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Mayer started as a hip hop producer and eventually moved to West L.A. Once here, he set aside his hip hop career and began singing blue-eyed soul songs just for fun.
This week in new music: Mayer Hawthorne's new album "How Do You Do" distills his blue eyed soul, making it more pure and more clean-cut. Noah and the Megafauna is the new project from Noah Lit, the ex-frontman from L.A. indie rock outfit Oliver Future. With the ten member troupe of the Megafauna backing him up, Noah steps into the smoky realm of Eastern European jazz and American blues for "Anthems for a Stateless Nation." M83 is the project of French producer Anthony Gonzalez. At first listen, M83's sweeping synths may of recall the sounds of 1983, but there's something contemporary in the group's ambitious "Hurry Up, We're Dreaming."