The legendary Nile Rodgers & CHIC joined Jools Holland in the studio to perform new track ‘BOOGIE ALL NIGHT’ with Nao & Mura Masa alongside cult classic ‘Good Times’ on ‘Later’ last night. WATCH HERE
“I’ve had the great privilege of producing some of the greatest artists in the world so when it came time to collaborating for my own record the barometer was shall we say pretty high” explains Nile. “Nao, Mura Masa and Cosha were important to me and to be able to debut the songs we wrote live with them on Later . . . With Jools before we’ve even put out recorded versions makes it even more special.”
Nao shares: “We all grew up on CHIC! No matter who you are or where you’re from, they’re one of those bands that have sound tracked at least one part of your life. So to now be part of that story and playing in the band – albeit temporarily – is just wild. We’ve had such great fun making records and playing together, it’s been a joy. I’m so glad they’re back, the world – especially right now – needs more CHIC!”
‘BOOGIE ALL NIGHT’ ft Nao is lifted from the long anticipated 10th studio album ‘It’s About Time’. Coming this September though Virgin EMI, it’s the group’s first album in 25 years!!
Inspired by talent, multiple Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist Nile Rodgers is always collaborating, working with musical superstars and breaking artists alike. He amplifies his legacy by constantly traversing new musical terrain and successfully expanding the boundaries of popular music. The new record sees the UK’s Nao, Mura Masa, Stefflon Don, Cosha and Craig David share in the journey alongside the likes of California’s Anderson .Paak and Chicagoan Vic Mensa, with many more exciting collaborations to be announced.
The album’s cover revisits a strong sense of conceptual aesthetics that have run through the bands career since the very start. The artwork of their debut self-titled album (inspired partly by Roxy Music album covers such as ‘Stranded’ and ‘Country Life’) featured Valentine Monnier and Alva Chinn, and personified the band’s unique style and intent. The ‘It’s About Time’ cover features models Duckie Thot and Jazzelle Zanaughtti. Shot by Britt Lloyd and directed by Greg Foley, co-founder of V Magazine, Duckie and Jazzelle are not only modern fashion icons, but also activists making huge strides for women of colour in fashion.
“When I first came up with the concept for the first CHIC album cover more than 40 years ago it was a deliberate statement that we could all be abundant, we could all be with the beautiful people, we could all be included, we could all have good times. Looking at the world today for the release of “It’s About Time” I felt that it was important to make those statements again for a new generation” Nile explains.
As the co-founder of CHIC, Rodgers pioneered a new musical language with chart-topping hits like ‘Le Freak,’ (the biggest selling single in the history of Atlantic Records!) and ‘Everybody Dance’, even sparking the advent of hip-hop with ‘Good Times’.
His work in CHIC and his production work for artists like David Bowie, Diana Ross, and Madonna have sold over 500 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide while his innovative, trendsetting collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicii, Sigala, Disclosure, and Sam Smith have kept him in the vanguard of contemporary music.
Nile Rodgers & CHIC have already confirmed several festival performances across the UK this summer, including Isle of Wight and Wilderness, full list of dates below.
Rodgers transcends all styles of music with a catalogue of work that’s garnered him plaudits from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2017) and the Songwriters Hall of Fame (2016). More recently, he was appointed as the first ever Chief Creative Advisor for Abbey Road Studios to cap off a year that included “festival best” performances at both Glastonbury and Coachella and a BBC Music Awards nomination as “Best Live Performance Of 2017”.