Monday, December 8, 2014

Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One put on Tuxedo DJ set at Tattoo Friday

Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One will get down with DJ Serious, Big Jacks & Son of S.O.U.L. at Tattoo.
The Tuxedo pairing of superslick R&B crooner Mayer Hawthorne (Aquarius) with celebrated beat scientist Jake One (Taurus) belongs to the esteemed one-word funk family lineage which includes such legendary groups as Chic, Shalamar, Zapp, Radiance, Xtasy and Lemuria.

For Mayer and Jake, the collaboration began with an exchange of mixtapes back in 2006. The fruits of a long-standing kinship were three Tuxedo tracks that mysteriously showed up on Internet doorsteps nearly two years ago. In between personal projects, these three tracks became a full album’s worth of Tuxedo. The album was mixed by original disco don dada John Morales at his home studio in South Plainfield, New Jersey. “I flew out there,” Mayer says. “His wife made me spaghetti and everything.”

Tuxedo's 12-track self-titled album is set for release on March 3 via Stones Throw Records, the same label that issued Mayer's A Strange Arrangement debut back in 2009. No doubt Mayer and Jake will squeeze a few Tuxedo joints besides Do It (check it out below) into their DJ set at Tattoo on Friday night which should double quite nicely as an 80s boogie birthday bash for Toronto's own Arcee.

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