The Strokes have parted ways with producer Nigel Godrich after a trial period of sessions intended for the group's second RCA album, Billboard.com can exclusively reveal. The band will return to the s

The Strokes have parted ways with producer Nigel Godrich after a trial period of sessions intended for the group's second RCA album, Billboard.com can exclusively reveal. The band will return to the studio at the end of the month with producer Gordon Raphael, who was behind the boards for its 2001 debut, "Is This It," according to manager Ryan Gentles.

"All parties involved had a lovely experience and Nigel and the band really did get on famously," Gentles adds. "It just wasn't meant to be in the studio, I suppose." The decision not to carry on with Godrich, who has previously worked with Radiohead, Beck, and Travis, was described as amicable.

"Is This It" peaked at No. 33 on The Billboard 200 and has sold more than 870,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set spawned several hits on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks airplay chart, including "Last Nite" (No. 5), "Someday" (No. 17), and "Hard To Explain" (No. 27).

As previously reported, the Strokes will take a break from recording later this summer to play at Japan's Summer Sonic Festival, set for Aug. 2 in Osaka and Aug. 3 in Tokyo.