FRESH: ‘Nirvana’ – Chicane featuring Rosalee O’Connell

Electric ambient dance producer Chicane is back with his latest single “Nirvana”.

by Christopher Smith

Nick Bracegirdle AKA Chicane has released his new single and video for “Nirvana” and he’s teamed up with Rosalee O’Connell of EKKOES for this slice of ambient chilled dance.

Nick has been making music since 1994 and of course has achieved massive success with the likes of Bryan Adams (“Don’t Give Up” and “Cloud Number Nine”), Maire Brennan of Clannad (“Saltwater”) and Tom Jones (“Stoned In Love”), and many others. His 2000 album “Behind The Sun” was a huge chart hit across Europe and beyond.

“Nirvana” is the second single released from his seventh album “The Place You Can’t Remember, The Place You Can’t Forget” which was released earlier this year and was preceded by the single “A Love That’s Hard To Find”. “Nirvana” features the vocals of Rosalee O’Connell of electro-pop group EKKOES, who themselves released their second studio album “Kinetik” last month to rave reviews.

Chicane found chart success in 1996 with the single “Offshore” which topped the UK dance chart and made No.5 on the US dance chart. This was followed by “Sunstroke” in 1997 and the album “Far From The Madding Crowd”. But it was in 1999/2000 that Nick took his unique and very identifiable sound to the masses with his number one smash “Don’t Give Up” with Bryan Adams. He replicated this with “Saltwater” which sampled Clannad’s 1982 hit “Theme From Harry’s Game”. Further success came in 2003 when he teamed up with Pete Cunnah of D:Ream for the song “Love On The Run” and in 2007 with the massive hit “Poppiholla”.

“Nirvana” comes with three mixes courtesy of Danny Dove, Swung and Dean EG. The single also includes the album version of the song and the new, slightly cut down Radio edit.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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