Free Music Friday With Mayer Hawthorne
Hi everybody and welcome to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday. Today we are excited to offer you a full EP of remixes from Mayer Hawthorne. On a prior FMF last year we brought you his Impressions EP, a fabulous collection of cover tunes. That was a huge crowd favorite and is still available here.
This time around Mayer is giving away six remixes of tracks from his debut album How Do You Do. It’s a great collection of tracks that rival the catchiness and hit-ability of the original recordings. And if you already have the How Do You Do album, these six remixes are an excellent compliment to the collection. So download and enjoy them, and have a great weekend. We’ll see you next week for more music news for music fans.
The “retro soul” tag is added to almost any contemporary work that sounds like it was originally recorded before 1980, and Mayer Hawthorne is aware of how trends come and go. But, he says, he’s not interested in taking it back to the “good old days,” as much as he is in creating the “new good days.
On How Do You Do, his first major label effort for Universal Republic Records, Hawthorne proves that he is not part of a trend. The classic Motown sound that provided the blueprint for his self-produced independent debut, A Strange Arrangement, remains, but is joined on How Do You Do by music reminiscent of late 1960s California pop and the best work from the likes of Steely Dan and Chicago.
Hawthorne grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, just outside of Detroit, and vividly remembers, as a child, driving with his father and tuning the car radio in to the rich soul and jazz history the region provided. “Most of the best music ever made came out of Detroit,” claims the singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, who counts Smokey Robinson and famed songwriting trio Holland, Dozier, Holland among his influences, but also draws inspiration from Michael McDonald, Juan Atkins and J Dilla.
“A lot of my other influences are coming out on this record,” Hawthorne says. “There are a lot of other genres that are blending in now. “It’s just turning into me.” We like that and we hope you do too. Here is Mayer Hawthorne’s How Do You Do Remixes EP: