NILE RODGERS & CHIC

IT’S ABOUT TIME VIR­GIN, OUT 28 SEPTEM­BER

Q (UK) - - Review -

Le Freak brings back the Good Times. Yowsah! Nile Rodgers has had a re­mark­able 21st cen­tury, beat­ing can­cer twice, grac­ing Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, and be­com­ing one of the planet’s best­loved live acts play­ing the an­thems he recorded with Bernard Ed­wards and Tony Thomp­son. But the disco de­ity’s new Chic – with bassist Jerry Barnes and drum­mer Ralph Rolle – de­serves its own al­bum. Hear­ing Rodgers’s right hand chuck­ing at the Stra­to­caster he calls The Hit­maker is a priv­i­lege on this come­back record. Mod­ern pro­duc­tion tricks (from Mura Masa and Nao, among oth­ers), rap in­ter­ludes (St­ef­flon Don, LunchMoney Lewis) and a vo­cal cast in­clud­ing Lady Gaga and El­ton John can’t dis­tract from the sig­na­ture style of Nile and co. Time­less and ef­fort­less, it’s un­mis­tak­ably them. C’est Chic. ★★★★ SI­MON PRICE Lis­ten To: Sober | Boo­gie All Night

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