SONG OF THE WEEK: More Joy by Duran Duran feat Chai (week beginning 10 August 2021)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

The Birmingham 80s super group team up with Chai, a four-strong, all-women, Japanese rock band from Nagoya, for their best single since Ordinary World in 1993.

  • Read on for reasons including how to see Duran Duran at a London gig in 2022

More Joy boasts and insistent and catchy keyboard motif throughout which reminds of the accompaniment to video games and is well timed after the 2020 Olympics from Tokyo closed at the weekend.

Co-written by Blur’s Graham Coxon, it’s from the band’s 15th studio album Future Past, which is out 22/10, and is the follow up to track Invisible which we were far less fond of. Future Past is co-produced by Erol Alkan and Giorgio Moroder.

It’s Duran Duran’s 1st new material for 6 years and we described that 2015 album, Paper Gods, as up there with the band’s best.

Of course it’s live when the strength of the band’s back catalogue comes to the fore and we caught them at the Eventim Apollo in 2016 while A Humdrum Mum caught them in Southampton earlier that year.

Duran Duran were due to play Hyde Park this year and now headline in 2022 with Nile Rodgers and Chic. Tickets They are also due to play 2 UK gigs next month.

  • Picture via Facebook courtesy Duran Duran Tickets
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