Raphael Saadiq takes a page from the funky, authentic Motown inspired sound of Cee Lo Green’s “Fuck You” and comes for his wig with the equally impressive and possibly even more authentic “Radio.” The doo wop-inspired single comes complete with some James Brown-esque wails and a classic bass line, truly taking you back to 1960’s soul music when the likes of Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, and Marvin Gaye were the new hot artists. This song might actually be too authentic to resonate with younger audiences which ultimately be its downfall, if Saadiq is looking for wide mainstream success.
Regardless of how it may perform, “Radio” becomes the first truly remarkable new song of 2011 so far and I am officially interested in hearing more music to come from the upcoming album by the former Tony! Toni! Toné! member.
“Radio” Raphael Saadiq