Songwriter reveals he has retrieved demo recordings previously thought to be missing
Nile Rodgers has revealed that he is hoping to release a new album he recorded with members of his band Chic and had previously thought was lost.
The veteran songwriter and producer, who most recently has topped the charts alongside Daft Punk with ‘Get Lucky’, revealed his new project in an interview with the Official Chart Company. Revealing that he is also working with David Guetta and Avicii, Rodgers adds: “The absolute coolest thing is that I finally retrieved some music that I thought was lost, when I was getting my first solo record deal. Obviously, I had a lot of my Chic bandmates play on some songs that I was working on. So, I basically call it “the lost Chic album”, even though it’s really a Nile Rodgers record.”
Discussing his reasons for thinking of the music as being a Chic album, Rodgers says: “Bernard Edwards, Tony Thompson, Alfa and Luci are singing on it. They’re just demos, but they’re amazing. So now I get to jam with my best friends and I think that I’m going to complete these songs. They sound really good to me, after being tucked away in a vault for 35 years. I restored the tapes and they sound absolutely brilliant.” Adding: “What you really hear, if I finish this one song which is really cool, you can easily hear how ‘Let’s Dance’ was starting to evolve. In my autobiography, the closing line of the chapter when I mentioned meeting David Bowie, was that I had found the neighbourhood, but I hadn’t quite found the house. David Bowie helped me find the house.”
Meanwhile, Daft Punk are on course for the fastest selling album of 2013 with ‘Random Access Memories’ as their single ‘Get Lucky’ becomes the best-selling song of the year.
‘Random Access Memories’ was released on Monday (May 20) and is likely to become the fastest selling album of 2013, according to Official Chart data. As of midnight last night (Tuesday, May 21), over 104,000 copies of the album had been purchased in the UK. This makes the album just 1,000 copies behind the second fastest selling album of 2013 – Justin Timberlake’s ‘The 20/20 Experience’.