By April Summers
Sunday, August 18
Fortune Sound Club
Formal but funky appears to be the mantra of the rising LA-based duo, Tuxedo.
Collectively known as Tuxedo, beat makers Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One’s third venture into the studio, Tuxedo III, has resulted in something beautiful. The producers boast a musical chemistry capable of a kaleidoscope of infectious sounds.
The North American tour of their latest album brought the duo to Vancouver, with a stop at Fortune Sound Club. The Chinatown institution was the ideal venue for a Tuxedo soiree; the band creating an atmosphere which alternated between trippy, old school wedding reception and a modern reimagining of Saturday Night Fever. Audience members found themselves transported to a glitzy disco party for the books.
Tuxedo III is a cocktail primarily made up of funk; shaken up with some synthesized disco and poured over ice cold R&B beats. Catchy tracks include “Toast 2 Us,” a seductive R&B ballad with a masterful hook and “You & Me,” a tune that infuses a jazz beat with a disco medley destined for a retro LED dance floor.
The pair’s latest funky project is sexy, subtle, smooth and slick, all at once. A record destined to please crowds from coast to coast as this performance proved; the perfect fit for a Sunday summer night in Vancouver.Fortune Sound Club, Tuxedo