This afternoon i think it is time to look at the portfolio of one of the best and most successful producers of the last decade plus. The 33 year old man that was born as Brian Burton in White Plains, NY has been really famous for the past 7 or eight years since the creation of what could definitely be considered his masterpiece, the Grey Album, which combines/mashes/mixes the likes of Jay-Z’s the Black Album and the Beatles’ White Album. Now this is more than just a little play on musical trivia, as his music from that album is legitimately brilliant because he didn’t just cut and paste the music from one onto the other, he deconstructed the music from both established artists and lined them up perfectly so that they would actually work perfectly on this “welcome to the big show”-type of album. When you think of the song choices for each mix, its actually great, as the Beatles samples aren’t just their #1s, but also more obscure tracks like Long, Long, Long with Public Service Announcement or Julia with Dirt Off Your Shoulder.
Since the Grey Album, Danger Mouse has gone on to produce extremely successful acts like the Black Keys, Sparklehorse, Beck and MF Doom, while having been a part of projects like Gnarls Barkley, Danger Doom, the Gorillaz (for Demon Dayz), Broken Bells… Ya… the list goes on and let me tell you the music that comes with the names is just as good as you are imagining. You’ve read my expansive articles on Broken Bells in the past (Here and Here and Here) and you should be expecting another on Meyrin Fields when the EP drops so you can find their music there. I’ve written about Beck’s Record Club (here) even though it doesn’t include Danger Mouse on those one-day-recorded albums, you see the star power. And I’ve written about the Gorillaz like a bagillion times (Here and Here–that ones with MF Doom and Here and Here and Here as well as taking #20 on my Albums of The Year article) because they might be my favorites of the decade. So you see the power that Danger Mouse has with his sway, which is only exemplified with his producing an album for U2 that is due out this year–legitimately going to change the music industry!
For the future, you should all be looking forward to that U2 album, new Broken Bells and this new project with Daniele Luppi, whose tag-team album is called Rome. The album features the studios of Ennio Morricone, the legendary Italian composer and musician’s musicians that he used on his scores for movies. The vocals are also mainly done by superstars Jack White (of the recently debanded White Stripes) and Norah Jones (who i just might marry one day). Definitely check Rome out when it comes out May 16th!