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Shèna is spreading rumours this September


Spearheading the Nu Disco movement that seems to be sweeping the nation, disco sensation Shena releases her new single Nasty Little Rumour on No Prisoners Records on September 7th. Produced by husband James Winchester who was recently hailed as “some kind of genius and the new Nile Rodgers” by the Guardian, Nasty Litlte Rumour is a heavenly hi-energy lament for togetherness and a sublime slice of pure disco gold. It’s also the sound of 2009.

Shena’s last two singles Can’t Stop The Rain (“the closest approximation of the magic created by Chic in the late ‘70s - the Guardian!) and stomp-along anthem My Fantasy (“could happily be snuck on Earth, Wind & Fire’s Greatest Hits” - Attitude Magazine) both received extensive support at national radio including championing from Steve Wright, Terry Wogan and Ken Bruce.

The current Nu Disco movement is a fascinating phenomenon. “Music goes in cycles,” explained Winchester in a recent Sunday Times article, “and after Duffy and Adele reinvented 1960s girl singers, the thinking was that the next thing would be early-1970s disco.” Nowadays, UK DJs raised on house, trance and techno are increasingly delving into their old vinyl collections to fill floors and regular nights run by Disco Bloodbath, Horse Meat Disco and LowLife in London, Melting Pot in Glasgow, Auto Disco in Dundee, El Diablo’s in Manchester and Basement Boogaloo in Nottingham have somehow hit the spot. And, uniquely, with her own modernist take on disco, Shena seems to have stepped out of a turntable-dominated darkness to fill the vacuum.

As a student, Shena attended the Royal Academy of Music where she famously asked to leave classical classes by pointing out “I didn’t come here to sound like Kiri Te Kanawa”. Since those heady daze Shena has filled her musical resumé by working with artists like James Brown, Luther Vandross, Chaka Khan, Joss Stone and Amy Winehouse and providing central vocal roles on countless crossover dance hits (including ten Top 40 hits) such as Alex Gaudino’s Watch Out, De Souza’s monster track, Guilty and the massive Michael Gray dance floor hit The Weekend.

Nasty Little Rumour has been taken from Shena’s album One Man Woman due for release on August 31st 2009. Both will be available on No Prisoners Records.

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