George Michael Is Back With Sexy Posthumous Single ‘Fantasy’

The first new music since he died is a rework of B-side song recorded in the ’90s

Last Updated: September 7, 2017 @ 7:08 AM

George Michael is back.

Almost nine months after the pop superstar’s death at age 53, his first posthumous single has been released and it‘s a remix of “Fantasy.” The original iteration of the song was released as a B-side in 1990, and later as a bonus track on 2011’s deluxe version of his iconic “Faith” album.

The remix by producer Nile Rodgers premiered Thursday on BBC Radio 2’s “The Chris Evans Breakfast Show.” Michael and Rodgers had been working on the song shortly before the singer’s passing, according to People. Michael died of heart failure on Christmas Day, 2016.

“To be asked by George Michael to rework one of his songs was one of the greatest honors of my life,” Rogers told People. “I was in his London living room on Dec. 23, 2016. I flew home on the 24th, and expected a call from him on the 25th. Instead, I got an alert on my phone that he was found dead. I was devastated. I only hope I’ve made him proud.”

The song differs from the original via a stripped down production that amplifies Michael’s vocals and features Rodgers’ signature guitar rhythms.

The song has won over U.K. media, with The Guardian praising it as a “reminder that George Michael could invest a dancefloor with sex and wit like few other pop stars.” The Telegraph called the song “so lean and sexy you wonder why it was never a hit before.”

Listen to “Fantasy” above.