XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Something Keeps Calling” by Raphael Saadiq featuring Rob Bacon

Raphael Saadiq | Photo by Aaron Rapoport

It’s been eight years since R&B singer Raphael Saadiq released his last studio album, Stone Rollin’. On August 23rd the singer, songwriter, and producer returns with a new record, Jimmy Lee.

Saadiq, who recently played The Roots Picnic in Philadelphia, self-produced his new album, featuring contributions from Brook D’Leau, Kendrick Lamar, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest). The album, inspired in part by his brother’s addiction, explores universal themes of craving that which feels good but is also destructive.

Raphael Saadiq came up in the 80s and 90s with the multi-platinum R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné! before embarking on a solo career. He also has been active as a producer, co-writing career-defining hits for D’Angelo, and Solange, and working with Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder.

“Something Keep Calling” is a soulful, swaying jam of a new song by Saadiq with stuttering grooves and a massive guitar solo and playing throughout by Rob Bacon, reminiscent of the guitar playing of Ernie Isley (Isley Brothers) & Eddie Hazel (Funkadelic). The expressive guitar solo anchors the pleading lyrics and story of the song. Listen to it below.

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