Mark Ronson and The Business Intl: Record Collection

Mark Ronson and The Business Intl

Record Collection

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Mark Ronson – the Amy Winehouse producer-turned-solo star with a penchant for applying vintage 1960s horns to every song he comes in contact with – alters the formula on the follow-up to 2007’s covers album Version.

The horns are ditched (no more Midas with the Motown touch); hip-hop and 1980s influences are ramped up. Kitsch pop meets rap on the irresistible “Bang Bang Bang”, Boy George guests on a Hercules & Love Affair-aping disco number and Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon pops up on the ultra-catchy 1980s revival title track, chanting “I only want to be in your record collection/And I’ll do anything it takes to get there.”

The Ronson approach in a nutshell: immaculately tailored music, with a hustler’s grabbiness.

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