We’ve mentioned Tuxedo here before but discofunk of this quality is worth reiterating. Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One’s second album as Tuxedo is out now via Stones Throw Records and it resurrects the sound of Earth, Wind & Fire. This is the territory of pre- and post-hydraulic low riders: a mélange of Cali boom-bap, analog synth bass and elegant disco that resonates truth and authenticity in an era where so many are faking the funk.
Jake, whose laundry list of production credits includes Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Future, De la Soul and The Weeknd met fellow Grammy nominee Hawthorne and the ground was set for a collaboration. The fruits of a long-standing kinship were three tracks that mysteriously showed up on Internet doorsteps in 2013. Those three songs sparked a barrage of inquiries, and the allure simmered while they recorded their self-titled debut LP.
The transfer of energy between Jake's West Coast funk slaps and Hawthorne's Midwestern harmonies is something few outside of their specific origins could pull off. Their first full length release in March 2015 was mixed by tenured disco hit maker John Morales at his home studio in New Jersey and debuted at #1 on iTunes RnB chart.
Stream Tuxedo II here
Track Listing – Fux With The Tux feat. Snoop Dog / 2nd Time Around / Take A Picture / Rotational / Shine / Scooter’s Groove / U Like It / Back In Town / Special / Livin’ 4 Your Lovin / July