Soul Singer Mayer Hawthorne Goes Deep House on Detroit Swindle’s Debut Album

Detroit Swindle

Rising Dutch house duo Detroit Swindle have collaborated with American soul man Mayer Hawthorne on a song appearing on their upcoming debut album, Boxed Out, due out March 24 on Dirt Crew Recordings. On the deep-house jam, entitled “64 Ways,” Hawthorne lends his distinct vocal style to a smooth track founded on shuffled drums and delicate Rhodes chords. The seeds of the collaboration were planted when Hawthorne, who is said to be a big fan of the pair’s work (he namechecked the guys out in an interview with Noisy last July), asked the twosome to remix one of his tracks in exchange for cutting an original song on their album. Not a bad deal, right?

Boxed Out also features UK soul singer Alice Russell (who appears via sample on “Thoughts of She” culled from Quantic Soul Orchestra’s “Pushing On”) and “Center of Gravity” featuring  Berlin-based, Ghanese-Canadian soul singer Sandra Amarie. There’s also a plentiful amount of downtempo tracks as deep as the Atlantic Ocean and cuts informed by everything from disco to hip-hop.

On January 27 Detroit Swindle will release their Huh, What! EP on Dirt (listen to a mini mix below) and they have plans to tour the U.S., Australia, Asia and South Africa this year. 2014 is indeed looking to be a breakthrough year for this Amsterdam-based duo.

Darren Ressler

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