Oliver Heldens‘ remix of the classic track “Le Freak” is yet another testament to his dominating style. “Le Freak” was originally released by Nile Rodgers in 1978 at the height of disco. The track’s familiarity and iconic place in the sphere of music makes it a hard beast to straddle, but Helden does just that.
Heldens doesn’t divert from the heart of the track. Instead, he gives it a shock from the AED that is his producing. The bass of Bernard Edwards, the guitar of Rodgers, the classic hook of “Ah, freak out/ Le freak, c’est chic,” and even the classic violin all remain. What Heldens adds is something new to freak out about. His deep bass synths and rearrangement are perfectly are sewn through this track. Heldens delicately adds just enough to revitalize “Le Freak,” and in doing so, he respectfully pays tribute while making it his own.
Such a delicate yet distinctive touch is a key attribute to great producers. It would be fascinating to know what Rodgers would have to say about this reboot, as Rodgers has stuck with the times and is rumored to have worked on several unreleased tracks with Avicii.
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.
It’s About Time, disco-funk legends Chic’s first album in 26 years, has finally arrived, and it really is about damn time. This thing was originally announced way back in 2015, when Chic were enjoying the beginnings of a late-career renaissance thanks to the shine from frontman Nile Rodgers’ appearance on Daft Punk and … More »
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.
Back in 2013, disco legends Chic and their fearless leader Nile Rodgers returned to the spotlight with their contribution to Daft Punk’s hit “Get Lucky.” In 2015, they announced their first album in over two decades, which never came to fruition. Now, they’re back in the studio working with the likes of Bruno Mars, Anderson … More »
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.