March 20, 2015


Chic Return After 23 Years With Deliciously Funky "I'll Be There"

Almost exactly 23 years after their last album dropped, Chic has returned to us in all their funky, soulful, disco-tastic goodness. Guitarist Nile Rodgers, who's become one of music's most in-demand producers and axe-men today, shared the outfit's new single "I'll Be There." The cut brings back all the classic elements of the outfit with a slight 2015 update.

"I'll Be There" is a collaboration with house act the Martinez Brothers. It's got an undeniable groove and mixes in blasting horns and Rodgers' signature licks alongside modern embellishments like warped synthesizers and DJ scratches. 

The band also revealed the single's accompanying music video that pastes together classic footage of the band performing on Soul Train next to seductive shots of Victoria's Secret supermodel/Taylor Swift BFF Karlie Kloss getting her groove on listening to Chic records.

"I'll Be There" is the first taste of the band's comeback album, It's About Time. The project came together in 2010 when Rodgers received a box of tapes filled with unfinished band material. According to Rolling Stone, "the recordings—which featured vocals from the late [Chic co-founder] Bernard Edwards and Luther Vandross, among others—gave Rodgers the drive to finish the material."

Some may not consider Chic an act who can get a "hit record" at this particular moment. But based on the success of songs like Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Mark Ronson's Bruno Mars-featuring "Uptown Funk" (the latter of which sounds like it was heavily inspired by Chic's "Le Freak"), this song could certainly (and probably should) be huge. Especially if Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly, which is as much a funk record as it is a rap (and jazz) record, catches on. (Spoiler alert: It already is. Very much so.)