It is hard to differentiate him from the genre of artists Mayer Hawthorne draws his inspiration from, including music of Smokey Robinson, Curtis Mayfield, and the legendary songwriting and production trio of Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, and Eddie Holland Jr. I was shocked when I saw a picture of this dude and found out this music was contemporary, but apparently so was Peanut Butter Wolf, when Hawthorne brought him his music for consideration of representation under Wolf’s, Stones Throw Label. “He showed me two songs and I didn’t understand what I was listening to,” Wolf recalls. “I asked him if they were old songs that he did re-edits of – I couldn’t believe they were new songs and that he played all the instruments.” I had that same feeling, it’s shocking! Album hits this Fall so keep your ears open.