Turntable Lab / Mayer Hawthorne – Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out 10″ (EP) Review

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cross streets: avenue a + 1st avenue
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Sunday 12-6p

Being a DJ, my ear has to be everywhere in order to deliver the freshest sound-scapes. One of my most powerful tools for that is, THE TURNTABLE LAB. I have always shopped from them online, but had never been to the store so I hit the place up with my boy, Law. When I walked in it was much smaller than I had expected but, the selection was still incredible. Anything any music lover would ever want, they could probably find, right there. The store diversifies their vinyl perfectly and they have quite a lot of DJ equipment and accessories as well as production tools. Right next door, there is the TTL Annex, which has everything that’s not directly associated with music, like toys, books, dvds, clothing. Its a pretty sick setup and both stores are great and everything is fairly priced. It was close to closing time, so the guys working at the store just hopped in the dj booth and started scribbing shit up!

EP Review After the Jump:

I picked up quite alot of top shelf vinyl; Justice’s “Cross” on LP, the Beastie Boy’s “Paul’s Boutique“, and even the Bootsy Collins/Parliament Funkadelic mentored, Zapp’s first self-titled album. But my absolute favorite is definately, Mayer Hawthorne’s “Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out” 10″ EP off of the legendary Stones Throw Label. Now this fucking clear red vinyl is cut into a fucking heart shape, possibly one of the best marketing techniques i’ve seen for the vinyl market (which have come more into play with the rise of the digital age of music). This record has been sold out since it hit shelves last November (2008). Originally, Stones Throw announced there would only be 1000 of these records in production, however when they saw the sales reactions, i’m sure they decided to repress the vinyls.

It was like candy to a baby, seeing this in the store yesterday. I snatched it up without question. And I’ve been listening to repeatedly since… nothing embodies the music on the wax better than a red heart. Stones Throw, overall has a sound that is a more soulful, older, and mature; whatever genre they dip into, whether its the analog funk synth grooves of Dam – Funk or its the dirty gritty sampling of Mad Lib. Mayer Hawthorne follows suit and brings a real 60s, 70s detroit sound to the Stones Throw table. The sales of these vinyl were so successful, they even had it as a motif in the music video. (w/ a cameo by Dam-Funk)

From the Stones Throw

Mayer 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 Isaac Hayes, Leroy Hutson, Mike Terry, and Barry White among his influences, but draws the most inspiration from the music of Smokey Robinson, Curtis Mayfield, and the legendary songwriting and production trio of Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, and Eddie Holland Jr. The “retro” tag is added to almost any contemporary work that sounds like it was originally recorded between 1966 and 1974, and Hawthorne, among the newest contributors to the genre, is aware of how trends come and go.

Another Note: Here’s my latest DJ mix: LINK

dieselectro out!

-Phil Aka dieselectro

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