Album of the Day
By 1985, Chic founder Nile Rodgers had become one of the most in-demand producers in the business, but still found time for his own releases like B-MOVIE MATINEE. From its title and 3-D cover, the performer's second solo outing has a strong cinematic theme, reflected in such songs as the sci-fi-flavored “Plan 9” and “Stay Out Of The Light” (which includes snippets of dialogue from Raiders of the Lost Ark). The concept allows Rodgers the chance to branch out from the guitar-driven R&B that made him famous to inventive and catchy synthesizer sounds; standouts among these eight tracks include “State Your Mind” and “Let’s Go Out Tonight,” the latter a Hot 100 pop single featuring vocals by Chic's Alfa Anderson. Filled with lyrical wit and danceable grooves, B-MOVIE MATINEE is ripe for rediscovery, and we'll cue it up again to wish Nile Rodgers a happy birthday.