Lucy Pearl/Tony! Toni! Tone! principal Raphael Saadiq is putting the finishing touches on his debut solo album, "Instant Vintage," due to be released in late January/early February 2002 on Universal/P

Lucy Pearl/Tony! Toni! Tone! principal Raphael Saadiq is putting the finishing touches on his debut solo album, "Instant Vintage," due to be released in late January/early February 2002 on Universal/Pookie Records.

Saadiq has spent time in various studios in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and New York, and has elicited guest contributions from the likes of D'Angelo, T-Boz of TLC, the Organized Noize production team (Outkast, Goodie Mob), and singer Angie Stone, whose forthcoming J Records album, "Mahogany Soul," features production work by Saadiq.

"The music will always stay soulful until the day I die, but with this record you can expect a more gritty, dark and light sound, meaning it will have more of an underground vibe," Saadiq says in a statement about the new album, for which he wrote all the songs. "This record is shaping out to be riskier and funkier than anything I've ever done."

Saadiq left Tony! Toni! Tone! in 1998 and formed R&B supergroup Lucy Pearl with Ali Shaheed Muhammad from A Tribe Called Quest and Dawn Robinson from En Vogue. The group's self-titled debut entered The Billboard 200 at No. 26 in June 2000.