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Music Scene: Taylor made charity track No Rewind a stunning record

John and Roger Taylor of Duran Duran
John Kearns

DURAN Duran's John Taylor and Roger Taylor have teamed up with Road Recovery charity to release a stunning dance rock track entitled No Rewind. Road Recovery is a New York based organisation that helps vulnerable young people to work on creative projects in a safe and sober environment.

Those who may be at risk of drug and and alcohol abuse are able to channel their artistic energy through the charity's laudable programme. The song is available on a donation basis via crowdrise.com and further fundraising incentives have been offered by Duran Duran such as the chance to win exclusive signed memorabilia and even the chance to meet the band backstage at one of their upcoming live shows.

John and Roger believe very strongly in the charity's mission and bassist John is very clear on why Duran Duran's rhythm section wanted to get involved in this initiative

“Road Recovery offers a safe, drug and alcohol-free place for young people to learn and work, and with professional guidance, introduces them to all aspects of the music business – from songwriting and performance, to the delivery of their music to fans, either live or via recordings. The track, No Rewind itself says a lot about Road Recovery's work and philosophy. Lyrically and thematically, it's an expression of the real concerns of sober kids.”

The song itself is bass-driven electro rock groove that is both hypnotic and relentless. Roger Taylor's signature offbeat drumming lays the perfect foundation for the taller Taylor to slip in his slinky calling card bass hooks.

No Rewind is simplistic in that the groove keeps enough space to allow the funk to breathe and the sparseness perfectly paves the way for the rasping rap vocals by the at risk youth collaborators.

If you're a Duran Duran fan No Rewind is a no brainer must-have acquisition for your collection.

STAR PERFORMER

THE Weeknd's new album Starboy is finally here and I must say it was definitely worth the wait. This guy is a serious talent and clearly a perfectionist too. This record has been so meticulously conceived, performed and executed, proving that his extra time and revisits to the studio totally paid off.

The artist (real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye) actually pulled his opening slot on a Rihanna tour so he could could continue to slave over a hot mixing desk in extra sessions for Starboy.

The title track which was also the lead single for the record is a definite highlight thanks to the collaboration with the sublime Daft Punk, as is the other track with the French duo, I Can Feel It Coming, which boasts a real Michael Jackson feel to the vocals.

Other songs worth streaming if you want a genuine snapshot of Starboy are the electro disco delight Secrets, the Kendrick Lamar hook-up Sidewalks and perhaps best of all on offer, the 80s-sounding Rockin'.

This is a killer album – ask Santa for a copy.

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