Nathan Fake presents his fourth album Providence - his most personal and profoundly emotional work to date. Crafted in the wake of a crippling two year spell of writer's block during which he was unable to compose any music at all, the esteemed British producer describes the record "as a massive step up both in my career and in my life in general...it felt like I'd come alive again." Providence sees the producer collaborate with vocalists for the first time, joining forces with Prurient (aka Vatican Shadow / founder of Hospital Productions) and Raphaelle Standell-Preston from Braids. Prurient contributed the heavily distorted vocal to "DEGREELESSNESS" whilst Raphaelle, lends her voice to "RVK."
"It's the quickest album I've written and because of that it's got a close thread running throughout," says Nathan of his creative process. It also has a distinct sonic signature as a result of the producer refreshing his set-up. "I was feeling nostalgic and bought a cheap Korg Prophecy on a whim and it ended up being the backbone of the album," he adds. "I remember reading an article in Sound On Sound back in 1995-96 and I didn't really know much about music production then, but I remember thinking that it must be amazing. As it turns out, it's actually quite crap really... It's very hard to program, looks unimpressive, doesn't sound great , but I recorded it through loads of different pre-amps and tape and mixers and roughed it up. I'm always intrigued by low-end gear, I like the challenge and the limitations it poses."
Emerging from an extended period of inactivity with renewed vigour and lust for life, Providence was recorded during the first six months of 2016 in Nathan's home studio/living room. The meaning behind the title is two-pronged: on the one hand it's a nod to the aforementioned Korg Prophecy synth that features so heavily on the record. But on a deeper level it means "guidance or divine guidance" - not necessarily in a religious sense but more to be guided by a higher power - or more specifically to Nathan, music as therapy and a path out of a dark period in his life. Double LP pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl in high gloss artworked inners, housed in a die cut white popset 5mm spined outer sleeve.