TrackBlasters Radio: 18.12.17

Da More Fire Monday – The Correct Flava To Start Your Week!

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Watch Tuxedos Tiny Desk Concert [Video]

The pairing of Tuxedo is a natural feel in person, but highly unlikely on paper. Seattle-based producer Jake One has a who’s-who client list, from Rick Ross to 21 Savage — while DJ, singer-songwriter and producer Mayer Hawthorne is a renaissance soul man from Motor City. They stealthily debuted three tracks on SoundCloud in 2013 with only a black square stamped “Tuxedo” as the cover art, leaving fans wondering where this new funk was coming from. A few months later they unveiled their identities along with a debut self-titled LP, resurrecting a sound popularized by greats like The Gap Band, The Fatback Band and Roger Troutman. When Tuxedo arrived at NPR and Mayer Hawthorne spied a small ‘Ho!’ button sitting on Bob Boilen’s desk, he immediately beamed. “We use a big ‘Ho!’ button on tour,” he said. They didn’t bring a drummer, opting for a boombox — yes, a real boombox playing a real cassette tape, kids — and it was nostalgic delight from the start of the cassette’s hiss. The band was tight as ever, while their ace in the hole, Gavin Turek provided dance moves and the sweetest harmonies. Tuxedo set things off with a fan favorite from their first album, along with two from their latest, before closing it out with a red light special. It’s one thing to go against the grain for the sake of it — and another completely make it good. In this Tiny Desk concert, Tuxedo accomplished both.

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TrackBlasters Radio: 16.06.17

Da Fat Friday Afternoon – The Official Soundtrack To Your Weekend Host: DJ P.R. Happy Friday, ya’ll! Record Of The Day: Big Boi feat. Snoop Dogg – Get Wit It Playlist Ice Cube – Good Cop Bad Cop Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. **Record Of The Day** Big Boi feat. Snoop Dogg – Get Wit It Berner & Styles P feat. B-Real – Turkey Bag Snoop Dogg feat. Devin The Dude & Wiz Khalifa – 420 (Blaze Up) Raekwon feat. Cee-Lo Green – Marvin **Tuxedo Live from Berlin (DJ Set)** Download here (right click and save as…)

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Rhythm Roulette w/ Tuxedo [Video]

Jake One and Mayer Hawthorne form like Voltron to become production duo Tuxedo, the latest contestants on MASS APPEAL’s Rhythm Roulette. The pair stopped by Good Records—the shop, not the label—on East 5th Street in NYC, tied bandanas over their eyes, and grabbed up three random records to sample. Although the soundtrack to Blue Thunder had them somewhat perplexed, they also came up with a 12-inch single by Logg, and the Gamble & Huff sure shot, MFSB’s Love is the Message. You already know Jake One’s steez: from Chance the Rapper to 50 Cent, Drake, and Fun, the versatile Seattle beat smith gets it in wherever he feels. Hawthorne’s light-hearted brand of blue-eyed soul has won him fans since his 2009 Stones Throw debut. Tuxedo’s danceable tracks have an undeniable pop sensibility, they also show a heavy G-Funk and 80s electro influence, which shines through on the beat they built for us. “We got the disco kick offa Log, the rest of the drums from MFSB, and kind of a dramatic sound offa the Blue Thunder soundtrack,” said Hawthorne, who also added his soulful crooning to the sonic stew. “And that’s how you craft a whompin’-ass banger, Tuxedo style.” Watch them work up top.

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TrackBlasters Radio: 27.03.17

Da More Fire Monday – The Correct Flava To Start Your Week Host: DJ P.R. Today’s show boasts new bangers from Lou Phelps, Topiq, Dizzy Wright, Demrick and Bugus. Press play and enjoy! Record Of The Day: Demrick feat. Dizzy Wright & Paul Wall – Contact High Playlist Lou Phelps feat. CJ Flemings – My Forte Topiq feat. JSWISS – Hip-Notic Dizzy Wright, Demrick, Reezy & Euroz – Suite Sixteen Episode II **Record Of The Day** Demrick feat. Dizzy Wright & Paul Wall – Contact High Bugus feat. Mariah – Visions Drake – Passion Fruit Drake feat. Black Coffee & Jorja Smith – Get It Together **Tuxedo DJ Set Live From Hong Kong** Download here (right click and save as…)

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