Oliver Heldens has gone in a new direction with a folk-leaning release “Summer Lover,” and as the title of the track alludes to, the new collaborative cut could be the summer anthem everyone is looking for. The track features vocals by Devin and Chic’s Nile Rodgers, with Heldens dropping his characteristic house chords, a kicking guitar backdrop, and flaring synths. The catchy melody adds a new element to a Helden’s production with its upbeat energy centered around the enthralling vocals, making the song a likely pop radio hit. The track is out now via RCA Records.
“Summer Lover” comes just as Heldens is wrapping the first North American leg of his Heldeep 5 World Tour. Stream “Summer Lover” below.
It’s been 9,705 days since the last body of work from Nile Rodgers & Chic. But the 26-year wait is over, and It’s About Time is here.
The seasoned disco group have been working for years on their latest album and began teasing singles from it earlier this year. They wowed the world with the release of “Till The World Falls” in June, teaming up with Mura Masa, Vic Mensa, and Cosha for a spirited collaboration on Jools Holland’s show on BBC Two. The remainder of the summer months went by without any additional releases, but early September brought a teaser of what was to come just a few weeks later with “Sober.”
It’s About Time saw its full debut on September 28, featuring an arsenal of star-studded collaborations. Over the course of its 10 tracks, the album sees the group tap artists like Lady Gaga, Elton John, Emeli Sandé, and many more.
After Rodgers revealed that Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars would also be involved in the album, It’s About Time may leave fans wondering where their songs are. Fortunately, only a few months remain until the group’s next album, coming February 2019, where the collaborations will hopefully see the light of day. There’s also a possibility Rodgers’ work with Avicii may be released at some point in the future, as the two were reportedly working on 10 tracks before Avicii‘s death in April.
After releasing their funky 2013 mega-hit, “Lay Me Down,” Tim Bergling (Avicii) and legendary producer, guitarist, and founding member of CHIC, Nile Rodgers kept in close contact, according to a recent statement the latter made to The Sun.
Rodgers says the pair procured a whopping 10 tracks before his younger counterpart’s untimely death at 28 years old this passed April. The duo purportedly held a series of covert recording sessions, in which they created more than an album’s worth of content. However, Rodgers says he is wary of releasing the secret bundle without taking the proper precautions.
“I’ve just been contacted about putting out my stuff, but I’ve got to see how it is because I was very close to Tim, and the music we didn’t put out was extraordinary,” says a reluctant Rodgers of a potential post-humous Avicii release. “He was blown away, as was I, but, because of what I know, which I will not talk about, I want to make sure that whatever work I do would be to the benefit of the people Tim would want that project to benefit.”
Rodgers has yet to confirm a release date for the joint records, nor has he definitively stated whether or not the tracks will ever see the light of day at all. On behalf of Avicii fans across the globe, let us hope that day comes sooner rather than later.
LCD Soundsystem has partnered up with Spotify on their latest release. The two-track acoustic EP follows the usual format of a Spotify Singles release, including an acoustic in-studio version of one of the band’s tracks as well as a cover. For this session, LCD recorded a new version of “Tonite,” a single released last year on their long awaited comeback album American Dream. But of course, since electronic elements are so engrained in LCD’s style, this seemingly stripped back version of the track still includes its integral synthesized elements. Following “Tonite” is a mash up of sorts, where the band works their own 2010 track “Home” together with Chic‘s “I Want Your Love.” This time, the track takes on a groovier new personality with the homage paid to the iconic Nile Rodgers-led funk band.
Both tracks were recorded in New York City’s iconic Electric Lady Studios.
Following in the footsteps of previous co-chairs, Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, Nile Rodgers will immediately begin a three-year term as the Chairman of the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame (SHOF). The SHOF formally announced Rodgers as the group’s new Chairman on July 2.
“Nile is respected and admired by his fans and his peers alike for his multi/cross-genre music and for being a musical pioneer,” the Hall of Fame’s president and CEO Linda Moran said of Rodgers. “More importantly, Nile’s eloquence in talking about songwriting and its process makes him the ideal voice for the songwriting community as chairman of the SHOF,” Moran added.
“I will try and serve with all my heart,” Rodgers said, “I hope I can make you half as proud of me as I am to even sit in the room with you who’ve done so much for the furtherance of composition.”
Rodgers was inducted to the SHOF in 2016, and to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.
Disco funk legend Nile Rodgers announced mid-June that he and his storied band Chic had a new album on the way, the band’s first effort in 26 years. Modern day maestros of the genre — and a few unassuming additions — were enlisted for the making of the record, including Anderson .Paak, Vic Mensa ,Stefflon Don, and Craig David and now, we’re getting a taste of the madness that’ll ensue with the LP’s first single, “Till The World Falls.”
A tantalizing and glitzy new disco track with a Vic Mensa verse and Mura Masa guest appearance; “Till the World Falls” is a meeting of glorious past and present funk extravagance. Anderson .Paak, NAO, and anaïs each had a hand in the track’s songwriting.
Nile Rodgers & Chic’s record is fittingly titled It’s About Time and will arrive September 7.
Nile Rodgers has proven his knack for writing hit songs over the past five decades, with collabs from Duran Duran to Daft Punk under his belt. Keeping up with the newest names in funky pop music, Rodgers and Chic have taken to the Jools Holland show on BBC Two with Mura Masa and NAO to premiere their funky new track, “Boogie All Night.”
NAO acts as the main vocalist on the track, pairing her breathy, high-energy vocals with Rodgers’ classic guitar riffs. Mura Masa also takes the stage wielding a guitar, holding his own against the funk and disco legend. With a new album from Nile Rodgers and Chic set to arrive later this year, there is no telling what kind of groovy collaborations will be seen.