Maxwell: Now?

Neo soul, as a genre, hasn't achieved much mainstream success (for better or for worse), instead suffering at the bling-encrusted hands of mainstream hip-hop (which really is just vulgar blaxploitation).
There's two artists that have a certain gravitas when it comes to neo soul: Maxwell and D'Angelo. When I say contemporary, it's stretching the definition a little - Maxwell's last album, Now, was released in 2001, whilst D'Angelo last gave us a lil sumthin' sumthin' in 2000 (the truly exquisite Voodoo).
D'Angelo's troubles have been widely publicised (eagerly, given his fall from grace as the chiselled demi-god seen in the video for Untitled (How Does It Feel) to the bloated everyman peering at the camera in police mug shots) and there's been various rumours about the reasons behind Maxwell's lack of productivity.
Whatever the reason for the delay between Now and the long-mooted Black Summers' Nite, the wait should be worth it. Maxwell's magic is unparalleled, a fact readily apparent on the snippet released this weekend on his official myspace page. Go there now to hear it.
In a recent myspace bulletin Maxwell had this to say: "it's been the coolest summer but we got a hot busy little winter planned out for you. hint hint hint!!!"
Perhaps, finally, the time is Now...

2 comments:

Little Boy Blue said...

That was such a journalistic post my friend. Yes, i love Maxwell. I was just discussing with a friend about his magic powers to vocally warm you up!! On the Now record, "This Woman's Worth" parks in your moral fiber, and let's the tears drop. On Embrya, he makes us taste ecstacy!! I can't wait for his next record.

COOKiE said...

You know I was just talking about Maxwell the other day and wondering what Buddhist temple he joined and disappeared in! I'm looking forward to his new work and I hope it's up to par with the upcoming trends. I must say that that picture of him without that beautiful hair he used to have is heartbreaking and I must also say that this picture of D'Angelo from his "How Does It Feel" video is THE LAST THING I need to see right now.

The temperature has risen me a degree or two...

Love ya Ka-Os keep up the good work!!

James

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