From the hyper opener “Bang Bang Bang”, you can feel the energy in multi-instrumentalist/producer/DJ Mark Ronson’s latest electro-laden set, “Record Collection”.
I am not well-versed in Ronson’s work as an artist, but “Record Collection” comes across as a fun-loving, club-thumping, high-octane mix of sticky tunes. The songs are light and fun.
The first single, “Bang Bang Bang,” features Q-Tip and MNDR and sets the tone of the record beautifully with a kicking drum beat and flowing verses.
“Somebody to Love Me” features Boy George and Andrew Wyatt and is a standout track. “Circuit Breaker” is the perfect soundtrack to adorn any night out on the town or stroll through an airport terminal.
Q-Tip, MNDR, Spank Rock, Ghostface Killah, D’Angelo, Phantom Planet’s Alex Greenwald, Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon and Culture Club’s Boy George are among the contributors. The album was released this week. I’d love to see a Ronson/The Roots collaboration. I think that if you are a Roots fan, you will appreciate this album. It has a similar lo-fi R&B color throughout to the Roots’ last offering.
Ronson produced all the tracks. Ronson collaborator Tom Elmhirst (The Kills, Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse) mixed the album.
Favorite tracks: “Lose It (In the End)”, “Somebody to Love Me”, “Introducing the Business”
Recommendation: Purchase Immediately