Disco and Chic fans can finally rejoice. It only took 26 years, but Nile Rodgers & Chic’s first studio album since 1992’s Chic-ism finally arrived on Friday, and by the looks of the star-studded track listing, it was well worth the wait. The new album can be heard partially in the Spotify embed seen below.
Appropriately titled, It’s About Time, 10-song studio album picks up right where the popular band of the 1970s disco era left off, with some fun, light-sounding and of course dance-friendly guitar work from Mr. Rodgers, who has certainly earned the title as one of the hardest working and commercially successful American pop songwriters over the last thirty years. Rodgers recruited some of his famous friends to appear on various tracks on the new album including Mura Masa, Vic Mensa, Nao, Hailee Steinfeld, Elton John, Lady Gaga and Craig David. Gaga notably sings on the updated version of the band’s 1979 disco ballad, “I Want Your Love,” which was actually released two years ago for a Tom Ford fashion campaign, and can be heard in the music video above.
“I don’t normally make records like this because I don’t have the power to say ‘this is how it’s gonna go and I’m gonna tell this really big story.’” Rodgers recently told Billboard about his new album. “So now that I do, I can do it my way and this is happening my way exactly. And I just hope people get it and like it and understand it. It’s a geeky record and a very idealistic record.”
Rodgers still tours globally and writes/records at a pace of someone half his age. He also happened mention that the new batch of songs released on Friday is just the beginning for the return of Chic. The guitarist and singer has penned some very optimistic posts to the blog on his website and was also recently given the honor of being elected as Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
According to Consequence of Sound, Rodgers and his team plan on releasing a “second installment” of music which could arrive as early as 2019. No further details on the next wave of songs were provided at the time of It’s About Time’s arrival on Friday, but Rogers has admitted in the past that songs on his new album would feature Bruno Mars and Haim, so fans should be excited!