Raphael Saadiq Stone Rollin

It’s always nice to hear a soul singer who genuinely revels in the job title, and Raphael Saadiq has taken his responsibilities seriously for some 20 years now: first as one third of the nu-soul vocal trio Tony Toni Tone, then as a solo singer. Each manifestation has been hugely successful, confounding expectations to take inherent soulfulness in any direction possible. Stone Rollin’ continues that approach, with a vintage rhythm & blues eclecticism that puts you in mind of early P-Funk’s musical hyperactivity, when artists messed about with whatever black music took their fancy and turned it into their own.

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