Mark Ronson & the Business Intl
Has anyone been gifted with a more charmed musical career than Mark Ronson?
The stepson of Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones, he started out making his own hip-hop mix tapes at the age of 16 but quickly established himself as a DJ/producer/record label founder and went on to launch the careers of Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen and Adele.
But Ronson always had his own recording career bubbling away in the background.
In 2003 he released his debut album Here Comes The Fuzz which proved to be a critical hit, if not a commerical one.
Four years on, the British-born, New York-bred muso hit paydirt with Version, a collection of inspired covers as diverse as The Smiths’ Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before and Radiohead’s Just, which won Ronson his first Brit for Best Male Solo Album.
With his follow-up album Record Collection, he could have easily repeated the trick of plying the Motown-influenced soul sounds which made both Version and Back To Black, the album he helmed for Winehouse, such massive hits.
But not one to rest on his laurels, he put together a new outfit, Mark Ronson & The Business International, penned some original material and roped in emerging US talents rapper Q-Tip and vocalist Amander Warner of MNDR to create his own eclectic take on 80s-inspired electro pop.
Tunes like Bang Bang Bang and The Bike Song should go down a treat, making Mark Ronson and co one of the undoubted highlights of the Greenwich Summer Sessions this week.
2 Cutty Sark Gardens, SE10 9LW
Wed, July 27