CHICANE HINTS TOWARDS 2018 ALBUM WITH NEW SINGLE ‘GORECKI’
Since Chicane dropped his celebratory album (‘Twenty’) a bit over a year ago, fans have been eagerly anticipating another full body of work from the legendary musician. Today, they see that moment draw a few steps closer as the creator of classics such as ‘Offshore’, ‘Saltwater’ and ‘Don’t Give Up’ (feat. Bryan Adams) emerges with a brand-new single: ‘Gorecki’, taken from what will be his sixth studio album.
A genius spin on Lamb’s 1993 single (which peaked at #30 in the UK Singles Chart), ‘Gorecki’ marks yet another timeless classic-to-be from the British grandmaster. Teeming with dreamy pads, smooth beats and infectious synth plucks, it proves a hyper-mesmeric single no Chicane fan can do without and comes with a brilliant music video that adds to the song’s alluring colors.
Boasting a sublime track record that comes with a career of over twenty years, Chicane has become a living legend through singles such as ‘Offshore’ (1996), ‘Saltwater’ (1999), ‘Don’t Give Up’ (feat. Bryan Adams) (2000) and the evergreen ‘Poppiholla’ (2008). Dominating charts across the globe and remaining a staple in dance music to this day, he saw the remixes of his classic tracks by contemporary artists add to the impact of ‘Twenty’ in 2016 and now proves he is as fresh today as he has ever been.
In any other language apart from Chicane-speak, Nick Bracegirdle is Chicane. He is from Chalfont St.Giles and likes to snowboard and drive insanely fast – within the constraints of the law, of course! For a man addicted to some hair raising pursuits, it’s a more chilled side of his character that has brought him notoriety; he has written and produced some of the most enduring and haunting trance tunes of the last decade; Offshore, Halcyon, Don’t Give Up, Stoned in Love, Saltwater, Middledistancerunner. The list could go on for quite a while but resting on his laurels is not a Nick thing.
Pushing the concept of Chicane can sometimes feel to his fans, a strange thing to do (if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, right!), but for Nick this is an obsession. “Slowly, I learned that I was Chicane, and what I brought to any song, or project, was to put my coat, if you like, over its shoulders.”
Chicane tracks get under your skin, they don't force themselves upon you. “When ‘Don’t Give Up’ first appeared, I remember seeing the band at a London show, there was a stonewall refusal to dance, six months later the track was a Chicane anthem.” People have anchored life memories to Chicane songs. And long may that tradition continue.
Chicane albums feature musical fusions, much as; Icelandic band Vigri, singer Kate Welsh and rapper
Aggi Dukes. Indeed, collaborations are something that Chicane is known for. Sir Tom Jones, Bryan Adams, Natasha Bedingfield, Adam Young, Steve Edwards, Duane Harden are a few of the very diverse people that have worked with Chicane. Blending styles and erasing boundaries is one of Chicane’s favourite strategies, witnessing the many cross-over records on his latest collection of sounds.
Most recently, the 2000 album of ‘Behind The Sun’ was remastered and re-released on Armada Music, including a brand new version of Bryan Adams collaboration, ‘Don’t Give Up’.
The expression ‘hot off the heels’ does not apply when talking about the timing of Chicane albums. The tracks are crafted, caressed and encouraged into shape, and that takes time, however.....
It’s been twenty years since ‘Offshore’ became the default setting of trance, resonating and infiltrating everyone’s lives, but that DNA has evolved, no less original, and no less addictive; Nick shows that the Chicane Spark really is alive and well