Following the release of the title track of his upcoming album, ’24K Magic’, along with its glitzy video, Bruno Mars is back with a brand new single. ‘Versace on the Floor’ is a distinct change of pace from that funk and hip hop-drenched first single. Where there was attitude and aggression there is romance and love making; where there were rap verses there is intense crooning. The sonic platform has also changed from West Coast funk to the keyboard-heavy grooves of 90s R&B. Valentine’s Day might be a few months away, but if you’re in the mood for a cosy night in with your lover, you couldn’t ask for better background music than Versace on the Floor. Bruno Mars has borrowed a leaf from the Jodeci/Boyz II Men/Babyface slow jams to give us this smooth baby maker. But easy as the music feels on the ear, the making of it was an arduous process for the perfectionist pop star. In an interview with Rolling Stone he revealed how he had made six different versions of the song, each time tearing it down and reconstituting it from scratch. He wanted Versace on the Floor to be the album’s “big ballad” and a fitting tribute to the music from the 90s that made him want to become an entertainer, so everything had to be just right.
Listening to the song you can’t help but feel that it’s an updated version of Gregory Abbott’s hit ‘Shake You Down‘. It has the same theme, same mood, and the arrangement of the keyboards and the percussions on it bear a striking resemblance to the 1986 tune. But there’s that inimitable Bruno Mars magic sprinkled over Versace on the Floor that shines through.
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