Mark Ronson Drops New Single "Uptown Funk"
Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:29:58
Producer and musician Mark Ronson, known for his work with Amy Winehouse, dropped his new single "Uptown Funk," featuring Bruno Mars. Ronson and Mars co-wrote and co-produced the song together.
It's hot and it slays.
The song is the first single from Mark Ronson's forthcoming full-length album Uptown Special, to be released on January 27, 2015 via RCA Records.
Ronson will be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on November 22, performing "Uptown Funk" with Mars, along with an additional track from the new album featuring another very special guest. It is Ronson's SNL debut.
DVR that shit if you can't watch it live.
Uptown Special is Ronson's most inventive and vibrant work to date. Taken as a whole, the album is inspired by his musical beginnings. As a teenager growing up in New York City in the early '90s, Ronson gravitated towards hip-hop, funk, soul and R&B. Those were the records he lugged around in boxes in the early days of his club DJ career and that scratchy, inspiring vinyl was what he returned to when creating the album.
"No matter how my taste in music and DJ-ing veers over the years, I always find myself coming back to that music I would play out in hip-hop clubs in NY in the late '90s/early 2000s," Ronson elaborated. "Biggie, Chaka Khan, Amerie, Boz Scaggs, Missy, Earth Wind & Fire, N.O.R.E….Those songs would set alight the dance floor. The N.Y. club scene was filled with girls, boys, dancers, drug dealers, rappers, models and skateboarders who came mostly for one reason: to dance. And regardless of genre or era, if the song was good. If it had dope drums, if it had soul to it, they danced. Before smart phones, bottle service and smoking bans, people came to the club, found their spot and stayed all night, absorbed in the music. With Uptown Special, I set out to capture the feeling I remember from those New York nights."
With that in mind, listen to "Uptown Funk" below and see if Ronson succeeded in bring back that feeling and capturing the vibe of that era and distilling it into song. We experienced what he spoke about it and we think he did a flawless job of putting it into song.
Did you dig this track? Did it take you back?