The second record by Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One) is, remarkably, yet more funky than their first! Tuxedo II seems to be making a pitch for Tuxedo as the heirs of George Clinton and Nile Rodgers, being packed with grin-inducing grooves and big pop hooks. Proper party music, released by Stones Throw.
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5/10 Joe Customer review, 14th November 2017
Tuxedo had one or two very commercially successful songs with their debut album. I've heard "Do It" in a Tesco, and as we all know you know you've hit it big when the big bods at Britain's favourite supermarket picks it up.
Within Tuxedo II (creative, chaps) they've tried to capitalise on their success by making the whole album a hit machine, which is nice, however they have lost lots of character in the process. For example, their newer tracks are a lot more upbeat - but I liked the slower ones that they once produced. Their first album was an exploration of the genre they were trying to revive, and now their new one just feels a compilation of the best tracks, and not in a good way.
If you like the upbeaty songs in Tuxedo's previous album, then this is most certainly for you: however for me this'll be one that I'm going to forget about.
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