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As disco and funk continue their seemingly unstoppable return to prominence with the likes of 'Uptown Funk' dominating charts around the world, the sun-kissed funk group Tuxedo, compromised of neo-soul artist Mayer Hawthorne and hip-hop producer Jake One, seem to have chosen the ideal time to unveil the fruits of their labor.

The genres they represent may be seeing a resurgence, but don't accuse Tuxedo of trying to cash in. The project's roots can be traced back to 2007, having undergone an eight-year gestation period to arrive at this point. The group first entered the cultural landscape with a mysterious eponymous 3-track EP, which was only marketed through Twitter shout-outs from other musicians. The songs, including overdue "song of the summer" candidate 'Do It', served as a telling prelude to the G-funk and boogie bonanza that Tuxedo had planned for this record.

From the opening seconds of the album, which is being released by Hawthorne's former home at Stones Throw Records, the mission of the band is made clear: to make everyone dance. Bass slaps and snappy claps populate Tuxedo in abundance, supported by Chic-inspired guitar licks and Chromeo-esque synths. The songs reflect the pair's moniker, in that each track manages to sound sleek and sexy in just about every way imaginable.

The middle section of the record, 'Tuxedo Groove' and 'I Got U' in particular, create a brief, unimaginative drag. At 47 minutes in length, it is not far-fetched that some may find the album's sound to be a bit too homogeneous, but, to this reviewer, Tuxedo diversifies itself enough to provide an all-together enjoyable listen. Pulling elements from old favourites and new friends alike, Tuxedo use their inspirations to create something entirely their own. The lyrics will never leave you contemplating your existence and the music isn't a revolution by any means, but Tuxedo is god damn fun and that's the point.

This is a record to be enjoyed on your feet, tripping the light fantastic with a group of friends. Even slower, lusty jams like 'Two Wrongs' or 'Get U Home' lend themselves well to the dance floor, with sharp, rhythmic percussion and Hawthorne's soulful vocals taking center stage.

It's hard to imagine a record more slick and fun than Tuxedo arriving any time soon.

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