“Highly eclectic with songs about romance, seduction, mischief and intensity.”
– DIGITAL JOURNAL
“A troublesome addiction” according to OUT Magazine, Singer-songwriter Raphael, committed to his first musical loves, Britney Spears, Back Street Boys, and *NSYNC created his debut album “The Dark of My Mind” as an open love letter to nostalgic pop music. Working with top 5 Billboard dance record and gold record producer Barb Morrison (Blondie, Lilly Allen, P!nk) the two were able to create a sound that delivers catchy, breathy pop hooks set to sexy, electronic beats that flirt on the edge of trip-hop.
Throughout the album Raphael is the ultimate seducer. Wether he’s conquering men or being conquered by men, the album oozes genuine sex appeal and passion. The songs are a clear indication of his mentality and direction as an artist.
Whether it’s the inebriated sex haze of the first track “Boys Are Trouble” or the dreamy rap/spoken word “Superstar” Raphael brings a certain depth and soul which the Gay Times U.K. compares to artists Lana Del Rey and the Weeknd.
The Dark of My Mind was mixed by Grammy award winners Tony Maserati (Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Britney Spears), Dylan “3D” Dresdow (Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Madonna), and Jeff Rothschild (Lana Del Rey, Miley Cyrus, Enrique Iglesias).
Digital Journal’s favorite tracks include “Manhattan” with its bittersweet, resilient attitude and the Enya-esque “Finest Moment”.