NMF Roundup: Oliver Heldens remixes CHIC, SLANDER and Spag Heddy team up, Ray Volpe flips Ookay + more

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NMF Roundup: Oliver Heldens remixes CHIC, SLANDER and Spag Heddy team up, Ray Volpe flips Ookay + moreOcaso Festival Tamarindo By Pablo Murillo 06 01 2018 0525

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday.

This week’s releases are true stunners. After announcing a collaboration with Lights back in July, deadmau5 has finally unveiled “Drama Free” as part of his mau5ville: Level 2 EP. Oliver Heldens throws it back four decades by remixing CHIC‘s 1978 hit “Le Freak,” adding in a pounding bass to accentuate the original’s groovy beat. Bingo Players and Bali Bandits bring the funk with “Body Rock,” and SLANDER and Spag Heddy waste no time setting “Running to You” on fire. Ray Volpe puts his own spin on Ookay‘s “In My Mind,” while Party Favor taps Naïka for the hefty “Blame.” As part of What So Not‘s Not All The Beautiful Things remix package, AC Slater‘s put his signature bass-fueled house spin on the famous “Goh.” Kill Paris has put his own laid-back twist on Alison Wonderland‘s “Easy,” and Ross From Friends thrills with a take on Thundercat‘s “Friend Zone.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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Nile Rodgers & Chic release first album in 26 years

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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 JohnEmeli 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.

H/T: Hypebeast

Stream Chic’s First New Album In 26 Years

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ChicIt’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 »

Hear LCD Soundsystem cover Chic’s ‘I Want Your Love’ in new Spotify Singles release

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Hear LCD Soundsystem cover Chic’s ‘I Want Your Love’ in new Spotify Singles releaseLowlandsFestival LCDSoundsystem

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.

LCD Soundsystem – “I Want Your Love” (Chic Cover)

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LCD SoundsystemLCD Soundsystem recently stopped by Spotify’s studio to perform a couple songs. As is the streaming service’s custom, one was an original, the other a cover. More »

Nile Rodgers & Chic – “Sober” (Feat. Craig David & Stefflon Don)

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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 »

Nile Rodgers & Chic enlist Anderson .Paak, Vic Mensa, & Mura Masa for monstrous new disco collaboration, ‘Till The World Falls’

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Nile Rodgers & Chic enlist Anderson .Paak, Vic Mensa, & Mura Masa for monstrous new disco collaboration, 'Till The World Falls'

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.

WATCH: Nile Rodgers & Chic join forces with Mura Masa & Nao on funky new track

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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.

Watch Nile Rodgers & Chic Debut “Boogie All Night” With NAO & Mura Masa On Jools Holland

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Nile-Rodgers-and-NaoWay back in 2015, disco legends Chic, then riding high off of band mastermind Nile Rodgers’ contribution to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” announced that they were getting ready to release their first album in more than two decades. They even dropped a single. But the album never came. Instead, Rodgers and Chic have … More »

Nile Rodgers Shared A Bloody Video Of Him Breaking His Nose

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Disco innovator and pop-music genius Nile Rodgers has already survived cancer, the cocaine era, and about a million snubs from the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. It’s clear that a little thing like a broken nose isn’t going to bother him too much. In fact, he is perfectly happy to make fun of himself … More »