got in R&B/soul fans' good graces a couple of years ago with "Just Ain't Gonna Work Out," a throwback slice of heartbreak off his debut,A Strange Arrangement
. His cover of Otis Leavill's "I Need You" also
. On the occasion of announcing a new tour with his band the County sponsored by a major Japanese car retailer, Hawthorne is back with a fresh single that is futuristic by his standards -- maybe 1989 instead of 1969. "No Strings" does well by his falsetto, and the Classixx-produced track has a late-night, Pharrell-is-in-the-building feel.
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The aforementioned tour is hitting Fort Lauderdale's Culture Room on October 3, and tickets are $16. Get 'em here. Stream "No Strings" and cop a download after the jump.