released Sept 28th, 2010
from the album - Bang Bang Bang
Mark Ronson is a sought-after turntablist who's worked with such diverse artists as Macy Gray, Jay-Z, and comedian Jimmy Fallon. The stepson of guitarist Mick Jones of Foreigner, Ronson spent the first eight years of his life growing up in England. Having played guitar and drums from an early age, it wasn't until moving to New York City with his mother that Ronson discovered DJ culture. At age 16, already a fan of such popular hip-hop artists as Run-D.M.C. and the Beastie Boys, Ronson began listening to the various hip-hop mixtapes released every few months by DJs. Inspired, Ronson confiscated his father's record collection and began trying his hand at mixing.
The young DJ with the diverse taste soon caught the ears and eyes of various socialites and New York celebrities, including fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger, who featured Ronson along with other sons and daughters of celebrities in a 1997 fashion campaign. A year later, hip-hop mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs hired Ronson to DJ his fabled 29th birthday bash. These and other high-profile gigs boosted Ronson's "hip quotient" and helped promote his more serious-minded music career. Fusing his eclectic turntable skills with his knowledge of musical instruments and songwriting, Ronson eventually embarked on his first solo project. Featuring such diverse guest artists as dancehall rapper Sean Paul, hip-hop artist Mos Def, Jack White of the White Stripes, and Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, Ronson's debut album, Here Comes the Fuzz, bowed for Elektra in 2003.
After releasing his debut album, Ronson kept busy producing tracks for a number artists, including Amy Winehouse, whose 2006 album Back to Black earned critical praise in large part for Ronson's throwback, Motown-influenced production. His own sophomore effort, a collection of cover songs called Version, dropped in 2007. In 2010, Ronson began performing under the moniker Mark Ronson and the Business Intl and released his third studio album, Record Collection, featuring the single, "Bang Bang Bang."
Released under the moniker Mark Ronson & the Business Int'l, DJ/songwriter/producer Mark Ronson's 2010 album Record Collection feels more like the work of an actual band, or at least a collective, and less like a DJ album of guest vocalists even though there are a plenty here. The band idea is further reinforced by the inclusion of vocalists Andrew Wyatt (Fires of Rome, Mike Snow) and Amanda Warner (MNDR) who appear throughout Record Collection. The two singers, Wyatt with his sanguine soulful croon and Warner with her robust diva wail, take the lead on several cuts and lend a more unified palette to Ronson's songs. Add to this that Ronson, who also takes to the vocal mic on several tracks, wrote or co-wrote most of the material here. Throw in the fact that he uses actual musicians more than samples, and you have a legit work of original music that still capitalizes on Ronson's deft beat and melody mixing turntable skills. Songs like the lead-off cut "Bang Bang Bang" featuring rapper Q-Tip and Warner should appeal to fans of Ronson's funk and electronic-music DJ taste while the Afropop infused "Somebody To Love" featuring Boy George and Wyatt is a catchy, rhythmically compelling modern soul tune. Of course, you do get a few choice star cameos here from the likes of Duran Duran's Simon LeBon on the title track and reclusive neo-soul singer D'Angelo on "Glass Mountain Trust," but they simply add to the inspired and creative vibe of the album. The ultimate irony and triumph of Record Collection, is that on an album all about how Ronson's own obsessive music tastes have defined his life, we finally hear him step away from the turntable and produce one of the best albums of his career.
1 Bang Bang Bang Fareed, Greenwald, Hodgson ... 3:53
2 Lose It (In the End) Coles, Greenwald, Movshon ... 2:25
3 The Bike Song Axelrod, Brenneck, Hanks ... 4:25
4 Somebody to Love Me Dennis, Greenwald, Movshon ... 4:57
5 You Gave Me Nothing Pierce, Ronson 4:00
6 The Colour of Crumar Ronson 1:28
7 Glass Mountain Trust Archer, Ronson, Rossomando 3:46
8 Circuit Breaker Greenwald, Nolfo, Ronson 4:24
9 Introducing the Business Axelrod, Brenneck, Greenwald ... 3:42
10 Record Collection Cowie, Greenwald, Hodgson ... 3:49
11 Selector Greenwald, Ronson 1:06
12 Hey Boy Fish, London 3:34
13 Missing Words Greenwald, Movshon, Ronson 1:29
14 The Night Last Night Dougall, Greenwald, Waller 4:24