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Back In Business February 4, 2010

Posted by Paula in Muzak.
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Mark Ronson will collaborate with Scissor Sisters, Santigold and Miike Snow among others on his new album In Business. Speaking to NME, Ronson promised that the album, released this summer, will all be original work.

There’s no covers, and no horns. It’s written with some of the people that actually wrote the songs I covered on the last album and that I didn’t actually even know at the time. It’s quite interesting to write songs from scratch with those people.

Given that Ronson’s 2007 album Version was an album of covers, it’ll be interesting to see how this new effort pans out. Other collaborators will include Nick Hodgson of Kaiser Chiefs and US rapper Pill. But I’ve saved the best for last. Ronson will also work with 90s pop/dance artist Cathy Dennis. Dennis was responsible for such masterpieces as Just Another Dream and Touch Me (All Night Long). She also wrote Kylie Minogue’s Can’t Get You Outta My Head, and has co-written songs for various American Idol winners. Let’s see what she comes up with for Ronson.

Let Me Go Home February 4, 2010

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Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros have been around since 2007, but only last summer released their debut album Up From Below.

I’ve only just discovered them, thanks to a tip-off from my sister. Since then, I’ve become slightly obsessed with their song Home. They sound a little bit like a mix between Jefferson Airplane and a less manic Polyphonic Spree, although this group are made up of slightly less members – thirteen to be exact (if we’re counting three ‘additional members’).

And Edward Sharpe isn’t actually part of the group – he’s actually a fictional “messianic figure” who “was sent down to Earth to kinda heal and save mankind, but he kept getting distracted by girls and falling in love.” That’s according to the group’s founder Alex Ebert, who does double duty as lead singer of Ima Robot.

While you digest all that, have a listen to Home below. There’s even a great talky bit about three minutes in – but I’ll let you hear it for yourself.

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home (download)

[MP3 hosted at Factory Made Future, Image via iTunes]