Bruno Mars is back with Mark Ronson, a production extraordinaire producing hits by artists Adele, Lily Allen and Paul McCartney, with a collaboration guaranteed to make you boogie! Released on the 19th of November, ‘Uptown Funk‘ rehashes the funk of the 1970s with the production and sonics of the 21st century.
This track has the makings of a brilliant dance track different to the top 40 hits of today. Stand aside Iggy and Taylor, Bruno’s stylistic appreciation of funk is coming through! The track begins with snappy hand claps, a guitar riff nostaligic of disco-funk tracks of the 1970s, and a gang chorus hook that touches all the bases and makes you want to stand up and dance.
The chorus of the song really makes you want to dance, with the explosive horn section belting out a hook that you will sing in your head for days. The chorus is loud and mostly free of vocals so you can really appreciate the reflection of the era and move yourself to the up-tempo groove. In the latter half of the track, Bruno calls for the audience to “Come on, dance / Jump on it … If you freaky than own it/ Don’t brag about it, come show me” before breaking into an extended bridge section with all the instruments growing louder and more intense, as though as if inviting the audience to give it their best and join in the chorus, “Uptown Funk you up“, until the songs end.
Bruno’s aesthetic style has been developing over the past year and has possibly reached its peak of maturity in nu-funk. Bruno Mars seems to take to the genre as if he was born for it, and his most recent track and collaboration reflects just that. There has been much speculation of Mars’ appropriation of the much adored Michael Jackson, but after much research into both respective careers it is safe to say that Bruno Mars is not directly appropriating Michael Jackson, but is merely being influenced by the King of Pop. Bruno’s style really comes into fruition within this track as he has styled himself to the genre and the track acts like a bonus track, or even a track from a future album. Bruno’s artistic style has developed and delved further into the funk genre and can really be seen within ‘Uptown Funk’.
The only downside to this track is that it’s only one track and isn’t followed by a stellar nu-funk album that pays more homage to the funk and disco era of the 1970s as this one song does! …. Although it soon will be, as it will be featured on Mark Ronson‘s own release, Uptown Special, in 2015.
Looking ahead to the future, it is this reviewer’s opinion that Bruno Mars will continue with his own style of nu-funk that suits his voice, fashion choices, and his general aesthetic style.