In the giant Mayer Hawthorne interview I posted the other day, the hiphop producer-cum-soul singer (and Bumbershoot performer) said he's working on a complete album with Jake One, perhaps Seattle's best craftsman of rap backdrops.

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In the giant Mayer Hawthorne interview I posted the other day, the hiphop producer-cum-soul singer (and Bumbershoot performer) said he’s working on a complete album with Jake One, perhaps Seattle’s best craftsman of rap backdrops.

Again, that’s this maker of ladies’ man jams and weepy ballads, Mayer Hawthorne,

working with the guy who last year made the most crucial Seattle-centric hiphop song and video in the past two decades, “Home.” (Love the “I read Seattle Times” line.)

Reached for comment at the Fresh Espresso/They Live! show the other night, Jake One said he and Mayer Hawthorne are just a few tracks deep into the album right now. It has no name yet, he said, and its feel will be unlike Mayer Hawthorne’s upcoming, Motown-esque “A Strange Arrangement” release and also unlike Jake’s last album, underground/overground chameleon “White Van Music.” He said the still-in-its-infancy album will sound like ’80s West Coast electro.

I said, “Like Dam-Funk?”

He said, “Yeah.”