Jeremy Aaron Raphael and Anthony

Jeremy Sole, Aaron Byrd, Raphael Saadiq, and Anthony Valadez

On Raphael Saadiq’s last album he channeled the “ghosts of The Temptations,” as he says. On his new one, Stone Rollin’, he keeps that retro style, but takes it MUCH further – as DJ Jeremy Sole says, “it’s his “Electric Ladyland.”

At a listening party at his studio last night, all the DJs gathered there agreed it is an album you will be hearing on the air a LOT in 2011.

More from Jeremy: We stepped into Ray’s world last night, and saw on the horizon the dawn of his tomorrow. It’s bright and well developed – full of emotion and unflinching faith. Raphael’s new record is bold, lush, intentionally epic.”

The soulful pop of The Way I See It introduced Saadiq to a brand new audience and this is the perfect follow up. Every single song has a killer beat and among those of us gathered there, each had a different favorite song – which says a lot.

raphael_saadiq_the_way_i_see_it_cover-thumb-473x473As DJ Chris Douridas says “Saadiq is at the core of what we love at KCRW. He approaches his work like a young and hungry indie rock band, yet he’s got flawless taste, a distinguished pedigree and an insane rolodex.

The resulting work is this edgy, modern hybrid that combines epic melodies, and timeless grooves with an urgent, alarming relevance. that aside, he’s a hell of a guy and a very snappy dresser.”

In fact, Saadiq told me he is changing his look from “The Way I See It” to match his new sound but wouldn’t tell us what’s up next! The man knows how to put on a show so I’m sure it will be eye-catching.

The tracklist is below with a final thought from DJ Anthony Valadez:

“This is Saadiq coming hard with the kicks & snares with sprinkles of some of the most beautiful strings sections in music today. Start to finish, Stone Rollin’ is a musical journey sonically and soulfully unmatched by any other album in music today!  (Yeah I said it).”

Check out more of Anthony’s photos here

KCRW listeners can be sure we’ll be sharing this album as soon as we get our hands on it for airplay. The album will be released in March.

Photos of the board in Raphael's studio by Anthony Valadez

The mixing board in Raphael's studio - Jay Dee (aka J Dilla) and James Brown -- by Anthony Valadez

Stone Rollin’ Track List

Heart Attack

Go To Hell


Over you

Stone Rollin’


Movin’ Down The Line

Just Don’t

Good Man

The Answer

RR and RS

RR and RS

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  • Donna said:

    I love rayray can’t wait for the new music.

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  • Charlita said:

    I loved the vintage temptations infused The Way I see It. I am very excited to hear "he keeps that retro style, but takes it MUCH further" and so looking forward to hearing it…in the meantime this news has made me want to hear a melody of Ray-Ray classics…thanks for continuing to deliver Great, REAL music Ray!~ XOXOX

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  • antvala said:

    Its a great album that takes things into a whole new direction but still keeping it throw back, soulful and fresh.. I think KCRW listeners are going to love this one!


    [...] It’s been a long day however a great one. Thanks to KCRW pal Chris Douridas, a few of us at the station were able to sit in & listen to the new Raphael Saadiq album at his Blakeslee Studio.  Being a studio geek, I could not help myself but to explore the studio.  No need to parlay with the small talk going on in the various rooms, my eyes were too busy exploring the faders, the keyboards, the moog, the turntable, the vinyl and notes posted on a door to indicate possible additions to various music projects. To see the playlist of the full album and a few other perspectives on this amazing album click here [...]

  • @ChocolateBox777 said:

    I liked all his albums. Too bad meeting him wasn't as good as his albums……..

  • E said:


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  • @haroldgoodridge said:

    Can't wait to hear more of Saadiq's timeless creations. I'll be buying Stone Rolln' the day it drops. Word is bond!

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  • @colorfulnailz said:

    what happened????__

  • @ChocolateBox777 said:

    I've decided to let it go & not talk about it anymore

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  • macky-paige said:

    FYI, you can the single "Stone Rollin'" for FREE on iTunes this week! I can't stop listening to it.

  • IncogNefress said:

    Maybe it was weird sexual NRG…I may have had a similar occurance with V Duplaix…hmm!

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