'Mixed feelings' over new George Michael track
A new remix of George Michael’s 1980s hit Fantasy has left fans and the late star’s producer Nile Rogers with “mixed feelings”.
The single was released by Sony Music on Thursday, more than eight months after the singer died from heart disease on Christmas Day.
George Michael’s producer Nile Rogers was in charge of remixing the single, and responded to a fan who tweeted he had “mixed feelings” about the song.
“You SHOULD have mixed feelings,” Rogers responded.
“No one’s heart was dragged through emotional ambiguity more than mine. Tears, uncertainty, happiness and #LOVE.”
Fantasy was released as a b-side in 1990, and later as a bonus track in the deluxe version of the Faith album.
The remix features Rodger’s guitar and a different groove to the original, a process Rogers said was “extremely emotional”.
“We were such massive fans of each other’s work,” he wrote.
On Wednesday, Michael’s sisters Melanie and Yioda posted an update on the singer’s official website, approving the way his legacy was being carried “exactly as Yog would have wanted”.
Reactions on social media have been mostly positive, with fans embracing the chance to hear the late singer’s voice once again.
“Listening to the new #GeorgeMichael song & flashed back to when I was a kid sitting by the TV waiting for his new video,” one user wrote.
“Never thought i would be listening to GM without GM giving the biz on his song.the mix is class,” wrote another.
The Careless Whisper singer was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in 1963.
He sold more than 100 million albums throughout his career, firstly as a member of Wham, then as a solo artist.