First Impressions: The Dial Is Still Set On Retro On Raphael Saddiq's 'Radio'

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


It would be like Raphael Saddiq to release in the throws of winter a track that feels like you're doing the mashed potato on sandy beaches with your friends Bunny and Biff as they giggle gleefully in the background. You laugh, but you can just feel the sand between your toes and the the summer heat on your back when you get a whiff of "Radio", Saddiq's first single from his upcoming album, Stone Rollin' (out this March). Taking malt shop cues from the likes of Jackie Wilson and The Beach Boys, "Radio" is a go-go in it's 50's and early 60's throwback sound. In fact, this is even more thrown into the vat of nostalgia than his last (and great) effort, 2008's The Way I See It. It has been rumored that Stone Rollin' is to be Saddiq's Electric Ladyland...at the premature moment, I'm not really hearing that. Nonetheless, the track is delicious and Saddiq could sing about plastic forks, and I'd always be pleased with the outcome. 

Raphael Saddiq - Radio

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