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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)


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.


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