As much as we hate to admit it, Diddy was right. Again. When Maxwell’s BLACKsummers’night dropped earlier this month, it was the shamelessly self-promoting “King Combs” who declared that since Maxwell was back, we can ‘make love once again.’ Undoubtedly, great music inspires and though for some like Diddy this means marathon tantric sex sessions, for fire-starting Brooklyn DJ turned artist Melo-X, this meant remixing choice cuts for a Black Summer Night EP.
Melo-X, who has released similar projects inspired by Erykah Badu and Raphael Saadiq, told us that BLACKsummers’night is easily his favorite R&B album this year. The EP, which Melo says is specifically about trust and honesty, is everything someone could hope to hear in the beginning stages of a relationship. Songs like “The Highest” built from Maxwell’s “Bad Habit,” give new shine to their predecessors, Melo’s interpretations beaming with the vows of unconditional domestic support. At only six songs in length, the EP is, according to Melo, “short and sweet.” This was done purposely to encourage second and third listens. And though only a bonus track, “Time Of Your Life” may be the most accurate description of Melo-X’s burgeoning performing career, but for an artist as deeply motivated as Melo is, we’ll be looking forward to as many summer nights as he chooses to deliver.—Cassi Amanda Gibson