Get out the time machine, Raphael Saadiq is back with his new rock-infused LP, Stone Rollin’. As you’ll see, he’s remained faithful to the retro soulful roots that caught our attention in his 2008 hit album, The Way I See It. The old-school inspirations have always been there for this music veteran who started as member and founder of Tony! Toni! Toné about 20 years ago. He started from a more R&B-inspired style with delicious Stevie Wonder-esque tracks like “Still Ray” on his first album as Raphael Saadiq in 2002. And now, a well-rounded artist to a T, Raphael has created a vintage gem with his single, “Good Man.”
If this song isn’t put to video within the next year, I’d be utterly shocked. It’s a tribute to classic rock and Sam Cooke rolled into one. Although a member of last year’s relatively underrated “best artists” list, no one’s ever complained about the man’s ability to impress. A genuine ability to bring you back in time. He’s a good producer, singer, visionary, guru of modern R&B funk, and all-around good music man.