Groove Thing

Mayer Hawthorne

If you don’t know, now you know: Mayer Hawthorne—soul revivalist, barber shop singer, and mixtape master hailed by none better than Peanut Butter Wolf—inked paper with Stones Throw today. His debut, A Strange Arrangement, hits stores October 6.

Like Amy Winehouse pre crackathon, Hawthorne skillfully melds seventies babymaking jams (think the Stylistics) with head-nodder hip hop. Except this time, Hawthorne’s breaking the hearts—tracks like “Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out Girl” make it clear who’s running the show. The video features a dapper Hawthorne sporting a suit and taking a walk—many walks—with a parade of hot but annoying chicks. He hands them his red vinyl LP heart; they toss it in the trash.

The Ann Arbor native cites the “beat heavy hip hop” he grew up with as an influence on his groovy throwback sound. Recently hip hop producer/future Mr. Krasny Mark Ronson spinned “Girl” on his radio show and exclaimed, “I have no idea what this is, old or new but it’s f—— good!” Coming from Winehouse’s producer, that says a lot.

I’m excited for the disc and even more for his show July 18. Of course, I’ll be at P4K, but who says I can’t YouTube from the Chi? 

Hawthorne plays Santos Party House in NYC with the County on July 18. 

Here’s the tracklisting for Arrangement:

1. Prelude
2. A Strange Arrangement
3. Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out
4. Maybe So, Maybe No
5. Your Easy Lovin’ Ain’t Pleasin’ Nothin’
6. I Wish It Would Rain
7. Make Her Mine
8. One Track Mind
9. The Ills
10. Shiny & New
11. Let Me Know
12. Green Eyed Love

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