Enrolling the help of some of the most exciting names of the last 50 years, with ‘FUTURE PAST’ Duran Duran has delivered another incredible genre-spanning piece of work that once again sets them apart from the pack. Working alongside 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 ‘Queen of Drill’ Ivorian Doll on ‘HAMMERHEAD’ 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 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’, with mixing coming from Mark ‘Spike’ Stent.
The album also includes the darkly subtle but incredibly catchy ‘GIVE IT ALL UP’ featuring Swedish hitmaker TOVE LO. Tapping into Tove’s left-leaning pop influence, with synth melodies showcasing Nick Rhodes at his very best. Watch the visualiser here.
On the collaboration Tove Lo said; “It was such an honour for me to join these legends on this amazing album and tune. Getting to sing along to Simon’s voice was pretty surreal. I’m also a big fan of Erol Alkan so I was very excited to hear he was producing the track! It’s that kind of emotional song that keeps building in desperation and energy so you wanna dance and cry to it at the same time. My favourite kind!”
Speaking from London, bass guitarist John Taylor said: “‘Give it All Up’ was written at Flood’s London studio with Graham Coxon on guitar and Erol Alkan in the producer chair. Out of all the songs on the new album it is the most influenced by alternative minimalist dance music. About this song a friend of mine commented: ‘It sounds like future past..’ hence the album title. Tove Lo came on board after we thought we had put the song to bed, but she loved it and wanted to participate. Who could resist? And we all felt without a doubt she took the song to a new level, bringing a back and forth perspective that delivers a deeper understanding to the lyrics. It’s really about commitment, to ideas and other people, and how difficult it can sometimes be to honor them both simultaneously.”
Ahead of the album release this week the band released the spectacular video for album track ‘ANNIVERSARY’; directed by the legendary Alison Jackson and featuring ‘celebrity’ appearances from the likes of Elton John, The Queen, Daniel Craig, Lady Gaga and Dolly Parton. The video sees the band partying with ‘famous’ friends at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire and even includes a young version of the band performing.
The band celebrated the imminent release of ‘FUTURE PAST’ with a special livestream event via Dreamstage, with the band taking part in a live Q&A and revealing untold stories about their time together. They were joined by Alison Jackson for the global premiere of ‘Double Take’ – a half-hour documentary film by award-winning director, Gerry Fox and Una Burnand that gives viewers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the artistry and hard work that went into making the band’s sensational music video for ‘ANNIVERSARY’. Watch the trailer here. The performance will be replayable for a 72-hour VOD period from Oct 21st. Watch now.
September saw the pop legends headline the Isle of Wight Festival as well as two incredible sold out hometown shows in Birmingham. They also appeared last Saturday on the first episode of the brand new Jonathan Ross Show on ITV, performing single ‘ANNIVERSARY’ which currently sits on the A-list on BBC Radio 2.
‘FUTURE PAST’ is available on all digital platforms here, as well as in a variety of physical formats: standard CD, cassette, a limited edition deluxe hardback book CD featuring three additional tracks, and coloured vinyl here. It will also be available in immersive Sony 360 Reality Audio on Amazon Music HD, TIDAL HiFi, and Deezer HiFi.