Mark Ronson & The Business Intl / Record Collection

Record Collection

Mark Daniel Ronson (born 4 September 1975)[2] is an English guitarist, music producer, artist and co-founder of Allido Records. He is currently under the music alias of Mark Ronson & The Business Intl.

While his debut album Here Comes the Fuzz failed to make an impact on the charts, his second album, Version included three top ten hits and won Ronson a BRIT Award for Best Male Artist 2008. His third studio album, Record Collection, was released on 27 September 2010.

The Analysis:

Bang Bang Bang—-The first thing you notice about this release besides the incredibly contagious beats is the lack of the annoying huge horns that pervaded all of Ronson’s material in the past few years. This song is high on energy, features a nice old school rap track and an infectious melody that sticks in your brain for days…the 80’s are back…in a HUGE way!!!

Lose It [In The End]—-Well….there are some horns here, and the sound is a bit more reminiscent of past Ronson recordings. The saving grace is the fantastic smooth vocal. This is such a sedate and wonderfully accessible pop song with nice intermittent raps throughout the song. Ronson just proves further that he is indeed a force to be reckoned with. This is marvellous.

The Bike Song—-This is superb….delivering the essential rap interludes and a slight funk that makes you want to dance your ass off, this is fantastic. Ronson does allow the horn section back into the track…but it is pushed way to the back of the mix…allowing the synth line to lead the song and a smooth vocal to capture your full attention. the chorus is a bit silly and juvenile, but you can dismiss it…because this is too pleasant not to love!

Somebody To Love Me—-This entire release, but this song especially is so Moby inspired. This is the record that I have been praying for…until Moby manages to get back on the right track. The vocal that is featured is a nice soul inspired sound…the beats are pure, simple and magic…with no horns and very little pretention. This is just fantastic!

You Gave Me Nothing—-Wow….this is huge fun right from the start. The melody that runs through the bottom of this song reminds you of dozens of your favorite 80’s songs…the chorus is so huge that you will hum it for hours after it is over…the vocal is so smooth and pleasant you will turn to it over and over for a smile. This is just incredible…a winner from the beginning to end.

The Colour Of Crumar—-Coming out of the quiet from a distance, this has a very retro sound to it…delivering beat after beat that is slightly muted and reminding you of a scratchy favorite 45. This is genius….the synths are encompassing…wrapping up your whole body in a fine retro sound…wonderful!

Glass Mountain Trust—-With huge beats and mystical synth sounds, the vocal that is featured on this track is a nice retro styled soul voice that gets into your brain…making me wonder if this is Cee-Lo Green…this is wonderful. The beats that accompany this track are fantastic…full of heavy hitting bass and a synth line that makes you miss the old days of early 70’s funk…just fantastic!

Circuit Breaker—-Beginning with a huge tribal beat, the synths come in and make the track a bit more poppy. The sound is delicious! This is pure and classic 80’s style synth pop that travels at a great speed and delivers enough breaks to keep you guessing as to what is coming next. This is so retro, it almost reminds me of….Kraftwerk!!!

Introducing The Business—-Wonderfully downbeat and full of a ghostly styled synth line, this has that remarkable New York rap line that runs through it…only with better beats!!! This is gritty and very New York…the slow and subtle hum of voices that run through the back drop of the song add os much…this features the London Gay Men’s Chorus….and it is FABULOUS!!!

Record Collection—-With a huge dose of moderate Dancehall and a vocal from Simon Le Bon, this has to be nothing less than spectacular….and it is!!! This is full of nice synth swirls and when Simon enters with his vocal you are comfortably back in 1985…no questions asked. This is one of my favorite tracks on this release…it is so retro that you want to grab every 80’s record and listen to them all at once…this is fabulous!!!

Selector—-Returning to a more horn infused delivery, this is still pretty moderate compared to much of the previous Ronson releases. The sound, again a bit muted makes you believe you might just be listening to one of your favorite old scratchy records….it leads in perfectly to….

Hey Boy—-With a fantastic heavy bass beat and a remarkable vocal introduction that finds a place in my heart right from the start, this vocalist has the voice of an angel. she delivers line after line that is just begging for a huge remix to land on the dance floor all over the world. the synths are straight out of 1988 and the delivery has just as much energy. This is breathtaking, masterful and literally delicious.

Missing Words—-Delivering a bit of a dirtier synth line, this is still nothing less than fantastic. This leads wonderfully into….

The Night Last Night—-This has that Ronson trademark sound written all over it…the drum/synth beats are classic and the slight and muted horn sounds are everywhere on the song. the same female vocal is on this track..delivered so sweet and serene that you are lulled into a nice trance dance when listening to this. This is damn near genius…from me, this release has ZERO complaints!!!

****3/4 out of 5


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