Boomkat Product Review:
Not forgetting their DJ roots, Stones Throw offer up limited instrumental versions of the Mayer Hawthorne album ' A Strange Arrangement'. Just to refresh your memories, Mayer's album was something of a revelation when it was first released, the debut piece of wax from a young, white bloke from Ann Arbor, a suburb of Detroit, who composes and even sings seriously strong black soul music in the shadow of the Motown greats. Barry White, Smokey Robinson and Isaac Hayes are all evoked through Mayer's music, while he cites the legendary songwriting and production duo of Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, and Eddie Holland Jr as great influences. Of course, the singing doesn't really matter here, but you do get to witness the new school soul sensation in full force with the super crisp breakbeats of 'Just Ain't Gonna Work Out' or gorgeous brass section of 'Maybe So, Maybe So' in all their glory.