WXOU Top Ten and Album Spotlight



1          IGGY POP – “Post Pop Depression”

2          CHARLES BRADLEY – “Changes”           

3          NIGHT MOVES – “Pennied Day”   

4          SUN DAYS – “Album”        

5          THAO AND THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN – “A Man Alive” 

6          SLINGSHOT DAKOTA – “Break” 

7          BOULEVARDS – “Groove”

8          PARQUET COURTS – “Human Performance”       

9          FRANKIE COSMOS – “Next Thing”          

10        SETH BOGART – “Seth Bogart”

Album Spotlight (honorable mention)

Mayer Hawthorne – “Man About Town”

On “Man About Town,” released Friday, April 8 on Vagrant Records, Hawthorne cements himself as one of the silkiest voices in modern soul music. A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Hawthorne has a passion for old school soul, funk, pop and dance music – all of which are combined into a slick ten song-package on this new record.

We last heard from Mayer Hawthorne on his Tuxedo collaboration with DJ Jake One, released last year on Stones Throw Records. This record was steeped in 80’s dance and funk ala Michael Jackson. “A Man About Town” finds Hawthorne returning to this sound on the song “Love Like That” while also expanding into other styles, touching on psychedelic soul on “Cosmic Love,” feel good funk on “Breakfast in Bed,” and even a reggae bounce on “Fancy Clothes.”

Mayer Hawthorne will appear at the Ann Arbor Music Festival on Friday, July 1, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. According to his Facebook page, this Hawthorne’s only scheduled Michigan performance for the summer.

Recommended if you like: Hall and Oates, Aloe Blacc, “Aja”-era Steely Dan, Prince.

Start with: “Cosmic Love,” “Love Like That,” “The Valley.”