Ronson famously produced Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’ album and collaborated with her on his cover of The Zutons’ ‘Valerie’ prior to her death in 2011. ‘Uptown Special’ is released next week (January 19) and in a post on Twitter today Ronson shared a note he says was accidentally left off the album notes when they were printed.
In the message Ronson dedicates the album to Winehouse, writing: “Although I wish you were still here, I’m always thinking of you, inspired by you and your music lives on in myself and everyone who ever felt it.”
The album is also dedicated to Teenie Hodges and DJ Mehdi. Hodges, who famously wrote a number of Al Green’s biggest hits, passed away from emphysema in June 2014. Shortly after his passing, Ronson revealed that he spent time getting to know the musician. DJ Mehdi, meanwhile, died in 2011 after suffering a fatal accident at a party.
Letter To The Better/Dedication pic.twitter.com/ASMfsR9mRv
— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) January 13, 2015
‘Uptown Special’, which has been inspired by the New York hip-hop scene of the ’90s, is due for release January 19 via Columbia Records. Written and produced with Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Drake, Alicia Keys) over 18 months in London, Memphis, LA and New York City, it is Ronson’s fourth studio album and his first release since 2010’s ‘Record Collection’. It features appearances from Kevin Parker, Mystikal and Stevie Wonder as well as the UK Number One single ‘Uptown Funk’.
The ‘Uptown Special’ tracklisting is as follows:
‘Uptown’s First Finale’ (featuring Stevie Wonder & Andrew Wyatt)
‘Summer Breaking’ (featuring Kevin Parker)
‘Feel Right’ (featuring Mystikal)
‘Uptown Funk’ (featuring Bruno Mars)
‘I Can’t Lose’ (featuring Keyone Starr)
‘Daffodils’ (featuring Kevin Parker)
‘Crack In The Pearl’ (featuring Andrew Wyatt)
‘In Case Of Fire’ (featuring Jeff Bhasker)
‘Leaving Los Feliz’ (featuring Kevin Parker)
‘Heavy And Rolling’ (featuring Andrew Wyatt)
‘Crack In The Pearl pt II’ (featuring Stevie Wonder & Jeff Bhasker)