I said it before and I say it again: Mark Ronson's one of the most talented, influential producers to be gracing the music scene in recent years. He can bridge the gap between old and new school, blend different styles and genres to create a signature sound of his own, and the tracks he produced can both maintain mass appeal and critics' approval.
Apparently, he also has a knack for picking songs that seem random at first, and funking them up into something big-beat, horn-blasting, soulful, and torally listenable. His cover album 'Version' is about to drop in the UK in April 19, and it features a wide selection of songs, as well as a guest list to die for. So far from the tracks I've heard, it should be a great solid one. Here's some awesome tracks to whet your appetite.
Stop Me (feat. Daniel Merriweather):
The Smiths cover, current single.
God Put A Smile Upon Your Face (feat. The Daptone Horns):
Coldplay instrumental cover. Horns! Great for night jogging.
Valerie (feat. Amy Winehouse):
The Zutons cover. Not the Live Lounge version. It's very good. She keeps the same lyrics, which makes it so lesbo-friendly!
Bonus:Just (feat. Alex Greenwald):
Radiohead cover! Previously featured in a tribute album.
Be sure to pick up a copy or swing by his Myspace.