Mayer Hawthorne often gets mentioned in the same breath as other blue-eyed soul singers like Justin Timberlake or Robin Thicke but on ‘When Does This Door Go’ his sound has developed into something that should see him step out from their shadow. Most importantly, his influences come from everywhere: on his first two albums he visited Detroit and Philly soul with a large dose of hip-hop thrown in. On his newest album ‘Where Does This Door Go’ (out this week on Universal Republic Records) he keeps with a 70’s/80’s R&B and soul vibe but also throwing in arrangements and sounds reminiscent of artists like Isley Brothers (‘Corsian Rose’), Steely Dan (‘Reach Out Richard’ and ‘Back Seat Lover’) and Hall & Oates (‘All Better’). He’s also roped in a bunch of collaborators including producer Jack Splash, Snoop Dogg, Pharrell Williams and Jessie Ware.
Here he teams up with Kendrick Lamar, the hottest rapper around right now, for some hazy So Cal soul that is perfect for the summer months.