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Thread started 07/17/19 12:08pm

EmmaMcG

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New FUNK - TUXEDO III

The last thread timed out but with the album officially coming out this Friday, and me having received my copy today, I thought I'd just post a quick review.

First things first, the album is funky. Very funky. It's just groove after groove. There's actually very little in the way of ballads but I suppose Mayer Hawthorne's upcoming solo album will remedy that. Standout tracks for me are the previously released The Tuxedo Way and Vibrations but Extra Texture (featuring Dam-Funk) and If U Want It are also among my favourites so far. I say "so far", because I've only listened to the album twice.

All in all, it's a really, really good album. In my opinion, it's better than the first album but probably falls just short of Tuxedo II. Although there isn't much in it, to be fair. The only thing I'd mark it down for is the amount of collaborations and guest spots. They won't be an issue for some people but I would have rathered just Mayer and Gavin Turek on vocals. But it's a minor complaint, really.

Definitely recommend this album to anyone looking for a new funk album and if you like what you hear, go back and check out the first 2 Tuxedo albums.
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Reply #1 posted 07/17/19 12:40pm

RJOrion

i havent heard the new joint yet, but Tuxedo's first album was way better than the second one IMO...cant wait to hear the new one though, i love their music
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Reply #2 posted 07/17/19 12:42pm

SoulAlive

“Vibrations” is my jam! Great song.Can’t wait to hear the rest of the album on Friday!
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Reply #3 posted 07/17/19 12:53pm

EmmaMcG

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RJOrion said:

i havent heard the new joint yet, but Tuxedo's first album was way better than the second one IMO...cant wait to hear the new one though, i love their music


Quality-wise, I think they're all pretty similar. It's only little things that sets them apart for me.
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Reply #4 posted 07/17/19 12:56pm

EmmaMcG

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SoulAlive said:

“Vibrations” is my jam! Great song.Can’t wait to hear the rest of the album on Friday!


There's a few standout tracks. Vibrations is one of my favourites too. I'm looking forward to listening to it again. This time with the volume up full blast.

Actually, its the kind of thing that would make the perfect soundtrack to a nice summer's evening, cruising around in a convertible. If I had a convertible, I'd definitely do that!
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Reply #5 posted 07/17/19 1:17pm

SoulAlive

I always enjoy their albums.Their focus is strictly on Old school-influenced,early 80s synthfunk.They keep it pretty simple and I like that.

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Reply #6 posted 07/17/19 7:33pm

SoulAlive

RJOrion said:

Tuxedo's first album was way better than the second one


It’s hard for me to decide because both albums are so similar....cut from the same cloth,ya know.The new album seems like they brought in many guest stars but otherwise,same sound and vibe.
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Reply #7 posted 07/17/19 7:38pm

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SoulAlive said:

RJOrion said:
Tuxedo's first album was way better than the second one
It’s hard for me to decide because both albums are so similar....cut from the same cloth,ya know.The new album seems like they brought in many guest stars but otherwise,same sound and vibe.

I like both; when I'm in the mood I ususally play them back to back. wink

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." --Plato
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Reply #8 posted 07/18/19 9:58pm

SoulAlive

Just got the email from iTunes: your digital copy of Tuxedo III is ready 😀 gonna give it a listen now
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Reply #9 posted 07/18/19 10:11pm

SoulAlive

So far,I’m very impressed.These guys have done it again! These songs are fun,extremely catchy and hard to resist.There’s nothing heavy or challenging here...just some terrific grooves to get you moving!
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Reply #10 posted 07/18/19 10:55pm

SoulAlive

The songs that I’m really diggin....

“OMW"

“Vibrations”

the Chic-like “On A Good One”

the smooth slow jam “Extra Texture”

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Reply #11 posted 07/19/19 10:50am

EmmaMcG

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SoulAlive said:

The songs that I’m really diggin....

“On my way”

“Vibrations”

the Chic-like “On A Good One”

the smooth slow jam “Extra Texture”


:music:


On A Good One reminds me of Chromeo. It wouldn't be out of place on their last album.

Close (with Gavin Turek) is another one that I really like.
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Reply #12 posted 07/19/19 4:03pm

SoulAlive

I’m gonna order a vinyl copy.This album is great!
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Reply #13 posted 07/19/19 11:52pm

EmmaMcG

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SoulAlive said:

I’m gonna order a vinyl copy.This album is great!


I got the "Silver Haze" special edition vinyl. It looks really cool. The only thing is that I don't personally own a record player. My husband had to get his down from the attic. The sound is amazing though. Though I'm pretty sure that the speakers are doing 99% of the work.
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Reply #14 posted 07/21/19 4:17pm

SoulAlive

I have a record player and I still listen to vinyl....mostly old vinyl but if a great “new” project comes out,I get it on vinyl too smile
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Reply #15 posted 07/24/19 11:39am

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can't believe this is where we actually hear some new MF DOOM, but I'm with it.
really like the song with Dam-Funk.

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Reply #16 posted 07/26/19 1:22pm

SoulAlive

it's a fun album for the summertime

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Reply #17 posted 07/26/19 4:02pm

EmmaMcG

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SoulAlive said:

it's a fun album for the summertime



Yeah absolutely. Now that I've had about 10 days or so with it and had the chance to absorb more of it, I can honestly say that it's the perfect summer album. I was a bit down in the amount of collaborations before but having spent more time with it, they've grown on me. I could still do without the rap on Dreamin In The Daytime though. But even at that, that's still one of my favourites on the album. Having had more time to reflect on it, my only complaint is that it's too damn short. 34 minutes is not long enough for me.
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Reply #18 posted 07/26/19 5:04pm

SoulAlive

yeah,the rap on “Dreaming In The Daytime” is the only thing that I would remove.These songs simply don’t need any raps.The other cameo appearances don’t bother me at all.Yeah,the album is short but I think that’s part of its charm.There’s no room for self-indulgent filler smile they keep it short and simple.
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Reply #19 posted 07/31/19 11:14pm

anc282

Just picked the CD up.


On the label and on the back of the CD, it says:


"Funk On Sight is the label that pays me."



"Unauthorized duplication will get yo ass whooped." lol

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Reply #20 posted 08/01/19 8:31am

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A white guys idea of what soul is. lol

All you others say Hell Yea!! woot!
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Reply #21 posted 08/02/19 4:58pm

EmmaMcG

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2freaky4church1 said:

A white guys idea of what soul is. lol



Tuxedo is not soul. Tuxedo is funk.
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Reply #22 posted 08/03/19 3:19pm

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Now Tuxedo has enough material for a longer show. biggrin

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." --Plato
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Reply #23 posted 08/13/19 1:48pm

SoulAlive

official video: "The Tuxedo Way"

Tuxedo - The Tuxedo Way [... - YouTube

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Reply #24 posted 08/13/19 4:45pm

EmmaMcG

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SoulAlive said:

official video: "The Tuxedo Way"



Tuxedo - The Tuxedo Way [... - YouTube



Terrible video. Great song though.
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Reply #25 posted 08/13/19 9:42pm

SoulAlive

EmmaMcG said:

SoulAlive said:

official video: "The Tuxedo Way"



Tuxedo - The Tuxedo Way [... - YouTube



Terrible video. Great song though.


The video is just like Chaka Khan’s recent video “Like Sugar”.The main focus is the dancers.I would have liked a more ‘fun’ video that shows Tuxedo in a nightclub,partying and sipping champagne (in addition to the dancers).
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Reply #26 posted 08/14/19 6:34am

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hey Emma, I just played some of the 1st 2 tracks of "Tuxedo III" & I immediately liked this music

(this rarely happens when I play/hear any music for the 1st time)

it IS funky, it's good to dance to.. I'm going to have to go back & check the other music they've put out..

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thanks for the recommendation..!

I'll see you tonight..
in ALL MY DREAMS..
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Reply #27 posted 08/14/19 7:25am

EmmaMcG

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mltijchr said:

hey Emma, I just played some of the 1st 2 tracks of "Tuxedo III" & I immediately liked this music


(this rarely happens when I play/hear any music for the 1st time)


it IS funky, it's good to dance to.. I'm going to have to go back & check the other music they've put out..


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thanks for the recommendation..!



No problem. If you like what you hear, I'd also recommend checking out some of Mayer Hawthorne's solo music.
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