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Friday, Aug 23 2013 | 00:30
Image: 1582478 Mayer Hawthorne has come a long way since his 2008 debut, and right now, he says, ''Life is really great'' He's released two well-received full-length albums. had songs licensed for film and television, and toured the world with Bruno Mars, Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, Passion Pit, John Mayer, Chromeo and the late Amy Winehouse His latest, Where Does This Door Go, is due July 16th and features a host of top-flight production work from Pharrell Williams, Greg Wells, Oak (of Oak & Pop) and John Hill.

Mayer grew up just outside of Detroit in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and remembers. as a child, driving with his father and tuning the car radio in to the region's rich musical tapestry He has produced music and played instruments for much of his life-- a hip-hop producer at the start of his career- and uses skills honed as a touring DJ to create his own original dance floor jams. Throughout the years he's cited R&B legends Isaac Hayes, Leroy Hutson and Barry White and inspiration, along with producers J Dilla and Mike Terry

Comfortably relocated in Los Angeles, the hat he now wears is that of a yachtsman in the mold of Michael McDonald, Hall and Oates, Loggins and Messina and Steely Dan. The old influences remain-- the creative vision of Dill a and Terry, the urban elegance of Hayes, Hutson and White- but today's Mayer is a smiling sophisticate He describes the vibe of Where Does This Door Go as ''Steely Dan meets the Beastie Boys,'' which suggests both a studio serious and playfully irreverent approach. It's no surprise that one of his favorite songs of all time is Rick James' ''Big Time.''

In the last five years, Mayer has also grown as a singer. songwriter and in his desire for collaboration. Working with touring partners like Winehouse and Badu bolstered his vocal chops by teaching him how to use his voice as an instrument Lyrically. he's moved away from the bitter break-up tone of his first two albums toward more diverse storytelling and personal coming-of-age content, and he's relaxed his DIY ethos of crafting every song from start to finish.

Now he's motivated to create soul music that can win- win on the radio, win on the charts, win over clubs and win over hearts. With Where Does This Door Go, Mayer is back to his soul foundation and hip-hop roots, and is making the most enjoyable and youthful music of his career.

Track Listing:

1. Problematization
2. Back Seat Lover
3. The Innocent
4. Allie Jones
5. The Only One
6. Wine Glass Woman
7. Her Favorite Song
8. Crime (with Kendrick Lamar)
9. Reach Out Richard
10. Corsican Rosel
11. Where Does This Door Go
12. Robot Love
13. The Stars Are Ours
14. All Better

LP Includes exclusive song ''Physicality'' Available from 02.08.2013
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