Fender has released a new episode of its Tracks series, featuring a breakdown of the inspiration and music behind the guitar and bass found on Raphael Saadiq’s song Something Keeps Calling.
In the episode, Saadiq explains how he was going for an Isley Brothers-inspired feel to the bass parts, as he’s “all about basses bouncing. He breaks down the bassline on the recently-launched American Professional II Jazz Bass, as well as the flanger- and delay-soaked guitar solo that closes the track on his own Telecaster.
Something Keeps Calling was released in 2019, as part of Saadiq’s fifth solo LP Jimmy Lee. Before his solo career, he rose to fame as part of R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné!. Alongside his own music, he’s a prolific producer and has composed for a number of TV shows, including Lovecraft Country, Insecure and The Red Line.
See the episode of Tracks below.
You can also hear the full track from Saadiq below.
The episode is the third in the Tracks series, with the previous two featuring track breakdowns by Tash Sultana and Nile Rogers.
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