05
Sep
09

A Strange Arrangement

Mayer Hawthorne

I’ll admit. I wasn’t quite sold on Mayer Hawthorne, Stone Throw Records’ nu-Motown crooner, the first time I heard him. I spun an advanced copy of his debut A Strange Arrangement but wasn’t quite in the right mood at the time. After reading a number of positive reviews, I decided maybe I wasn’t giving it an honest chance.

Man, am I glad I did.

The Ann Arbor, Michigan native is extremely talented not just as a falsetto singer but as a multi-instrumentalist. He pays homage to doo wop and 60’s soul while intertwining break beats and Dilla-esque drums for a modern take on a vintage sound. I hear equal moments of Smokey Robinson, The Tempations and Robin Thicke in his voice – pretty damn special, indeed.

Earlier this week, A Strange Arrangement cracked the Top 10 on iTunes store. Dude has also been praised by ?uestlove and Justin Timberlake. It’d be a shame to miss out on some good music to spin for Labor Day weekend.

Scoop your copy of Mayer Hawthorne’s album on iTunes, and I’ll leave a nice sample of what to expect. Here’s the single “Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out” plus a sweet remix by Astronote.

Shouts to Martin from A-Side, Enjoy!

Mayer Hawthorne – Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out / Astronote El Camino Remix

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