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D-FUNK & SOME DJ vs. Mark Ronson: Ooh Wee Watch Out (2011) – Free download

It’s all about Mark Ronson’s classic Ghostface-featuring party anthem from 2003 re-versioned for the ghetto funk era on Ooh Wee Watch Out. Or as D-Funk and Some DJ bill it, “The Mark Ronson classic ‘Ooh Wee’ with more drums, bass & vocals…” Now, you may feel that the original wasn’t exactly lacking in any of these departments but – hey! – that was at a time when Mark Ronson was still good, everything got released on phonographic
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LEBROSK: ‘I Know You Got Ooh Wee’ – free download

London-based Lebrosk goes public with this mashup of his that he’s just refixed – for which read it’s got a new 2 bar intro to facilitate beat-matching. Absolutely no prizes for working out the constituent parts – if you don’t know you must have a soul deficit. Lebrosk has a monthly show on Ramp FM dropping funky breaks and bootlegs
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MARK RONSON & THE BUSINESS INTNL: ‘Record Collection’ LP release details + tracklist

You must have heard the Q-Tip/ MNDR-featuring Bang, Bang, Bang by now so you’ll know that Ronseal has dumped his brass section. Yep, he’s all about the keyboards this year so it looks like he’s poised to do for the eighties synthesiser what Versions did for the horns. Make of that what you will – one can only speculate what instrument he will turn his attentions to next. In the meantime expect a cast of collaborators more star-studded than a Royal Variety Performance (including Ghostface Killah and Boy George), some breakbeats and a lot of noises that make you think it’s 1984 again. Tracklist below press guff…

(PRESS RELEASE) Mark Ronson is back and this time more than ever, he means business – the Business Intl, in fact.

‘Record Collection’ is the third album headed up by the mid-Atlantic muso mastermind and, as usual, he’s bought a host of famous friends and former collaborators along for the ride. The follow up to 2007’s triple platinum ‘Version’ – which sold one million copies in the UK and saw Ronson score the Best Male Solo Artist gong at the Brit Awards – is every bit as impressive as it’s predecessor. This time however, Ronson has made a point of ripping up the rule book that he had written so well. So it’s goodbye to the Dap Kings and their horn-y break downs and au revoir to the innovative cover versions. Instead, Ronson is saying hello to Brooklyn b-boy sonics, swirling retro synthesized sounds and the kind of off-kilter pop sixth sense that it’s impossible not to move to.

Recorded at Dunham studios in Brooklyn and working with vintage keyboards Ronson bought on eBay, the album melds eighties indie to nineties hip hop beats and also sees someone rather special take to the mic… ‘Lose It (In The End)’ was co-written by Jonathan Pierce of The Drums and features rhymes from Ghostface Killah and vocals from Mark Ronson himself. ‘My vocals sound so small next to Ghostface – literally dwarfed when he comes in. But I wanted that song to sound like The RZA sampling a Turtles record and putting a breakbeat on it,’ says Ronson.
It’s not the only track with he sings on, also lending his soft transatlantic tones to the album’s genius title track, a satirical swipe at the music industry and Ronson’s perceived lifestyle, written by Nick Hodgson of the Kaiser Chiefs, and which sees Ronson bemoaning “I drive ‘round cities in a chariot/I get preferential treatment at the Marriott”. Featuring a soaring chorus sung by Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon and keyboards from Nick Rhodes, ‘Record Collection’ is one of the album’s stand-out songs on a record packed with them.

The old school flavour of the album is behind much of its charm. ‘The Bike Song’ – co-written by the Zutons’ Dave McCabe and with laid back, but never lazy, vocals from The View’s Kyle Falconer – boasts an almost psychedelic sixties vibe while the warm doo-wop of ‘The Night Last Night’ is brought to glorious life by former Pipette Rose Elinor Dougall. ‘I wanted to get that Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons’ Beggin’ feeling, that really haunting, barbershop-type harmonies over a heavy drum break,’ explains Ronson.

Rose also features on ‘You Gave Me Nothing’, another track co-written by Jonathan of The Drums. Appearing alongside Miike Snow frontman Andrew Wyatt, it’s an anti love song, the tale of a warring couple set in front of an sumptuous eighties synth backdrop. ‘Somebody To Love Me’ is another highlight. Jake Shears of Scissors Sisters, Cathy Dennis, erstwhile Dirty Pretty Thing Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt all had a hand in writing what Ronson describes as a ‘bionic’ song. Then he persuaded Boy George, at his most cracked diva-esque, to sing this song of ‘earnest blue-eyed soul’ and a lost club classic with a modern twist. It’d be a mistake not have ‘Record Collection’ in yours.

Mark Ronson & The Busines Intl – Record Collection – Tracklist
1. ‘Bang Bang Bang’ (feat. Q-Tip & MNDR)
2. ‘Lose It (In The End)’ (feat. Ghostface Killah)
3. ‘The Bike Song’ (feat. Kyle Falconer)
4. ‘Somebody To Love Me’ (feat. Boy George)
5. ‘You Gave Me Nothing’ (feat. Andrew Wyatt & Rose Elinor Dougall)
6. ‘The Colour Of Crumar’
7. ‘Glass Mountain Trust’ (feat. D’Angelo)
8. ‘Circuit Breaker’
9. ‘Introducing The Business’
10. ‘Record Collection’ (feat. Simon Le Bon & Wiley
11. ‘Selector’
12. ‘Hey Boy’
13. ‘Missing Words’
14. ‘The Night Last Night’ (feat. Rose Elinor Dougall)

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CHART – AUG. 2010

1. (NEW) Leisure Allstars feat. Lady Chann – Friday Night (Mr Benn ‘Saturday Morning’ retox)
Dutty-skankin’ remix of the Allstars/ Chann cut.
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2. (1) Mr Benn – Police (Magic Fly remix)
Rude skanking remix of the lairy A side riddim.
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3. (NEW) Hell Rell & JR Writer & Juelz Santana & Jim Jones & 40 Cal – Dipset Symphony
Dipset ditch Cam’ron for ‘Too Hard To Handle’-sampling boom-bap banger.
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4. (NEW) Ewan Hoozami – Drinking Song
Huge funky scattershot beats and big, big horns.
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5. (3) Boca 45 – Bottles In The Air
Reverb heavy floor filler.
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6. (NEW) Mark Ronson & The Business Intnl – Bang, Bang, Bang
Give in to it and get your eighties-crossed-with-your-21st century-breaks on.
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7. (6) Smov & Dedy Dread – No Diggin
Sixties Motown/ Bossa beat-crosser Black Street refix.
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8. (NEW) Recordkingz feat. Joell Ortiz – Take A Walk With Me
Latest prime cut from last year’s superb LP.
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9. (NEW) Protoman & Bleubird – Guns Don’t Kill People (Florida Does)
The ‘gunshine state’ gets rinsed boom-bap style.
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10. (2) Orgone – The Last Fool
Full funk flames. First track on new LP.
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MARK RONSON: ‘Bang Bang Bang’ – new single out 11 July 2010 – LISTEN

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.

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MARK RONSON: ‘Circuit Breaker’ – video

Last Thursday evening, Sony mysteriously pasted the link to this video (watch below) on Stereogum into the subject bar of an empty email to me presumably in an attempt to make it ‘go viral.’ Obviously the monkey has given the impression of being some sort of slave to the web, barely able to leave the laptop for a piss, let alone go to work, then have a night out followed by a hangover which I’m claiming is why this hasn’t been posted for three days. Of course in the intervening time Ronson’s new video is all over the net like a money-shot without the monkey’s help and every man, his dog and his dog’s fleas have checked out the Legend Of Zelda-inspired video. But what of the music (?) – that is if you’re one of the elite few who actually has a life and not actually seen the video yet. Just like the original funk and soul scene – Ronson has now tired of horns and come over all synthesized. Those too lazy (or afraid) to move the cursor to the ‘play’ symbol on the link below could try imagining Ronseal’s usual ‘Pound Shop’ breakbeat/ horn melody combo as interpreted by a Bontempi Organ demo programmer and save themselves the bother. Rumour has it that the man has also stepped up to the mic for forthcoming LP Record Collection. Apparently Lady Gaga put him up to it – nuff said. Look out for forthcoming single Bang Bang coming soon…
Mark Ronson – Myspace
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DANIEL MERRIWEATHER: Love & War – 2009 – Album review

Rating: ★★½☆☆

The fact that the tag ‘neo-soul’ might conceivably bring shoulder-padded eighties buffoon Luther Vandross to mind seems to have escaped marketing types who are selling Aussie vocalist (and Mark Ronson protégé) Daniel Merriweather as the second coming of Motown and Stax all rolled into one for the twenty-first century. Obviously when I say ‘Daniel Merriweather’ I’m including Ronseal as well – I mean – he must have produced this – the Ikea breakbeats and the conviction that because he’s managed to persuade the Dap Kings to play brass on it, it therefore sounds like the retro funky soul they do with Sharon Jones – have got his stamp all over them. It’s not just marketing types though – the mainstream press are full of it too! Time Out is running with the frankly unconvincing claim that this is, “fundamentally R&B…with the stripped down approach of Rick Rubin or Steve Albini,” while the Daily Torygraph is collapsing under the weight of lazy hyperbolic soundbites like “Dion crossed with Otis Redding.” Anyway, onwards – and since everyone’s been ‘bumming’ Byron Crawford lately (even The Guardian) – it is he who furnishes us with today’s guest review style – so here goes – is Daniel Merriweather worth your green? Let’s find out…
FOR YOUR MONEY
Merriweather is tragically afflicted with a voice that sounds like it’s been digitally filtered to buggery. It hasn’t really been, it just sounds like it. This on the other hand sounds like something off Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book LP – I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever) to be precise. If Stevie’s voice was filtered to buggery.
IMPOSSIBLE
This one’s not bad actually…
CHANGE
…neither’s this. Nice melody and rapper Wale phones in a rhyme. I sing along to this one when it’s on. There’re still two signed 12” of this available (when some lazy fucker emails me the answer to the question I set on it)Congratulations to Osman and Mosab who both sent a right answer in.
CHAINSAW
Steals (or replays, I can’t decide) the mental Hammond riff off The Mohawks Beat Me Til I’m Blue which ought to be great but the jury’s still out on the song it’s paired with.
CIGARETTES
A slow one. Good pop song. The missus will be asking for this one at parties. If she can remember who sang it and what it’s called.
RED
Another slow one. Teh guey. Could have been written for Robbie Williams.
COULD YOU
Starts off like a pastiche of the Pet Sounds’ era Beach Boys but manages to transform into The Mamas & The Papas’ California Dreaming for the chorus. Which The Beach Boys covered, incidentally.
GETTING OUT
Luther Vandross with a breakbeat.
WATER & A FLAME
In which Merriweather is joined by fellow ‘neo-soul’ chancer Adele for the lamest track of all. It’s another slow one.
GIVING EVERYTHING AWAY FOR FREE
Starts off like Jack Johnson then soars into a song I heard the actor playing Adrian Mole sing in a musical of Adrian Mole when I was a kid. Like anyone knows who Adrian Mole is now anyway.
NOT GIVING UP
Northern soul-y filler as we’re getting near the end – something seemingly captured in the title.
LIVE BY NIGHT
Bland neo-Stevie filler as we’re only one song from the end now.
STOP ME
We’re at the end – how can we fill that space? How about about an ironic positioning (no homo) of the same track that has already appeared on Mark Ronson’s Version album. That time around it was Mark Ronson featuring Daniel Merriweather. Ronson gracefully declines a mention here. Probably embarrassed at the doubling up. Nullus.
COMMENTS
If this album could think, it would rate itself as a rival to a Gnarls Barkley LP. Unfortunately Daniel Merriweather is not Cee-Lo Green and Mark Ronson is no Dangermouse. The horns, breakbeats and largely second hand melodies wouldn’t fool anyone except (happily for Merriweather) – those who will buy it if it gets enough exposure (no homo), i.e. those who buy Robbie Williams and Adele stuff.
Out 1 June on Allido/ Columbia

Listen to Daniel Merriweather – Love & War

Daniel Merriweather – Myspace

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