MARK RONSON TEAMS WITH BRUNO MARS FOR “UPTOWN FUNK,” ALBUM COMING IN JANUARY
Mark Ronson, who was the mastermind behind some of the biggest recordings from the late Amy Winehouse, is releasing his new track “Uptown Funk,” which features vocals by Bruno Mars. The track is the first from Ronson’s forthcoming album, Uptown Special, to be released on January 27, 2015 via RCA Records. Ronson is booked to perform on Saturday Night Live with Mars on November 22.
Ronson said in a press release:
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. Biggie, Chaka Khan, Amerie, Boz Scaggs, Missy, Earth Wind & Fire, N.O.R.E….Those songs would set alight the dance floor. The NY 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.”
Other guests on Ronson’s album include Kevin Parker of Tame Impala, Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow, and others. Ronson’s post Winehouse producing career led him to working with Mars, Rufus Wainright, Action Bronson and (Sir) Paul McCartney.