Tuxedo - Tuxedo - Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One - 2015 Modern Soul Funk Synth 2LP
Tuxedo - Tuxedo
Label: Stones Throw Records
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
Sticker on shrink: "Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One | includes download card"
Sticker on cover: "Records are your best entertainment value"
Released: 03 Mar 2015
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Disco, Boogie
A1 Lost Lover
A2 R U Ready
A3 Watch the Dance
B1 So Good
B2 Two Wrongs
B3 Tuxedo Groove
C1 I Got U
C2 The Right Time
C3 Roll Along
Producer, Mixed By Greg Wells
D1 Get U Home
D2 Do It
D3 Number One
Copyright (c) Stones Throw Records
Cover Jean André
Management ASide Worldwide
Mastered By Mayer Hawthorne
Mixed By John Morales (tracks: A1-A3, B2-B3, C1-C2), Riley Mackin (tracks: B1, D1-D3), Tuxedo (tracks: B1, C3, D1-D3)
Photography By Piper Ferguson
For the last couple of years? I've noticed a trend of more and more albums arriving with less pre publicity. Some are outright surprises, especially around the holiday season. And some depend more on word of mouth. This one seemed to be the later. Only reason I even knew about this collaboration between singer/songwriter Mayer Hawthorne and producer/musician Jake One was through Wax Poetics magazine. With a modern and extremely well received, well understood and eclectic funk revival in full motion? This album tells it's musical story with great authority.
"Lost Lover","RU Ready" and "Watch You Dance" are all on the more stomping end of uptempo, danceable funk. The bass synthesizer always pumping along is accompanied by a higher pitched, dreamy melodic synthesizer line-the later adding a rhythm guitar to the musical front line . "So Good" really emphasizes the synth bass line at it's phattest with a stomping shuffle and hook that stays right on the one. "I Got U", "The Right Time" and "Roll Along" all focus more on the live band drum and bass/guitar interaction as the rhythmic and melodic focuses. The pumping "Do It" and the closing "Number One" mix the live rhythmic focus with the heavy synthesizers.
Two Wrongs" and "Get U Home" are two mid tempo slow jams (heavy on the jamming" that focus on a thick rhythm guitar laden urban contemporary funk groove circa 1980,81. "Tuxedo Groove" as an electronic flavored 50's pop rhythmic flavor. One of the things about the Mayer Hawthorne/Jake One collaboration is that they clearly understand and embrace every element of the boogie and electro funk movements of the early 80's The songs on this album have a musical structure of what could easily translate as a soul/funk bands compilation of songs circa 1980-1984. The stylistic orientation of this album spans the progression of electronic dance funk of those years extremely well. And both artists are absolutely at the top of their game in singing,writing and instrumentation. A strong jam of the year in what looks to be a hefty list of them so far!
Tuxedo - Number One (Official Video)
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Tuxedo - So Good (Official Video)
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Tuxedo - R U Ready (Official Video)
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Tuxedo - Lost Lover
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