Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars Are Bringing That Uptown Funk, Y'all

Monday, December 15, 2014

I feel like such a goober for missing this funky funky stuff, but this Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars collabo came out during a really bad time for me --- so better late than never right?

Ronson and Mars (who's seriously one of my favorite people) have done something special with "Uptown Funk" as it has influences galore, but instead of it being a cluttered mess, it truly does evoke all the best parts of the '70s and early '80s soul-funk foundation, giving big nods to a ignored period in funk and soul where the "disco backlash" reigned --- but didn't extinguish the spirit of the groove. Zapp, Cameo, Rick James, Kool & The Gang, One Way, The Time, Sly Stone, Michael Jackson, and of course James Brown are all embedded in this slam jam that boasts braggadocios lyrics and a killer horn section that is just bringing the electric heat.

The lively video visually gives great homages to the two eras, and is just egging on the fact that Ronson's upcoming Uptown Special is going to be super freaking fun when it arrives next year.

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