Monday, September 05, 2011

The Odd Couple

Hey all - we close out the summer with 'Love In Motion, ' a spare but catchy Prince-inflected acid funk chugger by the improbable pairing of French electro-house DJ SebastiAn (below, left) and Ann Arbor, Michigan-based blue-eyed soul man Mayer Hawthorne, aka Andrew Mayer Cohen (below, right).

SebastiAn, a Serbian-French music prodigy raised in Paris and Belgrade, just dropped his debut album, 'Total', and was previously best known for remixes of top dance bands such as Daft Punk, The Rapture, and Cut Copy, all SOTW alumnae.

Though not the album's single, 'Love in Motion' grabbed my ear with its swap-funk grind and very Prince-esque vocal stylings, rendered almost sample-esque via sequencer.

That voice belongs to Mayer Hawthorne, who sings, writes, arranges, produces, engineers, and sometimes raps his way through some hard-to-pin down music with many influences and a generous dollop of Hawthorne's blue-eyed croon.

When I spotlight a non-single like 'Love in Motion', I take whatever video I can get, in this case from a (headless) fan who adds some guitar:

Hawthorne's best-known song is 2009's 'Just Ain't Gonna Work Out'...

SebastiAn's actual single, 'Embody,' is pleasant enough, but less remarkable in my view:

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