Elton reminds me of someone who plays in a black Baptist church as he really knows what a big song is.
His work ethic is [that of] an athlete, he goes and hugs all of us musicians in the studio then walks to the piano and bangs a song out.” Yet despite having worked extensively with everybody from Jay-Z to Ron Isley and Stevie Wonder, it is Amy Winehouse who impressed Saadiq the most.
Impossible to argue with the claim of saadiq being the most underrated artist of his generation. A criminally under-rated artist and producer only now being appreciated by the masses. I'm so glad to see him get the recognition he deserved. Let's not forget he produced one of Joss Stone's biggest albums to date too! It shines through in his work and in the way he carries himself.
True to form, he replies: “I’ve been fortunate to work with both a Mick Jagger and a Kendrick Lamar, I’ve seen all sides.
In terms of legacies, I just want people to look at the way I put music together and say he was a bad, bad man.
Tonally, he can switch from upbeat and joyous to pure melancholy with ease and his ageless voice, is the very definition of what Phife Dawg would call ‘smooth like butter’.
Yet it’s the psychedelic edge to his reverb-heavy guitar and drums - clearly inspired by friend J Dilla, whose picture proudly hangs in the heart of Saadiq’s North Hollywood studio – that ensures his sound gravitates just as much towards the 21st century.
Last year, Solange’s political pop masterpiece validated Saadiq’s ear for a beat.
The Grammy he recently picked up for being the primary producer on the album (which he describes as a “testament to the power of healing”) would have been swiftly exchanged for PR by most.He was the chess master.” He pauses: “But if they say nothing, I’m happy with that too.” Raphael Saadiq's new album will be out before Summer If you love our features, news and reviews, please support what we do with a one-off or regular donation. -- soul girl in NYC Reply to this Admin I've been waiting for the Stone Rolling follow-up for what seems like forever!Year-on-year, our corporate advertising is down by around 90% - a figure that threatens to sink The Quietus. Lovely to hear that a new album is dropping in May.“The way she played guitar and the lyrics she wrote and sang at the same time is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.She was a true genius.” I tell Saadiq that all the name-dropping sounds like a ploy to take the attention away from himself.” Rather than ‘fix the Grammys’ as the likes of Kanye West have suggested, Saadiq says we should just let them die: “There’s no point sitting down and talking about it. Music would be much better if people didn’t make it for an award.” When I ask him about his legacy, he prefers to deflect the attention onto other musicians he has worked with.