Whatever happened to... Maxwell?

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It's been nearly 4 years since Now and internet searches for any information more recent than that are turning up zilch. Anyone know?

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Saturday, 19 February 2005 23:18 (11 years ago) Permalink

Have you seen this man?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 19 February 2005 23:23 (11 years ago) Permalink

Him and Rockwell are smoking blunts with D'Angelo

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Monday, 21 February 2005 01:33 (11 years ago) Permalink

Roachford's mixing drinks.

why must we cut onions? (Lynskey), Monday, 21 February 2005 01:36 (11 years ago) Permalink

ChesnuTT's knocking to get in.

jergins (jergins), Monday, 21 February 2005 01:56 (11 years ago) Permalink

Kate Bush finally got hold of him for what he did to "This Woman's Work" and rightly slit his throat.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 21 February 2005 16:40 (11 years ago) Permalink

Huh? I thought he served "This Woman's Work" quite well. If you want to be angry at someone for ruining a Kate Bush song, may I point you in the direction of The Futureheads?

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Monday, 21 February 2005 16:46 (11 years ago) Permalink

A friend finally burned me his Unplugged disc. The NIN cover is great!

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 21 February 2005 17:04 (11 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...
Apparently, he has a new record finished, but the record company finds it to be way too vulgar, and refuses to release it.

The Brainwasher (Twilight), Wednesday, 15 June 2005 16:57 (11 years ago) Permalink

Michael Musto said the same thing last week. Please let this leak.

Joseph McCombs (Joseph McCombs), Thursday, 16 June 2005 04:35 (11 years ago) Permalink

this is Maxwell's Black Album, so obviously someone must photoshop him onto the Lovesexy cover.

Gear! (can Jung shill it, Mu?) (Gear!), Thursday, 16 June 2005 04:39 (11 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...

"Kate Bush finally got hold of him for what he did to "This Woman's Work" and rightly slit his throat."

Sorry, but that's a beautiful version of a great song. He more than did it justice. New album's on the way apparently.

j-rock, Thursday, 13 September 2007 17:41 (8 years ago) Permalink

5 months pass...

this is never coming out eh.

that snippet that he put on his myspace a few months ago was pretty nice/

The Brainwasher, Monday, 25 February 2008 00:00 (8 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

http://youtube.com/watch?v=P1LjrMYeuJI

The Brainwasher, Thursday, 26 June 2008 04:56 (7 years ago) Permalink

6 months pass...

there was a feature on him in vibe the other month. didnt really read it properly but he has a totally new look (non pretty boy) and record co. troubles seem to be the reason he still hasnt put anything out.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Wednesday, 7 January 2009 18:40 (7 years ago) Permalink

This ;)

Geir Hongro, Thursday, 8 January 2009 04:10 (7 years ago) Permalink

Geir you're a sick fuck

some dude, Thursday, 8 January 2009 04:37 (7 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

New album BlackSummer'sNight Pt. 1 (of 3) out July 7th, 2009

Album Preview: Maxwell "Black Summers' Night"

It's been eight years since Maxwell released "Now". For most artists, that's a career suicide to be in a hiatus for almost a decade. For Maxwell, all the time away ever did was increase the buzz for the enigma's comeback album. An appearance at the BET Awards last year only heightened the buzz for a Maxwell return and finally it will happen.

The return of Maxwell. Are you ready?

Now, after an extended break, Maxwell is set to return with not one, but a trilogy of albums. The title of the release is "Black Summers' Night" and will drop in three different installments with "Black" being the first to be released this summer. There is no scheduled release date for the other two installments but BET.com did get word that the songs are recorded and completed for both "Summer" and "Night".

BET.com got a chance to hear the first album of the "Black Summers' Night" and for those concerned that Maxwell may have changed his sound, fear not, Maxwell has not lost a step. Before we go any further, it is imperative to note that there are no Lil Wayne guest appearances, no Kanye West production and no Autotune. It is safe to say that the lush arrangements and vocals that have made many a lady heart melt is still intact.

Many of the songs feature several movements and some stretches of noteworthy instrumentation. Sure, Maxwell is known for his impressive vocal talents, but the production on this outing masterfully brings the album full circle.

Scheduled for an early July release date, "Black" features songs stuffed full of emotion and energy. Brooding love jams, funky basslines and Maxwell begging, pleading, loving and crooning his way through the 9 song release. Although we cannot release song titles as of yet, just know that it is indeed vintage Maxwell.

Maxwell has also decided to keep it short and sweet with 9 offerings that will surely leave the listener yearning for more.

The first single and video will be "Pretty Wings" which will also debut exclusively on 106 & Park next Tuesday, April 28. Maxwell will also be holding a press conference after his 106 appearance to announce further details regarding his upcoming album and a tour that will begin in June.

Maxwell has also been the first artist confirmed to perform at this year's BET Awards.

tracklist:

bad habits

cold

pretty wings

love you

stop the world

fistful of tears

help somebody

playing possum

phoenix rise

and then it comes to me... like an epiphany (The Brainwasher), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 08:48 (7 years ago) Permalink

cant wait. tho i dont expect all 3 albums.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 08:52 (7 years ago) Permalink

Single is on iTunes now:

and then it comes to me... like an epiphany (The Brainwasher), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 13:56 (7 years ago) Permalink

There was a great presentation from Jason King at EMP basically wondering when the dude would stop screwing around with those three albums so hey, a glimmer of light.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 14:01 (7 years ago) Permalink

The funniest part of that presentation was King reading a Maxwell EMO BLOG ENTRY with the "Whenever Wherever Whatever" video playing in the background.

I've never really been a huge Maxwell fan, but I'm totally stoked for this.

The-Reverend (rev), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 18:53 (7 years ago) Permalink

Hahaha, yes on the blog thing. A perfect combination.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 18:56 (7 years ago) Permalink

I also liked Jason saying "I see him jogging around my neighborhood, he hasn't disappeared!"

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 18:56 (7 years ago) Permalink

I see a mention of Rockwell upthread and can't help but wonder if there is anyone or anything that has mentioned what he is up to. The obvious paranoia in some of his stuff suggests he might make for a good interview.

litcofsky, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 19:18 (7 years ago) Permalink

http://twitter.com/wgordy

There's kind of a resemblance there, no?

litcofsky, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 19:30 (7 years ago) Permalink

Or nevermind, I am a moron. Not the same person.

litcofsky, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 19:36 (7 years ago) Permalink










cumlord jamar (The Reverend), Friday, 8 May 2009 02:41 (7 years ago) Permalink

this is superdope

cumlord jamar (The Reverend), Friday, 8 May 2009 02:45 (7 years ago) Permalink

In a word, yeah.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 8 May 2009 02:46 (7 years ago) Permalink

i saw him live back in October 01, that shit was off the hook. been looking forward to another record by him since about then. now we just need d'angelo to release another album and i will be happy for another 10 years or so.....

pipecock, Friday, 8 May 2009 03:07 (7 years ago) Permalink

this is great

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Friday, 8 May 2009 21:42 (7 years ago) Permalink

Heard Donnie Simpson interview him recently. He mostly came across real normal and down-to-earth. Of course, Donnie did not really follow-up on Maxwell's non-detailed answer to what he's been doing all this time. He noted that a relationship he was in did not work out, and that he's been traveling alot. They were both busy complimenting one another.

curmudgeon, Friday, 8 May 2009 22:58 (7 years ago) Permalink

cant wait to hear this but im surprised no one had mentioned the rumors around why they were having trouble marketing dude

btw urban hang suite is easy top ten of the 90s record to me

autogucci cru (deej), Saturday, 9 May 2009 02:16 (7 years ago) Permalink

you mean the gay rumors?

sex and gambling (The Brainwasher), Saturday, 9 May 2009 02:22 (7 years ago) Permalink

Heads up:

Soul Master Maxwell

Appears on KCRW TOMORROW, May 13 for a Rare Interview

KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad will host the long awaited return of the soul icon at 9pm PST.

KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad will host the long-awaited return of soul icon Maxwell live this Wednesday, May 13 at 9pm PST. Expect classic Maxwell tunes along with an interview and some tracks from his forthcoming album "BLACKsummer's Night." This is Maxwell’s first appearance on the Santa Monica-based public radio station. The session will air live on KCRW 89.9 FM and on KCRW.com.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 12 May 2009 17:20 (7 years ago) Permalink

i like pretty wings but something about the melody is every so slightly throwaway by his usual standards. plus the chorus makes me think of old sanitary pad tv adverts.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Tuesday, 12 May 2009 22:58 (7 years ago) Permalink

hey, it's got gamelan in it!

messiahwannabe, Wednesday, 13 May 2009 09:57 (7 years ago) Permalink

1. Bad Habits 5:52
2. Cold 4:01
3. Pretty Wings 5:09
4. Help Somebody 4:01
5. Stop The World 3:55
6. Love You 3:35
7. Fistful Of Tears 3:40
8. Playing Possum 4:22
9. Phoenix Rise 2:41

i'm educated in sex, yes (The Brainwasher), Tuesday, 26 May 2009 03:45 (7 years ago) Permalink

wow is that short

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Tuesday, 26 May 2009 04:55 (7 years ago) Permalink

37 minsish? Trad LP length....

Mark G, Tuesday, 26 May 2009 08:21 (7 years ago) Permalink

I am completely in love with this song.

Matos W.K., Tuesday, 26 May 2009 10:25 (7 years ago) Permalink

otm

autogucci cru (deej), Tuesday, 26 May 2009 10:28 (7 years ago) Permalink

Like, single of the year.

Matos W.K., Tuesday, 26 May 2009 10:29 (7 years ago) Permalink

^^ possibly yeah

some dude, Tuesday, 26 May 2009 13:12 (7 years ago) Permalink

basically the first time i heard it i was just getting home and i had to park and just sit and listen to it until it was over.

some dude, Tuesday, 26 May 2009 13:13 (7 years ago) Permalink



a hater (The Reverend), Friday, 5 June 2009 08:05 (7 years ago) Permalink

Wow.

Matos W.K., Friday, 5 June 2009 08:21 (7 years ago) Permalink

We holdin up unopened bottles, empty glasses, unlit cigars and posin with clothed girls.

StanM, Friday, 5 June 2009 08:42 (7 years ago) Permalink

how many cliches in one picture.
this does indeed look very staged.

mark e, Friday, 5 June 2009 08:44 (7 years ago) Permalink

there's so much detail yet it's so coherently woven into a composed surface that it sort of feels like watching sand shift

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 3 June 2016 13:51 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

also psyched for this record bc i need new records with amazing drumming in my life rn

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 3 June 2016 13:52 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

distracted by the clearly-not-Chris-Dave old dude on drums in the video, so here's some Chris Dave: https://www.instagram.com/p/BFiUAcbPiGf/

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Friday, 3 June 2016 19:11 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

chris dave is so good

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 3 June 2016 19:14 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

i thought i knew what he was doing in that video and it turns out: i didn't

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 3 June 2016 19:14 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

The new song is good; reminiscent of 'Stop the World' from BLACKsummers'night — think I prefer 'Lake by the Ocean' though.

Austin, Sunday, 5 June 2016 16:54 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

trying to determine what the timpani and choral vocals remind me of. rotary connection? they give it such a haunted feeling

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Sunday, 5 June 2016 17:31 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, definitely a semi-spooky Rotary Connection "baroque soul" vibe to this new tune.

Austin, Sunday, 5 June 2016 18:39 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

http://pitchfork.com/features/interview/9901-maxwell-hostage-of-love/

this interview makes me very excited to hear the album

possibly more excited than the album will make me

good album cover though

StillAdvance, Monday, 13 June 2016 14:48 (1 week ago) Permalink

though tbh, the first single sounds very much like post-00 maxwell. hes really become kind of a sade artist. he basically does one thing, does it well, but doesnt really shift much anymore, not in the way he did from UHS to embrya. i think his melodies used to be stronger too, which might just be as a result of not working with stuart matthewman anymore.

StillAdvance, Monday, 13 June 2016 14:58 (1 week ago) Permalink

imo this album is way different texturally from any of his other work. melodically it is recognizably maxwell ofc

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 13 June 2016 15:04 (1 week ago) Permalink

also he totally still works with matthewman

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 13 June 2016 15:05 (1 week ago) Permalink

I prefer post-00 Maxwell so I am excited

Evan R, Monday, 13 June 2016 15:06 (1 week ago) Permalink

matthewmann worked on the new one? he wasnt on the last one.

"melodically it is recognizably maxwell ofc"

i think his melodies changed quite a bit after now. what ive heard of the new one - just whats on YT - sounds very much in line with the last album.

StillAdvance, Monday, 13 June 2016 15:14 (1 week ago) Permalink

I think now and BLACKsummer'snight share a lot more than now does with embrya. his compositions have shifted yeah but I think they're generally more open and uh dimensional? since embrya, not to take away from how awesome and immersive that album is. i think the more useful songwriting relationship to observe re: maxwell is how his songs with hod david have evolved

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 13 June 2016 15:25 (1 week ago) Permalink

I think the Matthewmann stuff has a much looser, jammy feel. The songs have room for extra flourishes, solos, etcetera.

In contrast, the Hod David stuff feels much more (to use a word that may have negative connotations) inflexible. There are still strings and horn charts, but everything has its specific part to play and that's it.

Both sounds have their pros and cons.

Austin, Monday, 13 June 2016 16:34 (1 week ago) Permalink

Am I the only person who much prefers Now to Embrya? I feel like that record doesn't get much respect even though it is incredible

Evan R, Monday, 13 June 2016 16:42 (1 week ago) Permalink

Embrya is his worst.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 June 2016 16:44 (1 week ago) Permalink

never said it was a GOOD move from UHS to embrya

StillAdvance, Monday, 13 June 2016 16:47 (1 week ago) Permalink

Ha, I didn't know other people struggled with Embrya, too. It's always spoken of so reverentially

Evan R, Monday, 13 June 2016 16:49 (1 week ago) Permalink

"Cococure" is the only thing that sticks imo

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 June 2016 16:50 (1 week ago) Permalink

drowndeep is one of his best songs imo

J0rdan S., Monday, 13 June 2016 16:52 (1 week ago) Permalink

it ends up being R&B muzak after the half way mark or so IIRC but cmon, that opening stretch is terrific!

StillAdvance, Monday, 13 June 2016 16:53 (1 week ago) Permalink

reminds me of that bit in prince's movie star - 'environmental records... supposed to make you horny but just makes me wanna go to the bathroom'

StillAdvance, Monday, 13 June 2016 16:53 (1 week ago) Permalink

"know these things" is also amazing

J0rdan S., Monday, 13 June 2016 16:57 (1 week ago) Permalink

embrya is amazing and i'll hear nothing against it

urban hang suite is his "worst" imo

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 13 June 2016 17:03 (1 week ago) Permalink

embrya is sort of like "what if voodoo took place underwater"

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 13 June 2016 17:03 (1 week ago) Permalink

i like embrya but that's an extremely generous interpretation

J0rdan S., Monday, 13 June 2016 17:05 (1 week ago) Permalink

embrya is sort of like "what if voodoo took place underwater"

"..and crabs ate the remains..?

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 June 2016 17:09 (1 week ago) Permalink

lol yeah it's an exaggeration

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 13 June 2016 17:12 (1 week ago) Permalink

We can agree, I hope, that each record improved on the last. Now was the breakthrough; "Fortunate" helped.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 June 2016 17:13 (1 week ago) Permalink

the minimizing of urban hang suite here feels like revisionist history to me

J0rdan S., Monday, 13 June 2016 17:15 (1 week ago) Permalink

"urban hang suite is his "worst" imo"

WTF?!

embrya is more like what might happen if maxwell heard way too many ambient records, read way too many new agey spiritualism books, and never heard voodoo once (which he couldnt have done anyway, its more like he spent more time than anyone should have done with prince's karma sutra album).

StillAdvance, Monday, 13 June 2016 17:16 (1 week ago) Permalink

idk embrya is so much about inhabiting a groove, which i think grounds it and makes it accessible even as it digresses and blurs

it's really important to look at those scare quotes imo when i talk about uhs

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 13 June 2016 17:18 (1 week ago) Permalink

also i think i'm really in the minority re: thinking urban hang suite is his "worst," i'm pretty sure that record is settled in its canon and i can't do much to revise its place in history

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 13 June 2016 17:19 (1 week ago) Permalink

I don't think it's his worst, but the first two records are his least interesting to my ears

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 June 2016 17:20 (1 week ago) Permalink

yeah i think that is what i am really saying

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 13 June 2016 17:34 (1 week ago) Permalink

i could buy the argument that now is his best record but i always understood it as his less interesting & adventurous coming off embrya

J0rdan S., Monday, 13 June 2016 17:43 (1 week ago) Permalink

Embrya was a life changing album for me.

I rank it with Kid A and Kind of Blue.

Austin, Monday, 13 June 2016 17:47 (1 week ago) Permalink

And RE: Now

It is probably his most interesting album, lyrically. It is a pretty brutal breakup album bookended by two "happy" songs.

Austin, Monday, 13 June 2016 17:49 (1 week ago) Permalink

my man

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 13 June 2016 17:50 (1 week ago) Permalink

anyway i think now is both conservative and expansive if that makes sense. "symptom unknown" sitting near "temporary nite" sitting near "get to know ya."

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 13 June 2016 17:52 (1 week ago) Permalink

Now was my favorite until 2009.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 June 2016 18:18 (1 week ago) Permalink

usually when i listen to now i end up listening to this woman's work 50 straight times

J0rdan S., Monday, 13 June 2016 18:23 (1 week ago) Permalink

My order would probably go

Embrya
Now
BLACKsummers'night
Urban Hang Suite

They're all solid 8/10s for me but I'm still waiting for his masterpiece.

Kitchen Person, Monday, 13 June 2016 19:05 (1 week ago) Permalink

Killfiling anyone and everyone with a word to say against Embrya.

Get Me Bodied (Extended Mix), Monday, 13 June 2016 19:32 (1 week ago) Permalink

I actually don't feel that strongly about any of his other albums (although I do about a song or two on each of them) but Embrya is like

Get Me Bodied (Extended Mix), Monday, 13 June 2016 19:34 (1 week ago) Permalink

^^^ this song

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 24 June 2016 16:41 (Yesterday) Permalink

New album's good.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 24 June 2016 16:44 (Yesterday) Permalink


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