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Creative madness

By Max Dembo |

You know you’re talented when David Bowie, Madonna, Diana Ross, Mick Jagger or Daft Punk come to you for help.

Nile Rodgers’ magic touch has fascinated us since the seventies. The 66-year-old New Yorker can do it all, from irresistible guitar riffs and unstoppable melodies to efficient productions and delicious arrangements. On his lengthy CV however there are four letters that stand out: C h i c. Alongside his accomplice Bernard Edwards on the bass (who died prematurely in 1996, only 43 years old), Rodgers made the whole world dance and defined the sound of an incredibly influential funky disco. Chic topped the charts with the hits Le Freak and Good Times, placing the Rodgers & Edwards duo in the same vein as Holland-Dozier-Holland and Gamble & Huff...

On September 28th 2018, over 25 years after Chic-ism, Nile Rodgers released the album It’s About Time under the name Nile Rodgers & Chic, to which he invited Elton John, Lady Gaga, Craig David, Vic Mensa, Emeli Sandé and Nao. It’s the perfect opportunity to bring those four letters back to the forefront and to play Dance Dance Dance and Good Times on loop… In terms of tracks, Rodgers offers original songs and even sneaks in a cover of I Want Your Love by Lady Gaga. While it sounds like the perfect soundtrack for dance floors all around the globe, It’s About Time strings together pure disco, new jack swing 90’s, electro funk similar to that of Daft Punk, vintage jazz rock fusion and contemporary R&B. It may seem hard to find a clear connection between all these groovy genres, but luckily the MC is amazing. So enjoy being carried away by his creative madness.


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