Nile Rodgers & Chic bring the boogie
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)