Mark Ronson recently popped up on Australia’s triple J Radio, and the super-producer brought an ad hoc supergroup along with him.
Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker and Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt joined Ronson for a kick-ass rendition of Queens of the Stone Age’s “I Sat By The Ocean” for “Like a Version,” triple J’s cover series. The live cover turns the ...Like Clockwork track into an infectiously funked-up must-hear.
Parker and Ronson provide the song’s rhythmic backbone on guitar while Wyatt handles lead vocal duties, threatening to steal the show with the front-and-center energy of his performance. The trio is also joined by several other skillful accompanists, including Aussie rocker Kirin J. Callinan, who makes his presence felt with some well-placed lead guitar licks. But it’s the keyboards that lend the song the vintage, feel-good groove that has defined Ronson’s recent work.
Speaking of Ronson’s recent work, he and Parker also performed “Daffodils,” one of their standout collaborations from Ronson’s juggernaut of an album, Uptown Special. The dynamic funk track, moored to Ronson’s slinky yet steady rhythm guitar riff, showcases Parker’s distinctive falsetto, and eventually gets a volcanic guitar solo or two courtesy of Callinan.
One hopes this isn’t the last we’ve heard from these ultra-talented collaborators—they make one hell of a team.
Watch the “I Sat By The Ocean” cover above and the “Daffodils” performance below.