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Chicane

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Chicane is an music act, and the guise of British musician, composer and record producer Nicholas Bracegirdle. He was born on February 28th 1971, in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire.

Chicane is known for the singles “Offshore”, an Ibiza dance anthem included in many compilations in both chill-out and dance versions; “Saltwater”, which featured vocals by Clannad member Máire Brennan and is one of the most well-known and popular singles of the trance genre; and the UK number-one hit “Don’t Give Up”, featuring vocals by Bryan Adams, which became a top ten hit on singles charts across Europe.

Far from the Maddening Crowds, Chicane’s debut album, is still considered a seminal release among the trance music community, while the second album, Behind the Sun, was certified gold in the UK. In 2007, after the hindrance of an ultimately unreleased album in the intervening time, Somersault was released on Bracegirdle’s independent record label followed shortly after by a re-release of Far From The Maddening Crowds which included a new mix of Offshore (Offshore 2007)

In addition, Bracegirdle also worked under the aliases Disco Citizens, producing a handful of less radio-friendly, vocal-less tracks with a stronger progressive house sound. Working with singer Vanessa St. James and producer Mr. Joshua, Bracegirdle was part of the Mr. Joshua Presents Espiritu project, known for the song “In Praise of the Sun”, released with both English and French vocals. Nick has also gone by the name “Rebel Transcanner” to produce a remix of Tomski’s “14 Hours To Save The Earth.” Nick Bracegirdle has also used the alias Sitvac to produce a one-time single, “Wishful Thinking.”

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