Maxwell Readies New 'SUMMERS' Album & Upcoming Duets EP With Alicia Keys


Are you ready for a ton of new music from Maxwell? It’s been nearly four years since Maxwell released “BLACKsummers’night” on July 7, 2009, the first in a planned trilogy of albums that haven’t seen the light of day…until now.

In a new interview with Billboard, Maxwell reveals his plans for the next installment of the SUMMERS trilogy, as well as an upcoming EP with Alicia Keys.

“SUMMERS’” (or “blackSUMMERS’night” as it will likely be titled) is being prepped for a late summer/early fall release.

When asked to describe the album, he dished:

“The album’s pretty much about the last day of summer, so I felt like it was a good idea to release it at the end of the summer,” says Maxwell, who turned 40 in May. “It has that bittersweet feel to it. I don’t like things to be too happy. It’s when you go back to school, summer’s over then you kind of have that wonderful week where you get crazy. That’s what the essence of the record is.”

In addition to discussing the album, he indicated that  “Fire We Make” might not be the last duet with Alicia Keys.

We’re definitely working on an EP that’s sort of Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrrell. We got a thing musically. That’s like my little sister. What’s funny is Swizz [Beatz, Keys’ husband] is the champion of all of it. He’s like, “You guys have a thing when you make music together. We had s really successful tour together when she first came on the scene and she’s like family. She’s someone that I trust. I’m like that, by the way. Most of the people you see me working for me are actually with me. And I’m proud to say that I’ve known them for 20 years almost. I’ve written songs with, produced songs with them a lot of times. I don’t deviate form my comfort zone. I feel like when God brings people to you it’s good to keep ‘em around. Not to say I haven’t cut a few fools off [laughs], but for the essential I keep it close.

You can read the full interview over at Billboard.

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