The popular British band reunites with the acclaimed producer for their upcoming 14th studio album.
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British rock band Duran Duran are currently in the studio, recording their follow-up to 2011’s critically acclaimed All You Need is Now. And since one should never change a running system – they have enlisted All You Need is Now’s producer Mark Ronson to re-create the magic.
Ronson, who had worked with Amy Winehouse, Adele, Bruno Mars, Lily Allen and Paul McCartney – among others, has had considerable weight in shaping the sound of their successful 2011 album – more weight than any producer the band had ever worked with. “It’s the first time we’ve ever really sat down and talked with our producer about how we’re gonna approach the record, and what we wanted the record to be”, said Duran Duran front-man Simon Le Bon.
Ronson’s aim was to “capture the spirit of the band in the 1980’s”, before they have started “becoming more orthodox”, revealed Le Bon. This approach has undoubtedly paid off, as far as music critics were concerned. The album was hailed as a “return to roots tour-de-force”, called “the best album Duran Duran has released since (1982’s) Rio”, and gathered favorable to enthusiastic reviews worldwide. It also did very well commercially, peaking at no. 4 in the UK’s indie albums chart.
Besides Ronson, the new album will also feature former Red Hot Chili Peppers’ guitarist John Frusciante, who has reportedly recorded his guitar-riffs in California and sent them to the band via the internet.
There is currently no known release date.
Mark Ronson made a name for himself in the 1990’s as one of the most respected DJ’s of the New York club scene. He signed a record contract with Elektra Records in 2001 and released his debut album, the critically hailed and financially successful Here Comes the Fuzz in 2003. In 2004 he formed his own record label, Allido Records, under which he released his next two critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums – 2007’s Version and 2010’s Record Collection, both of which peaking at the no. 2 spot on the UK’s album charts.
In the last 13 years he has produced songs and albums for a vast and diverse variety of artists, including Amy Winehouse, Adele, Maroon 5, Kaiser Chiefs, Lily Allen, Foreigner, Bruno Mars, Quincy Jones, Robbie Williams and Paul McCartney.
Ronson grew up in a Conservative Jewish family in London and New York, which he describes as “fairly religious”. In an interview with Jewish web magazine Guilt & Pleasure, Ronson credits his faith with teaching him the humility and work ethic that has made him a successful producer.