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Mark Ronson – Somebody To Love Me (Holy Ghost Remix)

This is the next single from Record Collection. Seriously though, Mark Ronson, Boy George, 
Miike Snow
and Holy Ghost? Come on man! Boy George’s vocal performance take this track to another planet. Marc Ronson smashed the original and Holy Ghost is going to bring it to dance floor. I don’t know about you but I crave lyrics that get my mind going like an addict and this song has no shortage of those…

We are wicked men,
Looking for our buckles to loosen,
By the count of ten,
I wanna see somebody human,
And I lost what it was, in the teenage dust of a downtown Romeo,
In a couple of weeks, you can tell all the freaks, how you carried my body home

But tonight, I crossed the line,
Dear Mr Lonely, how much do they know me?
I could find lessons in life,
But, once you’ve earned it, you’ve already burned it

Alright I’m outta here, I’m going to start putting things out a lot faster so there’s more music and one main post a day. Too good, enjoy.

Catch up ni&$@s!
Damn you fading ’em HOV, how you gave ’em that? – Jay-Z (Show You How)

Mark Ronson – Somebody To Love Me

Mark Ronson – Somebody To Love Me (Holy Ghost Remix)

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Mark Ronson – Lose It (In the End) (Feat. Ghostface Killah)

So far the tracks released from Mark Ronson’s latest effort Record Collection have all been nothing short of classic. I posted Circuit Breaker back in May and was holding off on Bang Bang Bang till the next record hit the streets and with the release of Lose It the time is now. Ronson is one of my favorite producers for a plethora of reasons but mainly for his gift for seamlessly blending the old and the new, the analog and the digital, the classic and the you get the idea.

Without getting too technical, the advances in recording technology have led to some great improvements in the way sound is captured but as with everything that has come at a cost and a pricey one if I might add. With new age digital recording we’ve lost the equiptment that added a certain amount of distortion and harmonics to the music that we would later find out was very desirable to our ears. Anyways, if you listen to any of Ronsons productions and wonder why his sound is so different it’s because he makes it a point to use that vintage gear and capture the energy and sound so many of the classic records have. I’ve already written about this and you should spend your time listening to this new age old school, enjoy.

Mark Ronson – Lose It (In the End) (Feat. Ghostface Killah)

Mark Ronson – Bang Bang Bang (Feat. MNDR and Q-Tip)

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Mark Ronson – Bang Bang Bang (U-Tern’s Disco Dub)

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Wale – 90210

And she throws’ up, whateva she eat, She leaves the bathroom with a nosebleed
A regular girl, celebrity dreams,
She is… 90210
She live her whole life, like T.V., She will do anything for every-thing,
A regular girl, celebrity dreams,
She is… 90210″
I’m not a girl so I’m not even going to pretend like I know what being a fake one is about. I’ve sat on this song for a while simply because Wale spends the entire time putting down the “90210” lifestyle, whatever that’s supposed to mean. Regardless of the lyrics, I really like the production on this song. The track was produced by Marc Ronson and sounds more like something for Lily Allen than Wale. In fact, I think I would agree with these lyrics more if they were actually sung by Lily Allen. I mean I’m no expert but what girls and why they do it is just something I don’t think you can really understand unless you are one.
How can you fairly access something from the outside looking in? The majority of the time you’ll be wrong, you know what I mean? How could a mother fucker hate a nigga he never even met, he don’t even know. Shit, I think this rap shit is all peace.” – Jay-Z (1997, Lucky Me)

Wale – 90210

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Marc Ronson – Circuit Breaker

Changing with the times and completely changing the essence of who you are to force yourself into the times are two different things. So many fans get frustrated with artist that sell out to the point that they become completely unrecognizable to the people that connected with them in the first place. There is a certain contemporary rapper who has fooled many people doing this very thing,

I should get buck wild and start saying names…”

Yet some of us aren’t so easily convinced so “for playing me ya’ll shall forever remain nameless…” Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of change and constant movement and I don’t believe in stringent definitions but I’m a bigger fan of being real and what some people do in the name of change is far from it. No one has captured my sentiments on the subject quite like the late great Big L…

So emcees don’t ever step out your range
Remain the same and only change with the times,
Unless you’ll get dropped in a dime, go for yours like I’m going for mine.
If you’re rough stay rough, if you’re dapp stay dapper
But don’t even try to look or sound like another rapper.
Just fulfill your own needs
Some rappers wore gold chains and now they wearing beads?
I don’t understand it! – Big L (1995, Lifestyles of The Poor & Dangerous)

This is the main reason why I was so impressed with Marc Ronsons latest effort Circuit Breaker. In this track Ronson managed to masterfully blend his personal taste and the vintage with the Space Age/8Bit digital revolution of the times. The video is inspired by the classic RPG’s of the early Nintendo days, fresh.

Marc Ronson – Circuit Breaker

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Lily Allen – Nan You’re a Window Shopper (50 Cent Cover)

Ok so I’ve been posting songs from It’s Not Me, It’s You for what seems like years at this point and much to the dismay of my little sister here’s another one. Don’t fret though this one is from her freshman effort Alright, Still. The track is called Nan You’re a Window Shopper, Lily’s pleasing rendition of 50 Cent’s Window Shopper. Dedicated to all the posers investing NYC. Great track.

The top feel’s so much better than the bottom, so much better!” – 50 Cent

The bottom feel’s so much better than the top, so much better!” – Lily Allen

Lily Allen – Nan You’re a Window Shopper

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50 Cent – Window Shopper

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Yael Naim – Toxic (Britney Spears Cover)

One of our readers commented on yesterdays post and said the Yael Naim cover of Toxic is better than the Marc Ronson version.  First of all, saying one is better than the other doesn’t really make sense in this case.  While both are interpretations of the same song, they are noticeably different in styles and in my opinion should be appreciated independently. It’s like comparing a really fun outgoing girl with a girl that likes to stay at home, bake cookies and watch movies, each one has something different and great to offer so saying one is better then the other is completely incorrect and in the end dependent on your individual taste. I personally don’t make any generalizations when it comes to anything in matters of taste,  I find it best to deal with things from a case by case unbiased point of view, be it music or girls  ; ) …

Of course I love you, I love all yall.”

However, if for some reason I was walking down the street and someone challenged me to a Samurai showdown about the issue I can assure you the victor would be the Mark Ronson version. The mere fact that he managed to effectively mix Ol’ Dirty Bastard on a Britney Spears track is a feat in itself.  Aside from that, the Ronson version is simply much more exiting, creative, upbeat and entertaining. One of the traits of a great producer is having the foresight to bring together things that traditionally don’t coexist.  Whether it be new sounds, rhythms, genres, cultures you name it.  I didn’t really hear that in the Yael Naim version, all I heard there was a nice sounding mellow acoustic cover of the song. Anyways, that’s just how I feel about the matter, I’m curious to see what people think of this so I’m putting up a poll. You can listen to the Mark Ronson cover in yesterdays post; let the best cover win.

Yael Naim – Toxic (Britney Spears Cover)

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Bonus: Wale  -  New Soul (Feat. Yael Naim)

Wale  -  New Soul (Feat. Yael Naim)

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Lily Allen – Oh My God (Kaiser Chiefs Cover)

I like Lily Allen ; ) Mostly for her perspective and charm but it’s really starting to look like success treating this PYT very well, yahtzee! That or Katy Perry calling her self a skinner version of Lily Allen must have motivated a little gym campaign – Thank you Katy Perry.

Not sure if Marc Ronson produced this cover but the impressive horn arrangement and drum break really make you think so. I enjoyed the Kaiser Chief’s version but this one is in another league. Very impressive production and fantastic lyrics. EMPT Favorite.

Great ruins make for a greater glory. The only thing growing is out history… It don’t matter to me, cause all I wanted to be was a million miles from here, Somewhere more familiar…
And oh my God I can’t believe it, I never been this far away from home.”

Edit: Both this track and the Kaiser Chief version were in fact produced by Marc Ronson, it’s from a compilation called Pokerdice Presents Marc Ronson. Thanks random dude in the comments.

Lily Allen – Oh My God (Kaiser Chiefs Cover)

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Nickel Eye Feat. Wale – Brandy of the Damned (Marc Ronson Remix)

Just got reminded of this song by Sean Mattison, the man everyone should be following on Twitter. I remember hearing the original a while back but never really kept it in rotation, this remix may change that. It was produced by Marc Ronson, notice the trademark brass arrangements and funky break beat. Wale, with the exception of the corny “Slim Fast” reference, does his part to perfection by blending into the songs concept and not over doing it. Very simple & tasteful production. EMPT fav.

Don’t let them get you down. They’ll step on you to get to higher ground.”

Nickel Eye - The Time of the Assassins - Brandy of the Damned

Nickel Eye Feat. Wale – Brandy of the Damned (Marc Ronson Remix)