Duran Duran have enlisted Japanese band CHAI for a new song called ‘MORE JOY’, the latest preview from their upcoming 12th studio album, Future Past. It follows previous single ‘Invisible’, which was a collaboration with Blur’s Graham Coxon. Listen below.
“The song ‘MORE JOY!’ was born out of a crazy jam with Duran Duran, Graham Coxon and Erol Alkan,” keyboardist Nick Rhodes explained in a statement. “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!”
Lead vocalist Simon Le Bon added: “Nick suggested some girlish voices on “MORE JOY!” and I knew exactly where to find them — CHAI, post- modern, all-girl Japanese punk band, whose energy and pure sense of fun might actually blow your ears off! We are honoured to have them sprinkle their pink neon magic spikey dust onto our song. Now it’s “MORE JOY!” (Feat. CHAI). CHAI — beloved forever!”
In their own statement, CHAI said: “We are full of joy! When Duran Duran asked us to join their new song, we listened to it and thought “this is lively, rock, cool and fun,” and we danced! We added our voices to their rock sound, making it even more ‘MORE JOY’! Because we are MORE JOY. Thank you Duran Duran!”
Future Past, the band’s first album in six years, arrives October 22 via Tape Modern/BMG.