The forthcoming, Q-Tip and MNDR-featuring single from Mark Ronson is apparently “Like Van Halen and The Meters had a baby” according to Ronseal himself.
LISTEN to Bang, Bang, Bang feat. Q-Tip here
“Van Halen and The Meters”?! Don’t take the piss. Van Halen and The Go! Team more like. This only sounds like The Meters in the sense that it sounds nothing like The Meters at all. Still, I’ve heard worse. Press guff below video:
(PRESS RELEASE) From the forthcoming album Record Collection, ‘Bang Bang Bang’ sees Mark Ronson doing what he does best – smashing disparate genres and artists into each other headfirst, before standing back and admiring the controlled, party-starting chaos left behind. Featuring the talents of Ronson’s old mucker, rapper Q-Tip, as well as vocals from MNDR, who moonlights as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ live keyboard player, the first single from the Mid-Atlantic mastermind’s new album ‘Record Collection’ – the follow up to ‘Version’, which went triple platinum in the UK – is a playground funk triumph.
Released through Columbia, it’s a collaborative effort, with Ronson at the production helm. The song was built using a classic Eighties Duran Duran keyboard idea (‘Setting 32 on the Prophet V,’ says this self-confessed trainspotter and crate-digger) and a version of French nursery rhyme Alouette (MNDR’s idea). Add to this a writing contribution from Nick Hodgson of Kaiser Chiefs and ideas culled from Ronson’s experiences touring the festival circuit and the result hangs – bangs – together brilliantly.
‘When we played all those festivals in 2007, we’d end up in the dance tent. And I got so jealous when Justice or Soulwax or Pendulum would go into their double-time breaks, and all the kids would start jumping up and down. And we never had that tempo in our set. So I just wanted that in one of our songs’ – Mark Ronson.
Zane Lowe will be giving ‘Bang Bang Bang’ an exclusive first play on his Radio 1 show on Monday 24th May, while Ronson’s 16-bit styled instrumental ‘Circuit Breaker’ has already gone viral, getting the blogs burning like an aural Bunsen burner. ‘Bang Bang Bang’ – it’s the kind of explosion you’ll be more than happy to stand next to when it goes off.