Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars Strut Through Retro 'Uptown Funk' Video

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Earlier this month, Grammy-winning producer Mark Ronson released "Uptown Funk," a joyous, collaborative single with Bruno Mars. Now the duo have paired that track's sinewy slap-bass and galactic synths with an equally retro music video, which finds the two musicians decked out in late Seventies attire as they dance along a city street.


Ronson mostly lingers in the background, with Mars taking the spotlight as he belts the track's feel-good lyrics. Throughout the clip (co-directed by Mars and Cameron Duddy), the pair and their enthusiastic crew enjoy a shoeshine, get their hair permed and jive confidently next to a stretch limo. The highlight: As Mars sings the line, "Fill my cup, put some liquor in it," one of his pals obliges.

"Uptown Funk" is the first single from Ronson's upcoming fourth album, Uptown Special, which drops January 27th on RCA Records. He and Mars, along with a "very special guest," will perform the track on the November 22nd episode of Saturday Night Live.

The bulk of Uptown Special was co-written and produced by Ronson and Jeff Bhasker over 18 months in studios spanning London, Memphis, Los Angeles and New York City. The LP also features a number of lyrics by American novelist Michael Chabon, along with significant vocal and instrumental contributions from Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker. Other musical collaborators include Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt, producer Emile Haynie, Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford, TNGHT's Hudson Mohawke and DJ Zinc.

Ronson previously teamed with Bhasker and the Smeezingtons production team for three songs – "Moonshine," "Gorilla" and the chart-topping "Locked Out of Heaven" – on Mars' 2012 LP, Unorthodox Jukebox.

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