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Mark Ronson rocks Chibuku Liverpool: review

by Amber Tan. Published Sun 17 Apr 2011 16:43, last updated: 17/04/11
 Ronson Rocks it (Purple Revolver Iwona Siestrzewitowska)
Ronson Rocks it (Purple Revolver Iwona Siestrzewitowska)

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Sporting a new hybrid blonde and black barnet Ronson opened with his very own all-killer Bang Bang Bang to keep the celeb spotters with iPhones held aloft in the front row happy.

Kicking the energy up a notch early, Ronson bust a Jay Z sample Get Ya Damn Hands Up into his hipster anthem to show the crowd he meant business.

Speaking before the gig Ronson said he was determined to kill it every time he steps to the decks.

He said: "I have been practising every day and it feels like I'm 18 again and ready to go out and kill it every time I play. Not just coast on the fact that I made a few pop records so can DJ and play what I want."

He displayed mashup skills befitting his superproducer status, mating Tarantino favourite Misrolou with Missy Elliott's Work It. And mixed Tears For Fears' Shout effortlessly into DJ Kool: Let Me Clear My Throat. Putting our former mashup hero James Hyman in the shade.

The DJ playboy was a picture of intense focus throughout his expertly crafted set and jumped seamlessly between hip hop, dance, soul and dubstep with equal measure and ferocity.

After a Smokey Robinson breakdown the crowd was treated to another cheeky mashup of Duck Sauce's Barbara Streisand featuring vocal samples from Abba's Rasputin and evolving into Blur's Song 2.

Mc Ronson slowed things down and took to the mic to dedicate playing his version of the Zutons' Valerie with Amy Winehouse to Liverpool and the fake tan clad girls in the crowd lapped it up.

The Ooh Wee star is clearly enjoying being behind the decks again after a couple of years break.

By the time he pulled off another world class mix of Martin Solveig's Hello into MIA's Paper Planes it was game over and he should have been pelted with moist knickers.

The only low point was the repeated problem of The Masque's sound system being able to do justice to Chibuku's banging sounds. Have a word Mark.

Total number of lumberjack shirts worn without 90s irony at last count: 39.

Watch this space for more news of Ronson and his favourite fanzine Purple Revolver's Uber.



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