Stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before: A successful pop producer with ties to Bruno Mars assembles an unlikely crew of guest stars to make his own album of classically minded songs.
No, it’s not Mark Ronson, who enlisted rapper Mystikal and novelist Michael Chabon to explore old-school funk and Steely Dan-style rock on the just-released “Uptown Special.”
Instead, meet Emile Haynie, one of Ronson’s creative partners on Mars’ 2012 hit “Locked Out of Heaven.”
A well-connected studio whiz known for his hollowed-out beats and woozy synth textures, Haynie has become a go-to collaborator for artists like Eminem, Lana Del Rey and Kanye West. In 2013 he even dabbled...