There are songwriters and musicians who can very rarely be identified with the birth of a genre, who can be said to be the source from which has sprung a revolution in sound. Chic are among these. The brainchild of guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards, not only did they create disco classics like ‘Le Freak’, ‘Dance Dance Dance’ and ‘I Want Your Love’, but when the Sugarhill Gang sampled their ‘Good Times’ for ‘Rappers Delight’ we were given our first true glimpse of hip hop. The band is a symbol of New York of the Seventies, the city where disco and rap were born in the crucible of the club scene. But Nile Rodgers sound even connects beyond disco, tuning in to the tribal beat of the metropolis, his influence clearly detectable in Talking Head’s classic New Wave album ‘Remain in Light’. See Chic on Sunday June 17 on stage at Lovebox. Tap the source.

Pierfrancesco Pacoda

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