Whatever your motivation as a musician, its hard to deny that most would wish for their music to have even a fraction of the significance that Nile Rodgers productions do. The ability to make not just era-defining, but also forward thinking and peerlessly dynamic music, meant that these creations very quickly became, and have remained such an essential part of the musical fabric that it’s so so easy to take them for granted. No doubt having witnessed at least a thousand women of all ages lose their mind the moment any Chic, Sister Sledge or Diana Ross riff booms out at a wedding, its just something you accept and you no longer need to even analyse why ‘I Want Your Love’ is about as perfect a record than has ever been created…ever. Same with ‘Let’s Dance’, ‘Notorious’, ‘I’m Coming Out’ and some of the more celebrated productions featured here. From his work with Chic, Diana Ross etc. with his partner Bernard Edwards to latter work with the 80’s biggest icons, Nile Rodgers just made record after record where the magic wasn’t confined to just the hook, or the riff, or the groove – but was simply dripping from every bar.
Nonetheless, however much we break down every element and rapturously eulogise, nothing can say it better than the music itself, and Superix realises this. By hand-picking these 20 significant tracks from his epic production discography, Rix has created a sublime mix that allows the classics to breathe in full extended (and at times alternately mixed) form, next to lesser known gems, resulting in pretty much 90 minutes of the greatest music known to man.
With Nile Rodgers recently releasing his fascinating and candid auto-biography ‘Le Freak…’ and even more excitingly been found in the studio with sons of his legacy, Daft Punk, there’s no better time to revisit one of the people largely responsible for why Southern Hospitality and the world in general find themselves in the club week after week, still in search of that perfect groove. – Rob