Chic's New Record Will Get A Video Treatment From Daft Punk
Disco denizens across the world rejoiced at the news that--Chicwill be releasing its first record of brand new material in over two decades. Led by lead guitarist and founder Nile Rodgers, the legendary disco-funk ensemble will roll out their new LP, It's About Time via Warner Brothers in June, but soon we'll be boogieing like it's 1979 to new single "I'll Be There," which is set to drop on March 20th.
But that's not all. Rodgers has recently tweeted that Daft Punk--who utilized his superfly strumming all over their superlative Random Access Memories LP--has made a video for the new Chic record.
In an extended blog post, Rodgers got a bit more in-depth about the Daft Punk contribution, which is set to star supermodel Karlie Kloss. That video is forthcoming, but Rodgers has also shared a brief Soul Train-savvy clip of what appears to be instrumental sections of "I'll Be There." A preposterously funky number, "I'll Be There" also holds a special significance for Rodgers, who in his blog post explained that the sentiment is dedicated to his former Chic bandmember, bassist Bernard Edwards. It's About Time will be based around a concept of time and Rodgers's hope to relish in life after his recent bout with cancer. With that in mind, Rodgers is featuring as many artists from the Chic lineage as possible.
Read the text of Rodgers's blog post below. The funk feels so, so damn good, y'all.
After waiting four long years since the Lost CHIC Tapes were recovered, I'm finally putting out our first record. I'm like a child waiting for Christmas morning.
The release date is March 20, 2015, the vernal equinox, when day and night are of equal length. But this year certain parts of the Northern Hemisphere will have a total solar eclipse, which will turn day to night. This is extremely rare on a vernal equinox.
I'll officially release the song at the start of that celestial phenomenon in the city and country where they set Greenwich Mean Time: London, England. The solar eclipse will begin at 8:25 (GMT), the greatest eclipse will be at 9:31 (GMT) and will end at 10:41 (GMT).
In this short music teaser, the horn blast appears at what's called the point of totality, or the greatest eclipse - when day will seemingly to turn into night.
There will also be a super moon, so called when the moon's orbit is closest to earth making it appear larger than normal. The super moon will continue on it's orbital track and we'll soon return to complete daylight.
This will never happen again on a vernal equinox in my lifetime, and it's a moment I'll remember for the rest of my days. For me it's symbolic of the rebirth of CHIC.
I was stricken with very aggressive cancer four years ago which put me on this life or death path.
The new record will be a double sided 12" Maxi-Single.
Side-A, is a song called "I'll Be There," the first words I spoke upon finding my partner Bernard Edwards, (RIP) dead after our last concert together.
Side-B, is a song called "Back In The Old School," about the disco movement and the liberating escapades of that time.
"Back In The Old School" is a subliminal statement about dance music. Though most current dance music is electronic, live bands like CHIC and dj's, co-exist very well, just as the disco movement brought disparate peoples together. Dance musicians are the lower link on the musical food chain, we're stronger united than divided.
Both songs are played by my original CHIC line up along with percussionists, The Martinez Brothers on "I'll Be There. These works are my tribute to The Original CHIC Organization - musically, artistically and spiritually...which in my heart allows me to Close The Circle.