Duran Duran has teamed up with Japanese rockers CHAI for their latest single ‘More Joy’.
According to Nick Rhodes, Duran Duran’s keyboardist, the song was originally the product of a jam session between band members, Graham Coxon of Blur, and producer Erol Alkan.
“It was such an unusual piece that we weren’t quite sure it would fit in at first,” he said. “It reminded me of one of those retro Japanese video games, which I’ve always found quite uplifting.
“We started the ‘more joy’ vocals right from the start, and that became the key to the rest of the song.
Rhodes also revealed that it was singer Simon Le Bon’s idea to bring in CHAI to perform alongside the band on the track. Le Bon suggested: “[Their] the energy and pure sense of pleasure might actually make your ears pop.
“We are honored to have sprinkled them with their magical neon pink powder on our song. “
CHAI also released a statement ahead of the collaboration’s single, adding, “When Duran Duran asked us to join their new song, we listened to it and thought,” It’s alive, rock, cool and fun, ” and we danced.
“We are full of joy! “
“More Joy” will be the second single to be released from Duran Duran’s latest album “Future Past” following the digital release of the lead song “Invisible” in May.
The album features 12 new tracks from the group as well as several collaborations with Graham Coxon of Blur and Mike Garson, longtime David Bowie pianist. Lykke Li will also provide guest vocals on the album.
A deluxe edition of “Future Past” with three bonus tracks will be released on October 22 and is currently available for pre-order.