Tuxedo

That old adage about it being better to do one thing well, holds true with music in that its pretty much always preferable to pick a simple idea and nail the fucking shit out of it than to try to “push the envelope” with a bunch of half-cooked ideas.

Tuxedo, a collaborative project from vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Mayer Hawthorne and hip-hop producer Jake One (who has produced for everyone from G Unit to MF Doom to Brother Ali) is definitely not breaking any new ground, but with songs that are this fun, who cares.

The duo’s eponymous debut, released last month via Stones Throw Records, is a homage to the late-‘70s/early-‘80s heyday of the West Coast funk—that same influential sound that informed a generation of G-funk ‘90s gangsta rap.

Basically it’s a smoothed out collection of electrified disco boogie, full of synthetic melodies, squiggly Funkadelic sounds and ridiculously, get-stuck-all-in-your-head hooks, that fans of Chromeo and Dam-Funk will be all over, and a soundtrack that will surely heat up some parties/dance floors as the weather gets nice.

And here we have some Christmas boogie for that ass

Also, there are a bunch of killer DJ mixes over at the Souncloud page if that is your kind of thing.

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DecibelCast Vol. 4 – “Sprung Again”

This ended up taking so much longer than originally planned. I began this year listening almost exclusively to music from the ’70s – mostly funk, soul, reggae and salsa… and yeah a bit disco as well – and so I thought it might be nice to put together a little mix of the vintage funk and soul music I had been so enjoying: That was all.

Unfortunately it ended up being a much more arduous process, which entailed yours truly completely losing the plot several times. Getting side-tracked, and moving away from the purely soul theme, I briefly entertained the idea of a multi-era, multi-genre West Coast mix. That ultimately didn’t end up happening either. Around this time, I got busy with other things and came close to deciding to just scrap the project entirely. It seems somewhere along the way I forgot the whole point, which was to make a compilation of smoothed-out jams to commemorate the spring. And so, with this mix comprising mostly vintage funk and soul tunes from mostly California artists, hopefully I’ve achieved just that.

[db-04] Sprung Again

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Tracklist:

Roy Ayers – “Everybody Loves the Sunshine”

Blue & Exile – “Good Morning Neighbor”

The Freestyle Fellowship – “Sunshine Men”

Brother Jack McDuff – “Your Smile”

Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band – “I Got Love”

Cortex – “Prelude a Go Round”

Nicola Conte – “Seasons”

Booker T. Jones – “Progress” feat. Jim James

Maze – “While I’m Alone”

Mayer Hawthorne – “Dreaming”

Bullion – “Time for Us All to Love”

Arthur Verocai – “Dedicada a ela”

Quasimoto – “Seasons Change”

The Natural Four – “You Can Always Count on Me”

Funk Factory – “Rien Ne Va Plus”

John Holt – “Got My Head on Straight”

Leon Ware – “Why I Came to California”

Lee Fields & the Expressions – “Expressions Theme”

Jonti – “Batmilk”

Curtis Mayfield – “Trippin”

The Natural Four – “Why Should We Stop Now?”