Bruno Mars Channels Zapp To Release The Funk Jam Of The Year (Video)

Though it might not seem like it, it’s been 4 years since Bruno Mars released an album. Despite the fact that Unorthodox Jukebox came out in 2012, Mars’ presence was felt through a slew of hits from that album that endured well beyond a year after it hit stores. And, of course, “Uptown Funk,” the retro cool title track to Mark Ronson’s album on which Mars appeared and stole the show, became an inescapable anthem for nearly 18 months. Now, Mars is returning to the scene with his own musical statement titled 24K Magic, and it’s set to arrive on November 18.

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Today (10/7), Bruno has released the album’s title track, and, it is an instant smash. While songs like “Uptown Funk” and “Treasure” clearly referenced Mars’ affinity for early 80s Prince, “24K Magic” is an ode to Funk titans, Zapp. The track starts with the type of signature vocoder performance perfected by the late great Roger Troutman, who had a renaissance from his 80s heyday via his appearance on Tupac’s Dr. Dre-produced “California Love.” The similarity does not stop there, however. After the a capella intro, the song launches into a stone cold Funk groove that’s as nasty as some of the best Electro Funk coming out of the 80s.

Like the song, the video for “24K Magic” is an instant party. Mars is shown in bright throwback clothes and shades, dancing and living the good life. Private jets, droptops and beautiful women are present throughout. This song is instantly-rewind worthy. There’s good news and bad news for those who are sick of “Uptown Funk.” The good news is this is certain to take its slot on the airwaves. The bad news (for some) is it’s about to be in heavy rotation for a long, long time.