Hear Duran Duran’s Funky ‘Pressure Off’ With Nile Rodgers
Chic mastermind also hints at a Beck collaboration in the near-future
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Duran DuranÂ have shared the funky new track “Pressure Off,” the first single off their upcoming 14th studio albumÂ Paper Gods. The song was co-produced and co-written byÂ Mark RonsonÂ andÂ Nile Rodgers, and the latter’s trademark riffing andÂ Chic-y flourishes ”“ as well asÂ stunning background vocals supplied byÂ Janelle MonÃ¡eÂ ”“ brighten up the dance floor-bound cut (via Idolator).Â Paper Gods, the new wave icons’ first LP since 2010’s producedÂ All You Need Is Now, arrives stateside September 18th.
“Everybody everywhere/Step out into the future/It’s time to take the pressure off,” Simon LeBon and MonÃ¡e sing during the song’s bouncy outro. Rodgers actually has a successful history with the British hitmakers: The Chic frontman first worked with the band when he was recruited to remix the band’s 1984 single “The Reflex” as well as co-produce their single “The Wild Boys,” the lone studio song on their Rodgers-produced 1984 live LPÂ Arena. Rodgers also produced the band’s 1986 albumÂ Notorious, contributing guitar to the chart-topping title track.
“I couldn’t be happier to be working with [Duran Duran] again. They’re like my second Chic,” Rodgers toldÂ BillboardÂ of being back in the studioÂ with the “Notorious” crew. Duran Duran’s John Taylor also promised lots of “different collaborators” onÂ Paper Gods, and in addition to MonÃ¡e, Rodgers and Ronson, the album will reportedly also feature former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante and Mr. Hudson. The album isÂ available for preorderÂ now over on Duran Duran’s official site.
Duran Duran will hit the road this summer for a month-long U.S. trek that includes stops atÂ Las Vegas’ Life Is Beautiful fest, Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the Hollywood Bowl as well as Rodgers’ inaugural FOLD Festival in Riverhead, New York on August 5th. The lineup for that fest also includesÂ Beck, and Rodgers has already hinted that theÂ Morning PhaseÂ singer ”“ who just droppedÂ his own dance-pop single “Dreams”Â ”“ might join Daft Punk, Pharrell, Disclosure and Duran Duran on his list of recent collaborators.
Talking to Yahoo! Music, Rodgers revealed that he and Beck, along with British singer Paloma Faith, will hit a Long Island, New York recording studio prior to the FOLD Festival. Rodgers and Beck first met at Elton John’s annual Oscar party ”“ Chic played the event ”“ and quickly began plotting theirÂ collaboration. Rodgers also teased that he might make an appearance onstage during Beck’s set, or vice versa, at the August 5th festival.