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[LP] MARK RONSON & THE BUSINESS INTL have managed to RECORD a damn superb COLLECTION of jams here!

don’t you wanna take a joyride on my tandem? humming on a huffy, don’t i look so handsome?

♫ Mark Ronson & The Business Intl – The Bike Song (ft. Kyle Falconer and Spank Rock)

I never got into Mark Ronson’s last guest-filled album, Version, so I really wasn’t expecting much from this effort (especially after Dave Sitek’s mostly disappointing Maximum Balloon project). The fact is, this is hands down one of the year’s best albums, front-to-back. Ronson blends all kinds of eclectic production with a string of amazing vocalists that all bring their A-game. It’s really not even worth getting into the details of this magic, you just have to dive in! Each song is catchy, danceable, fun, and special in it’s own way. Even the instrumental “filler” track “Circuit Breaker” is so damn solid that I would be writing about it on it’s own. Instead it’s surrounded by such standout indie anthems as “The Bike Song” (above) and “Introducing The Business” or stormy hip shakers like “Somebody To Love Me” (below) or “Glass Mountain Trust (featuring D’Angelo).” It’s pretty damn great to hear my main man Wyatt (from Miike Snow) on a few tracks here. He kills it, as usual.

♫ Mark Ronson & The Business Intl – Somebody To Love Me (ft. Boy George and Andrew Wyatt)

As if orchestrating such a fantastic record wasn’t enough, Ronson has dropped 3 standout videos to go along with them. Start with album opener “Bang Bang’s” retro/future lazer-filled talk show performance and then follow that “story” into “The Bike Song”‘s endlessly sexy romp on wheels. And then there is the “found-footage” compiled clip for Boy George’s “Somebody To Love.” Wow. Well done, Ronson. Well done.

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} TBE Digest 10 – 5.29.10 [Hip Hop Roundup!! + Arcade Fire, Mystery Jets, Hot Hot Heat, …]

Another batch of new tracks for y’all. New Arcade Fire has the blogosphere creaming itself and a bunch of other new jams from old bands. It’s been over a year since my last (and first) Hip-Hop Roundup and since I had a bunch of hip-hop(esque) jams accumulating I figured it was high time to unload ’em on you. Anyway, most of the tracks here I am down with so it’s a rather upbeat Digest! Get to it!

For more jams or by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!

♫ Mystery Jets – Flash a Hungry Smile – The band behind one of my favorite albums of 2008 are back with this kazoo laced jam that while good, isn’t as great as I know they are capable of. I’m waiting for Read more