Another case of the remix being better than the original song. Or so I say.
Andrew Mayer Cohen, better known by his stage name of Mayer Hawthorne, has had quite an interesting career. Although he cites the likes of J Dilla and Santigold among his influences, his music hearkens back to earlier musicians like Curtis Mayfield, Barry White, Smokey Robinson, and the songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland. Through his own music, his side project Tuxedo with Jake One and his other work, Hawthorne’s music is mostly old school grooves served up in new ways.
One of the many songs that fall into this style is “Her Favorite Song.” Reportedly the song features British songstress Jessie Ware on the chorus, though I can’t confirm that detail. It’s a song about a girl who gets rejected by guys twice on scheduled dates, but finds her song when she gets home and it makes everything fine. The original version of the song features something akin to a “space bass” bassline that Bootsy Collins would have been proud of during his P-Funk, Rubber Band days. Throw in a slow, shuffle type tempo, a heavy drumbeat and some keys and guitar, and there you have it. It also has a cute video with dogs.
I like the original, but it’s the remix that wins the day for me. The Oliver Remix of the song seems to pick up the tempo just a bit and adds a tighter synth bassline. It adds more synthesizers and what sounds like handclaps added to the beat as well. I think that this grooves a bit better than the original too. Where the original sounds 70s-inspired, this one has 80s written all over it.
Take a listen and see which one you like best. And as always, thanks for reading and listening.