Thursday, November 4, 2010

mayer hawthorne’s new soul stands on its own

Everyone’s favorite falsetto-crooning, white-boy soul singer Mayer Hawthorne is making his way back to Portland, this time headlining his own gig at the Aladdin Theater on Tuesday, November 9th with retro-electro, ’80s R&B-funk-rap geek Gordon Voidwell opening.

The rapping, record collecting DJ fell into his current role as purveyor of hip-hopped Motown straight outta Michigan by accident. Stones Throw head honcho Peanut Butter Wolf heard some tracks of him goofing around in his bedroom and asked for an entire album. When that debut, A Strange Arrangement, dropped just over a year ago even Snoop Dogg approved.

Following his instincts, Mayer Hawthorne’s only pursuit is making original music–”just trying to make music that’s timeless”–yet kindly pays homage to the past and that past is heavily influenced by the Motown soul and Detroit jazz that Mayer grew up on. After several stops through the NW in the past year, including opening for Passion Pit at the Roseland and playing the mainstage at Sasquatch, Mayer Hawthorne and The County will side-step their way into your heart with their soulful grooves and synchronized dance steps, all rounded out with a small dose of hip-hop. We just hope there are horns this time around.

The latest cut from Mayer is “No Strings,” which was produced by Classixx, plus peep his interview-mixtape Mayer Hawthorne’s Firsts, selected by Mayer and mixed by DJ Lady Sha.

Read the rest on OMN.

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