Only 26 years after their last album offering, Nile Rodgers & CHIC have announced a September 7th release date for their new record It’s About Time, which features a host of collaborators including NAO and Mura Masa. Last night they all got together to perform one of the album cuts “Boogie All Night” on Jools Holland’s BBC Two show, a time capsule of a disco anthem. Nile, who’s best known to younger generations as a feature on multiple tracks off Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, has quite an impressive résumé. He was a founding member of CHIC in the mid-1970s, has served as a songwriter, producer, and guitarist for countless musical legends (his Wikipedia page is a monolithic list of mind-boggling accomplishments and collaborative works), and was named one of the most influential people in dance music by Rolling Stone in 2014.
It’s not often that true living legends get back together after nearly three decades to make an album, so we’ll be paying extra close attention to this release. It’s sure to be pure disco at its core, but as more names of collaborators emerge, we’re getting hopeful that this is going to be much more boundary-pushing than your average throwback/comeback record. So far beyond NAO and Mura Masa, confirmed album guests include Anderson .Paak, Vic Mensa, Stefflon Don, Cosha, and Craig David. The robots have been awfully quiet since the release of their patently offensive Christmas merch line and subsequent Grammy-week pop-up shop in Los Angeles, here’s hoping they might come out of hiding to do more than just push product.