Paul McCartney tried his hand at jazz and pop standards on 2012’s Kisses on the Bottom, but the former Beatle is reportedly ditching the Great American Songbook for his next album and incorporating more, ahem, modern influences — specifically the rhythms of moombahton and the studio wizadry of Usher.
According to Mark Ronson, who recently confirmed that he produced three songs for McCartney’s upcoming full-length, Sir Paul cited some unexpected inspirations during recording sessions.
“He came in one day playing some post-Bonde do Role baile funk-moombahton thing, asking, ‘How do we get this kind of energy?'” Ronson told Rolling Stone. “And then he played me ‘Climax’ by Usher, and he was like, ‘I love where all the sonics sit in this.'” Praise from Paul McCartney — yet another way “Climax” keeps peaking.
These trendy touchstones sound a few generations removed from “classic Paul,” which is how producer Ethan Johns described his studio time with Macca last fall. “We’ve done two sessions already and the third is in a few weeks,” Johns told the NME. “It’s sounding great. He’s still one of the most extraordinary recording talents. There’s a song on the record called ‘Hosanna’ which is absolutely heartbreaking — just Paul and an acoustic guitar. It’s gorgeous.” Johns clarified that he wasn’t sure if his work with the Wings man would end up on a Kisses on the Bottom follow-up “or something else entirely,” saying, “I’m not sure what it is.”
Paul McCartney’s 2013 tour dates:
May 4 – Belo Horizonte, Brazil @ Mineirao Stadium
May 6 – Goiania, Brazil @ Serra Dourada Stadium
May 9 – Fortaleza, Brazil @ Castelao Stadium
May 18 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
May 22 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
May 26 – Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum
May 29 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
June 13-16 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
June 22 – Warsaw, Poland @ National Stadium
June 25 – Verona, Italy @ Roman Amphitheatre
June 27 – Vienna, Austria @ Happel Stadium
July 9 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
July 12 – Washington, D.C. @ Nationals Park
July 19 – Seattle, WA @ Safeco Field