Recent News

AUG 10 2010

Mark Ronson and The Business Intl. to release eagerly-awaited album Record Collection on RCA Records September 28th, 2010

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 Trans-Atlantic music mastermind and, as usual, he’s bought a host of talented friends and mainstay collaborators along for the ride, resulting in a disparate group of over 30 musicians and singers.

Mark Ronson’s critically acclaimed 2007 album Version sold one million copies in his native UK, and helped him earn the 2008 Grammy Award for Producer Of The Year, as well as the Best Male Solo Artist gong at the Brit Awards. One would think those accolades would inspire a similar sonic output, but upon starting work on Record Collection, Ronson made a point of ripping up his own rule book. 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 simply gets you on your feet. Recorded predominately at Dunham Studios in Brooklyn, and working with vintage keyboards Ronson bought on eBay, the album melds 80’s pop and French electro with old skool hip-hop beats.

Record Collection marks Ronson’s debut as a vocalist. “Lose It (In The End)” was co-written by Jonathan Pierce of The Drums and features rhymes from Ghostface Killah and Mark himself. It’s not the only track with he sings on; he also lends his soft tones to the album’s winking title track, a satirical swipe at the music industry and Ronson’s perceived lifestyle, written by Nick Hodgson of the Kaiser Chiefs. It 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.

Notable too is “Glass Mountain Trust” with lyrics and vocals provided by R&B genius/ recluse D’Angelo, in what is a rare and formidable appearance. The old school flavor 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 and Spank Rock – boasts an almost psychedelic 60’s vibe while the warm doo-wop of “The Night Last Night” is brought to glorious life by former Pipette Rose Elinor Dougall. 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 80’s 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.

And by now, half the globe is already familiar with lead-in single “Bang Bang Bang”, a 3am Cote d’Azur disco beat featuring Q-Tip and MNDR that takes the French nursery rhyme “Alouette” and turns it into a Jean Michel Jarre meets NYC hip-pop sing-along. A smash hit on dancefloors, radio playlists and singles charts everywhere from Japan to Australia, France to Finland, “Bang Bang Bang” kicks Record Collection off with inimitable style and panache.