Producer and musician Mark Ronson recalls that while recording Paul McCartney’s upcoming album, set for release in the 3rd or 4th quarter of this year, the Wings rocker drew inspiration from several unlikely sources including funk music and Usher.
In an interview with music magazine Rolling Stone, Ronson said that the Beatles legend is just as inspired by new and breaking sounds as he is by the music he has made all his life. He also mentioned that he does not challenge McCartney on his decisions, saying: “With Paul, you learn to not ask too many questions and just do your best work. He came in one day playing some post-Bonde do Role baile funk-moombahton thing, asking, ‘How do we get this kind of energy?’ And then he played me Climax by Usher, and he was like, ‘I love where all the sonics sit in this.'”
Many people may be surprised to learn that Macca is a fan of Usher’s work, however Paul has said on numerous occasions he likes to keep up to date with what is going on with the charts in order to keep his music current. Indeed Macca has been seen enjoying Lady Gaga concerts in London and grooving along to Usher’s set at the world-famous Coachella music festival in 2011.
McCartney’s next solo album – the follow-up to 2012’s Kisses On The Bottom also includes collaborations with producer Ethan Johns. Speaking to NME he described the LP as “classic Paul”. “He’s still one of the most extraordinary recording talents,” he says. “There’s a song on the record called Hosanna which is absolutely heartbreaking – just Paul and an acoustic guitar. It’s gorgeous.”