatest mixes on the webs. We got inspired though when we heard this new one from Shy Girls and had to share. The Portland producer has taken the lo-fi track “One Too Far” from NYC duo Jack + Eliza and suffused it with his own brand of bright electronics and synth-based instrumentals. Shy Girls’ rendition illuminates the harmonies of the original, and the finished product is a gorgeous demonstration of a rework done right.
Next is an edit of our favorite Australian crooner (none other than Chet Faker) by a St. Petersburg-based band called D-Pulse. “Bend” was a previously unreleased track from Faker, recorded during sessions for his 2014 debut LP Built on Glass. While the original has a definite minimalist reverb-immersed feel, D-Pulse fleshes out the dramatic elements of the cut with their slinky and top-notch production. It’s a stunning, magnetic mix and you can get it for free on Soundcloud.
Australian instrumental act The Cactus Channel has announced a two-track recording with soul crooner Chet Faker. As formidable fans of both Faker as well as contemporary jazz, this is basically a collab made in heaven for CCP. The two tracks, “Kill The Doubt” and “Sleeping Alone” are purportedly two years in the making, and are available now on vinyl and digital via HopeStreet and Downtown Records. The ten-piece band’s horns and organic instrumentation pair well with Chet Faker’s vocals — who’s typically accompanied by a more electronic backing — and equates to a refreshing hybrid of classic soul and funk. Hear both tracks below.
Just in time for your weekend, WKND has dropped a new house remix of Australian artist Chet Faker‘s cover of Sonia Dada’s “Lover (You Don’t Treat Me No Good).” The cover was a song that Chet originally performed for Triple J’s popular “Like A Version” segment this past July, which you can watch here. Recasting the bluesy cover into a bumpin’ house number, the German producer turns up the heat with a sped-up tempo, banging basslines and unexpected tropical influences.
Get this beat in your headphones today, as WKND is giving it out for FREE on his SoundCloud page.
On another note, Chet has been blowing up this year since the inception of his 2014 debut LP, Built on Glass via Future Classic. Last year the soulful musician also teamed up with Flume on the dope track “Drop the Game,” available for streaming below. You can catch Chet stateside this fall at NYC’s Webster Hall October 16.