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Ronson on new Kaisers album sound
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Mark Ronson on new Kaisers album

DJ Mark Ronson has been shedding some light on the "eccentric" new album he's produced with Kaiser Chiefs.

It's the third studio album for the Leeds band and just one of a string of collaborations for Ronson.

He told Newsbeat: "It's quite a bizarre, eccentric record for such a huge rock band, that's so mainstream, to make - in a good way.

"It's got some elements of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club and Go Gos and The Move and ELO."

He added: "I'm just really excited about that record, it's great and it's something we kind of did quickly.

"They wrote some amazing songs and me and Elliot James, who produced the record with me, were here to just make sure it sounded raw."

Ronson previously re-made Kaiser Chiefs' single Oh My God for his covers album Versions, with Lily Allen singing vocals.

He recently revealed that Allen is also contributing vocals to a song on the Kaisers' new album.

The band scored their first number one hit in 2007 with the anthemic single Ruby.

They recently played to a crowd of 50,000 as they closed the first night of the Isle of Wight Festival.

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Ronson produced Amy Winehouse's Back to Black which was the best-selling album of last year.

The pair were planning to work together on the Bond theme for Quantum of Solace but it was abandoned in May when Ronson said Winehouse wasn't ready to make music.

However, Ronson doesn't rule out the possibility of going back to it.

He said: "I don't know if it's ours any more for the asking but I know it's something I'd love to do.

"We'll see if she wants to write something."

Ronson, who was born in the UK, but grew up in New York, has apparently been the subject of a row between Jay-Z and P Diddy with the former quoted as saying they can't agree on who discovered the producer.

Ronson said: "Neither of them discovered me. I'm really flattered they would say that.

"They used to come to all the nightclubs in New York where I would play when I was starting off as a hip-hop DJ.

"They definitely took me under their wing at points. No, my mum discovered me."



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