Mark Ronson makes a blazing return on April 16th with ‘Version’ – his dazzling, culture-clashing new solo LP that finds 12 classic tracks turned on their head and recreated into visionary floor-fillers. Joined by the likes of Robbie Williams and Lily Allen, the eagerly awaited LP is a musical masterstroke and looks set to be the highlight of 2007.
To celebrate, a highly collectible, numbered 10” vinyl featuring ‘Toxic’ and ‘God Put A Smile Upon Your Face’ will hit shelves from January 29th.
Featuring Dirt McGirt aka ODB spitting verse on Britney’s ‘Toxic’ and Coldplay’s ‘God Put A Smile Upon Your Face’ also getting the once over from Ronson , it’s already on heavy rotation across the club circuit and marks the second coming of Britain’s most successful ex-pat DJ / Producer.
A man whose musical vision and verve transcends seasons and genres, this is the perfect re-introduction to the man whose production credits this year include Christina Aguilera, Robbie Williams, Ghostface Killah, Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse and his Allido protégés Rhymefest & Daniel Merriweather.
Using his own unique re-interpretive style, Mark has set out to demonstrate pop voyeurism 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.
Another album highlight is the soulful, stellar Motown revival of The Smiths’ classic ‘Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before’ that merges into ‘You Just Keep Me Hanging On’ and features the vocals of Australian talent Daniel Merriweather.
“With my first album, I had all these people like Mos Def and M.O.P guesting. This time it’s not about that. Despite the big names, it’s about the songs… the songs here are the guest stars”, says Mark. “With ‘Version’ I’ve taken these songs that I love and turned them into Motown / Stax 70’s versions. I keep the utmost respect and appreciation for the original versions of songs I use. It’s not like I’m thinking it’s a shit song that I can make good, it’s more like it’s a great song and I’m now going to make it bounce”.
Mark Ronson releases Toxic / God Put A Smile Upon Your Face as a new double A-side limited edition 10” Vinyl on January 29th on Columbia. The album ‘Version’ is released on April 16th.