neo & retro-soul
The classic Motown esthetics, modern production style and falsetto singing that reminds one of Smokey Robinson and Curtis Mayfield come together in the retro soul of this multi-talented newcomer from Detroit, who now resides in Los Angeles.
Andrew Mayer Cohen – the latter part of his artist name stems from his home street – grew up in Ann Arbor, near Detroit, and is very proud of his old home town’s rich black music tradition, even though he is a white boy. It certainly manifests strongly in his music, especially in his magnificent motown-style melodies and his heart-rending falsetto singing that have already won over the British DJ Gilles Peterson, among other people. The singing multi-instrumentalist/producer has done his (so far) only album, A Strange Arrangement, mostly by himself, but on stage he has his band, The County, helping out.
On top of the singers mentioned above, Mayer regards as his greatest inspirations the legendary songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland and soul men Isaac Hayes, Leroy Hutson and Barry White. Though his first single, Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out, came out only in 2008 and the album last year, his songs have already been featured in TV programs, like Ugly Betty, and Kanye West’s and Spike Jonze’s short film We Were Once A Fairytale. Mayer also does hip-hop under the name Haircut.