Today, pop legends Duran Duran release their brand new track “More Joy feat. CHAI” taken from their upcoming fifteenth studio album Future Past, set for global release on October 22 via Tape Modern for BMG.
Speaking from London about the new track, keyboardist Nick Rhodes said: “The song “More Joy” was born out of a crazy jam with Duran Duran, Graham Coxon and Erol Alkan. It was such an unusual piece we weren’t quite sure if it would fit in at first. It reminded me of one of those retro Japanese video games, which I always found quite uplifting. We came up with the chant “more joy” early on, and that became the key to the rest of the track. We all agreed that it would sound really great with Japanese female voices on it, and that’s when Simon had the inspired idea to ask CHAI if they would possibly collaborate with us. To our joy they agreed, and the result most certainly brought an incredible new energy to the song. They are so special!!
Enrolling the help of some of the most exciting names of the last 50 years, with Future Past, Duran Duran has delivered yet another incredible genre-spanning piece of work. Working alongside British DJ / producer Erol Alkan and pioneering Italian composer/producer Giorgio Moroder, the band has enlisted the help of some of the most unexpected and inspiring names in pop – including Multi-platinum Swedish hit-maker Tove Lo, ‘Queen of Drill’ Ivorian Doll, and Japan’s CHAI on “More Joy.” In addition, Blur’s Graham Coxon co-wrote and lends his guitar to several tracks on the record, and David Bowie’s former pianist Mike Garson adds an exquisite sonic layer to the album closer “Falling.” The record, which was recorded across studios in London and LA over lockdown, also features long-time collaborator Mark Ronson who co-wrote and played on “Wing” and was mixed by Mark ‘Spike’ Stent.
Future Pasy will be available on all digital platforms, as well as in a variety of physical formats: standard CD, cassette, a limited edition deluxe hardback book CD featuring three additional tracks, and colored vinyl. Pre-order/save HERE.