Long-Dormant Pop-Soul Icon Report: The Imminent Return of Both Sade and Maxwell


Yeah, that Sade, she of “Smooth Operator” and “By Your Side,” maybe the best first-dance wedding song of the past decade. The latter hails from her last record, 2000’s elegant Lover’s Rock; the follow-up — which longtime fans knew better than to even bother anxiously awaiting, as Sade clearly loves her downtime — is apparently due out this fall. True story: I saw her in concert on September 10, 2001, and have felt really weird about her ever since. Another true story: I learned about this indirectly from Touré, which I consider welcome payback for some of the other disquieting stuff I’ve learned from or about him on Twitter.

In a similar vein, please enjoy “Pretty Wings,” the first new video from neo-soul survivor Maxwell’s long-threatened Blacksummers’night trilogy. (The apostrophe plays hell with that title.) He’s still great live, and his agenda/aesthetic hasn’t changed: As such, this video is basically four minutes of foxy ladies sleeping. Shit is erotic.