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 (10 years ago) Permalink

Have you seen this man?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 19 February 2005 23:23 (10 years ago) Permalink

Him and Rockwell are smoking blunts with D'Angelo

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Monday, 21 February 2005 01:33 (10 years ago) Permalink

Roachford's mixing drinks.

why must we cut onions? (Lynskey), Monday, 21 February 2005 01:36 (10 years ago) Permalink

ChesnuTT's knocking to get in.

jergins (jergins), Monday, 21 February 2005 01:56 (10 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 (10 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 (10 years ago) Permalink

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

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 21 February 2005 17:04 (10 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 (9 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 (9 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 (9 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 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...


The Brainwasher, Thursday, 26 June 2008 04:56 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

This ;)

Geir Hongro, Thursday, 8 January 2009 04:10 (6 years ago) Permalink

Geir you're a sick fuck

some dude, Thursday, 8 January 2009 04:37 (6 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.


bad habits


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 (5 years ago) Permalink

cant wait. tho i dont expect all 3 albums.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 08:52 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

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

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 18:56 (5 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 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink


There's kind of a resemblance there, no?

litcofsky, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 19:30 (5 years ago) Permalink

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

litcofsky, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 19:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

cumlord jamar (The Reverend), Friday, 8 May 2009 02:41 (5 years ago) Permalink

this is superdope

cumlord jamar (The Reverend), Friday, 8 May 2009 02:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

In a word, yeah.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 8 May 2009 02:46 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

this is great

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Friday, 8 May 2009 21:42 (5 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 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

you mean the gay rumors?

sex and gambling (The Brainwasher), Saturday, 9 May 2009 02:22 (5 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 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

hey, it's got gamelan in it!

messiahwannabe, Wednesday, 13 May 2009 09:57 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

wow is that short

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Tuesday, 26 May 2009 04:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

37 minsish? Trad LP length....

Mark G, Tuesday, 26 May 2009 08:21 (5 years ago) Permalink

I am completely in love with this song.

Matos W.K., Tuesday, 26 May 2009 10:25 (5 years ago) Permalink


autogucci cru (deej), Tuesday, 26 May 2009 10:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

Like, single of the year.

Matos W.K., Tuesday, 26 May 2009 10:29 (5 years ago) Permalink

^^ possibly yeah

some dude, Tuesday, 26 May 2009 13:12 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

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


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

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

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

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

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

Brown Sugar is way more ::canon::

lady steendriver (The Reverend), Friday, 12 July 2013 17:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

a lot of people are actively bored by embrya iirc. i'd take issue with my own position actually if it were a few years ago

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Friday, 12 July 2013 17:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

I generally Maxwell >> D'Angelo but they're doing different things so I dunno

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 12 July 2013 17:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

i feel like they were easier to compare in say '96 when there was only brown sugar and urban hang suite. both embrya and voodoo are so elsewhere.

and of course now and blacksummers'night are extremely distinct from both each other and his starting point

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Friday, 12 July 2013 17:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

yeah otm

caek da killa (Spottie_Ottie_Dope), Friday, 12 July 2013 17:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

agreed, i don't think of MWell and Dlo as similar artists at all, any more so than Ke$ha and TSwift are

how bad could it be to be stuck to the couch, forever... (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 13 July 2013 01:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

i think theyre more similar than that

just sayin, Saturday, 13 July 2013 01:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

it made sense to compare them at a time when they were merely 'male R&B singers who were more like each other than either was like R. Kelly,' but that's long since been a useless and reductive way to think about either.

Picasso Birdman (some dude), Saturday, 13 July 2013 02:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 month passes...


his life is pretty much like i imagined it

though with more bathrooms

szarkasm (schlump), Tuesday, 27 August 2013 01:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite Accessories and Indoor Plumbing

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 27 August 2013 02:05 (1 year ago) Permalink

18 hours ago
oh yeah.. this, right.. well get ready!

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 27 August 2013 02:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

maxwell not dressing his age is sadface

r|t|c, Tuesday, 27 August 2013 09:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

i heard "pretty wings" (2009's best single??) on the radio two days ago and wondered abt this project

dyl, Tuesday, 27 August 2013 13:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

My most anticipated album of the year. Can. Not. Wait.

Evan R, Tuesday, 27 August 2013 14:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

Also that instagram account is very uncomfortable to me. Feels like a window into his private life we shouldn't be seeing. Doubly weird since my understanding was Maxwell was a quiet guy who enjoyed his privacy.

Evan R, Tuesday, 27 August 2013 14:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

really anticipating too. that image seems to suggest it's called... "gods summers"? what?

lex pretend, Tuesday, 27 August 2013 14:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

Summers' is the title of the album (ugh i know) and "Gods" is the single he released a snippet of at the top of the year

some dude, Tuesday, 27 August 2013 14:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

...what is that stray possessive apostrophe doing, it's going to do my head in

also might it not have been a good idea to release this album in the summer perhaps

lex pretend, Tuesday, 27 August 2013 14:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

Even by the standards of three-part albums that may never be completed, the nomenclature of this project is truly atrocious. But I can get behind simply calling this album Summers. It'd be sillier if he expected it be called blackSUMMERS'night, which would mean it's pronounced exactly the same way as his previous album (as well as his next album). I wonder, though, if this means we're supposed to retroactively call the last album just Black? It's not even fun to think about.

Evan R, Tuesday, 27 August 2013 15:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

It'd be sillier if he expected it be called blackSUMMERS'night

lol this was the plan

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 27 August 2013 15:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

Kanye was a real trendsetter with putting out summer-themed projects as late in the year as possible

some dude, Tuesday, 27 August 2013 15:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

Based on his Twitter/Instagram, he likes Sam Smith and "Latch" a lot so I'm expecting/hoping (the latter is probably more the case) the rest of his new songs and his direction to be a lot of Disclosure, etc.-sounding shit, and I'm fine with that.

Murgatroid, Tuesday, 27 August 2013 15:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

i was up for that pre-instagram when i still thought he was listening to them wearing a white linen suit, now i just dunno tbh

r|t|c, Tuesday, 27 August 2013 15:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

btw, he actually performed a full version of "Gods" last month

I'm deliberately avoiding listening to this because I want to hear the finished studio version first

Evan R, Tuesday, 27 August 2013 15:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

Kanye was a real trendsetter with putting out summer-themed projects as late in the year as possible

Nah, Sly Stone put out "Hot Fun In The Summertime" after their Woodstock performance, which was the third week in August.

誤訳侮辱, Tuesday, 27 August 2013 21:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

9 months pass...

Just had a great interview with Maxwell about his creative process and how important time and patience is to that process. Album is done and he thinks it's coming out this year for sure (we'll see), but he says for now he's just enjoying sitting on it, keeping it his, savoring it before anybody else gets to judge it. Just a thoughtful, thoughtful dude. Also more honest than most artists about caring what critics think. He wants to top himself, wants to blow people away with this record, and is quite confident he will since he took the time to do it right.

Evan R, Wednesday, 28 May 2014 23:21 (9 months ago) Permalink

Cool. :)

The Reverend, Saturday, 31 May 2014 00:52 (9 months ago) Permalink

that's exciting

dyl, Saturday, 31 May 2014 03:04 (9 months ago) Permalink

that's so cool. is he as funny irl as he seems?

ςὖτ ιτ Οὖτ (some dude), Saturday, 31 May 2014 03:26 (9 months ago) Permalink

Hahaha; I think I'm more discerning about what's funny than Drake is, but he's smart and sweet and he speaks in good, passionate quotes, which is all you can ask from somebody when you are interviewing them. Really hard not to admire the guy's conviction, and the way he understands he has this unique capital wrt his label and his fan base, and how he takes advantage of it.

Evan R, Saturday, 31 May 2014 03:49 (9 months ago) Permalink

not to usurp evan here but i talked to big homie http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/maxwell-returns-to-the-road-to-prep-cyborg-y-new-album-20140530

some bits about his album in there

he was incredibly nice and generous... he started the interview by going on about how honored he was to be talking to someone from rolling stone

tbh i think he was high

le goon (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 3 June 2014 02:30 (9 months ago) Permalink

he has such a passion for new music, it's pretty dope... i had to cut a bunch of the interview where he just talked at length about new shit he likes

he's a big frank ocean stan :-B

le goon (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 3 June 2014 02:32 (9 months ago) Permalink

Cool. I am glad that he's doing a secondary market tour. I look forward to hearing some new material at the show.

Sufjenga Cat Giffin (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 3 June 2014 02:51 (9 months ago) Permalink

Nice interview

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 June 2014 14:15 (9 months ago) Permalink

lol @ hype machine

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 3 June 2014 14:19 (9 months ago) Permalink

Haha. I was waiting for someone to mention that.

Sufjenga Cat Giffin (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 3 June 2014 14:20 (9 months ago) Permalink

that part is adorable.

festival culture (Jordan), Tuesday, 3 June 2014 14:23 (9 months ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Anybody else caught the tour yet? I saw the opening show last weekend, and it was glorious. No new material, which makes me question progress on the album, but all the old stuff sounded great, and his band was sensational

Evan R, Monday, 23 June 2014 19:08 (8 months ago) Permalink

any word on the release yet?

Look at this joke I've recognised, do you recognise it as well? (forksclovetofu), Monday, 23 June 2014 20:13 (8 months ago) Permalink

i like when artists preview unreleased material live, but when really big artists don't i get it. it was kinda badass that Beyonce didn't perform anything from the last album all last year when she was touring before it dropped.

some dude, Monday, 23 June 2014 20:33 (8 months ago) Permalink

Yeah, and generally crowds don't like to hear too much new material beyond one or two "special" new songs. But I thought the point of this tour was to drum up excitement for the upcoming album, and I left feeling like the new LP was actually further away than when I arrived

Evan R, Monday, 23 June 2014 21:22 (8 months ago) Permalink

le goon (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 25 June 2014 13:57 (8 months ago) Permalink

5 months pass...


Simon H., Friday, 19 December 2014 05:19 (2 months ago) Permalink

was hoping d'angelo would cause a chain reaction

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Friday, 19 December 2014 05:29 (2 months ago) Permalink

An advent calendar of the new Outkast, the new Maxwell, Detox...

a stupid red mute juggalo (forksclovetofu), Friday, 19 December 2014 05:30 (2 months ago) Permalink

winter 2015? not exactly around the corner...

StillAdvance, Friday, 19 December 2014 10:44 (2 months ago) Permalink

BlackWintersNight etc

StillAdvance, Friday, 19 December 2014 10:45 (2 months ago) Permalink

the first 3 months of the year are winter

christmas with the canks (some dude), Friday, 19 December 2014 10:46 (2 months ago) Permalink

he's leaving it ambiguous

I dunno. (amateurist), Friday, 19 December 2014 19:21 (2 months ago) Permalink

The first day of winter is two days from now, but that's probably wishful thinking for an album drop.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 19 December 2014 19:25 (2 months ago) Permalink

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