‘It’s About Time’ is the new album from Nile Rogers and his collective and their first in over two decades so it is aptly named. Highly infectious and steeped in classic Chic, ‘Till The World Falls’ was recorded between Abbey Road's Front Room and Gatehouse studios. The grooving song cements Rodgers' legacy, continuing to expand the realms of possibility with popular music.
The multiple Grammy-winning composer. producer, arranger and guitarist Nile Rodgers is always collaborating, working with musical superstars and breaking artists alike. He amplifies his legacy by constantly traversing new musical terrain and successfully expanding the boundaries of popular music. The new record sees the UK’s Nao, Mura Masa, Stefflon Don, Cosha and Craig David share in the journey alongside the likes of California’s Anderson .Paak and Chicagoan Vic Mensa, with many more exciting collaborations to be announced.
The album’s cover revisits a strong sense of conceptual aesthetics that have run through the bands career since the very start. The artwork of their debut self-titled album (inspired partly by Roxy Music album covers such as Stranded and Country Life) featured Valentine Monnier and Alva Chinn, and personified the band’s unique style and intent. The ‘It’s About Time’ cover features models Duckie Thot and Jazzelle Zanaughtti. Shot by Britt Lloyd and directed by Greg Foley, co-founder of V Magazine, Duckie and Jazzelle are not only modern fashion icons, but also activists making huge strides for women of colour in fashion.
“When I first came up with the concept for the first Chic album cover more than 40 years ago it was a deliberate statement that we could all be abundant, we could all be with the beautiful people, we could all be included, we could all have good times. Looking at the world today for the release of “It’s About Time” I felt that it was important to make those statements again for a new generation” Nile explains.
Nile Rodgers has said that the album is the first of two parts that make up the "new Chic experience". The second album will be released within a year of the first.
In 2016, Rodgers was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and entered the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.