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Mark Ronson, Ex-Pat NYC based British musical auteur returns with the release of his brand new musical pro ject â€˜Versionâ€™ on Columbia Records, April 16th.
Internationally renowned as one of the worlds finest DJs, uber-producer du jour, solo artist, band leader, label boss amongst (many) other things is joined on â€˜Versionâ€™ by an array of singers; including the irrepressible musical talents of Dirt McGirt aka ODB (R.I.P) spitting verse on Britneyâ€™s â€˜Toxicâ€™, Robbie Williams nailing The Charlatansâ€™ seminal â€˜Only One I Knowâ€™ as if it was his own, in fact making it his own, and then thereâ€™s Lily Allen on a phenomenal interpolation of The Kaiser Chiefs â€˜Oh My Godâ€™.
Here youâ€™ll also find a bustling funk-tified cover of The Jamâ€™s â€˜Pretty Greenâ€™ sits alongside thunderous versions of Ryan Adamâ€™s â€˜Amyâ€™, and Coldplayâ€™s â€˜God Put A Smile Upon My Faceâ€™, both bringing crescendo and euphoria to the melancholy from which they were born. Elsewhere he re-constructs a new version of Kanye Westâ€™s â€˜Touch The Skyâ€™, reuniting it with itâ€™s original form, courtesy of Curtis Mayfieldâ€™s â€˜Moving On Upâ€™, before climaxing into Kings Of Leonâ€™s â€˜Pis tols Of Fireâ€™, Kasabianâ€™s â€˜LSFâ€™ and The Smithâ€™s seminal â€˜Stop Me If Youâ€™ve Heard This One Beforeâ€™ also take a ride on the Ronson soultrain.
You may be familiar perhaps with his version of Radioheadâ€™s â€˜Justâ€™ â€“ the re-jigged, recorded and layered with added hip hop beats, soulful progression, funk ballast and vocals courtesy of Alex Greenwald of Phantom Planet that rocked the airwaves and dancefloors around the world and even won praise from the bands Ed Oâ€™Brian. â€˜Justâ€™ was a catalyst in the conceptualisation and creation of â€˜Versionâ€™, a visionary new album project that seeâ€™s Mark taking on some of contemporary pop musicâ€™s big hitters in a similar vein.
Using his own unique re-interpretive style, Mark has set out to demonstrate pop voye urism and experimentalism are not alien forms. Here his eclectic taste has allowed him to pick and rework songs he has loved in a new, original and refreshing format. â€˜Versionâ€™ is a positive, never derivative, journey through the art of the songâ€¦with added horns thrown in for good measure.< /div>
â€œWith my first album, I had all these people like Mos Def and M.O.P guesting. This time its not about that. Despite the big names, itâ€™s about the songsâ€¦The songs here are the guest stars. With â€˜Versionâ€™ Iâ€™ve taken these songs that I love and turned them into Motown/Stax 70â€™s versions. I keep the utmost respect and appreciation for the original versions of songs I use. Itâ€™s not like Iâ€™m thinking itâ€™s a shit song that I can make good, itâ€™s more like itâ€™s a great song and Iâ€™m now going to make it bounce.â€
Mark released his own massively acclaimed, shamefully ignored and criminally unworked debut solo album â€˜Here Comes The Fuzzâ€™ in 2003 through Elektra right before the label imploded as it was. In the wake of the label/albumâ€™s demise, it is as a producer where Mark has found his rhythm and sound.
Production credits over the past 12 months include tracks on new/forthcoming new albums by Christina Aguilera, Robbie Williams, Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse, his Allido protÃ©gÃ©s Rhymefest & Daniel Merriweather to name but a handful.< font class=”Apple-style-span” size=”4″>
His label Allido Records, released â€˜Blue Collarâ€™, the debut album from Grammy winning Chi-town rap sensation Rhymefest, with Au stralian wunderkind Daniel Merriweather (Thatâ€™s him killing it on â€˜Stop Meâ€™) to follow in the next 12 months. He is the current face of DKNY but doesnâ€™t talk about that stuff at all. Oh and then there is his live bandâ€¦a full on funk-soul-hop-pop revue that you need in your life.
Back to the business in hand, â€˜Versionâ€™ is the sound of Mark Ronsonâ€¦A man whoâ€™s musical vision and verve transcends seasons and genres, where Biggie Smalls can sit on a cloud humming along with Al Green to an old Ryan Adams cut and where Nile Rodgers can jam with Sly And The Family Stone whilst the UKâ€™s biggest popstar revisits Baggy for kicks and where music is music. Itâ€™s a beautiful place that hopefully youâ€™ll love visiting again and again.
Full track list:
1. God Put A Smile On Your Face feat. The Dapking Horns (original by Coldplay)
2. Oh My God feat. Lily Allen (original by Kaiser Chiefs)
3. Stop Me If You Think Youâ€™ve Heard This One Before feat. Daniel Merriweather (original by The Smiths)
4. Toxic feat. Dirt McGirt & Tiggas (original by Britney Spears)
5. Valerie feat. Amy Winehouse (original by The Zutons)
6. Apply Some Pressure feat. Paul Smith (original by Maximo Park)
7. Inversion 8
8. Pretty Green feat. Santo Gold (original by The Jam)
9. Just feat. Phantom Planet (original by Radiohead)
10. Amy feat. Kenna (original by Ryan Adams)
11. The Only One I Know feat. Robbie Williams (original by The Charlatans UK)
12. Diversion 13
13. L.S.F feat. Kasabian (version revisited)