This has been my track of the month for two months already, so it was about time we celebrated it.
MARK RONSON FEAT. KEYONE STARR I CAN’T LOSE (Uptown Special, Sony)
Making the Uptown Special album, for one of the songs, I can’t lose, Mark felt it required some special raw talent and together with co-producer and co-composer Jeff Bhasker, he drove around in the South visiting churches, local community centers and bars looking for that one special singer to match the song, or as Mark himself explained in Billboard in November last year; “We wanted a young Chaka Khan on it, but there just wasn’t anybody coming to mind”. In Jackson, at Mississippi State University they came across Keyone Starr and once she started singing, that was that.
This song has kept me on my toes, or rather on my feet, for a couple of months already and still is. And can’t see it ending any time soon. As much fun as Uptown funk is, I can’t lose is the real deal, with those beautifully raw and untamed vocals by Miss Starr truly giving it a Chaka Khan-vibe, but she definitely is a force to reckon with, all on her own accord. With Ronson and Bhasker creating the ultimate disco funk jam, combining a nostalgic aura with a modern stringency making the end result pure perfection, giving Keyone Starr an exquisite platform to showcase her talent.
Can’t wait to see what she’ll be doing next.