Mark Ronson has been getting more attention outside the club-deejay set since his recent reworking of Radiohead's "Just" (he got help from Alex Greenwald and the Dap Kings) was easily the best track on the Exit Music: Songs for Radio Heads tribute album. So it's fitting that the centerpiece of his mix CD with fellow New York City deejay Nick Catchdubs is another
cover: Britney Spears' "Toxic." Here, Ronson handles vocals in campy falsetto and horns honk away again, and things get even further fucked up with a wicked Ol' Dirty Bastard sample, the dearly departed threatening, "Shut down the Grammys!/ Ask my Grammy!"
You can catch all this multiple-genre-bending fun every Friday night on East Village Radio. These songs are culled from those Ronson/Catchdubs shows.
There are worse ways to start a party than with Jay-Z guesting on Hector El Bambino's "Here We Go," Hova holding down for the Roc. From there, the mix nicely progresses through different sections. There's the hyphy section, represented by Turf Talk's "Do the Robot" and E-40's "Tell Me When to Go" featuring Keak de Sneak. There's an even heftier drug-rap section. Andre Nickatina and San Quinn throw out the catchiest playground chant about crack you'll ever hear, "Ayo for Yayo." This is followed by Robin Thicke's "Cocaine" and Bonde do Role's "Melo do Tobaco."
Hardly anything here isn't giddy. Ronson shines a nice light on the band Domino -- think Franz Ferdinand with a female lead singer -- by featuring two of its snappy songs, "Everyone Else Is Boring" and "Tropical Moonlight." As much as I've never realized what the big deal is with Feist, the remix of "Mushaboom," which accentuates her pretty cooing after every verse, might change my mind. But I'm still not buying the hype on Lily Allen. "Knock 'Em Out" hardly does. Don't Lady Sov and the Streets do this kitschy Brit-rap a lot better?
What this mix really points out is how lucky eclectic music fans are in this Internet accessibility -- that with some clicks of some keys, people from anywhere around the world can hear these two deejays weave their magic in the Big Apple.
Radio show: http://www.eastvillageradio.com/
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