Mayer Hawthorne: A Strange Arrangement (Stones Throw)

White boys are getting more soulful these days. Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke have established some cred, now there’s a new boy in town.

Michigan-born Mayer Hawthorne turns back the clock and sets us on a soulful journey on A Strange Arrangement. Trapped in the 70s, from bongo-fueled funk to slow-dancing grooves, Mayer brings back the good old days of classic-sounding music while still keeping it fresh. With spoken-word intros and Smokey Robinson falsettos in the first single ‘Just Ain’t Gonna Work’, we dig this boy. Plus, he looks like Tobey Maguire on the album cover. No kidding.

Listen to: ‘Just Ain’t Gonna Work’
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