Seven years ago, neo-soul pioneer Maxwell graced the music world with BLACKsummers’night, his long-awaited fourth studio album and follow-up to 2001’s Now. A uniquely brief set of contemporary soul, accented with its signature quiet storm sensibility, the album was a rousing success, garnering his second number-one on the Billboard 200 album chart, wide critical acclaim, and two Grammy Awards. He even managed to score another musical surprise with a his notable appearance on Alicia Keys’ sensuous 2012 R&B hit “The Fire We Make.”
However, ever since, fans have been wondering when the soul maverick would deliver the next endeavor within the promised trilogy that opened with BLACKsummers’night. After various delays and a life-altering hiatus, he is bringing in this summer with the eagerly-anticipated blackSUMMERS’night due on July 1st.
In keeping fans on their toes for just one more month, he has unveiled “1990x,” the second single lifted from the upcoming album following “Lake by the Ocean” back in April.
He alluringly croons, “Lay here closely / beside me / Feel my heart / as it’s pounded / I can climax with reason / Cause we’re grown and we own it.” And boy, he certainly owns this soulful ballad from its opening drum-and-synth build-up to its conclusive subdued fade. Dripping with immense sensuality and atmospheric invocation, Maxwell taps into his distinctive bag of tricks to evoke the longing of love. The track largely recalls the electronic sensations that defined his sophomore 1998 set Embrya, while melding his airily lush, honey-brown voice, inviting you to explore and commit to every desire and passion.
We may not know precisely what pleasures Maxwell has in store for his upcoming album just yet, but with the unleashing of this caressing ballad, we’re ready for whatever he delivers.
Stream “1990x” below and immerse yourself in Maxwell’s carnal bliss.