As a gift to his Twitter followers Mayer Hawthorne decided to give away an old track from his more beat oriented days under his old moniker DJ Haircut. This track is a very Stones Throw sounding track with its unquantized/Dilla-esque sounding drums and a smooth bassline that reminds me of Dam Funk. This is yet more proof of how talented Mr. Hawthorne is at capturing the key elements of the genres of music he tries to recreate.
Ever since I discovered Mayer Hawthorne last fall I have been on a look out for when this white boy was going to release an album. Somehow he is able to turn what should be just a novelty act into an honest and respectable homage to soul. Dig it.
“A Strange Arrangement” out 10.6.2009 on Stones Throw.