It’s probably a good thing that it’s taken around five years for Tuxedo to get their act together and release an album. The hold up has been down to individual successes – Mayer Hawthorne dropped one of 2013’s best albums with Where Does This Door Go, and you’re just as likely to hear Jake One producing a track for Drake or Rick Ross as you are Brother Ali these days (the sign of a great producer!) The pet project that they started years ago, spawned from their first meeting in which the pair exchanged boogie-funk mixtapes, has finally come into fruition and it’s been worth the wait.
In fact, you could say it’s perfect timing. In the past few years songs like Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’, Bruno Mars’ ‘Treasure’and more recently Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’ have begun to popularise the sound. “It kind of shocked us,” admits Jake One. “We’d been sitting on some of these songs for a while, and I heard ‘Get Lucky’ and I was like ‘Oh shit, ok. That’s kind of like something we would do, but you know.’ Then ‘Treasure’ cracked off and a couple of others. Then it was like ‘Oh shit, maybe we need to drop some of these songs.’” Deciding that they should start to reveal some of the material they’d been working on, they dropped a three track EP entitled Tuxedo Funk without revealing the identity of its creators. The blogs ate it up, most guessing rightly that it was the labour of Mayer and Jake. One of the songs in particular, ‘Do It’, became a breakthrough for the duo, even ending up being sampled on Pitbull’s song of the same name. “I think what we do is a bit different,” says Jake. “Just because we don’t really go for the pop thing. We’d love that success, but if we’re going to get it, it’s going to be on our own terms.”