In 2009, Maxwell ended one of the longest delays from a musician by releasing BLACKsummersnight, a project that was set to be part of a trilogy of new material from him. Seven years have passed and there have been zero inkling as to whether or not Maxwell would release even the sequel to BLACKsummersnight. Well, Maxwell has finally given his word and confirmed that the sequel to his 2009 lauded affair would be released this year.

“I’m so hyped about the new album coming out, which is so exciting for me, because it’s fresh and it’s different, but it is what I do,” Maxwell told ESSENCE in a recent interview which celebrated the fact his 1996 debut Urban Hang Suite turns 20.

People are like, “Why does it take so long? Why does it take so long?” Because there’s always a part of me that’s like, “Nah.” You know? I know I started the record, but have I lived enough of what I need to live to view it with the emotion that it needs, and then release it? I can sometimes feel like it’s okay to wait. It’s like … It’s not that I just want to torture people, because I know there are a few people, like, “When’s the album coming?” They see me posting things, and living, and they’re like, “What the hell is this about? Why are you running around, flying to Africa on safari? Where’s the album?” They don’t realize that living my life is what makes what they may get what it’s going to be sounding like. They think it’s … some factory or something. It never worked like that for me.

He further explained his intentions for blackSUMMER’snight even more.

I’m at the point with the album where it’s just like … With the passing of my cousin, and my grandmother passing away … Me turning 40, and being 42 now, and having a whole sort of new milestone in my life, where a lot of my mind is grown up, and I’m thinking in terms of the next 10 years, and what I’m going to try to do for the next ten years, which is something I never really … I mean, I did it, but I’m not doing it as much as I do now. I’m just hyped. We have two and a half years of just consistent, around the world, going everywhere, traveling, doing shows…It’s funny, because I remember reading Marvin Gaye’s biography when I was, like, seventeen years old, Divided Soul. He always said something that really stuck with me. He said, “You can rush to fail, or you can take your time to succeed.” I’m happy that I haven’t exhausted people’s visions to the point where they’ll never want to listen to me.

The first single from blackSUMMER’snight will be titled “Lake by the Ocean”. We’ll see when it arrives for us to digest.