With his debut album ‘Glow’ finally scoped to drop in March, German tunesmith Tensnake drops one of the two promised collaborations alongside legendary Chic member and songwriter Nile Rodgers. Since his Defected hit “Coma Cat,” the production maven has consistently remained a champion of long past musical hallmarks and this return to the spotlight offers a hint of things to come. Returning collaborator Fiora’s emotive vocals and Rodger’s signature guitar licks make for an intriguing addition to the German producer’s own chiming melodic tendencies. At the tail end of a year where nostalgic nods and strong songwriting have fuelled singles and albums alike, “Love Sublime” is dance music for the instrumentally adept and eclectically inclined masses. If this early-rising single is anything to go by, 2014 may well be the year of the snake.
Release date: TBC
Back in September Disclosure confirmed that they were working with legendary Chic front man Nile Rodgers on a forthcoming track. Not content to sit on their laurels after the rampant success of their debut album Settle, the Lawrence brothers brought Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes into the studio along with Nile to create the appropriately titled “Together.” The result is nothing short of spectacular.
Smith’s penchant for melancholic and lust-filled vocals has already proven to be the perfect compliment to Disclosure’s bubbly garage aesthetics, and the addition of Rodger’s slick guitar licks only amplify the sultry and seductive elements of the talented duo’s slow-brewed groover.
Before Random Access Memories went from a near mythical fragment of imaginations to a top-selling album flying off shelves across the world, Daft Punk attested — in one of the few opportunities they took to speak out — that there would be no music videos from their long awaited album and that its marketing would replicate the process of music during an earlier era. Well, when the robots made their appearance at MTV’s VMAs teasing “Lose Yourself To Dance” before presenting an award, the idea of a visual-less RAM seemed gone.
Now following that teaser with the full-length video, “Lose Yourself To Dance” has Thomas, Guy and collaborators Pharrell and Nile Rodgers suited in YSL performing their groovy hit in front of a small crowd. Shot with a vintage appeal, Daft Punk’s first music video in years comes with integrity to the album’s well preserved theme of eras past.
Avicii is officially one week away from releasing his debut studio album TRUE, which has been thus far headed by the globally acclaimed “Wake Me Up.” While the lead single has opened new horizons and has captured new fans, it seems that its folk influence won’t be the album’s dominating theme. More prevalent is Tim’s use of chords, which more illustrated darker than brighter throughout the 12-tracks, and are best intertwined with Nile Rodgers’ bassline and Adam Lambert’s vocals. As a groovy play on disco “Lay Me Down” is due to be one of the standout tracks on True, and thanks to iTunes, its preview is available now.
After accompanying the robots on their public emergence at the VMAs following the video premiere of “Lose Yourself To Dance,” their second collaboration that follows “Get Lucky,” Nile Rodgers says that Daft Punk isn’t the only electronic act he’s working with. While his collaborations with Avicii are well documented with “Lay Me Down” from True being one of six completed records, it’s being confirmed that the disco legend has been in the studio with David Guetta and that they’ve already cut two tracks. Rodgers claims “it’s a good year for me and dance music,” before going on to reveals that he’s been working on some underground focused music with Tensnake and Chase & Status.
“The guy I’m working with mostly right now is Avicii. We’ve cut like six records together and we’ve got the new record with Adam Lambert. We just cut three records last week. My God, David Guetta! I’ve already done two tracks with [him]. And some more underground stuff with Tensnake, Chase & Status.”
When asked about performing with Daft Punk in a live setting, Nile attempted to keep his lips sealed but simply left it at: “Something might happen.”
Before presenting the award for Best Female Video at MTV’s VMAs, Daft Punk along with Pharrell and Nile Rodgers teased the forthcoming single “Lose Yourself To Dance.”Serving as the follow up to “Get Lucky” and featuring the same all-star cast, the minute-long teaser is reminiscent of the original “Get Lucky” teaser of Coachella, with all four musicians doing what they do best. While it may appear to be a music video snippet, it’s more likely to be a simple single teaser.
According to SF Weekly, D’Angelo just announced he will be unable to make his Friday performance at this year’s Outside Lands in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The cancellation reportedly stems from a “medical emergency.” Luckily, there is a very satisfactory replacement set to perform in lieu of the crooner’s 6:05pm time slot at the Sutro Stage — Nile Rodgers and his funk-disco band Chic will instead perform on Friday evening, right before Paul McCartney takes the stage at Lands End.
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Earlier this year Nile Rodgers successfully lent his talents to Daft Punk’s latest album and now the robotic duo plan to return the favor by collaborating with Rodgers to rework an old Chic b-side. In an exclusive interview with DJAZZtv, the jazz legend discusses his motives for reigniting the Chic flame;
“I found in the Warner tape library some old unreleased Chic masters that didn’t belong to them, that were in boxes that said ‘Chic,’ But when you opened it up, it had Johnny Mathis inside, they had my film scores, they had Nile Rodgers solo tracks, they had Chic tracks that were not designed for any project except for the guys working with me writing songs. So I’m going to finish that. And this is an exclusive, Daft Punk wants to do at least one of them with me. So that should be very cool. Because they respect the music, they understand.”
After the incredible success of “Get Lucky,” we’ve seen what Nile Rodgers collaborating on a Daft Punk track is capable of, and now with the roles reversed it may just be the spark that Chic and Rodgers needs to bring back the heyday of disco.
One of the largest news publications in the UK, The Guardian, decided to officially pay tribute to disco’s recent comeback in a comprehensive review of the scenes both past and present. Centered around the success of Random Access Memories, the article speaks of the death of dubstep and EDM and the rise of sounds like Chic, Donna Summer, and Studio 54. Using some of Dancing Astronaut’s favorite upcoming nu-disco artists like Flight Facilities, Goldroom and Todd Terje to validate the point, the article stresses that “boogie” is back and this time, it’s here to stay.
It irritates me, the ignorance of some people when you mention disco,” says Oliver Jones. Otherwise known as dubstep don Skream, “They don’t realise that, if it wasn’t for that era, there would be no house, no hardcore, no jungle or drum’n'bass, and no UK garage or dubstep.
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