Nile Rodgers & Chic bring the boo­gie

Winnipeg Sun - - ENT-SHOWBIZ -

The cover of the new Chic al­bum might be fa­mil­iar.

Does any­one else vaguely rec­og­nize the im­age of two mod­els gaz­ing se­duc­tively into the cam­era fid­dling about with whis­tles? For those old enough to know, it’s the prom­ise of boo­gie.

A sim­i­lar mag­a­zine cov­erin­spired photo graced the de­but al­bum of Chic in 1977 and co-cre­ator Nile Rodgers

sig­nals his in­tent to go back to his roots and yet up­date his sound by rein­ter­pret­ing that old cover for It’s About Time, the cheek­ily ti­tled first Chic al­bum since 1992.

If you doubted Rodgers wants to get down in 2018, just look at some of the song ti­tles — Do You Wanna Party, Dance With Me, I Dance My Dance and Boo­gie All Night.

Rodgers has in­vited a bunch of well-known singers — in­clud­ing Lady Gaga, El­ton John, Hailee Ste­in­feld and Craig David — and added el­e­ments of hip-hop to craft a bub­bly, in­fec­tious al­bum

that seems old and new at the same time.

The first song — Till the World Falls, co-writ­ten by An­der­son .Paak — is a wel­come hit of pure Rodgers, em­ploy­ing his trade­mark funky, choppy gui­tar work that fu­elled such disco hits as Le Freak and Good Times. The new song clocks in at over five min­utes but it should be three times that length for the sheer hap­pi­ness it de­liv­ers.

In these days when EDM is all over the pop charts, Rodgers’ blast of disco-funk fits per­fectly. But it’s about time a younger gen­er­a­tion drank di­rectly from the orig­i­nal spring: Rodgers — along with Chic’s late bass player Bernard Ed­wards — were pi­o­neers of boo­gie. When disco peaked, Rodgers helped make hits for Madonna, David Bowie, Du­ran Du­ran and, lately, Daft Punk.

Rodgers has once more of­fered pure, es­capist fun and you can now find us on the dance floor. Bring your whis­tles.

Nile Rodgers & Chic It’s About Time (Vir­gin EMI)

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