Everyone hates Mark Ronson. We get it, don’t get it twisted; it’s that ubiquity, that smirk, those horns, the fact that he’s a good-looking chap with some nice threads. But at the same time, it’s weird because he’s made some pretty great songs – the majority of Back To Black, for example – and he clearly knows his stuff, but at the same time he’s easy to dismiss.
Whether you like him or not, his new album, Record Collection, is shaping up to be pretty interesting. Featuring a host of guest vocalists – including Boy George, The Drums‘ Jonathan Pearce, Santigold, Miike Snow and many others – it also features vocals from Ronson himself and no cover versions. A few weeks ago the first taster was released in the shape of ‘Circuit Breaker’, which as the title and the video suggests, is heavily influenced by the music to all those old console computer games.
OK, so it sounds exactly like the music from an old computer game and that’s not exactly a good thing, but it’s not the official first single so calm down. ‘Bang Bang Bang’ features a guest rap from Q-Tip and vocals from Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ touring keyboardist (the glamour!), MNDR, and it’s a stuttering, synth heavy little ditty that claws its way into your memory bank on the second listen. Not a horn in sight.
A little bit like The Go Team you say? Yes, you’re right. ‘Bang Bang Bang’ is released in July and the album is out in September.