gets his pimp strut on as Ray Ray – his nom de plume for this stellar set of sophisticated, yet trippy soul! Raphael
ditched the major label for this second official solo album, and he's better off without it – if ever an artist needed the freedom to chase his own ideas, without the interference of corporate overhead, Raphael
is the one – even if he is a proven hitmaker. He comes out swinging – not in the confrontational sense, but in the tight, funky soul arrangements. The groove is a bit tighter than on the more sprawling Instant Vintage album – with much more of an overall party vibe. Earth, Wind and Fire are an obvious influence here, in the way the sound is clean, sophisticated and funky-as-hell at the same time. Raphael
committed the majority of the sounds here to the mix his damn self, with some additional work on keys, drums and programming – but his one man army approach to the studio is as impressive as ever. Tracks include "Ray Ray Theme", "I Know Shuggie Otis", "This One", "Chick Like You", "Spanish", "Detroit Girl", "Rifle Love" featuring a reunited Tony Toni Tone, "I Want You", "Grown Folks", "Save Us" and more.