The next installment of RA's 2006 Sonar Prologues features disco legend Nile Rodgers and a band inspired by that legacy - Hot Chip.
Nile Rodgers is the daddy. As a performer and producer he is responsible for some of the most influential and enduring music of the last thirty years. Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards formed Chic in 1976, laying the foundation for both the 1970's disco boom and the generation of musicians who went on to create hip-hop and house in the 1980's. Chic’s biggest record 'Good Times' has been inspiring everyone and their grandmothers to get up and dance at weddings for nigh on thirty years, and also gave birth to the bassline on Sugarhill Gang's ‘Rapper's Delight’. Chic’s second anthem ‘Le Freak’ is Warner Brothers' biggest selling single of all time.
Hot Chip are a delicious electronic pop band. Over two albums the South London fivepiece have demonstrated a knack for crafting brilliant lyrics over dancefloor-consuming basslines, skewed percussion, assorted guitars and deeper ambient sounds. New album ‘The Warning’ is not yet a month old and has been backed by the DFA, remixed by Cosmic Sandwich and Erol Alkan, and met with frothingly positive reviews. Hot Chip appear to be just warming up.