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Mark Ronson – ‘Version’

Stepping from behind the turntables for his second solo set, Mark Ronson's "Version" is a collection of club-friendly soul tunes that feels like a mixtape made by your older sibling's coolest friend. The DJ-turned-producer is renowned for hitmaking collaborations with Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse, both of whom return the favor here.

Stepping from behind the turntables for his second solo set, Mark Ronson’s “Version” is a collection of club-friendly soul tunes that feels like a mixtape made by your older sibling’s coolest friend.

The DJ-turned-producer is renowned for hitmaking collaborations with Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse, both of whom return the favor here. Allen provides vocals for ‘Oh My God,’ while Winehouse performs a smoking cover of the Zutons’ ‘Valerie.’

However, that’s not the extent of Ronson’s little black book; British R&B singer Daniel Merriweather brings a Smiths/Supremes mash-up with ‘Stop Me,’ while Robbie Williams covers the Charlatan’s ‘Only One I Know.’ Other covers include Radiohead, Coldplay and Ryan Adams.

And for all of those interlopers, Ronson’s own musical identity shines through with his ability to transform contemporary rock tunes with Motown-style flourishes and hip-hop beats.

Released in Europe two months ago, the U.S. release revisits some cuts, including his take on the Britney Spears hit ‘Toxic;’ it now features a “lost” verse from the late rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

Mark Ronson - 'Version'

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