When those guitar chords hit on opening, does anyone else hear Sixpence None The Richer’s “Kiss Me”? Oh, that song gives me goosebumps. Here is yet another collaboration, this time in the form of a vocal appearance by Yukimi Nagano on Raphael Saadiq’s new record, Stone Rollin’, in the shape of track eight, “Just Don’t”.
Yukimi’s drifts in at the halfway point like a ghostly whisper, “I tell you all my secrets / Everythin’ I dreamed of / It’ll be a long list… / I’ll always be your lover / For me there is no other…”, accompanied by a line of keyboard synth that breathes like a stylised saxophone, produced to a clarity not found in much else but Janelle Monáe’s The ArchAndroid. It’s that kind of sound. That kind of impression.
As a Little Dragon fan you may well know that during the early days of Little Dragon Ms. Nagano aimed for a voice and a musical aesthetic closer to the R&B she adored (aren’t we glad the unique sound of Little Dragon was discovered instead?). Well, here we have a realisation of such a role, and further proof – as if our ears needed it – that her voice transcends genres and not only that, but is entirely timeless, too.
As a nod to Raphael, I provide you with an audio-only presentation of the song sung live (without the aid of Yukimi, unfortunately), and it’s a sensational offering. The record is called Stone Rollin’ and if you’ve got some money to spare on a musical investment for this week, let it be that.
Thanks to Julia, too, for brining this song back to the fore of my mind. You’re too kind for your efforts. Hope you all enjoy it. Note: To the band: If you’d like to collaborate with Julian Casablancas or the Strokes as a whole, then you will have completed my life and I can bow out as a satisfied man. Thank you in advance.