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“Highly eclectic with songs about romance, seduction, mischief and intensity.”
– DIGITAL JOURNAL

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“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.

 

Raphael has the courage on this album not to hide behind a facade of pseudo intellectual artistic irony in order to get attention. He is willing to kiss and tell for the sake of it, and won’t resort to pretending it is something more meaningful than it actually is.

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”.

 

there is a clear sense of catharsis present in Raphael’s voice which he undoubtedly projects back onto us (the listeners), as we are now made a part of his struggle and subsequently, his ultimate liberation. The sexual, but most importantly innocuous themes pervaded in his songs are an essential part of his album, and it is so cleverly stated through its title “The Dark of My Mind.”

RAPHAEL BATTLES FOR LOVE WITH A BOXER IN BOYS ARE TROUBLE VIDEO.”
– GAY TIMES MAGAZINE UK

“Raphael celebrates interracial lust in ‘Superstar’ video.”
– THE ADVOCATE

“Our latest troublesome addiction.”
– OUT MAGAZINE

“From songs which address how boys can be dangerous to the soul, to crushes that leave us speechless.”
– SDGLN.COM

“SEXY, SUBVERSIVE AND PERSUASIVE.”
– GET OUT MAGAZINE

“HYPNOTIZING ELECTRO-POP!”
– EDGE MEDIA NETWORK

“A sexy and soothing compilation of songs placed on a moody trip-hop and electro-pop sound.”
– NEXT MAGAZINE

“Highly eclectic with songs about romance, seduction, mischief and intensity.”
– DIGITAL JOURNAL