NEW YORK TIMES: Meet the Stereotypes, the Guys Who Help Give Bruno Mars His Bouncehttps://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/24/arts ... um=twitter
In the summer of 2016, Mr. Yip texted Mr. Mars to catch up. Fortunately, the “24K Magic” sessions were ending, and Mr. Mars invited the Stereotypes to the studio to add a little seasoning. “He was like, ‘I want to dance,’” Mr. Romulus, 35, recalled. “In this day and age of going out, in the clubs, everyone’s on their phone, standing around, looking at each other. It felt great to create a backdrop that was going to make people dance again.”
After fine-tuning “24K Magic,” the ’80s funk homage that would become the album’s first single, the Stereotypes and Mr. Mars created “Finesse” from scratch. Mr. Mars requested the new jack swing sound of Keith Sweat and Bobby Brown “and we were like, say no more,” Mr. Romulus said. “When was the last time someone asked for that?”
Mr. Yip called Mr. Mars’s studio “a candy store” for musicians.
“You look around,” he continued, “and there’s Junos, Moogs, analog synths that you can’t even imagine. In the live room, three drum sets, two pianos, bongos, all miked and ready to record at any given moment,” he said. “It became a jam session.”
“That’s What I Like” was the final major piece in need of a percussive shake-up. A more stripped-down demo of the song existed, but Mr. Mars told the Stereotypes, “I want it to move like this.” They complied, combining hip-swinging empty space with a groove that is modernized by trap drums. “We brought the bounce!” Mr. Romulus said