Last night to finish of his month of Sundays on BBC 6 Music, Mark Ronson debuted a rather rare gem of a track. It was a Demo Version of Amy Winehouse's smash hit, "Back To Black" on which we here a raw sound to Amy's voice but it's still oh so beautiful. Check it out below and thank The House of Coxhead for the stream.
Coca Cola, the official sponsor of the upcoming Olympics in London, have enlisted the help of Mark Ronson to create a song for the forthcoming event. The creative producer has used unconventional means to create his song, using things such as the heartbeat of Russian runner Kseniya Olegovna Vdovina and the punches of Taekwondo athlete Maria del Rosario Espinoza to emulate certain aspects of his anthemic track. Katy B also joins in as the vocalist on the track, making the already epic song much more grandiose. As well, if you are interested in seeing exactly how Ronson created each aspect of the single, including the use of athletes, head over to Coca Cola's website to see the "Making Of" video.
(via Rolling Stone).
We've talked plenty about the RE:GENERATION project in the past 6 or so months and last night a hell of a lot more people were made to get familiar. Erykah Badu paid a visit to the Late Show with David Letterman to put in a performance of her Mark Ronson featuring track "A La Modeliste". As we've seen previously in the official video the track also features Mos Def, Trombone Shorty and Zigaboo Modeliste. See the talents clash in a culmination of live music at the top.
Remember Hyundai's RE:GENERATION project from last year? The ball is still rolling and a visual featuring Mark Ronson, Mos Def and Erykah Badu has hit the web. It sees them in the studio performing a track titled "A La Modeliste". It features assistance from Trombone Shorty, Zigaboo Modeliste along with members of The Dap Kings. Give the blues ridden track a watch/listen at the top and look out for more visuals in the coming months from the likes of DJ Premier, Skrillex and more.
The first of five of Hyundai's Re:Mix Labs showcases took place last night in New York City. Along with events in Las Vegas, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles, the company is spreading the love for gaming, music and technology.
Last night they previewed the trailer for Amir Bar-Lev's music documentary Re:Generation, which was followed by a Q&A featuring himself and the legendary DJ Premier. The documentary features five of the hottest DJ's in music, including DJ Premier, Skrillex, The Crystal Method, Mark Ronson and Pretty Lights, exploring and examining the history of five musical genres that are completely out of their realm. For example, Skrillex met up with The Doors' Ray Manzark and Robby Krieger along the Venice Beach boardwalk, and then later collaborated with John Densmore on "Breakn' A Sweat"—this is also the first original recording featuring members of The Doors since 1978.
The event, which included a DJ set by none other than DJ Premier, kicked off the first of many Re:Mix Labs events that will occur over the next couple of months. Re:Generation is set for release in February 2012, and the five tracks recorded for the documentary will be given away for free via a DJ Mixer App, which launches in November.
Stay tuned for more coverage of events from the Re:Mix Labs and Hyundai.
The Essential Mix Series on Radio One dates back to 1993, when on the 30th of October, Pete Tong first put out a mix on the show that became the first of hundreds that would grace the airwaves. Nearly 18 years on and they're still going strong as UK phenomenon James Blake put in a great sounding mix featuring just yesterday in the early hours debuting some brand new material from himself along with a wide spectrum of other musical genres. After posting the JB Mix I received a tweet from some friends over at Another Whiskey For Mister Bukowski sending me in the direction of 900+ Essential Mixes dating way back to 1993! 1993!
In the space on two hours I'd gone from one end of the Essential Mixes history with the latest guest spot, way back to the first ever one from Pete Tong himself. I'd of been but a little 4 year old back in 1993, dressed in a Thunderbirds outfit jumping off of my drum kit trying to fly before subsequently falling through the snare drum my Mum had just moments before told me I'd break. I may not of been aware of the vast array of electronic that the club scene was thriving on in the 90's, but, through the joy of ageing and the magical times that we live in we can check out a vast array of music we may have missed whilst trying to fly as a child via the internet.
This bumper sized Sunday Pickup contains Essential Mixes from some of the biggest DJ's the world has ever seen. Sets from the likes of Daft Punk way back in 1997. Fitting after we just 2 days ago got to hear their previously unreleased track from 1994, "Drive". Other mixes come from Justice, Flying Lotus, Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim, DJ Shadow, Moby (1994), Digitalism, 2 Many DJ's, Mark Ronson, Magnetic Man, Portishead. I could go on to list all 900+ mixes but that would be pointless as you are all at home having a lazy Sunday (maybe), so spend it listening to some classic tracks dating back to 1993 right up until 2007. Have a scroll below and happy listening it should take you about 109K plus hours to get through it all. Better get started! (After the jump there's a few track numbers to help you find the sets in the title eg DAFT PUNK at 743!)
Daft Punk: 743
DJ Shadow: 420
Flying Lotus: 122
Mark Ronson: 223
Fatboy Slim: 650
2 Many DJ's: 329
The Rapture: 391
Basement Jaxx: 705 / 628 / 26
DJ Yoda: 228
Hot Chip: 172
Deadmau5: 142 / 129
Chase & Status: 138
Mr Scruff: 112
Toddla T: 100
Friendly Fires: 97
Simian Mobile Disco: 68
Magnetic Man: 41
Beardy Man: 16
Offered up here for your eyes is a weird and wonderful visual from Spank Rock for his track "#1 Hit" which we first got to hear back in July. The production duties fell to Boys Noize and Mark Ronson for this track and the video is filled full of some crazy looking characters that might unsettle a few stomachs so early in the morning, including the glasses wearing office guy in the video. None the less wake up and smell the coffee, hit play already! I don't think I'd like to see Spank in the mirror every time I looked at my reflection. No offence. If you want to enjoy the director's cut, head on over to his Vimeo page.
The track is set to feature on Spank Rock's upcoming album Everything is Boring and Everyone Is A Fucking Liar which is the follow up to his last effort, Energy. His new album is released via Boys Noize Records on October the 3rd. Wanna catch him on the road? Check out the tour dates here.
Mark Ronson will next month release a brand new track, and by that I mean a rework of one that featured on his collab filled album, Record Collection. The track is a rework of that albums title track and as oppose to the original which featured Wiley and Simon Le Bon. This version will feature Wiley still but in addition Pharrell Williams, MNDR, Wiley and Wretch 32 will grace the track. Impressive huh? We previously posted a radio rip of the track when it premiered on Zane Lowe back in February this year. Have a listen to the track below.
It's set to be released on September 5th and will come packed with some impressive remixes too. CSS, LOGO, Moonlight Matters, Plastic Plates, DATABASE and Perseus will all do the remix honours so look out for these starting to appear in the next 4 weeks.