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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


Have you seen this man?

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

Him and Rockwell are smoking blunts with D'Angelo

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

Roachford's mixing drinks.

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

ChesnuTT's knocking to get in.

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

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

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

three 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

two 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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

five 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 (ten years ago) Permalink

four months pass...


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

six 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 (ten years ago) Permalink

This ;)

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

Geir you're a sick fuck

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

three 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 (nine years ago) Permalink

cant wait. tho i dont expect all 3 albums.

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

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

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


There's kind of a resemblance there, no?

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

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

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

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

this is superdope

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

In a word, yeah.

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

this is great

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

you mean the gay rumors?

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

hey, it's got gamelan in it!

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

wow is that short

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

37 minsish? Trad LP length....

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

I am completely in love with this song.

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


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

Like, single of the year.

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

^^ possibly yeah

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


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

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

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

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

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

"III" is the only track I dismiss thanks to that keyboard. The album's going in my top ten.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 10 December 2016 13:51 (two years ago) Permalink

but the horns in that one

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Saturday, 10 December 2016 17:23 (two years ago) Permalink

well, the horns in all of them. ecstatic punctuation

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Saturday, 10 December 2016 17:26 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

submerge, dang, I can hardly breath listening to it

what an album

droit au butt (Euler), Thursday, 28 December 2017 17:55 (one year ago) Permalink

five months pass...


maura, Tuesday, 12 June 2018 14:33 (seven months ago) Permalink

lovely stuff

Simon H., Tuesday, 12 June 2018 14:35 (seven months ago) Permalink

Well that's goddamn fantastic and a half.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 12 June 2018 14:38 (seven months ago) Permalink


curmudgeon, Tuesday, 12 June 2018 18:10 (seven months ago) Permalink

Whoa, didn't expect that!

(V) (°,,,,°) (V) (Austin), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:20 (seven months ago) Permalink

Feels a bit Prince-like

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 13 June 2018 15:28 (seven months ago) Permalink

yep that was my first thought. p killer

lowercase (eric), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 15:36 (seven months ago) Permalink

odd how it's presented as almost secondary to the music video or short film or whatever (which is a tidal exclusive i think??) when the video is just 'fine' and the song stands v well on its own

dyl, Thursday, 14 June 2018 02:19 (seven months ago) Permalink


video went on vevo yesterday

maura, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 14:52 (seven months ago) Permalink

That is stunning. What an incredible vocal performance.

kitchen person, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 20:22 (seven months ago) Permalink

Also this


Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 20:33 (seven months ago) Permalink

(A review rather than an interview, but more details about the filmmakers etc.)

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 20:35 (seven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

i'm pretty late getting into Maxwell, but he's great. i don't have much to add beyond that right now!

omar little, Friday, 20 July 2018 15:49 (six months ago) Permalink

the best

InfoWarriors (Spottie), Friday, 20 July 2018 16:38 (six months ago) Permalink

I almost feel like that's cheating since the rest of us have to wait YEARS between scraps.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 20 July 2018 16:43 (six months ago) Permalink

lol otm

InfoWarriors (Spottie), Friday, 20 July 2018 16:51 (six months ago) Permalink

I can empathize my Spotify went offline for a minute earlier and the wait between Now and BLACKsummersnight was excruciating.

omar little, Friday, 20 July 2018 17:14 (six months ago) Permalink


InfoWarriors (Spottie), Friday, 20 July 2018 17:52 (six months ago) Permalink

So long as you avoid his second album and last single you're in for a delight: what a catalog.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 July 2018 17:58 (six months ago) Permalink

avoid Embrya?? whaaaaat

InfoWarriors (Spottie), Friday, 20 July 2018 18:00 (six months ago) Permalink

It's a dense bore, "Cococure" excepted. I get it stuck in my head once a week.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 July 2018 18:03 (six months ago) Permalink

i dont get dense from embrya at all. the songs have a ton of room to breath. Cococure through Know These Things is an incredibly strong stretch of canon maxwell.

InfoWarriors (Spottie), Friday, 20 July 2018 18:14 (six months ago) Permalink

Embrya is pretty much the antithesis of what dense could apply to in pop music.

(V) (°,,,,°) (V) (Austin), Friday, 20 July 2018 18:22 (six months ago) Permalink

Yeah, sorry -- to me his melodic sense isn't as well-developed, leading to clotted arrangements. NOW is when things click into place.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 July 2018 19:06 (six months ago) Permalink

"drowndeep" is one of his best songs imo

k3vin k., Friday, 20 July 2018 21:29 (six months ago) Permalink

Yeah, sorry -- to me his melodic sense isn't as well-developed, leading to clotted arrangements. NOW is when things click into place.

I’d kinda agree but always assume that was the point?

Album is all about ambience. He was going for ethereal breezy and unknowable, the lack of melodic convention and discipline he shows here works in favour of that imo.

Hooks are still there but readily blend into everything else if you’re not looking for them.

tsrobodo, Saturday, 21 July 2018 15:53 (six months ago) Permalink

I hear you. That approach works on UHS imo.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 21 July 2018 16:00 (six months ago) Permalink

UHS was far more balladic and conventional than ambient and arcane though.

Embrya was in some ways a complete departure from what came before which accounts for its poor reception. It was reaching for something "different" but wasn't authoritative enough in its intent to justify its pretences.

In spite of that I still think the music is undeniable.

tsrobodo, Saturday, 21 July 2018 17:16 (six months ago) Permalink

agreed well-said

k3vin k., Saturday, 21 July 2018 17:58 (six months ago) Permalink

Today, Maxwell announces his "50 Intimate Nights Live" tour, a 50-date trek to many of North America's top theatres, including New York's Beacon Theatre, LA's Microsoft Theater, and Chicago's Chicago Theatre. Following on the heels of performances at North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam and Afropunk Paris, the multi-GRAMMY-winning soul singer will debut new material during these intimate shows alongside his many critically acclaimed hits.


A 20th anniversary reissue of Maxwell's 1998 album 'Embrya' will also be released this fall. More details to come.

maura, Monday, 23 July 2018 14:47 (six months ago) Permalink

A 20th anniversary reissue of Maxwell's 1998 album 'Embrya' will also be released this fall. More details to come.

― maura, Monday, July 23, 2018 7:47 AM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

hell yeah

tsrobodo relentlessly otm itt

princess of hell (BradNelson), Monday, 23 July 2018 16:22 (six months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

from my inbox:

Sony Music's Certified Classics, Legacy Recording's division for the celebration of Sony Music's Hip Hop and R&B catalogue, will release Maxwell's Embrya on September 28th. The release will include a 2-LP white vinyl package and a new 12-page booklet featuring unseen photos from the original Embrya photoshoot shot by Mario Sorrenti. The audio has been newly re-mastered by Maxwell and Stuart Matthewman, who has worked with Maxwell for over 20 years and who mixed and co-produced the album in 1998. Additionally, it has been resequenced, moving the original opening track to the end.

Embrya, which was originally released in 1998, reached #2 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #3 on the Billboard 200 and went Certified platinum. It also garnered Maxwell a GRAMMY Award nomination for best R&B album. The album remains an integral chapter in Maxwell's career canon. He switched up from the jazzier leanings of Urban Hang Suite to stronger basslines, lush strings, electronic beats and more pulsating beats and grooves versus melodies--with Hawaiian guitar riffs and Latin accents thrown in for good measure. And whereas the retro-souled Suite's concept revolved around romance, Embrya takes the musical discussion to the next level: the gestation of love and spirituality.

It was also recently announced that Maxwell will perform the National Anthem at the Opening Night Ceremony of 2018 US Open. The performance will take place at Arthur Ashe Stadium prior to the evening session on Monday, August 27th. This announcement follows the news that GRAMMY-Award winning music sensation Kelly Clarkson will headline the Opening Night Ceremony.

Additionally, Maxwell recently announced his upcoming "50 Intimate Nights Live" North American tour which will kick off on September 27th in, Richmond, VA.

also his new press photo is great (linked because it's giant)

maura, Wednesday, 22 August 2018 14:37 (five months ago) Permalink

hooray he announced a date in boston

maura, Wednesday, 22 August 2018 14:38 (five months ago) Permalink

I'm all for a deluxe and reappraised version of Embrya, but I hope that they won't drop the ball and leave all the great related material from the time still in limbo.

outside, you're never alone. (Austin), Wednesday, 22 August 2018 16:16 (five months ago) Permalink

one month passes...


from NIGHT, which is finally coming out... in 2019.

maura, Friday, 5 October 2018 14:20 (three months ago) Permalink


princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 5 October 2018 14:21 (three months ago) Permalink

how does he even write songs like this

princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 5 October 2018 14:24 (three months ago) Permalink

that's much sooner than expected!

ufo, Friday, 5 October 2018 14:30 (three months ago) Permalink

the "You've insisted, you've insisted" part -- holy shit

You like queer? I like queer. Still like queer. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 5 October 2018 14:34 (three months ago) Permalink

Maxwell has filmed a music video for his newest release, “Shame.” Opening with a view of the New York City skyline and models clad in sheer dark scarves, obscuring their faces from view, the video is a vibrant look into black beauty. A low hum sets the stage for this ground-breaking video that dives deep into historical context, popular culture and realities of love; an all star cast led by super model Maria Borgess, featuring Jeneil Williams, Achok Majak, Riley Montana, Sira Kant and Adonis Bosso as regal depictions of humans shedding their shame.

Watch video here: http://smarturl.it/maxwellshame/Youtube

“We wanted to celebrate beauty. Specifically the beauty of Black women. Black women - Black people - don’t see themselves heralded as a standard of beauty nearly enough in the media, especially in entertainment, high fashion and art. It’s getting better, but we still have so far to go," Maxwell explains. "People of color have carried shame about our features, our hair, our bodies, our skin tone. As I said previously, this song is about removing the cloak of shame and opening up to love... including self-love and love of your culture. So we decided to pay homage to another beautiful video, George Michael’s iconic “Freedom” - but make it Black. The end result is gorgeous, powerful and stunning. This video is a love letter to my women of color. Feel no shame in your skin - you are beyond beautiful."

maura, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 15:20 (three months ago) Permalink

Going to see him tonight!

You like queer? I like queer. Still like queer. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 15:23 (three months ago) Permalink

ive been trying to decide whether to go see him on this tour, please report back!

Machine Gunk Jelly (Spottie), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 17:26 (three months ago) Permalink

The DC area gig near me was so expensive. There was also a cheaper Baltimore one, but alas on a night I couldn’t make. Oh well. Maybe will just have to splurge next time

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 18:19 (three months ago) Permalink

aaahhhh i'm so jealous, alfred!

josh az (2011nostalgia), Thursday, 18 October 2018 03:15 (three months ago) Permalink

So the show was terrific. He was in fine voice, casual and masterly in his between-song patter. I'm sorry that apparently Marsha Ambrosius was apparently too sick to play (talking to people in the elevator, I was impressed that many concertgoers were there as much for her, deservedly).

You like queer? I like queer. Still like queer. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 18 October 2018 12:59 (three months ago) Permalink

alright cool im leaning towards going

Machine Gunk Jelly (Spottie), Friday, 19 October 2018 16:37 (three months ago) Permalink

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