Cool retro-soul records -- namely from fair-haired dudes in what SPIN's Charles Aaron dubbed the "White Soulboy Invasion"earlier this year -- litter the record release calendars of late 2009 and early 2010.
But while these newcomers deserve some praise, let's not sleep on one man who's been refreshing classic R&B for a long, long time: Raphael Saadiq.
In his brand new video for "Staying in Love," off The Way I See It (one of last year's pleasant surprises), Saadiq pairs cleverly wrought graphics -- think iPod ad meets Frank Miller's semi-animated film Sin City -- with the song's timeless, Motown/Funk Brothers-style guitar hook. Watch below -- it's a totally addictive track!
WATCH: Raphael Saadiq, "Staying in Love"
Saadiq -- whose set at this summer's Bonnaroo festival definitely caught our attention -- kicks off a nine-date tour with Janelle Monae and Anjulie on Nov. 16 in Seattle. Here's the full itinerary:
11/16, Seattle (Showbox SoDo)
11/18, Oakland (Fox Theatre)
11/20, Los Angeles (Henry Fonda Theatre)
11/24, Dallas (House of Blues)
11/25, Houston (House of Blues)
12/4, New York (Venue TBC)
12/6, Baltimore (Ramshead Live)
12/7, Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
12/9, Boston (House of Blues)