First Impressions: Mark Ronson's Musical Gumbo

Monday, October 31, 2011

No trick but a real treat here, as producer/DJ Mark Ronson has had always had knack for mixing peanut butter n' pickles artists together to create some pretty memorable moments (uh, "Somebody To Love Me" rings a bell). Specifically made for the RE: GENERATION film project, which challenges five producers (Ronson, Crystal Method, DJ Premier, Pretty Lights, and Skrillex) to re-imagine five styles of traditional music styles with legendary artists. For the jazz portion, Ronson has got Erykah Badu, Mos Def (yes, he's still being called this for now), Trombone Shorty, and The Dap-Kings (who are Sharon Jones-less) together for a gumbo of a tune called, "A La Modeliste".

It's very New Orleans in spirit, so you'll get an urge to grab an umbrella and dance in the street once you push play. Badu really steals the show on this, but the snappy horns and overall structure of the tune are enough to put you on that 'good foot' for the week. The RE:GENERATION project will also include the talents of Nas, Leann Rimes, Martha Reeves, and members of the Doors---so the fun ain't over with yet!

Mark Ronson (ft. Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Trombone Shorty & The Dap Kings)  - A La Modeliste 

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