Machina X Feeling Good
7. September 2023 By Walter Price 0


Nature of Wire + Machina X Feeling Good is available on Bandcamp, Deezer, Apple Music

Machina X Feeling Good

by Walter Price

Collaborators Nature of Wires (Gary Watts) and Machina X (Annie James) have once again teamed up, this time around for a charitable cause. Covering Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse’s 1964 tune “Feeling Good”; which was originally performed in the stage production of The Roar of the Greasepaint.

The song was later made euphorically famous by Nina Simone, Machina X’s James recounts the origins of the project, “We were invited to submit a track for a Specialized Project box set, in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust.  We knew it was something we wanted to do, but had no idea how challenging it would be to find the sweet spot between our Electro world and the world of Swing; we wanted to create a defiant, darker vibe, which still captured the essence of the Rat Pack Swing days. 

Simone’s original raw acapella opening is replaced by James’ hauntingly sober vocals and backed by Watt’s signature otherwordly arrangement, you know from the very start that Nature of Wires and Machina X are about to take us on a journey. Solidified by the sultry dancefloor-vibed next chapters, this duo pays both homage and the utmost respect to this stage and soul classic, with a few twists along the way…of course.

You can Stream Nature of Wires + Machina X “Feeling Good”, here at the GTC.


Artists photos via Facebook // Quotes courtesy of Machina X and Nature of Wires

Original Music by Anthony Newley
Words by Lesley Bricusse
Vocals by Annie James
Production by Gary Watts

Teenage Cancer Trust

NoW // Machina X

Numerous false starts had us tearing our hair out and wondering if the track we had chosen was really going to deliver in the way we wanted it to. We were both outside our comfort zones, but we’re really happy with the result (which may or may not be influenced by early 90’s Depeche Mode). We’ve made a few tracks together now and if we can write a few more it will give us enough material to look at putting a live set together.” – Annie James

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