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Writers Build: The Best Non-Hip-Hop Albums of 2009

The Best Non-Hip-Hop Albums of 2009

Gramatically-incorrect, but who cares?!

We’ ain’t done just yet, Writers Build is still in full effect!

And you probably thought all I listened to was hip-hop.. Ha! Gotcha.

In between spinning Mos Def and Raekwon this year, me and my homie Jaap van der Doelen (of The Rap Up and Maasland FM fame) took some time to expand our horizons beyond the realm of rap. What we found were some extremely great projects by a gang of non-hip-hoppers.

Our lists cover many typesof music, including R&B, pop, reggae, soul, dubstep, jazz, rock and even afro-funk (yes, I may have made that genre up, but it’s true). Check these out when you’re not in the mood for neck-snapping beats or lyrical onslaughts.

Click the covers or links to support the artists, Enjoy!

Mayer Hawthorne - A Strange Arrangement


1. Mayer Hawthorne – A Strange Arrangement [MP3 Download]

2. Michael Jackson – This Is It [MP3 Download]

3. Melanie Fiona – The Bridge [MP3 Download]

4. Matisyahu – Light [MP3 Download]

5. Alicia Keys – The Element of Freedom [MP3 Download]

6. Shafiq Husayn – Shafiq En’ A-Free-Ka

7. The Kickdrums – Just A Game

8. Chrisette Michele – Epiphany [MP3 Download]

9. Ryan Leslie – Ryan Leslie [MP3 Download]

10. John Mayer – Battle Studies [MP3 Download]

11. Norah Jones – The Fall [MP3 Download]

12. J Rawls & John Robinson present Jay Are – The 1960’s Jazz Revolution Again [MP3 Download]

13. Maxwell – Blacksummers’night [MP3 Download]

14. Serani – No Games [MP3 Download]

15. Whitney Houson – I Look To You [MP3 Download]

16. Trey Songz – Ready [MP3 Download]

17. Flaming Lips – Embryonic [MP3 Download]

18. Leona Lewis – Echo [MP3 Download]

19. Keith Jarrett Trio – Yesterdays [MP3 Download]

20. Bibio – Ambivalence Avenue [MP3 Download]

Honorable Mention: Zero 7 – Yeah Ghost [MP3 Download]

Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Inspiration Information Vol 3


1. Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics – Inspiration Information, Vol. 3 [MP3 Download]

2. De Staat – Wait For Evolution

3. Arctic Monkeys – Humbug

4. Lily Allen – It’s Not Me, It’s You [MP3 Download]

5. Dub Colossus – A Town Called Addis [MP3 Download]

We’ve come a long way in the Writers Build segment, we’ve got a couple more posts left before we’re done. Stay tuned!


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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