By Martín Caballero Globe Correspondent,March 2, 2015, 11:56 p.m.
There’s something wonderfully audacious about “Number One,” the bouncy, singalong first single from Tuxedo’s breezy self-titled debut album: One does not turn Snoop Dogg’s X-rated groupie anthem “Ain’t No Fun” into a light disco dedication to one’s “special lady” or edit the late, great Nate Dogg’s infinitely quotable (just not in print) verses without plenty of confidence — and a healthy sense of humor. As Tuxedo, singer Mayer Hawthorne and producer Jake One have just enough of both; most importantly, their 12 tracks just sound right. The fat bass slap and punchy horns on “Roll Along” are as lively as the drifting guitars are languorous on the Isley Brothers-flavored “Two Wrongs.” The chunky synth pulse on “Tuxedo Groove” goes hardest, but “Get U Home” features Hawthorne’s best vocal performance over a strutting groove. Admittedly, Hawthorne’s range is limited and the lyrics flyweight even by pop standards, but the package is so polished and so much fun that listeners will be too busy dancing to notice — Snoop Dogg included. (Out Tuesday)