Mark Ronson & The Business Intl | Record Collection

I’ve always been a major fan of not only Mark Ronson’s production work (Amy Winehouse, The Like, Nas, Ghostface Killah, Lily Allen, etc, etc) but also his last “solo” album, the cover’s collection, Version. His latest, which bears a lot of similarities to Version, is wildly all over the place, but somehow hangs together as a fabulous mixtape of musical influences clashing and bashing together. Featuring collaborations with Q-Tip (easily the smoothest, greatest hip hop legend of all-time), MNDR, Alex Greenwald (of Phantom Planet), Boy George, Andrew Wyatt, Wiley, Ghostface Killah, Simon LeBon (Duran Duran) and former Pipette Rose Elinor Dougall, amongst others, the odd album offers a little bit for everyone. While none of the songs have the immediate and enduring classic feel of lead single Bang, Bang, Bang, I can’t honestly say there is a terrible song on the album, which these days, is a shock. Some have criticized the album and Ronson for not having a distinguishing voice or identity on the album. I couldn’t disagree more. Though, Ronson, himself is rarely front and center, the oddball mix of sound that he produces is distinctly his. People seem to always have a love/hate relationship with Ronson (is it because of his wealthy and well-connected upbringing, his famous sisters?), but hands down, if I were in the music business today, he’d be at the top of the list of who I would want to work with…

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Bang Bang Bang
The Bike Song