Tuxedo Tattoo, Toronto ON, May 1
Published May 02, 2015When some movie executives decide to inevitably reboot The Wedding Singer, they should get the members of Tuxedo to portray Adam Sandler's character. Consisting of Michigan neo-soul singer-songwriter Mayer Hawthorne and Seattle hip-hop producer Jake One, the duo lived up to their namesake by wearing matching tuxedo jackets, hitting the stage at 1:30 a.m. to keep the party moving.
After shouting out their Stones Throw labelmates Peanut Butter Wolf and J. Rocc ("I've been DJing for a long time but I can't do that shit," said Jake One with a laugh), they proceeded to play a more straightforward set of disco and funk (think more Parliament's "Give Up The Funk" than "Uptown Funk"). They also threw in a handful of tracks from their recent self-titled debut album (mixed by none other than disco legend John Morales), which were reminiscent of Chromeo's slighty cheesy but self-aware 2014 LP, White Women, or A-Trak's '80s-indebted Duck Sauce project.
Inspiring some truly squirrelly dancing from the crowd, they might not be greater than the sum of their parts (though their song "Do It" being sampled on Pitbull's 2013 album Global Warming suggests they could be a formidable production team), but they provided the perfect soundtrack to keep bodies moving beyond an extended last call.