Growing up in Norfolk and attending a school where being into music made you an outsider, Nathan Fake’s early interest in the electronic scene came from hearing acts like Aphex Twin and Orbital on the radio and reading about the equipment they used in music magazines. Having begun to acquire and experiment with his own gear, an encounter with James Holden in 2003 led him to align with the then fledgling label Border Community, releasing his first material, the ‘Outhouse’ single, that same year.
The relationship with Holden’s label continued with further EP releases - “The Sky Was Pink” and “Silent Night” - leading to his breakthrough debut album “Drowning In A Sea Of Love”, released in 2006 to widespread praise from the likes of Pitchfork and the Guardian, and hailed as one of Mixmag’s top albums of that year. Fake recorded two further albums for the label - 2009’s “Hard Islands” and “Steam Days” in 2012 - before establishing his own label Cambria Instruments in 2014 alongside former Border Community associate Wesley Matsel. Their collaborative single ‘Black Drift / Bismuth’ was followed by Fake's solo effort “Glaive” EP in 2015.
Throughout this time he also took on a number of impressive and diverse remixes, from Radiohead to Jon Hopkins to Clark, working for labels such as Ninja Tune, Domino, Warp and Kompakt. Extensive touring has taken his sound across the globe, including notable tours with Orbital, Four Tet, Jon Hopkins & Clark.
In September 2016 Nathan announced his signing to Ninja Tune with "DEGREELESSNESS / Now We Know” 12”, and on 10th March 2017 released his fourth album “Providence”, featuring his first ever collaborative works - with Prurient (aka Vatican Shadow / founder of Hospital Productions) and Raphaelle Standell-Preston of the band Braids. Described by FACT magazine as “A career-defning LP”, it gained high praise from publications such as The Observer, DJ Mag (Album Of The Month), Wire and Crack, was Bleep's ‘Album Of The Week' and had support throughout the year from Four Tet, Ben UFO, Helena Hauff and many more. Later in 2017 Nathan released two “Providence Reworks” EPs featuring Overmono, Huerco S, Konx-Om-Pax and Olga Wojciechowska.
In 2018 Nathan is set to release “Sunder” EP, methodologically and sonically distinct from his previous work, the 4-track release will arrive on Ninja Tune on 23rd February.
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