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Bringing Back the Funk !

Roger Troutman ( Zapp) is smiling up in Heaven . So is Rick James and a couple other “Funkmeisters” that aren’t with us anymore. The New Track by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars packs in all the elements of Funk and other 80s R&B styles you can handle in their latest track ” Uptown Funk” ( Co-written and Co-produced by Marrs) It took me about 5 seconds to recognize that these guys had alot of respect for the styles that inspired them to record this track. Its all right there guitar Riffs, Horn section and those 80s keyboards.
For those of you ( like myself) who are not familiar with Mark Ronson He was the man behind Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black album and produced tracks for Q-Tip, Nikka Costa, Daniel Merriweather, Sean Paul, Mos Def, Lilly Allen, Duran Duran, and Ghostface Killah.He has also remixed Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, and The Smiths. Getting myself aquainted with his work Ronson packs a punch in everything he touches ,Energy is his middle name. His stepfather is Mick Jones from Foreigner, he was a DJ,and would go on to win three Grammys for ‘Producer of the Year’ as well as ‘Best Pop Vocal Album’ and ‘Record of the Year’ (which he shared with Amy Winehouse) .Uptown
The track sizzles from start to finish and is testament to the appreciation that many young musicians and vocalists have for their forefathers. Hope is not lost when cuts like this hit the airwaves. Providing today’s generation with a glimpse of a world beyond EDM and Hip Hop. Thankyoy Mark and Bruno !!
Released November 10, 2014
DJ Alex Gutierrez