Friday, October 9, 2009
Mayer Hawthorne "A Strange Arrangement"
could this be the first great "indie" soul/r&b record of the millenium? and by "indie" i mean true in spirit, as this 29 year old singer, producer, songwriter, arranger, audio engineer, dj, rapper and multi-instrumentalist from Ann Arbor, Michigan channels Smokey Robinson, Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield without the unnecessary over-production of most contemporary soul/r&b records or the vomit-inducing vocal gymnastics that plague the American Idle TV series. Mayer Hawthorne's debut on the Stones Throw imprint is a sexy album that will have you dancing and swooning without leaving you feeling dirty like an R Kelly record. check out "just ain't gonna work out":