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15 October 2021

Nile Rodgers To Produce New Album By The Zutons

Nile Rodgers & The Zutons
Wilko Wilkinson
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Nile Rodgers is currently working with The Zutons on the Liverpudlian band’s long-awaited fourth album. Having recently supported Nile Rodgers & CHIC, The Zutons have been holed up at Abbey Road studios with the legendary songwriter and producer to record a new album – ​their first together since 2008’s You Can Do Anything.

The multi-platinum selling band released three studio albums between 2004 and 2008, all of which charted in the UK Top 10, before going on hiatus. They have 9 UK Top 40 singles to their name including two Top 10s in Why Won’t You Give Me Your Love? and the all-conquering Valerie – later a double-platinum hit for Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson.

With work now well underway on a follow-up with Rodgers – who has written, produced, and performed on albums that have sold more than 500 million units and 75 million singles worldwide – fans can expect the as-yet-untitled album to be released in 2022.

Lead singer and guitarist Dave McCabe comments: “We all love the records that Nile has made as a musician and a producer, and we are playing better than ever as a band right now. We sent him five songs we recorded in my house not long ago and it gave us so much confidence when he came back and said he liked them because it meant we had a chance of making a great album with somebody who we knew we would respect and listen to. He gets what we’re about and what the feeling behind each song is, he gets what the DNA or story of the song is.”

Rodgers spoke about the sessions in an interview with NME last week: “I tell you, man, it’s such a pleasure to be recording with a live band, no click tracks, just like the old days. People can’t believe I recorded [David Bowie’s] entire Let’s Dance album in 17 days, but that’s because we did it like this.”

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