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‘‘ Maria and Dar­ius make these ef­fu­sive grunts and in mu­sic ev­ery­one from James Brown to Rick Ross has a sig­na­ture grunt. It’s so per­cus­sive, so I used a lot of breaths and foot scrap­ing.

‘‘ I put a mi­cro­phone on the tar­get board in archery and ended up catch­ing this im­mense kick that sounded like a drum ma­chine.

‘‘ I’m sure we could have cheated but I al­ways like to go the dif­fi­cult way record­ing things.’’

The pro­ducer chose Brit Katy B to pro­vide the vo­cals for the Co­caCola- spon­sored track.

‘‘ They wanted some­thing that felt very Lon­don and new,’’ he said.

‘‘ I might be Lon­don but I’m cer­tainly not new.

‘‘ I’ve been DJ- ing around a lot. I re­alised ev­ery night I was play­ing three or four Katy B tunes. I just love what she’s do­ing.’’

A string of com­mit­ments forced Ron­son to can­cel an Aus­tralian trip this year.

‘‘ There were just things I could not ex­tri­cate my­self from. It sucked,’’ Ron­son said.

While he has yet to start on a fol­low- up to 2010’ s Record Col­lec­tion, Ron­son’s been busy in the stu­dio. He has sev­eral songs on the new Bruno Mars al­bum.

‘‘ I’m not al­lowed to talk about it,’’ he says. ‘‘ But it’s in­cred­i­ble.’’

Also fall­ing un­der se­cret squir­rel is the work he’s do­ing for Paul McCart­ney, which takes it a step be­yond DJ- ing at his wed­ding last year.

‘‘ We worked on a few songs. It’ all su­per se­cre­tive. You just turn up to the stu­dio and do good work and you’re not re­ally told what it’s for.’’

Ron­son has aired the demo ver­sion of Amy Wine­house’s Back To Black on his US ra­dio show – it con­tains slightly dif­fer­ent lyrics to the re­leased ver­sion.

Af­ter con­tribut­ing to her post­hu­mous al­bum Lioness , that’s all that’s left in his vault.

Ron­son says he’s for­ever in­debted to Fu­ture Mu­sic for be­ing the first pro­moter to bring him to Aus­tralia.

Ru­mours sug­gest next year’s Fu­ture Mu­sic Fes­ti­val will be head­lined by the Stone Roses, one of his favourite bands.

‘‘ If that’s true I will so be on that bill,’’ he says.

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