Mayer Hawthorne Brings the Soul Brigade to Oakland + Photos

 

Photos by Kola Shobo
Words by Brandon Diaz

As if Oakland needed any more soul, they sure got it from Mayer Hawthorne‘s stellar performance at the Fox Theater in Oakland’s Uptown district.

The evening began with a brief but lively performance from curly-haired songstress, Gavin Turek, who strode about the stage with Tina Turner flair in a stunning lavender dress. As the theater filled, Danish soul duo Quadron stole swoons from the packed house as vocalist Coco O. took center stage with a stunning sequined ensemble and ruby red lips.

Their 45-minute set was filled with lively songs from 2013’s Avalanche, all ears clinging to Coco’s angelic voice, eyes affixed to her striking pant-suit dress and tasteful fingerwaves. Sans producer Robin Hannibal (technically one-half of the band), Quadron held attention as they ran through a set that included “LFT,” “Sea Salt,” and a breathtaking cover of Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor.”

And as that sweet perfume of soul music washed the crowd, Quadron finished, allowing Mayer Hawthorne and his backing four-piece band to bring the funk.
Emerging from a glowing broken heart at center stage, the Detroit-area native brought a convivial night of neo-Motown to the Fox. Sporting a royal blue two-button suit and a pair of Nike Air-Max sneakers, Hawthorne lead his band through a nonstop set of grooves that kept hands in the air with continuous jams from his sing-a-long songbook.

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Giant Step Logo Named Amongst ’22 Most Iconic’ by RBMA

 

Having just wrapped last week, the Red Bull Music Academy has amassed tons of interesting memories and content to dig into.

Earlier in May, we shared the story on Giant Step’s logo in the RBMA Daily Note; Today, the Daily Note has compiled 22 different stories on iconic logos and Giant Step’s logo is once again featured on the site.

Also featured are logos from Public Enemy, Fool’s Gold, Fania, Studio54, Def Jam, Wu Tang, and Run DMC, amongst others. Check out the stories on the RBMA website.

Video: First Serve (De La Soul) – “Mrs. Whitter” + New Track

 

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Posdnous and Trugoy (Dave) of De La Soul have adopted the monikers of Jacob “Pop Life” Barrow and Deen “D” Whittier to present their newly founded First Serve duo. Above, you can find a characteristically quirky intro to these fine young men.

On April 2nd, First Serve will be releasing a concept album centered around “the story of two young boys from Queens, New York with big dreams and larger rhymes.” French production team 2 & 4 will be laying down the beats for the project. Take a listen to the first single, “Pushin’ Aside, Pushin’ Along,” below – smooth like butter. In absolute delight we are.

At the very end of this post, you’ll also find The Goon Time Mixtape, which features the duo rapping over reworked instrumentals from Nas, Jay-Z, Jurassic 5, The Beatles, Aloe Blacc, Eminem, Run DMC, and B.B. King.

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New Release: Gensu Dean – ‘The CL Smooth American Me Remixes’ + Download

 

Dallas producer Gensu Dean is on his way to getting some well deserved shine. Having already received love from DJ Spinna, DJ Premier, and DMC (of Run DMC), the quiet giant has already worked on music for David Banner, Lord Jamar, Sadat X, CL Smooth, and Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

Below, we have a special treat for you. A while back, Gensu was commissioned to work on a remix project for CL Smooth that was never released. This week the project called The CL Smooth American Me Remixes was released as a free download. The music knocks and glides, slinks and grooves, and creates a beautiful soundscape easy on the ears.

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