The mercurial talent that is Charles Murdoch first caught the attention of the Future Classic label in 2013 with his rework of Flume’s “Sleepless” as part of a Beatport remix competition. Already having success in Mitzi, the Brisbane indie-dance 4-piece, Charles Murdoch’s solo work exhibits his masterful knack for sophisticated, cerebral bass and house music. Upon signing with the label, Charles blessed fans of lush, atmospheric bass sounds with his debut solo track “No Lungs”, pricking up industry ears in Australia but also over the pond, finding support from the likes of tastemaking blogs Indie Shuffle and La.Ga.Sta to name a few.
Forward to August 2013 and Charles released his much-anticipated debut EP on Future Classic. “Weathered Straight” continued where “No Lungs” left off, with sonic masterpiece “Dekire” leading the way from the EP, blending bubbling beats, pulses of distortion and the soft words of Melbourne’s Oscar Key Sung to perfection. “Dekire” really made the industry stand up and take note, receiving a nomination for “Best Independent dance, electronica or club single” at the 2013 AIR Awards, alongside widespread local and international support from the likes of Triple J, FBi radio, iD Magazine (UK) Dazed Digital (UK), XLR8R (US) and DJ Magazine (UK).
Charles’ star continued to rise with support shows for Nicolas Jaar (Sydney Festival), Shlohmo, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Lapalux and Cashmere Cat already in the bag, as well as support tour for Sydney starlet Elizabeth Rose throughout November. With praise for his own productions, DJ sets and remix talents (read Hayden James, Bodhi) coming in at a more than a steady pace, 2014 saw Charles Murdoch be triple j’s Mix Up Exclusives Resident for April and have a slot at Australia’s biggest music festival, Splendour In The Grass, in July. It’s clear that 2015 is going to be quite a year for the unassuming but hugely talented beatmaker.