The latest concoction from Mark Ronson is a platter of fresh material called(with tongue firmly planted in cheek) ‘Record Collection’. The LP boasts a most bizarre array of guest singers, from old-school camp (Boy George; Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon) to the very contemporary and too-cool-for-school (Ghostface Killah; Spank Rock). In an interesting, subtle and sometimes clubby soundscape that plays on hip-hop and soul to indie-rock and pop, ‘Record Collection’ plays on a multiplicity of genres. Sometimes Ronson and Co get too lost in the cacophony of it all, but for the most part, it works, particularly on repeat listens. Like a piece to a puzzle, each track lends definition to the full picture, that is, a scrapbook of allsorts that insists pastiche pop can sound fresh and original.
‘Record Collection’ is out through Sony Music.